Technology has changed our lives, including how we do business…

Technology affects almost every aspect of our lives. When you look around you will see that everything is connected, and if not…. it will soon be! This is all thanks to the Internet, virtually anything you desire can be delivered to your door in a matter of days.

You do virtually anything, even trade stocks, kiss, teach or file taxes online. Business owners don’t need to lose sleep about the location of their fleet or parcels; and so on and so forth… We’ve all heard this story before and how it goes.

So, it’s a fact, our personal lives have changed, the business world has revolutionized almost beyond recognition in the past few decades and technology is at the heart of it all.

The question this article is answering is “what technology is Maru providing to make sure our customers are benefitting from this shift” — and we mean the advances in communication and information technology — has changed the face and the pace of business.

Straight to the point:

  1. You can make and receive ‘landline’ calls from anywhere in the world by using Maru VoIP. This means you never miss a business call! See details here: https://www.maru.africa/maru-sip-voip-service/
  2. Give your business online presence and market it 24/7 by building a website for it. It may shock you to learn that it won’t cost you more than R1500 a year. Try it here: https://www.maru.africa/mahala-diy/
  3. Send e-mail from your business domain e.g. myname@yourbusiness.co.za (E-mail hosting: https://www.maru.africa/webmail-hosting/)
  4. You need to have someone ready to answer questions and help you out when technology becomes a headache. Maru free online consultation and support systems are available to you on any device: https://www.maru.africa/free-online-consultation/

There’s a very nice document on Wikipedia about Mobile Enterprises here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_enterprise

We also know that Entrepreneurship, especially, is a lifestyle and technology should help make this pleasurable. Read these tips

 

 

How to Make a Website in 2017 – Step by Step Guide (Free)

Are you looking to make a website? Starting a website can be a terrifying thought specially when you’re not techy. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Having helped over 130,000+ people make a website with WordPress, we have decided to create the most comprehensive step by step guide on how to a make a website without learning how to code.

Source & Credit: http://www.wpbeginner.com/guides/

How to make a website step by step

This guide is useful for users of all ages and skill levels. However, if you need help, then you can contact our expert team to help you setup your website for free.

→ Click Here to Get Your Free WordPress Website Setup! ←

If you want to do it by yourself, then please continue to follow our step by step guide on how to make a website.

Here is an overview from start to finish of all the steps we’ll walk you through in this guide.

  • How to find and register a domain name for free
  • Choosing the best web hosting
  • How to install WordPress
  • Installing a template to change your site’s design
  • Creating pages in WordPress
  • Customizing WordPress with addons and extensions
  • Resources to learn WordPress and get support
  • Taking it further, building websites with more features

Before we start, let’s cover some of the most commonly asked questions that we get.

What do I need to build a website?

You’ll need the following three things to start your WordPress site.

  • A domain name – this is the name of your website such as google.com
  • WordPress hosting – this is where your website files are stored.
  • 45 minutes of your undivided attention.

How much does a WordPress website cost?

The answer to this question really depends on what kind of website you are trying to build. We have written a 2000 word guide explaining how much does it really cost to build a website.

A typical business website can cost as low as R1500 per year and can go as high as R300,000 per year.

We recommend all our users to start small and then add more features to your website as your business grows. This way you will save money and minimize potential losses and avoiding overspending.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to build a website for less than R2000.

We will also show you how to take it further by adding more features to it in the future.

Which is the best website platform?

There are many website builders available that will help you setup a website. We recommend using self-hosted WordPress as your website platform.

WordPress is the most popular website platform in the world. It powers nearly 28% of all websites on the internet.

WordPress is free and comes with thousands of website designs and extensions. It is extremely flexible and works with almost every third-party tool and service available to website owners.

We use WordPress to build all our websites including this one, WPBeginner.

How to make the most out of this tutorial?

This is a step by step tutorial on how to make a website. We have divided it into different steps, and we’ll walk you through everything from start to finish. Just follow along the instructions, and you’ll have a very professional looking website in the end.

We will also point you in the right direction to take your website to the next level based on your needs.

Have fun creating your website.

Remember, if you need help, you can contact us and we will setup your website for free.

Let’s get started.

Step 1. Setup

One of the most common mistakes that beginners make is choosing the wrong website platform. Thankfully, you are here so you will not be making that mistake.

