A new domain registration startup, GetDomains, is targeting the .co.zw market
Recently, we talked about how ZISPA, the association that has had extensive involvement in domain registration and management of the .co.zw domain, is looking to improve its service delivery.
The domain registration market has grown, however, and ZISPA has not been the only player in this field. In fact, some of its shortcomings have actually inspired new entrants over the past few years. suppliers like name.co.zw and webnames.co.zw have entered the fray, providing assistance to people frustrated by delays in domain availability checks and multiple registrations.
Now another startup, Get domains entered the same line of trade. It was started recently by Kudzai Tuso, a Zimbabwean tech who wants to help with .co.zw domain registration issues.
Anyone who wants to acquire a .co.zw domain or check its availability just has to access the site getdomains.co.zw. The platform has a simplified interface and to purchase a domain you need to go through an account registration process, something similar to what name.co.zw also uses. Payment options so far include PayPal, VISA and MasterCard, although the mobile money option will be activated shortly.
Tuso says he has observed how difficult the domain registration process has always been due to its manual nature, especially the steps that include filling in the txt file required by ZISPA for each domain that is supposed to be registered. It’s even harder for customers who want to register multiple domains.
GetDomains has adopted the same business model used by its competitors, generating revenue from web hosting and using the domain registration service with its token $2 fee as a way to secure customers. However, web hosting is not required and there is an option on the GetDomains website to select services with or without the hosting add-on.
After launching in the latter part of 2015, GetDomains has not taken over a significant share of the market from existing freelance domain registration and web hosting issues, although Tuso claims the response has been positive so far. here. For now, the team is trying to get as much feedback from users as possible, while accumulating a customer base to ensure their startup can take off.
The market seems to be crowded in terms of startups offering this service, but according to testimonials from guys like Tuso and its competitors, there is a growing demand for domains and hosting which has been driven by Zimbabwean entities appreciating the value of a web presence. .
So will GetDomains be ready to take on the competition and mark its space in this domain? Tuso strongly believes this, citing the months of work put into GetDomains and some of the challenges that were encountered and overcome just to get them off the ground.