A .com currently cost around $20.00.
A .com.gh currently cost around $40.00
Business wise, it make sense to buy .com than .com.gh BUT…
A .com.gh (called country specific domain) has some advantages
- It gives more credibility to your business. You must register your company in Ghana before you can apply for .com.gh But everyone can register a .com. Risk wise, it makes sense to deal with a site that is .com.gh than a .comGoogle Search Engine has something called Localization.
- How it works: When people search for something in Ghana, Google tries to search for websites in Ghana that has the searched info before looking else where. A .com.gh gives a clear sign to Google that your website is in Ghana. Another trick google uses is where the website is hosted.
- You are helping to build the Ghana IT infrastructure 🙂
If you are convinced and want to register a .com.gh or .org.gh or .net.gh instead of .com|.org|.net THEN first consider the rules(Guidelines) below:
- The domain administrator must be located in Ghana and the company of the domain administrator should have been registered in Ghana.
- Company registration details are required for application.
- Primary DNS for registered domain under .gh are encouraged to be in Ghana but not required and intended to help the development of Ghana’s telecommunication and Information technology infrastructure
- The domain should be more than three(3) characters. Eg. ama.com.gh. Exceptions are .edu.gh domains for school or academic institutions. Eg. ucc.edu.gh
- Domain names registered under the top-level .gh domains should be active within six months after registration(Note: No one cares what happens after you buy a .com. You can leave it for 10 years without building a website)
- Domains will generally be registered under these sub-domains:
com.gh ie. company.com.gh, edu.gh ie. school.edu.gh, org.gh ie. organisation.org.gh, mil.gh ie. military.com.gh
- The Cost for registering a domain under the top-level .gh for a year is US $43.58. This amount is also payable in cedis according to the prevailing exchange rate on the day of payment
- For details on registration of premium domain names kindly contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’ve satisfied all the above……then pull your browser (Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Avant, Maxthon,Opera,Mozila,etc) and head over to https://www.ghana.com/ghnic/
You will see below:
Click on [Click Here To Start Registration] to fill the form below
Ideally, their system is supposed to tell you the domain is available or not. It does tell but I don’t trust it. The first domain I checked here was internet.com.gh. The system said: domain name is free for submission
I filled the form and submitted.
It took over a week, still no news from then. So I sent a follow up mail. And was told. That domain is already registered. So I can’t.
I came back to the site to check and it read “Sorry domain name already submitted for process !!!”
I submitted another domain name data.com.gh
Currently, when you check, it says “Sorry domain name already submitted for process !!!”
Hopefully, I will be able to register it. It’s already over a month now, I’v send 2 follow up mails. Still no news from them. It’s perfectly normal NOT to hear from them. It’s a government institution.
Next is the DNS servers: It’s compulsory to fill two. What his means is, you should have gotten your hosting already before filling this form. I host at namecheap, So I put their DNS Servers
When all is set, click on:
You should see the below message:
It’s a big lie!! Don’t wait! No support team will contact you. You will rot! I’v spend over a month, with two follow up mails. Nothing meaning yet.
So, this is the first step. Hope to hear from them so I can know the next step to take, especially where to submit the company documents.
Needless to say:
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