How to get a .co.ke domain in Kenya

How to get a .co.ke domain

.co.ke domain is central to any business operating in Kenya. .co.ke domain is not only a mark of brand Kenya but it is also emerging as a mark of quality and credibility.

Initiative by the stakeholders including KeNIC that simplified the process of getting a .co.ke. It’s now simpler to get a dot co.ke domain than it was a while back. There are more than 30 domain registrars whom clients can order and secure dot co dot ke domain from.

For the purposes of this report two co.ke domain registrars will be considered. At Truehost Kenya, getting a .co.ke domain involves doing a domain search on the readily available domain search bar.

When the site returns positive result of domain availability, the customer is allowed to add to cart then check out via Mpesa or Paypal at a price not more than KES 900.

Domain registration is automated and therefore domain acquisition is instant.

At CloudPap, another domain registrar with target clientele in ( Nairobi) Kenya, (Kampala) Uganda, (Accra) Ghana, (Lagos) Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, (US) United States of America, Mexico, (Britain)UK, France, Ireland, Canada, India, Japan, Singapore,  Australia,  New Zealand, China, Philippines, Malaysia, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Argentina  and Brazil, domain registration is equally simplified.

After a successful domain search, clients are allowed to add their domain to cart; prices on CloudPap are in dollars by default. Checkout options include MPESA, Paypal and Cards. The price of .co.ke at Cloudpap doesn’t exceed   $9.99. Domain registration and acquisition is automated and therefore instant upon making the payment to the domain name invoice

 

Registering a .ke domain

Registering a .ke domain means the extension of you website will have .ke meaning this extension is only for businesses and companies in Kenya

In Kenya we have the following domain names available for registration specifically for organizations located in Kenya only.
• Domain-name.co.ke – for commercial Kenyan companies
• Domain-name.ac.ke – for academic Kenyan institutions
• Domain-name.or.ke – for nonprofit making organizations in Kenya
• Domain-name.ne.ke – for network entities in Kenya
• Domain-name.go.ke – for Government of Kenya entities

Here are a few simple steps on how you can register a .ke domain

  • Choose the preferred domain name and do a WHOIS search for the name to find out its availability
  • Login to www.truehost.co.ke enter the preferred domain name.
  • Pay for the domain name and get a 20% discount ,which means you’ll pay only kshs 900 only.
  • Enjoy your new domain name.

After registering the domain you can use it for various purposes for instance emails which bear the domain name which in return publicize the company or business.

Importance of having a .ke domain

You may have a domain name in another extension for instance dot .com. If you are transacting business in Kenya, it would be advisable to register your dot co.ke company’s name or brand name to prevent any other person or organization from registering it. This prevents another entity from masquerading.

How to upload website files to a Cpanel account

Having completed creating your website locally arises then need to host the website.

After purchase of domain name and hosting account, this tutorial becomes crucial

There are possibly two situations

a.) A website with no database

b.) A database driven Website

a.) Hosting a no database website

This could be a purely HTML site or even php.

It is the simplest website to host.

There are two ways of uploading the website files to a hosting account

  1. Mass Upload using File Manager
  2. FTP upload using FTP Client

1.Mass Upload Using File Manager.

Zip your website files – make sure you use .zip extension i.e mywebsitefiles.zip

From your browser access the hosting account that you already purchased.

http://www.yourdomain.com/cpanel

i.e after your domain url put /cpanel and load it.

Login with username and password provide from TrueHost

A successful login  takes to the Cpanel (control panel) area.

Click on the ‘File Manager’ icon

Make sure it leads you to the public_html or www directory

If it leads you to another directory like home, click on public_html or www links to go the public_html or www directory.

Click on ‘Upload’ link

Browse the location of mywebsitefiles.zip

Select mywebsitefiles.zip to start upload.

