How to get a cool domain name

Once in a while we come across some very cool domain name, whose owners employed a lot of creativity to come up with. The most interesting one was during the  US election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the domain name sarahpal.in redirected to Hillary Clintons website. Someone had wittingly registered the domain that spelt the name of a Republican politician, and made it redirect to a Democrat politician.

How can you get a cool name that will wow everybody? The easiest way is to play about with the extension. Unknown to many, there are hundreds of different extensions that one can use. A full list can be found HERE, and some creative examples you can find from TrueHost can help you stand out: Here are a few suggestions on choosing a cool domain name:

  • If your brand name is Penske, you can register a dot ke domain name www.pens.ke
  • If your name is Platinga, you can use the .ga extension so that your domain is www.platin.ga
  • If you run a business called Nairobi Informatics you can choose a domain like www.nairobi.info
  • If your brand name is called Truehost Cloud, then the dot cloud extenstion gives you the domain www.truehost.cloud

Common misconceptions that Kenyans have about websites and domain names.

The common domain name extensions for Kenya which are provided by Truehost include .co.ke, .or.ke,
and .ke extensions. This means that if you are in Kenya, you need to secure your domain name as soon
as possible, as your unique name might be taken up by someone else. With this information, it is
expected that every person would try to grab their domain name as soon as possible, and every business
would get a website running to solidify their presence. Unfortunately, that is not the case. People are
reluctant to acquire domains, and Truehost cloud has identified a few misconceptions that people have
about domain names. Here we go:

1. Domain names are expensive
What is the cost of a domain? Surprisingly, most domains are cheaper than what people would
want to imagine. Truehost cloud charges just KES 1000 for almost all the major domains such as
.com, .org, .net, and only KES 570 for .co.ke domain! This means that with just 570 shillings, you
can have your domain, and if you couple that with the free web hosting service that Truehost
offers, you will have your .co.ke domain and emails set up and running at only 570 bob! Get a
website builder, and you have a website running within seconds.
Domain names are not expensive.

2. Setting up a domain name is too technically challenging
If you think that setting up a domain name is technically challenging, you are partly right. Partly
right because, a lot of complex operations are involved. However, you are also very wrong,
because you do not need to handle any of those complex parts; Truehost will do all of that for
you. All you have to do is to choose a domain name, and you are good to go.

3. My business is too small to have a website
If you think your business is too small to have a website, then there are two options. Its either
you lack ambition (ouch!), or you do not know. In an age where people are using Google to find
products that they need to buy, or using maps to find the next shop place where they can have
their shoes repaired, then the least you can do is to be found online. Investing as little as 570
bob into your business is not that expensive!

Everything you need to know about websites and web hosting

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Sometimes when you need a website, you just need a website! You may not be concerned about the details therein, as they say, the devil is always in the details. But the moment you start ‘getting’ your website, many other things come up. You need to choose a domain name, get a hosting with sufficient bandwidth, storage and latency, have cPanel, installed, use Content Management system such as WordPress, Joomla or others, set up email forwarders and IMAP clients, and many other technical terms. All these details may confuse, and here we are going to explain them in the simplest terms possible.

 

Website

A website is a collection of pages in the worldwide web, including documents, information, media, graphics or even databases. These together constitute a website, and when you want to create a website, you are simply putting all this together in a way that someone can easily access it. To achieve this, there are several things that you will need to know, have or use:

 

Domain name

Domain refers to the address that will be used to access your website. You will need to register a domain name, and this is something that looks like www.mydomainname.com, or www.mydomain.co.ke. ‘My domain’ here refers to your name of choice, such as your business name, your brand name, or any name that you choose to use. For a list of all the available domain names, check Truehost Domains Page.

Web hosting

Web hosting, internet hosting, or simply hosting refers to the service that avails you some storage space, computing power, and necessary software, in a computer that is publicly accessible over the internet. This means that whatever you place an install there will be available over the internet, unlike a file in your home PC which cannot be accessed over the internet. This is called hosting, and Web hosting companies like Truehost Cloud offer you different web hosting plans, including shared hosting and virtual machines.

 

Storage

Storage refers to the hosting space that the hosting company avails to you, to use for your website. This is measured in bytes, and could range from MBs to several GBs or TBs. The choice of an appropriate storage depends on the size of your websites, and in most cases, 10 GB is good enough.

 

Bandwidth

This is another magical term when it comes to web hosting. Once you have been given a web hosting space, you need to be assured that you have access to the space. This is more like an access road that will be used to access the web hosting space.

