Best Web Hosting For Your Money – October 2013

Best Web Hosting

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Introduction

The main reason I started this website is to find the best web hosting for your hard earned cash. Time is money and with the amount of web hosts out there it takes a long while to make an informed decision.

I’m posting a new version of this guide every month. This way I can keep the prices updated, add new hosting packages and over time I will review hosts to get a better idea of the speeds and features of their websites.

For now, this guide is all about price and features. I’ve used only two of the web hosts listed so I can’t judge anything on personal experience.

Also, only ten web hosts are listed in this post. It’s ten of the biggest and to get the ball rolling I had to draw the line somewhere. If you would like to see your favourite web host in one of these posts then feel free to contact and me and I will include it.

The ten hosts are:

@lantic
Afrihost
Ample Hosting
Cybersmart
Gridhost
Hetzner
Host4Africa
MWEB
Serve Hosting
Web Africa

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 Emails Databases Free Domain Domains
@lantic 1 R29 PM Unlimited 100 MB None 1 No 1
Afrihost 1 R9 PM Unlimited 300 MB 5 0 Yes 1
Afrihost 2 R19 PM Unlimited 750 MB 25 0 Yes 1
Afrihost 3 R39 PM Unlimited 2 000 MB 75 1 Yes 1
Afrihost 4 R49 PM Unlimited 3 000 MB 200 5 Yes 1
Ample Hosting 1 R26 PM 20 GB 4 000 MB 7 7 No 1
Ample Hosting 2 R49 PM 100 GB 10 000 MB 250 10 No 3
Ample Hosting 3 R49 PM Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited No 1
Ample Hosting 4 R49 PM 10 GB 10 000 MB 35 10 No ?
Cybersmart 1 Free Unlimited 300 MB 5 Yes No ?
Cybersmart 2 R18 PM Unlimited 1 000 MB 25 Yes No ?
Cybersmart 3 R38 PM Unlimited 2 000 MB 75 Yes No ?
Cybersmart 4 R48 PM Unlimited 5 000 MB 200 Yes No ?
Gridhost 1 R26.95 PM 3 000 MB 800 MB 15 2 No 1
Gridhost 2 R8.95 PM 9 000 MB 70 MB 15 2 No 1
Gridhost 3 R24.95 PM Unlimited 2 000 MB 30 3 No 3
Gridhost 4 R49.95 PM 6 000 MB 2 000 MB 20 5 No 2
Hetzner 1 R19 PM 1.5 GB / 5 GB 1 000 MB 20 0 No 1
Hetzner 2 R39 PM 3 GB / 10 GB 2 000 MB 50 0 No 1
Host4Africa 1 R9.99 PM Unlimited 50 MB 5 1 No 1
Host4Africa 2 R39.99 PM Unlimited 250 MB 15 1 No 1
MWEB 1 R29 PM Unlimited Unlimited 1 1 Yes 1
MWEB 2 R49 PM Unlimited Unlimited 5 2 Yes 1
Serve Hosting 1 R29.99 PM 12.5 GB 1 000 MB Unlimited Unlimited No 10
Web Africa 1 R19 PM 750 MB 750 MB 5 0 Yes 1

 

Cybersmart is the only web host in this list with a free hosting option. However you have to register a domain with them.

If you don’t already have a domain registered somewhere else and you want a .co.za domain then it’s worthwhile looking at low cost options that include a domain. Afrihost has a package for R9 per month that can easily compete with Cybersmart’s free package.

Here are my winners

Cheapest of the Cheap: Cybersmart
You can’t really beat free. Especially considering that you get unlimited traffic and access to MySQL databases. I can only wonder what the speed is like and will have to test that at a later stage. For a small site, this is really ideal.

The Most Space: MWEB
Unlimited at the lowest price, however according to their usage policy it’s for website related files only. So this excludes files like backups. Ample Hosting also has an option with unlimited hard drive usage but the server is based overseas and MWEB has a cheaper option offering. So MWEB wins this round.

Most Sites on a Single Offering: Serve Hosting
Ideal for a lot of small websites, Serve Hosting offers 10 websites for about R30 per month. If you like having everything in one place then this is ideal.

Best Low Cost Deal: Gridhost
It’s a difficult choice since everyone’s hosting requirements are different. The best all rounder for a good price in my opinion is Gridhost’s R24.95 per month option. 2 GB HDD space, unlimited bandwidth, multiple emails and databases plus the option to host 3 different domains. That’s a lot of value for a low price.

Medium sized website (R50 to R100)

Cost Traffic HDD Space Emails Databases Free Domain Domains
Afrihost 1 R65 PM Unlimited 4 000 MB 500 20 Yes 1
Afrihost 2 R99 PM Unlimited 10 000 MB 2 000 100 Yes 1
Ample Hosting 1 R86 PM Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited No Unlimited
Ample Hosting 2 R79 PM 20 GB 10 000 MB 50 20 No ?
Ample Hosting 3 R79 PM 100 GB 1 500 MB 25 10 No ?
Cybersmart 1 R98 PM Unlimited 10 000 MB Unlimited Yes No ?
Gridhost 1 R79.95 PM 9 000 MB 4 000 MB 30 3 No 3
Gridhost 2 R59.95 PM Unlimited 4 000 MB Unlimited 10 No 10
Hetzner 1 R99 PM 20 GB / Unlimited 5 000 MB 100 5 No 10
Host4Africa 1 R69.99 PM Unlimited 750 MB 30 1 No 2
Host4Africa 2 R99.99 PM Unlimited 1 500 MB 75 1 No 5
MWEB 1 R99 PM Unlimited Unlimited 10 3 Yes 2
Serve Hosting 1 R89.99 PM 36.5 GB 3 000 MB Unlimited Unlimited No 25
Web Africa 1 R79 PM Unlimited 5 000 MB Unlimited Unlimited Yes Unlimited

 

Unlimited Everything: Ample Hosting
For R86 per month you can get unlimited HDD space, traffic, emails, databases and domains.

