South Africa’s hosting providers compared

Whether you’re planning on starting up a website or are looking to move to a new host, there are many South African hosting providers to choose from.

It is crucial that you pick the right hosting service if you want to ensure that you get reliable performance and sufficient hosting resources for your website.

There are lots of considerations one should make when comparing hosting providers – such as cost, storage space, and even customer service.

Failing to do this could see your website suffer under significant stress, or just due to system-based issues.

Avoiding exorbitant hosting costs

It is a good idea for companies to consider the various options at their disposal before deciding on a hosting package.

This was recently proven by a conflict between Brand SA and Avatar, where the former claimed that it had been paying nearly R100,000 per month for hosting that was worth R2,500.

The lion’s share of this cost was attributed to “additional data” and “excess web traffic” fees, costing Brand SA over R75,000 per month.

GoDaddy enters the market

International domain and hosting giant GoDaddy recently launched in South Africa, aiming to engage with small business owners and entrepreneurs in South Africa.

“As small businesses fuel the South African economy, our official launch here signals our commitment to supporting this vibrant entrepreneurial landscape,” said Stefano Maruzzi, GoDaddy VP for the EMEA region.

GoDaddy has also released its South African prices, while it is simultaneously running a launch special of R10 for a year’s ownership of a or .com domain.

The international company enters a market already packed with hosting companies, but its packages seemingly offer great value for those wishing to access Linux shared web hosting with a high storage capacity.

The prices of hosting from South Africa’s leading hosting companies is below.

Hosting packages compared

*It must be noted that GoDaddy packages offer an initial discounted price, but packages renew at normal pricing once the first subscription term has elapsed.

Shared Web Hosting Comparison
Company Storage Traffic DBs Monthly Price
Axxess 5GB Unlimited 25 R59.00
Afrihost 3GB Unlimited 5 R59.00
Vox 4GB Unlimited 5 R81.52
Hetzner 5GB Unlimited 5 R99.00
RSAWeb 3GB Unlimited 20 R279.00
Axxess 10GB Unlimited 100 R109.00
Afrihost 10GB Unlimited 100 R109.00
Hetzner 10GB Unlimited 10 R149.00
Axxess 25GB Unlimited 250 R159.00
Afrihost 20GB Unlimited 200 R175.00
Vox 20GB Unlimited 20 R192.00
Hetzner 20GB Unlimited 40 R439.00
Axxess 75GB Unlimited Unlimited R369.00
Afrihost 50GB Unlimited Unlimited R419.00
GoDaddy 100GB Unlimited 10 R69.99 (R113.99)*
GoDaddy Unlimited Unlimited 25 R83.99 (R145.99)*
GoDaddy Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited R169.99 (R242.99)*

Managed Dedicated Servers
Server Afrihost Hetzner RSAWeb
Web Traffic 4TB 500GB 500GB
CPU Intel Xeon Quad-Core 3.2GHz Intel Xeon Quad-Core 3.2GHz Intel Xeon Quad-Core 3.4GHz
8GB DDR3 1,333MHz 8GB ECC 16GB 1600MHz
HDD 2 x 1TB 500GB SSD 2 x 1TB
Monthly price R970 R1,295 R2,454
Server Afrihost Hetzner 1-grid
Web Traffic 8TB 1TB 4TB
CPU Intel Xeon Quad-Core 3.2GHz Intel Xeon Quad-Core 3.2GHz Intel Xeon Quad-Core 1.8 GHz
RAM 24GB DDR3 1,333MHz 32GB ECC 32GB
HDD 2 x 1TB 1TB SSD 2x1TB
Monthly price R1,470 R2,495 R2,574

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