Recently we talked about how ZISPA, the association that has had an extended involvement in domain registration and the management of the .co.zw domain is looking at improving its service delivery.
The market for domain registration has however been growing and ZISPA hasn’t been the only player in that field. In fact, part of its shortcomings have actually inspired new entrants over the past few years. Providers like name.co.zw and webnames.co.zw have entered the fray, providing assistance to people frustrated with delays in verifying domain availability and multiple registrations.
Now, another startup, GetDomains has entered the same line of trade. It was launched recently by Kudzai Tuso, a Zimbabwean techie who wants to help solve the problems that come with registering .co.zw domains.
Anyone who wants to acquire a .co.zw domain or verify its availability only needs to access the site getdomains.co.zw. The platform has a stripped down interface and to buy 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, though the mobile money option is set to be activated shortly.
Tuso says he observed how the domain registration process has always been difficult because of its manual nature, especially at stages that include filling in the txt file that is required by ZISPA for every domain that is supposed to be registered. This is even more challenging for customers who want to register multiple domains.
GetDomains has adopted the same business model that has been used by its competitors, generating revenue from web hosting and using the domain registration service with its token fee of $2 as a way of securing clients. However web hosting isn’t compulsory and there is an option on the GetDomains website to select services with or without the hosting add-on.
Having launched in the last part of 2015 GetDomains hasn’t taken over a significant part of the market from existing independent domain registration and web hosting concerns though Tuso says the response so far has been positive. For now the team is trying to get as much feedback as possible from users, while racking up a client count to ensure that their startup can gain flight.
The market seems to be getting crowded in terms of startups offering this service, but according to testimonies from guys like Tuso and his competition, there is a growing demand for domains and hosting which has been spurred by Zimbabwean entities appreciating the value of a web presence.
So will GetDomains be ready to take on competition and mark its space in this area? Tuso strongly believes so citing the months of work put into GetDomains and some challenges that have been encountered and overcome just for them to take off.