Best Web Hosting For Your Money – January 2014

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Introduction

Time flies. I’m sure that many people will agree with me on that. It’s been two months since the last time when I published one of these guides.

It’s something that I thought about and it will stay that way. The Best Web Hosting guides will now be published bimonthly (as in every second month, not twice a month). The reason for that is simple. It takes time to do these and the hosts aren’t updating their prices that frequently. So instead of wasting time I will now update the prices on the site once a month.

There’s been a couple of requests regarding the guide and the website. Sortable tables is definitely something I will look into. I’ve also tried to make the site a bit easier to navigate. All links are now underlined and the list of South African web hosts on the right should be easier to spot now.

Virtual Private Servers deserve a guide like this and I’m looking to make one in the next month or so. Especially after Afrihost’s problems with their cloud servers these last couple of months. Everyone was looking to move to a different hosting company and unfortunately this guide only features shared hosting.

New this month is Hostking who has really impressed me with their pricing. Some of the hosts have also changed their pricing or their hosting packages completely.

14 South African hosting companies are featured in this post:

Categories

Linux Shared Hosting
-Cheapest of the cheap (R0 to R50)
-Medium sized website (R50 to R100)
-Large with fries (R100+)
Windows Shared Hosting
Final Word

Note that if you click on a row in these tables then it will show more information on the package. Links to the hosts are shown for the winners or you can use the List of South African under the site navigation to the right.

Linux Shared Hosting

Cheapest of the cheap (R0 to R50)

CostTrafficHDD SpaceLocalEmailsDatabasesFree DomainDomains
Cybersmart-PinkR0 PMUnlimited600 MBYes5YesNo?
Domaincheap-FreeR0 PMUnlimited700 MBYes1NoNo?
Hostking-FreeR0 PM1 GB250 MBYes11No1
MI HOST-BronzeR6 PMUnlimited100 MBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Gridhost-PersonalR8.95 PMUnlimited70 MBNo152No1
Afrihost-Bronze HomeR9 PMUnlimited300 MBYes5NoYes1
Hostking-StarterR9 PMUnlimited500 MBYes10UnlimitedYes1
Host4Africa-Basic HostingR9.99 PMUnlimited50 MBNo51No1
Cybersmart-BlueR18 PMUnlimited2 GBYes25YesNo?
Afrihost-Silver HomeR19 PMUnlimited750 MBYes25NoYes1
Hetzner-MicroR19 PM1.5 GB / 5 GB1 GBYes20NoNo1
Web Africa-StarterR19 PM750 MB750 MBYes5NoYes1
Domaincheap-MicroR24 PMUnlimited2 GBYes200Yes?
Hostking-BasicR24 PMUnlimited1 GBYes25UnlimitedYes1
Gridhost-BloggerR24.95 PMUnlimited2 GBNo303No3
Gridhost-PersonalR26.95 PM3 GB800 MBYes152No1
MWEB-LiteR29 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYes1 x 50mb1Yes1
@lantic-LinuxWebR29 PMUnlimited100 MBYesNone1No1
Serve Hosting-Serve 1R29.99 PM12.5 GB1 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimitedNo10
MI HOST-SilverR31 PMUnlimited500 MBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Elitehost-UnlimitedR35 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNo1
Cybersmart-YellowR38 PMUnlimited4 GBYes75YesNo?
Afrihost-Gold HomeR39 PMUnlimited2 000 MBYes751Yes1
Hetzner-Micro ProR39 PM3 GB / 10 GB2 GBYes50NoNo1
Host4Africa-Standard HostingR39.99 PMUnlimited250 MBNo151No1
Hostking-StandardR42 PMUnlimited2 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
MI HOST-GoldR46 PMUnlimited1 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Cybersmart-GreenR48 PMUnlimited10 GBYes200YesNo?
Afrihost-Platinum HomeR49 PMUnlimited3 000 MBYes2005Yes1
Ample Hosting-Silver-UR49 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimitedUnlimitedNo1
Ample Hosting-SilverR49 PM10 GB5 GBYes3510No?
MWEB-ProR49 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYes5 x 50mb2Yes1
Gridhost-StorefrontR49.95 PM6 GB2 GBYes205No2
Domaincheap-StarterR50 PMUnlimited4 GBYes301Yes?

Three of the hosts now offer free hosting. Hostking has joined Domaincheap and Cybersmart. There are some really cheap hosting packages available. For most small sites these would suffice. Unfortunately I can’t speculate about the speed of the sites but the prices are good!