The access road can be defined either in terms of the number of lanes, or the number of vehicles that are allowed to pass per unit time. In web hosting terms, this means that the bandwidth would be limited to a dedicated connection speed of 1 Mbps, or to a monthly total data transfer of 100GB to and from your hosting space. Why such restrictions? Because, internet service providers charge for data transferred, and someone hosting videos will have a lot of data moving from their website, and they need to fairly pay for that traffic.

 

cPanel

Do not make an assumption that there is an aPanel, bPanel, and then cPanel. But cPanel, is the software that manages your hosting space, allowing for installation of others tools, management of the hosting space, and creating and managing email addresses. You will login to your web hosting space by using the link www.mydomain.com/cpanel. cPanel is like the operating systems for your hosting space.

 

Content management System

Once you have your web hosting space, and access to it via cPanel, you need some software to help you manage the content that you will be uploading there. This is where CMS comes in, and there are many such software such as WordPress, Joomla, and many others. Truehost Cloud hosting space and cPanel allow installation of various open CMS, and it is up to you to choose the one you want.

 

Webmail

Webmail is the web service that allows you to access your emails through your browser. Once you have your domain and hosting set up, you can access your webmail email service by using the link www.mydomain.co.ke/webmail.

 

Email Client

When accessing emails, there are several tools that are meant to help one do so. Such can be software like Microsoft Outlook, or any mail applications that are available for android and iOS. These are what we call email clients, and are useful as they help us have access to the emails even when we are offline. The technology behind how these operate is usually either POP3 or IMAP, and setting up any of these is easy, as these email clients can do that automatically, giving you access to your emails instantly.

 

Website builder

Building a website is never a walk in the park. There are lines of code to write, programming language to learn, and databases to integrate. But then, this is not the year 1999, where everything must be complicated. Welcome to the world of website builder, where anyone can design and develop their own website by simply dragging and dropping.

Truehost website builder allows one to drag objects across a page, order them in the best way possible, and publish the website online. It is like creating your own website using Microsoft Office. Simply click, drag and develop.

 

What are you waiting for? Get your website started now.

ENHANCING WEB SECURITY USING SSL

Does your website require users to submit confidential data, including personal information, passwords, or credit card details? If yes, you need to know what a SSL is.

A matter of Cybersecurity

Information you send on the Internet is passed from one computer to another, until it gets to the destination server. Any computer in between you and the server can see your credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, and other sensitive information if it is not encrypted with an SSL certificate. When an SSL certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to. This protects it from hackers and identity thieves.

What is SSL?

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a standard security protocol for establishing encrypted links between a web server and a browser in an online communication. The usage of SSL technology ensures that all data transmitted between the web server and browser remains encrypted.

Why you need SSL

  1. Keeps data secure between server and client.

When someone uses a form or needs to submit information to your website, there is need to encrypt the information so that third party cannot intercept it. This is important when passwords, usernames, payment information like card numbers, and personal information.

  1. Builds users trust

Users are more likely to trust a website with a SSL certificate than one without. It gives them confidence that their privacy has been put into consideration, and that the website is genuine and belongs to a verified entity.

  1. SEO ranking

Search engines trust websites with SSL more than the ones without. This makes the website rank highly in the search results.

Types of SSL

There are three main types of SSL that one can use. These are:

  1. Domain Validated Certificate

Domain Validated certificates are certificates that are checked against domain registry. There is no identifying organizational information for these certificates and thus should never be used for commercial purposes. It is recommended using these types of certificates where security is not a concern, such as protected internal systems.

  1. Organization Validated Certificate

Organizational certificates are Trusted. Organizations are strictly authenticated by real agents against business registry databases hosted by governments. Documents may exchange and personnel may be contacted during validation to prove the right of use. OV certificates therefore contain legitimate business information. This is the standard type of certificate required on a commercial or public facing website

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  1. Extended Validation Certificate (EV)

An Extended Validation Certificate (EV) is a certificate used for HTTPS websites and software that proves the legal entity controlling the website or software package. Obtaining an EV certificate requires verification of the requesting entity’s identity by a certificate authority (CA).

Need to secure your website? Contact us and we will give you advice on the best SSL for you, as well as help you with technical information.

Web Hosting in Kenya

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Web hosting in Kenya, or website hosting, is a service that allows people to make their websites publicly accessible through the internet. It is one of the key things required to get business or personal information online, besides acquiring a domain name and creating the actual website.

