Best Web Hosting For Your Money – June 2014

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Introduction

Time flies. I can’t believe it’s already time for a new guide. In fact, I missed a month.

A couple of hosting companies have changed their pricing. Gridhost moved all their hosting to South Africa. I believe that they were bought by Web Africa. However I can’t confirm this but it’s very likely.

This guide only looks at features and pricing. I also give preference to packages that are hosted locally. At this stage I can’t say how good the support is or what the speeds are like.

There are 17 companies listed in this month’s 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?
Webspacebar-50mbR4.95 PMUnlimited50 MBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
MI HOST-BronzeR6 PMUnlimited100 MBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Gridhost-NewbieR8.95 PMUnlimited70 MBYes152No1
Ample Hosting-ZincR9 PM100 GB500 MBNo51Yes1
Afrihost-Bronze HomeR9 PMUnlimited300 MBYes5NoYes1
Hostking-StarterR9 PMUnlimited500 MBYes10UnlimitedYes1
Frikkadel-Just the SauceR9 PMUnlimited50 MBNoUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Webspacebar-100mbR9.95 PMUnlimited100 MBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Host4Africa-Tungsten HostingR9.99 PMUnlimited350 MBNo101Yes1
Webspacebar-250mbR12.95 PMUnlimited250 MBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Webspacebar-500mbR15.95 PMUnlimited500 MBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Cybersmart-BlueR18 PMUnlimited2 GBYes25YesNo?
Webspacebar-750mbR18.95 PMUnlimited750 MBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Web Africa-StarterR19 PM750 MB750 MBYes5NoYes1
Afrihost-Silver HomeR19 PMUnlimited750 MBYes25NoYes1
Hetzner-MicroR19 PMUnlimited1 GBYes20NoNo1
Webspacebar-1GigR21.95 PMUnlimited1 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Domaincheap-MicroR24 PMUnlimited2 GBYes200Yes?
Hostking-BasicR24 PMUnlimited1 GBYes25UnlimitedYes1
Webspacebar-2GigR24.95 PMUnlimited2 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Gridhost-BloggerR24.95 PMUnlimited2 GBYes303Yes5
Frikkadel-Standar PlateR25 PMUnlimited250 MBNoUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Ample Hosting-BronzeR29 PM200 GB5 GBYes155Yes?
@lantic-LinuxWebR29 PMUnlimited100 MBYesNone1No1
MWEB-LiteR29 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYes11Yes1
Webspacebar-3GigR29.95 PMUnlimited3 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Serve Hosting-Serve 1R29.99 PM12.5 GB1 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimitedNo10
MI HOST-SilverR31 PMUnlimited500 MBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Webspacebar-4GigR34.95 PMUnlimited4 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Elitehost-UnlimitedR35 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNo1
Cybersmart-YellowR38 PMUnlimited4 GBYes75YesNo?
Afrihost-Gold HomeR39 PMUnlimited2 000 MBYes751Yes1
Hetzner-Micro ProR39 PMUnlimited2 GBYes50NoNo1
Web Africa-StandardR39 PMUnlimited2 GBYes151Yes2
Webspacebar-5GigR39.95 PMUnlimited5 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Host4Africa-Copper HostingR39.99 PMUnlimited2.5 GBNo351Yes1
Hostking-StandardR42 PMUnlimited2 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
Frikkadel-The Works!R45 PMUnlimited2 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
MI HOST-GoldR46 PMUnlimited1 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Cybersmart-GreenR48 PMUnlimited10 GBYes200YesNo?
Afrihost-Platinum HomeR49 PMUnlimited3 000 MBYes2005Yes1
Ample Hosting-SilverR49 PM300 GB10 GBYes3510Yes?
MWEB-ProR49 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYes52Yes1
Domains.co.za-Budget PlanR49 PM5 GB2 GBYes255Yes1
Domaincheap-StarterR50 PMUnlimited4 GBYes301Yes?

