Japanese Internet services firm Z.com has expanded to the Philippines, making its offerings such as domain registration and Web hosting now available in the local market.
The company is backed by the GMO Internet Group, said to be Japan?s market leader in Internet services since 1991. In 2014, the group made headlines when it bought the domain “Z.com” for $6.8 million in its attempt to create a simple and memorable name on the Web.
This also signaled the group’s online expansion, as it is now present in Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and now, the Philippines.
Through Z.com, the company said the Philippines can now avail of GMO Internet Group?s products at some of the most competitive price points in the local market. It aims to provide a one-stop shop for Filipinos to build their presence online. Its services include:
- Domains — Z.com offers the most competitive domain name prices in the market, from popular ones (.com, .biz, .net, etc), to new generic top-level domains such as .shop, .xyz, .link, and more. All prices include free domain privacy protection, which is a paid add-on for other domain name providers. GMO Internet Group is the first to be accredited by ICANN in Asia. Today, the group is managing over 14 million domain names.
- Web Hosting — Z.com provides a range of hosting services including shared hosting, VPS hosting, and WordPress optimized hosting. Plans start at P166/month, which gives users access to cPanel control panel and Cloudmark Authority spam filter. Z.com has servers located in the United States, Singapore, and Tokyo.
- SSL — SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), are small data files that protect users? data on websites and enable https encryption. Websites with SSL certificates not only give customers more peace of mind, but can also improve trust and search ranking for websites — which is why it is becoming a top must-have, especially for eCommerce websites. ?Z.com SSL Certification is available at P12,200 per year, but if subscribed to any of Z.com Hosting plans (Web or WordPress), it can be added for P70 per month.
The company said all services come with free local support, with a customer-support team based in Makati.
“Our mission is to bring ‘Internet for Everyone,’ and we do that through products that are accessible, affordable and easy to use,” said Andy Koo, general manager of GMO-Z.com Philippines.
“True to our Japanese heritage, we adhere to the principle of simplicity. Z.com aims to bring simplicity to technology — so that anyone who wants to go online can easily do so with our products.”