There are several companies that offer web hosting in Kenya. As a regional techhub, Nairobi is home to some of the leading internet hosting companies in the world. If you are considering a web hosting company in Kenya, the following is a list of trusted companies that provide the service.

  1. TrueHost Kenya

TrueHost Kenya is one of the leading cloud services companies in Kenya, with a global presence in several other countries. They offer 4 webhosting packages namely: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. The bronze hosting is free of charge while the best seller is the silver hosting plan. TrueHost caters for web developers with our gold, platinum and reseller web hosting packages. Another main area of dominance for Truehost is domain name registration.

Truehost also offers VPS hosting and Dedicated servers. Our servers are located in Kenya and other different locations in the world. Visit our Cloudpap page to see what we have to offer.

Contacts: info@truehost.co.ke

Website: www.truehost.co.ke.

As a fact, Truehost offers the cheapest web hosting in Kenya.

  1. Kenya Website Experts

Kenya Website Experts is one of the oldest web hosting companies in Kenya, also offering other services such as online marketing, domain registration and website design. They have various packages depending on the user requirements, and they offer excellent support services.

Contacts: support@kenyawebexperts.com

Website: kenyawebexperts.com

  1. SasaHost

Sasahost is one of the best web hosting service providers, boasting of years of experience and good support. Located in Nairobi, they offer several startup hosting packages, and offer reseller services.

Contacts: support@sasahost.co.ke

Website: www.sasahost.co.ke

  1. Webhost Kenya

Webhost Kenya offers website hosting, domain registration and web design services in Nairobi. They have several premium web hosting packages and offer excellent support services.

Contact: info@webhostkenya.co.ke

Website: www.webhostkenya.co.ke

  1. Safaricom Limited

Safaricom is the biggest telecommunication company in Kenya, offering a wide range of services from data centers to internet connection services. They offer affordable web hosting services, with a great service that is backed up by years of corporate expertise.

The downside to their service is that unlike the other top web hosting service providers in Kenya, they do not have a dedicated support team.

Contact: info@safaricom.co.ke

Website: www.safaricom.co.ke

  1. Mambo Microsystems

Mambo microsystems offers similar services as other web hosting service providers. Located in Westlands, Nairobi, they  have several packages that are suited for high end clients, besides offering other services like mobile apps and automation.

Contact: info@mambo.co.ke

Website: www.mambo.co.ke

  1. Hostbora

Hostbora is a version of Swahili word that means best host. The company has offered web hosting for over three years, and offer premium hosting services.

Contact: info@hostbora.com

Website: www.hostbora.co.ke

  1. Peak and Dale Solutions

Peak and Dale offers a number of services, ranging from web design, domain registration, search engine optimization and building software applications. They are located in Nairobi, and offer conventional hosting services.

Contact: info@peakanddale.com

Website:www.peakanddale.com

  1. BitSimba

Drawing its name from the famous word ‘simba’, which is a Swahili word for Lion, Bitsimba specializes in web hosting, web design and SMS marketing.

Contact: info@bitsimba.com

Website:www.bitsimba.com

  1. CloudPap

Although CloudPap is better known for providing cloud services in state of the art data centers, it provides good options of web hosting in Kenya by making it possible to host websites in dedicated and virtual private servers. This has the advantage of having a better managed service, although only people who have very huge and busy websites take that option, instead of using a shared hosting service.

CloudPap has servers located in Kenya, and with a dedicated 24/7 support, they offer an alternative way for corporates and ecommerce service providers to run their websites.

Contact: info@cloudpap.com

Website: www.cloudpap.com

 

 

How to secure your Domain Name extensions in Kenya

Secure your domain from possible loss to fraudster.

How do I secure?

  1. use private who.is records
  2. lock the domain name

use private who.is record

This feature is available from most domain registrars in Kenya; some at an extra fee and some for free.

who.is privacy is available for almost all domain name extensions including  some country code domains such as .CO.KE , .OR.KE, .AC.KE, .ME.KE, .SC.KE…e.t.c

Who.is privacy basically mask the correct who.is information with some record representing the who.is privacy service provider.

What is Who.is information

Refer to a set of contacts records maintained by domain name registry showing owners and administrators of a certain domain.

Go to www.who.is  to check for your domain name

Here is an Example.

