Welcome to this month's guide! Due to some problems last month I had to move the guide release to May. It will work better in the future too which is a bonus.
This month we welcome a new host to Hosting Web. It's a big well known host internationally that's joined South Africa recently: GoDaddy
Overall there haven't been any price changes since the previous guide which is to be expected this time of the year.
If you wish to skip the article and rather compare the prices yourself, just click on the following button:
There are 18 companies listed in this month's guide. To visit any of them just click on the following links:
- Ample Hosting
- MI HOST
Linux Shared Hosting
This is probably what you are looking for since most of the world's web hosting is on Linux.Cheapest of the Cheap: Cybersmart - Pink - R0
Pay nothing and get quite a bit. You have to pay for a domain however and the domain is more expensive than at other places. So it may be worthwhile to rather go for a cheap package which includes a free domain name.Best Low Cost Value for Money: Hostking - cPanel Tiny - R25.00
For most people that's reading this guide, this is probably the package that you are looking for. You get a free domain, a website builder, 2GB space and unlimited bandwidth.One Site With Everything Unlimited: Elitehost - Unlimited - R35
I think Elitehost has taken this spot since I can remember. The price hasn't increased either and that's very impressive. Basically you can host one site without any major limitations.Unlimited Everything: Ramkat - Unlimited - R110
This is the package to take if you don't want to be limited. As many sites as you want. I'm sure there must be some limits but for most people you can host as many sites as you want for R110 a month. It's not hosted locally however. For something local you can go with: Hostking Business for R174 per month.
Windows Shared Hosting
Some sites are required to be hosted on Windows, even though this becoming rarer by the day. Especially with .NET Core these days.
Hosting Web is hosted on Winity and makes use of Windows hosting. For those interested in a cheap overseas virtual machine.Cheapest of the Cheap (Windows Edition): Cybersmart - Blue - R25.20
Cybersmart is the cheapest in both Linux and Windows hosting. Not a bad price at all!Best Windows Hosting Deal: Hostking - Standard - R70
If you are looking for ASP.NET hosting then this is probably your best option. Unfortunately Windows hosting is more expensive than the Linux hosting. So it's very similar to the cPanel Tiny package but more expensive just because it's Windows.
General AwardsCheapest Domain: Frikkadel - .co.za - R57.50
You can actually get a domain at GoDaddy for R10 but it's only for the first year. The year after that it's R99.
Web Host of the MonthHostking
They are my favourite host since they just offer so much. Especially for what you pay. I've also had excellent support from them in the past.
Even with GoDaddy now available in South Africa I don't really see any particular reason to pick them over any South African hosts. I'm not too fond of them charging a lower price for the first year and then increasing it by quite a bit next year. However I suppose hosts often increase their prices yearly.
I'm scheduling more time to work on Hosting Web after it has been neglected for a good long while. It will start with the basics but if you have any requests for articles, please let me know by commenting below.
The next guide will be released end of July. Until then, have a good one.