Cheapest of the Cheap: Cybersmart

Cybersmart is still the champion of free hosting. Unlimited traffic (I wonder if they will force you to upgrade if you get too much traffic) plus access to a database makes it truly the cheapest of the cheap.

The Most Space: MWEB

I still can’t help but wonder how much space their acceptable use policy will allow. It’s something worth investigating before going with them for the unlimited HDD space.

Most Sites on a Single Package: MI HOST

Limited only by the amount of HDD space, you can host as many sites as you want with MI HOST. For a couple of small sites you need to look no further.

Best Low Cost Deal: Hostking Starter

It’s such a difficult choice and it will really depend on your needs. I think most people will want to host a single website and they will need a domain. I’m sure they also won’t want to worry about exceeding their allotted bandwidth. Hostking’s Starter package offers all that plus 10 email addresses, unlimited databases and 500MB space. The domain is free. It’s a great offer that will work for most people out there.

Medium sized website (R50 to R100)

CostTrafficHDD SpaceLocalEmailsDatabasesFree DomainDomains
Gridhost-StandardR59.95 PMUnlimited4 GBNoUnlimited10No10
Elitehost-Unlimited PlusR60 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNo3
Afrihost-Bronze proR65 PMUnlimited4 GBYes50020Yes1
Host4Africa-Power HostingR69.99 PMUnlimited750 MBNo301No2
Web Africa-PremiumR79 PMUnlimited5 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
Ample Hosting-GoldR79 PM20 GB10 GBYes5020No?
Ample Hosting-GoldR79 PM100 GB5 GBYes2510No?
Gridhost-BloggerR79.95 PM9 GB4 GBYes303No3
Elitehost-BusinessR89.95 PM30 GB10 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNo1
Serve Hosting-Serve 2R89.99 PM36.5 GB3 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimitedNo25
Cybersmart-AquaR98 PMUnlimited20 GBYesUnlimitedYesNo?
Afrihost-Silver ProR99 PMUnlimited10 GBYes2000100Yes1
Hetzner-BasicR99 PM20 GB / Unlimited5 GBYes1005No10
Domaincheap-SilverR99 PMUnlimited10 GBYes505Yes?
MI HOST-EliteR99 PMUnlimited2 GByesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Hostking-BusinessR99 PMUnlimited5 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
MWEB-UltraR99 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYes10 x 50mb3Yes2
Host4Africa-Mega HostingR99.99 PMUnlimited1.5 GBNo751No5

Almost Unlimited – Local: Web Africa and Elitehost

The same as last time. Web Africa limits you to 5 GB hard drive space and Elitehost limits you to 3 domains. It’s the closest to unlimited you can get for that price locally.

Unlimited Everything – International: Nothing!

Ample Hosting has dropped their truly unlimited packages so there’s nothing left in this price class that’s truly unlimited.

Best deal for R100 or less Web Africa

I’m staying with my choice of Web Africa. Their Premium account has everything you need for biggish sites. At R79 per month is just looks to be the best deal for a website that’s hosted locally.

Large with fries (R100+)

CostTrafficHDD SpaceLocalEmailsDatabasesFree DomainDomains
Ample Hosting-PlatinumR129 PM40 GB20 GBYes7525No?
Ample Hosting-PlatinumR129 PMUnlimited10 GBYes7550No?
Gridhost-BusinessR129.95 PM15 GB8 GBYes605No5
Gridhost-UnlimitedR129.95 PMUnlimited15 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
Elitehost-Unlimited ProR140 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNo7
Hetzner-StandardR149 PM30 GB / Unlimited10 GBYes25010No25
Gridhost-WarehouseR149.95 PM20 GB10 GBYes6015Yes3
Host4Africa-Ultra HostingR149.99 PMUnlimited3 GBNo1002No10
Serve Hosting-Serve 3R149.99 PM66.5 GB5 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimitedNo50
Afrihost-Gold ProR165 PMUnlimited20 GBYes5000200Yes1
Elitehost-Business PlusR169.95 PM60 GB20 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNo3
@lantic-LinuxWeb+R179 PMUnlimited2 000 MBYes2505NoUnlimited
Ample Hosting-DiamondR199 PMUnlimited20 GBYes200100No?
Domaincheap-GoldR199 PMUnlimited50 GBYes10010Yes?
Web Africa-Premium PlusR199 PMUnlimited20 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
Web Africa-Premium PlusR199 PMUnlimited20 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
Host4Africa-Extreme HostingR199.99 PMUnlimited5 GBNo2005No25
Gridhost-ProR249.95 PM30 GB16 GBYes1208Yes10
Ample Hosting-Platinum PlusR259 PM80 GB40 GBYes10050Yes?
Hetzner-AdvancedR279 PM50 GB / Unlimited15 GBYes50020No50
Elitehost-Business ProR319.95 PM120 GB40 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNo7
@lantic-Linux UltimateR399 PMUnlimited4 000 MBYes50020NoUnlimited
Afrihost-Platinum ProR399 PMUnlimited50 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYes1
Hetzner-MasterR439 PM100 GB / Unlimited20 GBYes100040No75