For most users, a self-hosted WordPress.org site is the perfect solution. It comes with thousands of designs and addons which allow you to create any kind of website you can think of. For more on this topic, please see our guide on why you should use WordPress.

WordPress is free for anyone to download and use to build any kind of website without any restrictions.

If WordPress is free, then where is the cost coming from?

WordPress is free because you’ll have to arrange your own domain name and hosting, which costs money. For more on this topic, see our article why is WordPress free?.

A domain name is your website’s address on the internet. This is what your users will type in their browsers to reach your site (For example, wpbeginner.com or google.com).

Next, you’ll need website hosting. All websites on the internet need hosting. This will be your website’s home on the internet.

A domain name typically costs R300/year and hosting costs start from R100/month.

This is A LOT for most people who are just starting out.

Thankfully you can start here for Mahala!

You can login to your WordPress site using the admin username and password you entered earlier.

WordPress login page

Wasn’t that easy?

Now let’s move on to the next step and choose a design for your website.

Step 3. Select Your Theme

The visual appearance of your WordPress site is controlled by a WordPress theme.

WordPress themes are professionally designed templates that you can install on your website to change its appearance.

By default, each WordPress site comes with a basic theme. If you visit your website, then it will look something like this:

Default WordPress theme

This is not very appealing for most users.

But don’t worry, there are thousands of free and paid WordPress themes that you can install on your site.

You can change your theme from the WordPress admin dashboard. Visit Appearance » Themes page and then click on the ‘Add New’ button.

Change your WordPress theme

On the next screen, you will able to search from 4,492 free WordPress themes that are available in the official WordPress.org themes directory. You can sort them by popular, latest, featured, as well as other feature filters (i.e industry, layout, etc).

Searching for free WordPress themes

Need help choosing a theme? Check out our list of these awesome free WordPress business themes.

You may also want to take a look at our guide on how to select the perfect WordPress theme for your website.

For the sake of this guide, we’ll be using Bento. It is a popular multi-purpose free WordPress theme with flexible design options for all kind of websites.

If you know the name of the free theme you want to install, then you can look for it by entering its name in the search field.

WordPress will show you the theme in search results. You will need to take your mouse over to the theme and then click on the Install button.

Install WordPress theme

Once you have installed your theme, you can customize it by clicking on the Customize link under the Appearance menu.

This will launch the theme customizer where you will be able to change your theme settings with live preview of your website.

Customizing your WordPress theme

You don’t need to finalize all theme settings right away. You will be able to customize it much better once you have some content on your website.

Let’s see how to add content to your WordPress site.

Step 4. Add Content to Your Site

WordPress comes with two default content types called posts and pages. Posts are part of a blog and appear in reverse-chronological order (newer items displayed first).

On the other hand, pages are meant to be static “one-off” type content such as your about page, contact page, privacy policy, etc.

By default, WordPress shows your blog posts on the front page of your website. You can change that, and make WordPress show any page as the front-page of your website (we’ll show you how to do that later in this guide).

You can create a separate page for your blog or news section. In fact, you can create a website without any blog section at all.

Having said that, let’s add some content to your website.

You’ll start by adding a few pages to your WordPress site. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough content for these pages at the moment. You can always edit and update them.

Head over to Pages » Add New page in WordPress admin area. This will bring you to the page editor screen, which looks like this:

Adding a new page

First you need to provide a title for your page, let’s call this page ‘Home’.

After that you can add content in the text editor below. You can add text, links, images, embed videos, audio, etc.

After adding content to your page, you can click on the publish button to make it live on your website.

You can repeat the process by adding more pages for different sections of your website. For example, an about page, contact us, and a blog page to display blog posts.

Now let’s add a few blog posts as well.

Head over to Posts » Add New in your WordPress admin area.

Adding a new post in WordPress

You will see a screen much like you saw earlier when adding pages.

You can add a post title and then add content in the visual post editor. You’ll also notice some extra options like post formats, categories and tags.

You can click on the save button to store your post as a draft or click on the publish button to make it visible on your site.

For more detailed instructions on how to utilize all these options on post and page edit screens, please see our guide on how to add a new post in WordPress.

Step 5. Customizing and Tweaking Your Website

Now that you have created some content on your website, you will be able to customize and put it all in a nice presentable shape on your website.

Let’s start by setting up a static front Page.

Setting up a Static Front Page

You need to visit the Settings » Reading page in your WordPress admin area. Under the ‘Front page displays’ option click on the static front page and then select ‘Pages’ you created earlier for your home and blog pages.

