Best Web Hosting For Your Money – October 2014

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Welcome to the one year anniversary post of this guide!

In here you will find South Africa's best and biggest hosting companies examined and their prices shown in detailed tables. All so that you can make an informed decision on where to host your website.

The guide is divided into a couple of categories. Most people will want the cheapest hosting so it's the first table shown. The rest of the tables can be viewed by clicking on the Show Table buttons. This way I can keep the guide a bit shorter.

I've added one extra host in this article. They were the first to ask. I'm very sorry for all the other hosts that asked to be included. It will happen in the next guide. The list is getting huge and I will change the format of the guide in the future.

There are 17 companies listed in this month’s post. To visit any of them just click on the following links:


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 PM500 MB100 MBYes21No1
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
Frikkadel-Just the SauceR9 PMUnlimited50 MBNoUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Hostking-StarterR9 PMUnlimited500 MBYes10UnlimitedYes1
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-Standard PlateR25 PMUnlimited250 MBNoUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Oceanhost-MinnowR25 PMUnlimited250 MBYes5NoNo1
MWEB-LiteR29 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYes11Yes1
Ample Hosting-BronzeR29 PM200 GB5 GBYes155Yes1
Webspacebar-3GigR29.95 PMUnlimited3 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Serve Hosting-Serve 1R29.99 PMUnlimited1 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
MI HOST-GoldR46 PMUnlimited1 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Cybersmart-GreenR48 PMUnlimited10 GBYes200YesNo?
Afrihost-Platinum HomeR49 PMUnlimited3 000 MBYes2005Yes1
Ample Hosting-SilverR49 PM300 GB10 GBYes3510Yes1
MWEB-ProR49 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYes52Yes1
Frikkadel-The Full PlateR49 PMUnlimited1 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited PlanR49 PM5 GB2 GBYes255Yes1
Oceanhost-SardineR50 PMUnlimited2 GBYes101No1
Domaincheap-StarterR50 PMUnlimited4 GBYes301Yes?

Cheapest of the Cheap: Cybersmart - Pink - R0

There's just nothing like this package. It was the winner a year ago and it's still the winner. It's free and you can host a site with a database like WordPress on it. I wouldn't use it for a company website but for a small personal website it's ideal.

The Most Space: Elitehost - Unlimited - R35

In theory the award should still go to MWEB but their package is so limited otherwise. Elitehost will give you a better deal for just a couple of Rand per month more.

Most Sites on a Single Package: Webspacebar - 50mb - R4.95

If you want to make a lot of really small sites. Especially sites that don't contain a lot of media or databases then this is the deal for you. Or you can get extra 50MB more for a Rand extra with MI HOST.

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
Oceanhost-Joomla SardineR65 PMUnlimited2 GBYesUnlimited1No1
Ample Hosting-GoldR79 PM400 GB20 GBYes5020Yes1
Ample Hosting-GoldR79 PM200 GB20 GBYes2510Yes1
Web Africa-PremiumR79 PMUnlimited5 GBYes100100Yes100
Elitehost-BusinessR89.95 PM45 GB10 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNo1
Serve Hosting-Serve 2R89.99 PMUnlimited3 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimitedNo25
Cybersmart-AquaR98 PMUnlimited20 GBYesUnlimitedYesNo?
Afrihost-Silver ProR99 PMUnlimited10 GBYes2000100Yes1
Hetzner-BasicR99 PMUnlimited5 GBYes1005No10
Domaincheap-SilverR99 PMUnlimited10 GBYes505Yes?
MI HOST-EliteR99 PMUnlimited2 GByesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited PlanR99 PMUnlimited5 GBYes10010Yes5
MWEB-UltraR99 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYes103Yes2
Hostking-BusinessR99 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
Oceanhost-DoradoR99 PMUnlimited10 GBYesUnlimited5No2
Webspacebar-20GigR99.95 PMUnlimited20 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Host4Africa-Gold HostingR99.99 PMUnlimited12.5 GBNo2000100Yes5

Unlimited Everything: Hostking - Business - R99

If you are the kind of person that don't want to worry about staying within certain limits then you can't go wrong with Hostking's Business package. For under R100 per month you get unlimited shared hosting.

Best deal for R100 or less Elitehost - Unlimited Plus - R60

If you are going to have maximum 3 domains then Hostking's package may be overkill for you. In that case Elitehost offers the best value since everything else is unlimited. You just need to buy a domain.

