Best Web Hosting In South Africa
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Best Web Hosting In South Africa (2019)

If you are looking for the best web hosting in South Africa, we have compiled a list for you with an in-depth comparison. In today’s connected world, an online presence is an important part of brand promotion, whether it is for your personal brand or if you are learning how to start your own business. One of the first decisions you have to make in your foray into the online world is where you will host our website.

If you are looking to start a website (especially one looking to focus on traffic from all over the world), we have compiled a  list of hosting services that will serve as a good home for your online property. To understand the value of the best value available it is also good to understand the differences between hosting locally and internationally. These are our Best 5 hosting websites based on the features they come with and value for money.

The Best Web Hosting In South Africa

BlueHost

Bluehost is one of the largest and most trusted web hosting service on the net. It is the firm favourite for wordpress, recommended directly by wordpress.org. BlueHost, like A2 Hosting is one of the few hosting companies that has a Free SSL certificate in their packages and is the hosting service that we use yourselves.

Entry Package Features

  • 1 Website
  • 5 Databases
  • 50GB Storage
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • cPanel Control Panel
  • Free SSL & HHD (Good performance but not as good as SSD.)
  • Anytime Money Back Guarantee

A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting, similar to GoDaddy has a local domain and the conveniences that come with it. The pricing however, remains dollar based and subject to change with the exchange rate. The entry level package is around R60. This is a bit more than the previous offer but it comes with SSL and SSD (much faster than HDD) which are a big deal.

Since July 2018, if your website does not have a SSL certificate, Google labels it as “Not secure” which will have a tremendous negative impact on your traffic is you rely on search engine traffic.  With hosts that do not offer SSL separately. Having it as part a package also saves you the hassle of installing it yourself which less technically savvy might struggle with.

Entry Package Features

  • 1 Website
  • 5 Databases
  • Unlimited Storage
  • cPanel Control Panel
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Free SSL & SSD
  • Anytime Money Back Guarantee

HostGator

HostGator has been around for a very long time and has a suite of plans that match low and high budgets. It places an emphasis on simplicity and is a great option for beginners. If you are starting from scratch, you can use HostGator’s website builder which is included in all plans.

Entry Package Features

  • 1 Website
  • 5 Databases
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Unlimited Transfer
  • cPanel Control Panel
  • Free SSL & SSD
  • 45 Day Money Back Guarantee

1 and 1

Located in Germany, 1 and 1 is the biggest hosting service in Europe. It is also one of the largest web-hosting companies in the world, competing with GoDaddy for the accolade. It has been around since 1988 and is a trusted name in Web hosting. Their entry level plan for hosting is affordable, at $0.99 for the first year and $7.99 after the first year. It gives good value for money, with features like a free SSL certificate and SSD storage across all of their pricing plans, which compares with the more impressive alternatives like A2 Hosting.

Entry Package Features

  • 1 Website
  • 25 Databases  (1GB SSD)
  • 100GB Storage
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • cPanel Control Panel
  • Free SSL & SSD
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

GoDaddy

GoDaddy is the largest domain registrar in the world and is among, if not the largest web hosting company in the world. They are one of the most popular and trusted website companies in the world. They have a local domain tailored for South Africa so the user interface is easy to navigate. All prices are in rands so you don’t have to worry about currency conversions for pricing. The entry package is R39 and offers unlimited bandwidth and 30 GB of storage space.

Entry Package Features

  • 1 Website
  • 25 Databases (1GB Storage)
  • 30GB Disk Storage
  • cPanel Control Panel
  • No SSL & SSD
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

The reason that GoDaddy is placed mentioned so late in our list is because, since the adoption of Google’s SSL policy in July 2018, the lack of an SSL is a big issue. This is despite GoDaddy being one of the most popular and trusted services. A lot of newbies may not know about the importance of SSL and overlook a crucial part of hosting, so an integrated SSL solution is vital for website owners who are not professional designers or in the know.


The comparisons of the different web hosting products were based on the baseline (entry level) option offered by each company, which is on shared hosting (multiple websites on the same server). Shared hosting is the most widely used and cheapest form of website hosting. If your website has exceptionally high traffic, you might want to opt for a dedicated server instead as unequal resource allocation can lead to site slow-down.

We chose the most accessible and user-friendly options that do not require too much technical know-how.

Which Web Hosting in South Africa does it for you? If you have a suggestion or want to share your own review, let us know in the comments below.

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