Static front page

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save Changes’ button at the bottom of the page to store your changes.

WordPress will now use the page titled ‘Home’ as your site’s front page and ‘Blog’ page to display your blog posts.

Change Site Title and Tagline

During the installation you get to choose your site’s title. WordPress automatically adds a tag line to your site title that says ‘Just another WordPress site’.

You can change both your site’s title and tagline at any time by visiting Settings » General page.

Site title and tagline

Your site title will be the name of your website like WPBeginner. The tag line is usually a single line that describes your website. You can also leave the tag line field blank if you want.

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

Set up Comments Settings

WordPress comes with a built-in comment system allowing your users to leave comments on your posts. This is great for user engagement, but it is targeted by spammers as well.

To deal with this, you’ll need to enable comment moderation on your website.

Visit Settings » Discussions page and scroll down to ‘Before a comment appears’ section. Check the box next to ‘Comment must be manually approved’ option.

Enable comment moderation

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

Create Navigation Menus

Navigation menus allow your users to browse different pages or sections on your website. WordPress comes with a powerful navigation menu system, and your WordPress theme utilizes this system to display menus.

Navigation menus on a website

Let’s add a navigation menu to your website.

First, you need to visit Appearance » Menus page. Enter a name for your navigation menu and click on the create menu button.

Creating a new menu

WordPress will now create your navigation menu. But it will be empty at the moment.

Next, you need to select the pages you want to display in your menu and then click on add to menu button.

Add pages to WordPress menu

You will notice your selected pages filling the empty area of your navigation menu. You can move them up and down to rearrange their position in the menu.

Select menu location

Now you need to select a display location. These locations are defined by your WordPress theme. Usually, most WordPress themes have a primary menu that appears on top.

Finally, click on the save menu button to store your navigation menu.

You can now visit your website to see the menu in action.

For more detailed instructions see our beginner’s guide on how to add navigation menu in WordPress.

Step 6. Installing Plugins

WordPress Plugins are like apps for your WordPress site. They allow you to add features to your WordPress site. Think contact form, photo galleries, etc.

There are currently more than 49,000 free plugins available for WordPress. There are also paid plugins sold by third-party websites and developers.

With this many plugins, how do you find which plugins to install? We got you covered there as well, see our guide on how to choose the best WordPress plugin.

Here is our list of essential plugins that you should install on your site right away. All of them are free.

Features

Website Optimization

Security

  • Updraft Plus – Create automatic scheduled backups of your website
  • Sucuri – Website security audit and malware scanner

Need help installing plugins? See our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

For more plugin recommendations check out our list of 24 must have WordPress plugins for business websites.

Step 7. Mastering WordPress

WordPress is easy to use yet extremely powerful. From time to time, you may find yourself looking for some quick answers.

The good news is that there is plenty of free WordPress help available. See our guide on how to properly ask for WordPress support and get it.

WPBeginner itself is the largest WordPress resource site on the internet. You will find the following resources on WPBeginner (all of them are completely free).

  • WPBeginner Blog – This is where we publish our WordPress tutorials, how tos, and step by step guides.
  • WPBeginner Videos – These step by step videos will help you learn WordPress FAST.
  • WPBeginner on YouTube – Need more video instructions? Subscribe to our YouTube channel with more than 52,000 subscribers and 7 Million+ views.
  • WPBeginner Dictionary – The best place for beginners to start and familiarize themselves with the WordPress lingo.
  • WPBeginner Blueprint – Check out plugins, tools, and services we use on WPBeginner.
  • WPBeginner Deals – Exclusive discounts on WordPress products and services for WPBeginner users.

Here are few of our guides that you should bookmark right away. It will save you lots of time and money in the future.

Many of our users use Google to find answers on WPBeginner. Simply type keywords for what you are looking for and add wpbeginner.com at the end.

Can’t find an answer? Send your question directly using our contact form and we will try our best to answer.

Step 7. Taking it Further

So far we have shown you how to make a website, add a theme, and install essential plugins.

Want to take it even further?

Using WordPress you can create powerful niche websites capable of doing a lot more.

For more examples, check out our list of 19 types of websites you can create with WordPress

That’s all for now.

We hope this guide helped you learn how to make a website without hiring a developer or overspending money. You may also want to see our list of 19 actionable tips to drive traffic to your new WordPress site.

If you liked this article, then please subscribe to our YouTube Channel for WordPress video tutorials. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

Web Design Intern

Web Design Intern

About the Job:

We work with companies spanning a diverse set of industries: Financial Services, Real Estate, Technology, Lifestyle, Health & Fitness, Retail, Government, Advocacy, Non Profit, B2B, Legal, Creative…
If there’s a story to tell, a business to promote and a brand to introduce to the digital world, we’re there to make it happen.

Company Description:

MaruAfrica (Pty) Ltd is a growing hosting and value added telecommunications services start-up company headquartered at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria. We use our knowledge and understanding of technology to build solutions with business and societal relevance.

With every project, our goal is to find new and compelling ways to bring brand stories to life by using websites in a way that engages the right audiences and drives action — and do so in a way that makes them care, desire, trust, and connect.

Job Description:

MaruAfrica is looking for a Website Design Intern who will provide essential support for website development projects currently in progress. This position will provide valuable real-life experience working in a fast paced, creative work environment.

Under the direction of our Project Manager, and with one-on-one training with our website design team, the Intern with a keen eye for design will work with our team to solve problems and build innovative web solutions. You will contribute to a wide range of projects and will participate in all stages of design, development, testing, implementation, and maintenance.

We are looking for 20 hours/week time commitment, with a potential to hire on part time this fall.

Previous experience in HTML5, CSS3 and Adobe Suite is required. Any knowledge of WordPress, JavaScript, JQuery or PHP is a huge plus. The right candidate will possess an eagerness to identify, learn, and use new and emerging technologies.

The right candidate will be a quick study, with the ability to work independently and complete assigned tasks on time or ahead of schedule. Prior experience with WordPress is beneficial, though not mandatory, for this position. An eye for design will help to succeed in this position.

Personal skills/attributes

  • Team Player
  • Ability to work independently but under guidance
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making ability
  • Strong time management and people skills
  • High energy, positive attitude
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional work ethic
  • Keen to learn
  • Ability to gather feedback/criticism and translate into finished product

Requirements

  • Up to 1 years’ graphic/web design experience – preferable
  • Degree or diploma in web design or multimedia/graphic design – preferable
  • A very strong sense of visual design
  • Excellent knowledge of Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, and Illustrator)
  • Experience in designing wireframes – preferable
  • Solid knowledge of web standards, cross-browser compatibility, and accessibility
  • Solid knowledge of search engine optimisation (SEO)
  • Experience in WordPress, Bootstrap, HTML, and CSS
  • Strong eye for detail, typography and colour
  • Knowledge of current design and tech trends

MaruAfrica Perks & Benefits:

– Commitment required (minimum 30 hours per week)
– Compensation: Academic Credit & Transportation Stipend
– Our office is located at the Innovation Hub in Lynwood, Pretoria (nice, huh?)
– Music plays constantly – enjoy it

 

IF YOU THINK THIS JOB IS FOR YOU

Why WordPress?

WordPress is the most widely-used CMS (Content Management System) for websites.

WordPress always moves with the times and it, therefore, ensures that the platform you use is secure. In addition to this, WordPress is a free software. What this means for you is complete independence because, after all, this website is yours. You can host it wherever you want.

WordPress is also a leader in add-ons. So, if you are looking to add additional features to your website, you have come to the right place, us and WordPress.

Along with advanced plugins, we give you a website toolbox system that lets you add texts, images, galleries etc. very easily.

We hope that, at this point, we have convinced you. If you are looking for a new website that is perfect for whatever comes your way but you do not want to spend tens of thousands of Rands, all you have to do is fill in the form. It takes 30 minutes to create your new website (customization will take a bit longer).

Independent Sales Representative

Part-Time Independent Sales Representative Contract

MaruAfrica has openings for motivated individuals operating in South Africa with customer service experience who want to be part of a fast growing website hosting, connectivity and development company. Potential candidates must be comfortable working independently and as part of a team in website and hosting sales through business networking.

Company and Job Overview:

MaruAfrica is a leading Internet Services Provider (ISP) with offices in Pretoria, Gauteng and a satellite office in Itsoseng, North West. We have been in business for 5 years providing custom website design, website hosting, and VoIP and connectivity services. We are passionate to help local businesses increase their online marketing efforts and effectiveness.

The right candidate will be outgoing, have a strong understanding of website and online marketing, and enjoys connecting with people.

As an independent sales contractor, you will be selling the Mahala Web Design Hosting package, Web Design and Web Hosting Services. You will earn a share of revenue from each account you bring in, and residual annual commission on all Mahala and Website hosting account sales.

Job Highlights:

  • Work from home; weekly/monthly staff meetings.
  • High commission base.
  • Digital business cards, marketing and promotional materials provided.
  • Strong company history, reputation, and portfolio along with name recognition locally.
  • Association with a number of local Brands and Chambers of Commerce.
  • Office space and conference in Pretoria, Lynwood available for client meetings.

The Independent Sales Representative will consult with small to medium sized business owners about their online advertising and marketing needs. Employee must be able to handle all aspects of the sales process, including identifying target clients, analyzing a company’s website needs, showcasing MaruAfrica’s portfolio and explaining website features, closing the sale, and maintaining customer relationships.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Responding to all leads provided by MaruAfrica. This includes arranging in-person or phone meetings, speaking with potential customers about their website needs, and closing sales.
  • Finding new leads through networking, trade shows or conventions, and local advertising.
  • (This one is up to you) 6-8 hours/week attending other networking events to increase company exposure and generate referrals.
  • Identifying prospective clients and working to find leads given specific target markets; generating new leads through networking and referrals.
  • Following up with prospective customers and selling new website features or services to current customers.
  • Promoting some of MaruAfrica’s current and ongoing marketing efforts: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blog posts, E-mail Newsletters, and other marketing campaigns.
  • Periodic cold calling lead generation (recommended for reaching sales quota).
  • Professional company representation; website design portfolio and service overview presentation.
  • Monthly reports summarizing prospects, appointments, and schedule (use of CRM software may assist with this).
  • Meeting monthly sales quotas.

Minimum Qualifications & Experience:

  • THE MOST IMPORTANT: MUST HAVE A WINNING ATTITUDE 
  • Must have B2B company experience.
  • 2 years experience selling products, advertisement, or print preferred.
  • Experience with lead pre-qualification, list management, and digital campaign management.
  • Outgoing personality with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong computer skills, internet savvy, and ability to learn new skills with training.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A strong work ethic: self-disciplined and self-motivated.
  • Organized, detail-oriented, consistently follow up on sales leads.
  • Motivated to make money.

Personal skills/attributes

  • Team Player
  • Ability to work independently but under guidance
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making ability
  • Strong time management and people skills
  • High energy, positive attitude
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional work ethic
  • Keen to learn
  • Ability to gather feedback/criticism and translate into finished product

Having these could work to your advantage

  • BS degree in Marketing, Business or equivalent related field.
  • 3-5+ years of experience in progressive acquisition, lead generation, or digital marketing roles.
  • WordPress, SEO experience; including managing external SEO vendor.

IF YOU THINK THIS JOB IS FOR YOU

Become an Affiliate – Earn extra income

Overview

Earn extra cash with your blog, website or email newsletter.

Making money as an affiliate is a snap. Just place one of our banners or links where your visitors, customers and friends will see it and you’ll earn cash on every qualifying sale made through your ads. Get started by joining one of our partner affiliate networks.

  • Choose from a wide selection of banner and text ads that fit your site.
  • Get paid by direct deposit or check.
  • No cost or minimum purchases – you have nothing to lose!

Unlimited earning potential!
You’ll receive R50 commission on nearly all product sales* made through your affiliate link.

What is an affiliate program?

Our affiliate program pays you for sending your customers to our website. Affiliate marketing programs like ours don’t require any fees and are easy to set up, so there’s no risk to you.

What should I look for in an affiliate program?

The best affiliate programs center on products that are in high demand like domains, hosting, and related products and services. Look for a program that pays out well and that offers great support in case you have questions. It’s a plus if the brand is widely recognized.

Team up with South Africa’s fast growing MVNO

Join MaruAfrica’s domain and hosting affiliate programs – you’ll not only benefit from the credibility of our brand but create new sources of income with very little effort.

Contact Us via affiliates@maru.africa

Click the link below for Full Details

How long does it take to register a domain name and hosting with MaruAfrica?

When registering a domain it can take up to 24 hours for the domain to become active. The hosting can be immediate on activation, or when your website is ready to publish to the worldwide web.

Is there a demo available for website DIY?