Almost Unlimited Everything (Part 2) Local: Elitehost

Nothing much has changed in the more expensive packages. The closest you get to unlimited is with Elitehost’s Unlimited Pro.

Unlimited Everything (Part 2) International: None!

Ample Hosting dropped most of their unlimited hosting plans. Even if it was internationally hosted it’s a shame that it’s not available anymore.

In my opinion you should most likely get a good hosting option for prices less that R100 per month. If you do want something faster then I suppose these will suffice but then you can just as well start looking at cheap vps or cloud servers.

Windows Shared Hosting

CostTrafficHDD SpaceLocalEmailsDatabasesFree DomainDomains
Hostking-FreeR0 PM1 GB250 MBYes11No1
Hostking-StarterR9 PMUnlimited500 MBYes10UnlimitedYes1
Cybersmart-BlueR18 PMUnlimited2 GBYes25YesNo?
Web Africa-StarterR19 PM750 MB750 MBYes5NoYes1
Hostking-BasicR24 PMUnlimited1 GBYes25UnlimitedYes1
MWEB-LiteR29 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYes1 x 50mb1Yes1
Afrihost-Bronze HomeR29 PMUnlimited300 MBYes5YesYes1
Cybersmart-YellowR38 PMUnlimited4 GBYes75YesNo?
Hostking-StandardR42 PMUnlimited2 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
Cybersmart-GreenR48 PMUnlimited10 GBYes200YesNo?
MWEB-ProR49 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYes5 x 50mb2Yes1
Afrihost-Silver HomeR59 PMUnlimited750 MBYes25YesYes1
@lantic-WinWebR79 PMUnlimited200 MBYesNone1No1
Web Africa-PremiumR79 PMUnlimited5 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
Cybersmart-AquaR98 PMUnlimited20 GBYesUnlimitedYesNo?
MWEB-UltraR99 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYes10 x 50mb3Yes2
Afrihost-Gold HomeR99 PMUnlimited2 000 MBYes75YesYes1
Hostking-BusinessR99 PMUnlimited5 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
Afrihost-Platinum HomeR149 PMUnlimited3 000 MBYes200YesYes1
Afrihost-Bronze ProR199 PMUnlimited4 GBYes500YesYes1
@lantic-WinWeb+R199 PMUnlimited2 000 MBYes2501NoUnlimited
Web Africa-Premium PlusR199 PMUnlimited20 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
Afrihost-Silver ProR249 PMUnlimited10 GBYes2000YesYes1
Afrihost-Gold ProR349 PMUnlimited20 GBYes5000YesYes1
Afrihost-Platinum ProR599 PMUnlimited50 GBYesUnlimitedYesYes1

Cheapest of the Cheap (Windows Edition): Hostking

A new category! With some of the unlimited packages we lost we get a new king in a different category. Free Windows hosting! It even includes a database. Nicely done Hostking for being able to offer this. Of course as a C# developer I’m a bit biased towards Windows hosting environments but it truly is a nice feat.

Cheapest Worthwhile Deal: Hostking

R9 a month with unlimited traffic and a free domain. I wish I knew of this earlier!

Best Windows Hosting Deal: Web Africa

If you will be hosting a couple of sites and want one place to have them all then Web Africa’s package still seems like the best option.

Final Word

As with the previous guides I can only make judgement on the prices and the features you get for your hard-earned money. What the speed or support is like I can honestly not tell you. Many of the hosting companies will let you try out their hosting for a short while to try them out. Well the small ones do.

If you have any questions, comments or see any mistakes please comment below. I try to be as accurate as possible and will make changes to the guide if needed.

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