Best Web Hosting For Your Money – November 2013

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Introduction

Hi and welcome to this month’s guide to the best shared web hosting for your money. It’s one place where you can find some of South Africa’s best web hosting packages all nicely tabularised for easy reading. Every row can be clicked on to reveal more information about the package. The point of the guide is simple: Find the best value for money web hosting.

Three web hosting companies have been added this month: Domaincheap, Elitehost and MI HOST. This brings the total amount of hosts for November 2013 to thirteen. The hosts are:

Just like the first post, I’m basing all my opinions on the price and features of the hosting packages. It’s also important to keep support in mind. In time I would love to review all the hosts but for now it’s just not possible and we will have to judge according to price. So you will find that the tables are sorted by price and that I’ve included a new field, whether the package is hosted locally or not.

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

Linux Shared Hosting

Cheapest of the cheap (R0 to R50)

Cost Traffic HDD Space Local Emails Databases Free Domain Domains
Cybersmart-Pink R0 PM Unlimited 600 MB Yes 5 Yes No ?
Domaincheap-Free R0 PM 1 GB 50 MB Yes 1 No No ?
MI HOST-Bronze R6 PM Unlimited 100 MB Yes Unlimited Unlimited No Unlimited
Gridhost-Personal R8.95 PM Unlimited 70 MB No 15 2 No 1
Afrihost-Bronze Home R9 PM Unlimited 300 MB Yes 5 No Yes 1
Host4Africa-Basic Hosting R9.99 PM Unlimited 50 MB No 5 1 No 1
Cybersmart-Blue R18 PM Unlimited 2 GB Yes 25 Yes No ?
Afrihost-Silver Home R19 PM Unlimited 750 MB Yes 25 No Yes 1
Hetzner-Micro R19 PM 1.5 GB / 5 GB 1 GB Yes 20 No No 1
Web Africa-Starter R19 PM 750 MB 750 MB Yes 5 No Yes 1
Domaincheap-Micro R24 PM Unlimited 2 GB Yes 20 0 Yes ?
Gridhost-Blogger R24.95 PM Unlimited 2 GB No 30 3 No 3
Ample Hosting-Echo 2 R26 PM 20 GB 4 GB No 7 7 No 1
Gridhost-Personal R26.95 PM 3 GB 800 MB Yes 15 2 No 1
MWEB-Lite R29 PM Unlimited Unlimited Yes 1 x 50mb 1 Yes 1
@lantic-LinuxWeb R29 PM Unlimited 100 MB Yes None 1 No 1
Serve Hosting-Serve 1 R29.99 PM 12.5 GB 1 GB No Unlimited Unlimited No 10
MI HOST-Silver R31 PM Unlimited 500 MB Yes Unlimited Unlimited No Unlimited
Elitehost-Unlimited R35 PM Unlimited Unlimited Yes Unlimited Unlimited No 1
Cybersmart-Yellow R38 PM Unlimited 4 GB Yes 75 Yes No ?
Afrihost-Gold Home R39 PM Unlimited 2 000 MB Yes 75 1 Yes 1
Hetzner-Micro Pro R39 PM 3 GB / 10 GB 2 GB Yes 50 No No 1
Host4Africa-Standard Hosting R39.99 PM Unlimited 250 MB No 15 1 No 1
MI HOST-Gold R46 PM Unlimited 1 GB Yes Unlimited Unlimited No Unlimited
Cybersmart-Green R48 PM Unlimited 10 GB Yes 200 Yes No ?
Afrihost-Platinum Home R49 PM Unlimited 3 000 MB Yes 200 5 Yes 1
Ample Hosting-Echo 3 R49 PM 100 GB 10 GB No 250 10 No 3
Ample Hosting-Silver-U R49 PM Unlimited Unlimited No Unlimited Unlimited No 1
Ample Hosting-Silver R49 PM 10 GB 5 GB Yes 35 10 No ?
Domaincheap-Starter R49 PM Unlimited 4 GB Yes 30 1 Yes ?
MWEB-Pro R49 PM Unlimited Unlimited Yes 5 x 50mb 2 Yes 1
Gridhost-Storefront R49.95 PM 6 GB 2 GB Yes 20 5 No 2


Domaincheap joins Cybersmart in offering a free hosting package. For both of them you need to register a domain. There are also some very cheap deals that include a domain so it makes for some difficult choices. Here are my winners:

Cheapest of the Cheap: Cybersmart

Domaincheap may add another free package but it doesn’t come close to Cybersmart’s deal. All the hosting packages at Cybersmart have doubled in allowed hard drive space this month so that adds even more value. Plus you get access to a database and unlimited traffic.

The Most Space: MWEB

MWEB still takes this one but you got to wonder how “unlimited” their HDD space really is. It will be worth it to contact them and find out before hosting with them just for the storage space.

