Most of our clients buy domain names for 1 year periods. The simple reason for this is that paying for 1 year is cheaper than paying for the maximum number of years most domain names can be registered for (i.e. 10 to 20 years).
So, what benefits are there to ordering a domain name for a longer period of time?
A domain name is possibly the first and most important aspect of taking your business online. Without one of your own it's almost impossible to build brand awareness, especially considering that a domain name is the online address of your business.
The Internet's domain name system or DNS for short allows users the preferred method of access to websites and other forms of information using an easier approach like domain names (e.g. www.namhost.com) rather than the all numeric IP addresses (e.g. 184.108.40.206) assigned to each computer on the Internet.
Below is a list of all the 4-letter english words that are still available for registration for .co.za domain names. These domains will probably not last very long and even at the time of writing the list has already shrunk with some of them not being available anymore.
It is very important to secure a good domain name for your website. Unfortunately, most of the good names are already taken. It really has become increasingly harder to find a good domain name. For this reason, I've found the following steps a good starting point to brainstorming a good name: