Namibian Domain Names

Background on Namibian Domain Names

Websites for Namibian companies on the world-wide web are few and far between. It is expensive to register a domain name with a .na extension. Namibian businesses don’t want to pay that a lot of money for a domain name, much less have a website.

There are a couple of articles on the web that mentions a certain Dr Eberhard Lisse that owns the Namibian TLD (Top Level Domain). Apparently he is using it to improve his own personal wealth. Most TLDs around the world are owned by non-profits. Namibia has the second most expensive TLD in the world according to Alex Hagan, Instructor at The Futures School. Namibian TLDs cost about $5,000 US Dollars. 

Namibian Domain Name Registrars

There are a number of businesses in Namibia that can register Namibian domain names. Namibia Network Information Centre has a list of accredited registrars. You can see the complete list of accredited registrars here.

What Does It Cost

I clicked on a couple of links to see if I could find a price but nothing on the actual website. You’ll probably have to contact the registrar by emailing or calling them. The big ones that immediately spring to mind are Telecom Namibia, Paratus Telecom, Binary City and Gijima (now owned by VEYA).

Telecom Namibia was able to offer a price list here. The top-level .na domain name will sit you back at least N$4,500 (VAT inclusive) once off. It costs N$3,600 annually (but it says its once-off, which doesn’t really make sense). The secondary level .com.na domain is N$500 once off (VAT inclusive), which seems much more affordable than the top-level domain.

This really begs the question, is it really worth it to have a top-level or secondary level domain when other domains go for much cheaper. Sure there are a lot of the names already registered, but that just forces you to be a lot more creative. Newer domains are started to pop out, meaning .com isn’t your only solution. You can go for .shop or .store if you have an online store or go for something funky like .xyz. You don’t have to limit yourself.

Limiting yourself would be keeping that same old Gmail address you created in high school that has become highly inappropriate to put on your CV. Check out my store for all my latest offerings.

eVoting Application

This is my first post on Coding Beaver. I wasn’t too sure what to post first. I have some time on my hands and thought that I’d share an application I created at school for a database programming class.

This was a group project and I was the only developer in our group. The class was combination of students studying different strands of IT. Some students are doing Informatics, some System Administration and then there’s the software developers.

The project presented a lot of challenges but I managed to get it done in time for presentation. This application scored our group almost full marks but we lacked in other areas like our maintenance plan and manual. App development isn’t only about lines and lines of code but the documentation also has to be considered.

For the assignment we could come up with any sort of application that uses a database, but we do need to consider the time required to develop the application. One of our group members came up with a voting application for our Student Representation Council (SRC). It seemed easy enough at the time.

The SRC will be using the application and set up all the candidates for the next election as well as communicate the winners of the election after voting has completed. The application is pretty straightforward. Here are a couple of screenshots of all the screens in the application  as well as a download link.

eVoting Application

http://Election%20Startup%20Screen

Election Startup Screen

This is the first screen of the application. Here the SRC can either continue with a previously setup election or create a new one.

http://Election%20Setup%20Screen

Election Setup Screen

This is where the SRC would enter the parameters like the amount of candidates and SRC members for an upcoming election.

http://Add%20Candidate%20Screen

Add Candidate Screen

This is where the SRC would enter the details of each candidate for the upcoming election.

http://Voter%20Login%20Screen

Voter Login Screen

This is where the voter (aka student) enter their student number to vote.

http://Voter%20Registration%20Screen

Voter Registration Screen

This is where the voter would enter their details before going to the ballot screen.

http://Ballot%20Screen

Ballot Screen

This screen shows each candidate for a particular election and their basic details that the voter can vote for.

http://Voting%20Results%20Screen

Voting Results Screen

This is where the SRC can see a bar graph of the amount of votes each candidate got for a particular election as well as the ages of the voters.