How WhoGoHost plans to shape Nigerian business owners’ future with ‘#takeItOnline’ campaign
Frontline web hosting company WhoGoHost recently kicked off a campaign titled #TakeItOnline to enable Nigerian business owners see the benefits of owning a web space.
In this interview with ADAKU ONYENUCHEYA, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Toba Obaniyi, gives an insight into the world of domain, web hosting and what owning a website as a business entails.
Kindly introduce yourself to our readers
My name is Oluwatoba Obaniyi and currently run WhoGoHost Limited as the CEO. I am married to my beautiful friend and confidant, Yetunde and we have a lovely daughter, Ebunoluwa.
Could you briefly tell us about your educational background?
I am a graduate of Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University.
When did you join WhoGoHost and how?
I was introduced to WhoGoHost by her founder, Opeyemi Awoyemi in 2010. Back then; WhoGoHost was basically a reseller and a business arm of ennovate Nigeria, also a company founded by Opeyemi.
He felt it was time to grow the business to the next level. He saw something in me and trusted me to take the business that had so much potential to the next level.
I was still green around the ears but I had passion and that was enough to start with. My passion drove me to learn, never give up, and thinks of ways to improve the services we offer. I believe the never-give- up attitude was crucial in getting WhoGoHost and I to where we are today.
Tell us a bit about WhoGoHost and the services the company offer
Whogohost is Nigeria’s leading web hosting company and foremost .NG domain registrars. We currently host over 50,000 SMEs. We offer web services that help take businesses online quickly.
Online, businesses can reach more clients than they could have been able to reach using traditional means of telling people about their goods and services.
We also offer add-on services that would help improve our user experience. Some of our offerings include Domain registration, Shared Hosting, G-Suite, Cloud hosting, Virtual Servers, SSL certificates, Code Guard Backup, Sitelock, Website designs etc.
It’s like your one-stop shop for all your business needs online. Our aim is to deliver reliable technology services that delight and improve the lives and businesses of our customers.
As the CEO, what are the biggest challenges you’ve faced in terms of Web Hosting?
We run a 24/7 service that does not give us the luxury of going offline as we manage a lot of websites. The amount of money we spend on other means of getting electricity is quite expensive so constant electricity is a challenge. Getting constant electricity from the electricity providers will indeed help us and other businesses like ours earn more money.
We are aware you recently kicked off a campaign, tell us about it
#TakeItOnline is a campaign we kicked off out of our love to help businesses grow. We have benefited so much from running an online business and realise that most businesses are unaware of the many benefits owning a website guarantees their businesses.
For the sole purpose of helping businesses grow this year, we are giving business owners 50 percent off professional web design, 20 percent off Shared hosting and 20 percent off site builder (this is a software that allows people build their websites themselves with no technical knowledge required).
What is the sole purpose behind the campaign?
he sole purpose of this campaign is to help businesses grow this year by helping them take it from offline to online where they can reach more customers.
What is the benefit of having a website to a typical Nigerian business owner?
The benefits of owning a website for businesses are endless. Owning a website provides social proof and credibility for your business. Rather than promote your social media username/handle to sell your products, you can promote your own website.
Promoting your website will help you build a customer base whom you can re-market your products to and make loyal customers. You build your brand and give it the credibility it needs. The list is endless.
After obtaining a domain, tell us briefly how customers can get their website?
The 50percent off web design offer is a three in one package that gives you hosting, domain and web design. So even if you do not previously own a domain name or hosting account, we’ve got you covered.
All you have to do is go to www.whogohost.com/takeitonline to select your preferred package, request a quote and our web design team will follow up with you. If you previously own a domain name and hosting, do the above and our web design team will work their magic on your business’s web design project.
Are there value-added services that come with acquiring a website on your platform?
For businesses interested in owning e-commerce websites, we will link them up with reliable and affordable courier services that will help them deliver goods to their customers.
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