Cheapest of the Cheap: Cybersmart

Cybersmart Pink is still the cheapest. It’s free plus you get a database so you can host a WordPress site on it.

The Most Space: Elitehost

MWEB has an option for R29 per month that allows for unlimited space but you only get one email address. If that doesn’t bother you then go for them since they are the cheapest. Elitehost’s Unlimited package just seems more practical so I will go with them this time around.

Most Sites on a Single Package: Webspacebar

For only R5 a month you can fit as many websites as you like in 50MB. The most realistic very cheap package that can host unlimited domains would be with MI HOST. Either the 100MB or 500MB option.

Medium sized website (R50 to R100)

CostTrafficHDD SpaceLocalEmailsDatabasesFree DomainDomains
Gridhost-TechieR59.95 PMUnlimited4 GBYesUnlimited10Yes10
Gridhost-Corner StoreR59.95 PMUnlimited4 GBYesUnlimited10Yes10
Webspacebar-10GigR59.95 PMUnlimited10 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Host4Africa-Silver HostingR59.99 PMUnlimited5 GBNo5005Yes2
Elitehost-Unlimited PlusR60 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNo3
Afrihost-Bronze proR65 PMUnlimited4 GBYes50020Yes1
Ample Hosting-GoldR79 PM400 GB20 GBYes5020Yes?
Ample Hosting-GoldR79 PM200 GB20 GBYes2510Yes?
Web Africa-PremiumR79 PMUnlimited5 GBYes100100Yes100
Elitehost-BusinessR89.95 PM45 GB10 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNo1
Serve Hosting-Serve 2R89.99 PM36.5 GB3 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimitedNo25
Cybersmart-AquaR98 PMUnlimited20 GBYesUnlimitedYesNo?
Afrihost-Silver ProR99 PMUnlimited10 GBYes2000100Yes1
Hetzner-BasicR99 PMUnlimited5 GBYes1005No10
Domaincheap-SilverR99 PMUnlimited10 GBYes505Yes?
MI HOST-EliteR99 PMUnlimited2 GByesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Hostking-BusinessR99 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
MWEB-UltraR99 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYes103Yes2
Domains.co.za-Value PlanR99 PMUnlimited5 GBYes10010Yes5
Webspacebar-20GigR99.95 PMUnlimited20 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Host4Africa-Gold HostingR99.99 PMUnlimited12.5 GBNo2000100Yes5

Unlimited Everything: Hostking

It has taken a long while but finally we have a hosting package for under R100 that’s unlimited! Yes, that’s right folks, the space, bandwidth, domains allowed, emails and databases are all unlimited. Plus you get a free domain. This is currently the package to beat!

Best deal for R100 or less Webspacebar – 10 Gig

Technically the Hostking offer is better, except if you want something R40 cheaper and you are only limited by the 10GB space.

Large with fries (R100+)

CostTrafficHDD SpaceLocalEmailsDatabasesFree DomainDomains
Ample Hosting-PlatinumR129 PM500 GB40 GBYes7025Yes?
Ample Hosting-PlatinumR129 PM400 GB40 GBYes7550Yes?
Gridhost-GuruR129.95 PMUnlimited15 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYes30
Gridhost-Shopping CentreR129.95 PMUnlimited15 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYes30
Elitehost-Unlimited ProR140 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNo7
Hetzner-StandardR149 PMUnlimited10 GBYes25010No25
Domains.co.za-Pro PlanR149 PMUnlimited15 GBYes20015Yes10
Serve Hosting-Serve 3R149.99 PM66.5 GB5 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimitedNo50
Host4Africa-Platinum HostingR159.99 PMUnlimited25 GBNo5000200Yes10
Afrihost-Gold ProR165 PMUnlimited20 GBYes5000200Yes1
Elitehost-Business PlusR169.95 PM90 GB20 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNo3
@lantic-LinuxWeb+R179 PMUnlimited2 000 MBYes2505NoUnlimited
Ample Hosting-DiamondR199 PM600 GB60 GBYes200100Yes?
Domaincheap-GoldR199 PMUnlimited50 GBYes10010Yes?
Domains.co.za-Expert PlanR199 PMUnlimited20 GBYes50020Yes20
Web Africa-Premium PlusR199 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
Hetzner-AdvancedR279 PMUnlimited15 GBYes50020No50
Elitehost-Business ProR319.95 PM180 GB40 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNo7
Host4Africa-Rhodium HostingR389.99 PMUnlimited60 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimitedYes25
@lantic-Linux UltimateR399 PMUnlimited4 000 MBYes50020NoUnlimited
Afrihost-Platinum ProR399 PMUnlimited50 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYes1
Hetzner-MasterR439 PM100 GB / Unlimited20 GBYes100040No75