When upload is complete, click on go back to /home/username/public_html (username is your Cpanel username) link to go back to public_html or www directory

Among other folder or files in the directory there is mywebsitefiles.zip

Right click on it and select’ Extract’ option

Content of files are extracted to a mywebsitefiles folder

Double click on the mywebsitefiles folder to open it

Select all the files

Click on the button / menu link ‘Move’

Choose the correct directory to move your files to i.e /home/username/public_html

(by just removing the /mywebsitefiles from the already provided path )

Click ‘ok’/ ‘move’ to move them

Click ‘up one level’ to go to the public_html or www directory

You may delete the empty folder mywebsitefiles and mywebsitefiles.zip

 

You are now up and live. –congratulation

 

  1. FTP upload using FTP Client

Open a FTP client software like FileZilla (if already installed, download for free and install if not) from your computing device

Login with credentials provided

Host: yourdomain.com

Username: your Cpanel username

Password: your Cpanel username

Port: 21

The click Quickconnect button

It will open your hosting account on the ‘Remote Site’ panel – on the right side

Click on public_html or www folder to go to the public_html directory

On the left panel is the location of website on your computer yourwebsitefiles

Make sure on the left panel you can see your website files and folders

Use Ctrl+A or otherwise to select all your website files,

Right click on them and choose the option ‘upload’

Upload of files start, if it times out choose an option Resume to upload files in the queue incrementally

When you see directory listing successful – disconnected from the server.

Bingo!  You are up and live – congratulation

 

 

 

b.) Hosting a database Driven Website

 

Best Domain Registrar Companies in Kenya and Globally.

There are several domain registration companies in the world total to over a million, some being ICANN accredited but most operating as resellers.

Most domain registrar companies operate or provide other secondary services including  web hosting, servers, cloud services, reseller webhosting VPS,  and other services that a client buying domain may require. Such companies include Godaddy, Hostgator, Name.com, Kenya Website Experts, TrueHost Kenya, CloudPap among other. In Kenya Domain registrar with quality secondary services include Sasahost, Kenya Websites Experts, Truehost Kenya, EA directory, Kenya Web, CloudPap, Peak n Dale among others.

A few years ago domain registrar used to be ISP companies only, that are why companies like Safaricom, iWay Africa still provide domain registration services. Currently times have changed and more players have come in most specializing in domain registration and offering better services.

When choosing a domain registrar consider the following

1.Support and Technical know how

One of the most important qualities for a great domain registrar.When a buyer buys from some ISP companies, companies that do not specialize in the service, remember those companies are in most cases ill equipped in terms of technical customer support.Consider specialist in the industry, companies always innovating to offer more superior services, can never go wrong with Truehost Kenya.

2.Availability of other supporting services like web and Email hosting.

It can be hectic to register a domain with one company then get hosting or any other service from another company. Consider what will happen when renew two services instead of one.

3.Pricing strategy

Be aware of domain registrars with cunning pricing stratergy, they lower their domain prices in bid to get customers but give no information on renewal fees such as Godaddy, you may buy a domain at $7 only to have its renewal fee at $18, that makes total cost of ownership for a period of 2 years to be $25.Consider going for a domain providers with guaranteed renewal fees despite the offers; look like companies like Name.com, Kenya Websites Experts, Truehost Kenya, Sasahost, CloudPap

4.Price

Take the fairest price considering all the other factors

 

Domain names Transfer

It refers to the process of changing the domain registrar managing a domain.

It is usually a simple process but takes a few days – from six days for completion.

 

The process involves the holding domain registrar unlocking the domain and submitting a transfer code popularly known as EPP code. This is a simple code that that is used to verify the domain transfers process.

 

The Receiving Domain Registrar is supposed to feed the incoming domain at the domain management portal as a transfer, then verify by feeding the EPP code.

 

It may be free or attract a fee, when it attracts a fee it is usually a domain renewal fee and therefore in that case the domain is transferred and renewed for a year.

When it’s free, old expiring dates remain.

 

International domains usually attract a transfer fee and therefore complete transfers include domain renewal at least for a year.

 

As for .KE domains transfers in Kenya charge or no charge option differ with the domain registrar, some registrar charge, other do not, and therefore do not renew the domain upon transfer.

 

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