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 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.

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