Most Sites on a Single Package: MI HOST

All their shared hosting packages allow for unlimited sites. You are basically only held back by the amount of HDD space. I had to make sure if it can be true and yes, they confirmed that there is no limit to the amount of domains per hosting plan.

Best Low Cost Deal: Cybersmart

Last month I picked Gridhost but Cybersmart must be the winner. Their free plan is just out of this world and if that doesn’t suit you even the plans that are a little bit more expensive offer so much. My only gripe is that they don’t seem to reply to me when I email them. The one time they did it took very long. I just hope their actual hosting support is better.

Medium sized website (R50 to R100)

Cost Traffic HDD Space Local Emails Databases Free Domain Domains
Gridhost-Standard R59.95 PM Unlimited 4 GB No Unlimited 10 No 10
Elitehost-Unlimited Plus R60 PM Unlimited Unlimited Yes Unlimited Unlimited No 3
Afrihost-Bronze pro R65 PM Unlimited 4 GB Yes 500 20 Yes 1
Host4Africa-Power Hosting R69.99 PM Unlimited 750 MB No 30 1 No 2
Web Africa-Premium R79 PM Unlimited 5 GB Yes Unlimited Unlimited Yes Unlimited
Ample Hosting-Gold R79 PM 20 GB 10 GB Yes 50 20 No ?
Ample Hosting-Gold R79 PM 100 GB 1 500 MB Yes 25 10 No ?
Gridhost-Blogger R79.95 PM 9 GB 4 GB Yes 30 3 No 3
Ample Hosting-Gold-U R86 PM Unlimited Unlimited No Unlimited Unlimited No Unlimited
Elitehost-Business R89.95 PM 30 GB 10 GB Yes Unlimited Unlimited No 1
Serve Hosting-Serve 2 R89.99 PM 36.5 GB 3 GB No Unlimited Unlimited No 25
Cybersmart-Aqua R98 PM Unlimited 20 GB Yes Unlimited Yes No ?
Afrihost-Silver Pro R99 PM Unlimited 10 GB Yes 2000 100 Yes 1
Domaincheap-Silver R99 PM Unlimited 10 GB Yes 50 5 Yes ?
MI HOST-Elite R99 PM Unlimited 2 GB yes Unlimited Unlimited No Unlimited
Hetzner-Basic R99 PM 20 GB / Unlimited 5 GB Yes 100 5 No 10
MWEB-Ultra R99 PM Unlimited Unlimited Yes 10 x 50mb 3 Yes 2
Host4Africa-Mega Hosting R99.99 PM Unlimited 1.5 GB No 75 1 No 5



Almost Unlimited – Local: Web Africa and Elitehost

The closest to having everything unlimited locally is shared between two hosts. Web Africa limits you to 5 GB hard drive space and Elitehost limits you to 3 domains. So it all depends on your own needs.

Unlimited Everything – International: Ample Hosting

I was really hoping that there would be a local alternative in this price range but alas if you want everything unlimited for under R100 then Ample Hosting is your answer.

Best deal for R100 or less Web Africa

It’s a difficult choice but unlimited domains plus a free domain and 5GB hard drive space is great value. Even better is that it is hosted in South Africa.

Large with fries (R100+)

Cost Traffic HDD Space Local Emails Databases Free Domain Domains
Ample Hosting-Platinum R129 PM 40 GB 20 GB Yes 75 25 No ?
Ample Hosting-Platinum R129 PM 200 GB 3 000 MB Yes 75 50 No ?
Gridhost-Business R129.95 PM 15 GB 8 GB Yes 60 5 No 5
Gridhost-Unlimited R129.95 PM Unlimited 15 GB No Unlimited Unlimited Yes Unlimited
Ample Hosting-Platinum-U R138 PM Unlimited Unlimited No Unlimited Unlimited No Unlimited
Elitehost-Unlimited Pro R140 PM Unlimited Unlimited Yes Unlimited Unlimited No 7
Hetzner-Standard R149 PM 30 GB / Unlimited 10 GB Yes 250 10 No 25
Gridhost-Warehouse R149.95 PM 20 GB 10 GB Yes 60 15 Yes 3
Serve Hosting-Serve 3 R149.99 PM 66.5 GB 5 GB No Unlimited Unlimited No 50
Host4Africa-Ultra Hosting R149.99 PM Unlimited 3 GB No 100 2 No 10
Afrihost-Gold Pro R165 PM Unlimited 20 GB Yes 5000 200 Yes 1
Elitehost-Business Plus R169.95 PM 60 GB 20 GB Yes Unlimited Unlimited No 3
@lantic-LinuxWeb+ R179 PM Unlimited 2 000 MB Yes 250 5 No Unlimited
Ample Hosting-Diamond R199 PM 400 GB 5 000 MB Yes 200 100 No ?
Web Africa-Premium Plus R199 PM Unlimited 20 GB Yes Unlimited Unlimited Yes Unlimited
Web Africa-Premium Plus R199 PM Unlimited 20 GB Yes Unlimited Unlimited Yes Unlimited
Domaincheap-Gold R199 PM Unlimited 50 GB Yes 100 10 Yes ?
Host4Africa-Extreme Hosting R199.99 PM Unlimited 5 GB No 200 5 No 25
Gridhost-Pro R249.95 PM 30 GB 16 GB Yes 120 8 Yes 10
Ample Hosting-Platinum Plus R259 PM 80 GB 40 GB Yes 100 50 Yes ?
Hetzner-Advanced R279 PM 50 GB / Unlimited 15 GB Yes 500 20 No 50
Elitehost-Business Pro R319.95 PM 120 GB 40 GB Yes Unlimited Unlimited No 7
@lantic-Linux Ultimate R399 PM Unlimited 4 000 MB Yes 500 20 No Unlimited
Afrihost-Platinum Pro R399 PM Unlimited 50 GB Yes Unlimited Unlimited Yes 1
Hetzner-Master R439 PM 100 GB / Unlimited 20 GB Yes 1000 40 No 75



