You might have read already that the ZISPA website is down. ZISPA is the custodian of Zimbabwe’s .co.zw domains and until recently when registrars started to offer it, their website was the only platform you could check a .co.zw domain’s availability on. Now, registrars such as Webdev, Webnames, and Name now offer domain availability checking.
The ZISPA website going down though has caused some unexpected problems with registrars and we have to warn you to remember not to believe everything you read on the internet, especially when you check for a domain’s availability on some of the registrar’s websites.
A few days ago, checking any domain whatsoever on the Webdev and Webnames sites, you’d get the “That domain is available” sweet news. Any domain, including those not available that is. Webdev itself would tell you that webdev.co.zw is available. Confusing isn’t.
When we published the ZISPA story, and ZISPA fiddled with their server a bit, the problem changed to the opposite extreme. Now any domain check returns “Sorry, domain is already taken”. Any domain, including those obviously not taken. Check for nowaythisistakenalready.co.zw for example and it’s already taken.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that some domain registrars are not part of the confusion. Name.co.zw whom we have written about a few times here, is returning the correct results. And so is GetDomains.co.zw, another new entrant we wrote about this week.
Keep this mind next time you think a domain is already taken, or is not!