Best Deal for R100 or Less: Web Africa
This was a toss up between Web Africa and Ample Hosting. I picked Web Africa because it’s a little bit cheaper and it includes a free domain plus it has the added bonus of being hosted on South African servers.

Large with fries (R100+)

Cost Traffic HDD Space Emails Databases Free Domain Domains
@lantic 1 R179 PM Unlimited 2 GB 250 5 No Unlimited
@lantic 2 R399 PM Unlimited 3 GB 500 20 No Unlimited
Afrihost 1 R165 PM Unlimited 20 GB 5000 200 Yes 1
Afrihost 2 R399 PM Unlimited 50 GB Unlimited Unlimited Yes 1
Ample Hosting 1 R138 PM Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited No Unlimited
Ample Hosting 2 R129 PM 40 GB 20 GB 75 25 No ?
Ample Hosting 3 R259 PM 80 GB 40 GB 100 50 Yes ?
Ample Hosting 4 R129 PM 200 GB 3 GB 75 50 No ?
Ample Hosting 5 R199 PM 400 GB 5 GB 200 100 No ?
Gridhost 1 R129.95 PM 15 GB 8 GB 60 5 No 5
Gridhost 2 R249.95 PM 30 GB 16 GB 120 8 Yes 10
Gridhost 3 R129.95 PM Unlimited 15 GB Unlimited Unlimited Yes Unlimited
Gridhost 4 R149.95 PM 20 GB 10 GB 60 15 Yes 3
Hetzner 1 R149 PM 30 GB / Unlimited 10 GB 250 10 No 25
Hetzner 2 R279 PM 50 GB / Unlimited 15 GB 500 20 No 50
Hetzner 3 R439 PM 100 GB / Unlimited 20 GB 1000 40 No 75
Host4Africa 1 R149.99 PM Unlimited 3 GB 100 2 No 10
Host4Africa 2 R199.99 PM Unlimited 5 GB 200 5 No 25
Serve Hosting R149.99 PM 66.5 GB 5 GB Unlimited Unlimited No 50
Web Africa R199 PM Unlimited 20 GB Unlimited Unlimited Yes Unlimited

 

Unlimited Everything (Part 2): Ample Hosting
For R138 per month you can get hosting where everything is unlimited plus it includes a dedicated IP and Rapid SSL. I look forward to the day when we can get this on locally hosted servers!

Best High Priced Deal: Ample Hosting
Even though the servers are hosted overseas, you can’t question the value of this package.

Windows Shared Hosting

Cost Traffic HDD Space Emails Databases Free Domain Domains
@lantic 1 R79 PM Unlimited 200 MB None 1 No 1
@lantic 2 R199 PM Unlimited 2 000 MB 250 1 No Unlimited
Afrihost 1 R29 PM Unlimited 300 MB 5 Yes Yes 1
Afrihost 2 R59 PM Unlimited 750 MB 25 Yes Yes 1
Afrihost 3 R99 PM Unlimited 2 000 MB 75 Yes Yes 1
Afrihost 4 R149 PM Unlimited 3 000 MB 200 Yes Yes 1
Afrihost 5 R199 PM Unlimited 4 000 MB 500 Yes Yes 1
Afrihost 6 R249 PM Unlimited 10 000 MB 2 000 Yes Yes 1
Afrihost 7 R349 PM Unlimited 20 000 MB 5 000 Yes Yes 1
Afrihost 8 R599 PM Unlimited 50 000 MB Unlimited Yes Yes 1
Cybersmart 1 R18 PM Unlimited 1 000 MB 25 Yes No ?
Cybersmart 2 R38 PM Unlimited 2 000 MB 75 Yes No ?
Cybersmart 3 R48 PM Unlimited 5 000 MB 200 Yes No ?
Cybersmart 4 R98 PM Unlimited 10 000 MB Unlimited Yes No ?
MWEB 1 R29 PM Unlimited Unlimited 1 1 Yes 1
MWEB 2 R49 PM Unlimited Unlimited 5 2 Yes 1
MWEB 3 R99 PM Unlimited Unlimited 10 3 Yes 2
Web Africa 1 R19 PM 750 MB 750 MB 5 0 Yes 1
Web Africa 2 R79 PM Unlimited 5 000 MB Unlimited Unlimited Yes Unlimited
Web Africa 3 R199 PM Unlimited 20 000 MB Unlimited Unlimited Yes Unlimited

 

Cheapest Worthwhile Deal: Cybersmart
Compared to the other low priced packages, the R18 per month package by Cybersmart offers the best value by far. If you are going to go the Windows hosting route then you will most likely make use of a database and Web Africa I’m really disappointed that your cheap package only allows for 750 MB traffic.

Best Windows Hosting Deal: Web Africa
This was a difficult choice. Cybersmart may take this title from Web Africa but I must still find out how many domains and databases can be used on their packages. Web Africa’s R79 per month deal comes with a free domain and allows for as many domains and databases as you want which puts it ahead for now.

Final Word

There’s some good hosting packages out there. Finding the best one will depend a lot on your own website requirements. The winners I’ve chosen in this post are the ones I see as the best value but if you disagree then please give your input. I can always use your insight for November’s version of this guide.

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