Almost Unlimited Everything (Part 2) Local: Elitehost

Unfortunately, even in this price range there are no local hosted plans that have truly got everything unlimited. Elitehost limit you to 7 sites but everything else is unlimited and that should be enough for most people.

Unlimited Everything (Part 2) International: Ample Hosting

Their plan includes a dedicated IP and Rapid SSL. It’s just amazing value for money.

Windows Shared Hosting

Cost Traffic HDD Space Local Emails Databases Free Domain Domains
Cybersmart-Blue R18 PM Unlimited 2 GB Yes 25 Yes No ?
Web Africa-Starter R19 PM 750 MB 750 MB Yes 5 No Yes 1
MI HOST-Silver R28 PM Unlimited 2.5 GB Yes 5 6 No 1
MWEB-Lite R29 PM Unlimited Unlimited Yes 1 x 50mb 1 Yes 1
Afrihost-Bronze Home R29 PM Unlimited 300 MB Yes 5 Yes Yes 1
Cybersmart-Yellow R38 PM Unlimited 4 GB Yes 75 Yes No ?
Cybersmart-Green R48 PM Unlimited 10 GB Yes 200 Yes No ?
MWEB-Pro R49 PM Unlimited Unlimited Yes 5 x 50mb 2 Yes 1
Afrihost-Silver Home R59 PM Unlimited 750 MB Yes 25 Yes Yes 1
@lantic-WinWeb R79 PM Unlimited 200 MB Yes None 1 No 1
Web Africa-Premium R79 PM Unlimited 5 GB Yes Unlimited Unlimited Yes Unlimited
Cybersmart-Aqua R98 PM Unlimited 20 GB Yes Unlimited Yes No ?
MWEB-Ultra R99 PM Unlimited Unlimited Yes 10 x 50mb 3 Yes 2
Afrihost-Gold Home R99 PM Unlimited 2 000 MB Yes 75 Yes Yes 1
Afrihost-Platinum Home R149 PM Unlimited 3 000 MB Yes 200 Yes Yes 1
Afrihost-Bronze Pro R199 PM Unlimited 4 GB Yes 500 Yes Yes 1
@lantic-WinWeb+ R199 PM Unlimited 2 000 MB Yes 250 1 No Unlimited
Web Africa-Premium Plus R199 PM Unlimited 20 GB Yes Unlimited Unlimited Yes Unlimited
Afrihost-Silver Pro R249 PM Unlimited 10 GB Yes 2000 Yes Yes 1
Afrihost-Gold Pro R349 PM Unlimited 20 GB Yes 5000 Yes Yes 1
Afrihost-Platinum Pro R599 PM Unlimited 50 GB Yes Unlimited Yes Yes 1



Cheapest Worthwhile Deal: Cybersmart

Just like their Linux plans, the Windows ones are very cheap and you get so much value for under R20 per month. Top notch stuff.

Best Windows Hosting Deal: Web Africa

I’m hoping that I will eventually find out how many sites may be hosted on a Cybersmart package. For now though, Web Africa wins with their Premium plan. Your only limit is the 5 GB of storage space and that’s a great deal in my opinion.

Final Word

Some questions remain and will hopefully be sorted out by next month. Overall your choice of web hosting will depend on your needs and hopefully these tables will help. I would like to make a special mention this month to MI HOST. They may only have been the winner of one of my choices here but they are friendly, quick to help and reply and I give them a special shout out for their good support.

My choices may not be the same as yours. Who would you recommend? Who should people stay away from? I would love to hear your opinions. I make use of Disqus here and it’s used by a lot of websites so it’s one login for everywhere. You can even log in using Twitter, Facebook or Google. So please leave a message, everyone’s welcome.

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