Large with fries (R100+)

CostTrafficHDD SpaceLocalEmailsDatabasesFree DomainDomains
Oceanhost-Joomla DoradoR120 PMUnlimited10 GBYesUnlimited5No2
Ample Hosting-PlatinumR129 PM500 GB40 GBYes7025Yes1
Ample Hosting-PlatinumR129 PM400 GB40 GBYes7550Yes1
Gridhost-GuruR129.95 PMUnlimited15 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYes30
Gridhost-Shopping CentreR129.95 PMUnlimited15 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYes30
Elitehost-Unlimited ProR140 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNo7 PlanR149 PMUnlimited15 GBYes20015Yes10
Hetzner-StandardR149 PMUnlimited10 GBYes25010No25
Frikkadel-All You Can Eat BuffetR149 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimitedUnlimitedNoUnlimited
Oceanhost-YellowfinR149 PMUnlimited20 GBYesUnlimited10No5
Serve Hosting-Serve 3R149.99 PMUnlimited5 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimitedNo50
Host4Africa-Platinum HostingR159.99 PMUnlimited25 GBNo5000200Yes10
Afrihost-Gold ProR165 PMUnlimited20 GBYes5000200Yes1
Elitehost-Business PlusR169.95 PM90 GB20 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNo3
Oceanhost-Joomla YellowfinR185 PMUnlimited20 GBYesUnlimited10No4
Web Africa-Premium PlusR199 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
Domaincheap-GoldR199 PMUnlimited50 GBYes10010Yes? PlanR199 PMUnlimited20 GBYes50020Yes20
Ample Hosting-DiamondR199 PM600 GB60 GBYes200100Yes1
Hetzner-AdvancedR279 PMUnlimited15 GBYes50020No50
Elitehost-Business ProR319.95 PM180 GB40 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedNo7
Host4Africa-Rhodium HostingR389.99 PMUnlimited60 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimitedYes25
Afrihost-Platinum ProR399 PMUnlimited50 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYes1
Hetzner-MasterR439 PM100 GB / Unlimited20 GBYes100040No75

Unlimited Everything International: Frikkadel - All You Can Eat Buffet - R149

Would you prefer to not have your site hosted in South Africa but rather target international users?

Unlimited Everything Local (Part 2): Web Africa - Premium Plus - R199

The big boy. Some companies prefer to host with the bigger more well known web hosts. It costs double that of Hostking's unlimited business package but I've seen quite a few people sign up that are happy.

Windows Shared Hosting

CostTrafficHDD SpaceLocalEmailsDatabasesFree DomainDomains
Hostking-StarterR9 PMUnlimited500 MBYes10UnlimitedYes1
Cybersmart-BlueR18 PMUnlimited2 GBYes25YesNo?
Hostking-BasicR24 PMUnlimited1 GBYes25UnlimitedYes1
MWEB-LiteR29 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYes11Yes1
Web Africa-StarterR29 PMUnlimited1 GBYes51Yes1
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
Web Africa-PremiumR79 PMUnlimited5 GBYes100100Yes100
Cybersmart-AquaR98 PMUnlimited20 GBYesUnlimitedYesNo?
MWEB-UltraR99 PMUnlimitedUnlimitedYes103Yes2
Afrihost-Gold HomeR99 PMUnlimited2 000 MBYes75YesYes1
Hostking-BusinessR99 PMUnlimited5 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimitedYesUnlimited
Afrihost-Platinum HomeR149 PMUnlimited3 000 MBYes200YesYes1
Afrihost-Bronze ProR199 PMUnlimited4 GBYes500YesYes1
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 - Starter - R9

Hostking still rules in the Windows department.

Best Windows Hosting Deal: Hostking - Standard - R42

Such a good deal if you are a .Net developer! Host all the sites you want for under R50 a month.

Final Word

I'm hoping that I was able to help someone with this guide. If you have any comments please feel free to post comments below or you are welcome to contact me.

If I have to pick one host to recommend from this list then my recommendation is still Hostking. I've had no complaints and their hosting packages are such good value for money. A lot of people are also happy with Elitehost.

Also I'm considering maybe placing some advertising on the site. If you'd prefer I don't then please comment below. Otherwise if you would like to advertise on Hosting Web please contact me and we can discuss the details.

That's it folks. It's getting close to the end of the year and hopefully we'll all get a much needed break soon. Now is the ideal time to start creating a new website to launch in the beginning of next year. May you find the perfect host.

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