Unlimited Everything (Part 2): Web Africa

For months there were no packages that were completely unlimited and now there are two hosting companies who are offering them. Web Africa’s Premium Plus cost double that of Hostking’s one. I don’t know if it’s faster, or if you will get better extras. It’s one of the biggest hosting companies in South Africa though and some people may like that.

Windows Shared Hosting

CostTrafficHDD SpaceLocalEmailsDatabasesFree DomainDomains
Hostking-StarterR9 PMUnlimited500 MBYes10UnlimitedYes1
Cybersmart-BlueR18 PMUnlimited2 GBYes25YesNo?
Web Africa-StarterR19 PM750 MB750 MBYes5NoYes1
Hostking-BasicR24 PMUnlimited1 GBYes25UnlimitedYes1
MWEB-LiteR29 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYes11Yes1
Afrihost-Bronze HomeR29 PMUnlimited300 MBYes5NoYes1
Cybersmart-YellowR38 PMUnlimited4 GBYes75YesNo?
Hostking-StandardR42 PMUnlimited2 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
Cybersmart-GreenR48 PMUnlimited10 GBYes200YesNo?
MWEB-ProR49 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYes52Yes1
Afrihost-Silver HomeR59 PMUnlimited750 MBYes25YesYes1
@lantic-WinWebR79 PMUnlimited200 MBYesNone1No1
Web Africa-PremiumR79 PMUnlimited5 GBYes100100Yes100
Cybersmart-AquaR98 PMUnlimited20 GBYesUnlimitedYesNo?
MWEB-UltraR99 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYes103Yes2
Afrihost-Gold HomeR99 PMUnlimited2 000 MBYes75YesYes1
Hostking-BusinessR99 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
Afrihost-Platinum HomeR149 PMUnlimited3 000 MBYes200YesYes1
Afrihost-Bronze ProR199 PMUnlimited4 GBYes500YesYes1
@lantic-WinWeb+R199 PMUnlimited2 000 MBYes2501NoUnlimited
Web Africa-Premium PlusR199 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
Afrihost-Silver ProR249 PMUnlimited10 GBYes2000YesYes1
Afrihost-Gold ProR349 PMUnlimited20 GBYes5000YesYes1
Afrihost-Platinum ProR599 PMUnlimited50 GBYesUnlimitedYesYes1

Cheapest of the Cheap (Windows Edition): Hostking

It’s crazy cheap for what you get. R9 a month and it includes a free .co.za domain. For a .NET developer like me it’s a nice place to host some experiments.

Best Windows Hosting Deal: Hostking – Standard

Web Africa won this in the last guide but Hostking came out with some new prices that destroy the competition. R42 per month and only limits you on the storage space. I’d say that’s the best deal of the lot.

Final Word

Hosting is getting cheaper every month and because of that I will also change hosting soon. I’m also thinking of dropping WordPress and going with a .NET blog. It will just make my life easier. If anyone can recommend a good .NET blogging platform, please let me know.

If you have any comments or questions you are welcome to post your comments here. Also, I’m not building any links for this blog. If you find it useful please share it. I will appreciate it dearly.

*edit* Domains.co.za is also now included in this guide.

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