Domain Name: truehost.co.ke
Domain ID: 141669-KENIC
WHOIS Server:
Referral URL:
Updated Date: 2017-06-27T18:52:09.793Z
Creation Date: 2014-01-30T17:12:02.802Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2018-01-30T17:12:02.816Z
Sponsoring Registrar: Truehost Cloud Limited
Domain Status: ok
Registrant ID: 399266-KENIC
Registrant Name: Ryanada Limited
Registrant Street: 14460
Registrant City: Nairobi
Registrant State/Province:
Registrant Postal Code: 00400
Registrant Country: KE
Registrant Phone:
Registrant Phone Ext:
Name Server: ns11.truehost.cloud
Name Server: ns12.truehost.cloud

 

2. Lock your domain

Lock domain means preventing any  unauthorized edit or update of DNS information that may include WHO.IS records, Nameservers, and other DNS Setting.

Lock option is available on your client area or portal of domain name registrar website

Check out Truehost Kenya for these services.

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Why use Truehost Cloud Server – 100 times faster

Truehost Cloud Servers utilize Solid State Drives (SSDs)

Did you know HDDs take longer to access data, SSDs can be up to 100 times faster as data can be accessed instantaneously.

  • What separate Truehost Cloud from the rest?
  • Why you should transfer your Website & Email Hosting to Truehost

Super Technology – SSD Servers

Cloud Servers at Truehost are equipped with SSD Technology guaranteeing superb performance in data transfer. SSD disk space delivers quality over quantity.

Easy Server Set up

Server set up take up approximately 58 seconds. After 58 seconds, your server is ready for configurations and use.

Innovations

Truehost innovations are geared towards customer satisfaction and full harnessing of hardware power.

Check out our API release for your applications.

24/07 Monitoring

Security team and technical support personnel keep an eye on your valuable data and business to ensure its safety. Research shows 24/07 monitoring has curb hacking threat by 70 percent

Dedicated Technical Team

We are online around the clock watching your business grow, providing the much needed technical and customer support in a timely manner. We answer queries and perform tasks at your request.

Growing Community

Truehost community of developers, bloggers, content writers and client i fast growing. Join us to create a better world in Cloud Computing

Free Stuff

30 days guaranteed backup and restore service is a vital free stuff.

100+ CMS and instant installer saves development time of developers and business owners by 50 percent

Quality Service Management

We hire only the best to administrate and manage the servers. There is no room for mistakes by Truehost Website Support Team, Email Support Team, Servers Support Team, Cloud Apps Support Team, Hosting Support Team, Domain Name Support Team.

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You can make your website up to 100X faster by moving it to Truehost Cloud Kenya.
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Truehost cloud utilizes SSD Technology which data access speed is more than 100X faster compared to the traditional HDD Technology that is popular among web hosting companies. Other benefits of our technology include reduced chances of failure.

Guarantees

30 Days Backup and Restore in all the services

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Why choose Truehost

There areas where we stand out; Performance, Security, Value for Money, Stability & Reliability in Web Hosting in Kenya, Domain Name Registration in Kenya, Cloud Servers & Cloud Computing

SSD Powered Servers plus PHP 7 support improves the speed of your website or application to up to 100X compared to ordinary web hosting services.

Businesses that need to host a shared database remotely are guaranteed excellent access speed unmatched in the market.

Combination of SSL certificates and malware guards form part of the security tools for your data.

IP Monitoring, banning, 24/07 server monitoring, controls and event alerts are some of security practices at your disposal.

Website and applications on Truehost Kenya enjoy same speed and access time globally irrespective of access location. This is down to excellent server distribution across the globe and therefore the website or application is served from the fastest available server.

Customer-centric support over phone, email, online chats complements our huge knowledge base, we are listening, talk to us your cloud company of choice.

Cloud Servers in Nigeria, Virtual Servers in Nigeria,

Virtual Private Servers located at a world class data center in Nigeria with 99.98% uptime, Internationally accredited.

Servers located in Nigeria are important for clients looking to reduce latency time in Nigeria, safeguard their data within Nigerian borders among other reasons.

Some of our clients include:

  • Media and content creators in Nigeria and west Africa
  • Large website that require to cache their content and data in Nigeria
  • Local service providers like pharmaceuticals and law firms
  • Government Bodies
  • Hospitals
  • Among others

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There are various application of servers including

  1. Web Servers
  2. Email Servers
  3. Data Backup Servers
  4. Traffic Management/ Cache Servers
  5. Application Servers
  6. Among Others
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