MaruAfrica  has a Do It Yourself website builder with the following benefits

  • Drag & Drop Widgets
  • 100’s of Templates
  • 1000’s of Colours
  • Premium Support
  • Instant Activation
  • Daily Backups
  • Spam & Virus Filtering
  • 24/7 Monitoring

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How to create a new e-mail address via Client Area

Setting up a new E-mail address

1. Create an e-mail address:

  • Click on “Services”
  • Select the domain and click “Activate”
  • Scroll down to “Quick Create E-mail Account”
  • Type e-mail destination e.g. JohnDoe@yourdomain.co.za
  • Create a password for the e-mail
  • Click on “Create

 2. Accessing your e-mails:

  • For Web-based client interface go to webmail.yourdomain.co.za
  • Enter your full email address as username (e.g. JohnDoe@yourdomain.co.za)
  • Enter the password you create in step 1 above

E-mail 2 Fax

E-mail 2 Fax Instructions

Open your email client.

Create a new email from the e-mail address used to create a MaruSIP account: e.g.JohnDoe@yourdomain.co.za

Send the To: sendfax@marusip.com

In the Subject put your unique SendFax code: e.g.3871
(To retrieve your code login to marusip.com and navigate to Account > Fax > SendFAX Email Instructions)

In the message body add one or multiple fax numbers spaced and terminated with ##

Example:
27875000000
27115000000
##

Attach a document.
Send the email.

On completion you will receive a delivery report at:
JohnDoe@yourdomain.co.za

How do I choose a domain name?

When you are initially stepping into the World Wide Web, it can become a very daunting experience. What with unfamiliar web jargon and people who seem to know much more than you. At MaruAfrica we aim to provide you with the best internet-based products and services at all times.

Choosing a domain name is the first step in giving your business an online presence. However, knowing what domain name to choose is something you need to pay attention to. Here are a few points to act as a guideline:

Company Name

Your business name is ideally the best domain for you to initially register, as it maintains your company identity and is easily recognisable to your existing clients. Ensure that it is easy to remember and the URL works i.e. short and if possible, try make sure its catchy too!

NOTE: If your business is named Kasi La Ma Kasi Catering – it is far too cumbersome for people to remember exactly, so look at something that is pertinent but shorter, like kasilamakasi.co.za or klmk.co.za.

Creating Choices

If you can afford registering more than one domain, it is a good idea to look for domain names relevant to your business. Create a list so that you have them on hand to check. Search for them here.

This is a good way to ensure people who don’t know your business, can still find you by pointing other domains to your website. You will be able to create traffic via these websites to your website. Using the example above, you could look at registering kasilamcatering, klmkc, catering4kasi, kasicatering4u, etc.

Using TLDs, 2ndTLDs & gTLDs

Consider registering TLD (Top Level Domain) variations of the .co.za domain, especially if your first choice has already been registered by someone else, you may find that the TLD version is still available, e.g. .com, .net, .org or the generic .info gTLD.

NOTE: The .com is the most well recognised TLD, followed by .net, .org and then the generic .info. Again these can all be pointed to your primary website and could gain you an advantage over your competitors.

Using Characters

You may be able to register your company name by using a hyphenated version, e.g. airfresh.co.za may already be registered, then possibly kasi-lam.co.za may still be available. If you do use this then make sure everyone knows about the hyphen, otherwise you will lose potential new customers to the other website. When using numbers as a substitute for a word e.g. 2 and 4, remember that being smart, may not be very clever.

Added to this, it needs to become part of your branding as well, so it becomes more recognisable. The same would apply if you wanted to register themainkasi.co.za, remember to include ‘The’ in the website design and any printed material as well. In the case of catering4klmk, the 4 would have to be accounted for in the rest of the business advertorials.

NOTE: A domain will only accept letters, numbers and the hyphen character, all other characters are unacceptable.

Here at MaruAfrica we also offer you the ability to search for multiple domains, as well as to register for multiple domains. Should you be looking to transfer an existing domain to us, then please click here.

How to login to cPanel

How to login to cPanel

This demo assumes you’ve already opened your browser and entered your cPanel login URL.

Now log in to your cPanel account using the username and password provided to you.

1 Enter your username here.

2 Then enter your password here.

3 Then click log in.

 

That’s it! You’re now logged in to cPanel, and can begin to setup email addresses, parked domains, databases, shopping carts, and dozens of other features!

4 To logout of cPanel, click the logout icon here.

This is the end of the tutorial. Be sure to check out the other cPanel tutorials to learn all the great features available to you.