Best Website Hosting Providers for South African Businesses

South African business owners have several providers to choose from to host their websites.

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of having a digital presence.

While economies have been hit hard by the shutdowns which have significantly limited physical travel and in-person activities, some businesses have been able to offset the impact by moving some of their operations and offerings online.

One of the best starting points for a digital presence is a website.

As well as potentially reaching a much larger audience who can see what you have to offer from anywhere they have an internet connection, it can be used as an additional point of contact for your existing customers.

A website can also increase the credibility of your business and convince more people to buy your products or hire your services.

All of these help generate more revenue and grow your business.

However, running a website on your own infrastructure or with in-house support staff can be costly and time-consuming, especially for small and medium-sized businesses.

A reliable web hosting provider takes care of some of these technical responsibilities, including essential security management and behind-the-scenes server maintenance.

South Africa offers a plethora of web hosting companies, so choosing an optimal provider can be difficult.

Below are three top options you can consider – with well-established reputations and great expertise.


Afrihost

Gian Visser, Brendan Armstrong and Peter Meintjes, the three co-founders of the renowned internet service provider (ISP) Afrihoststarted experimenting with Linux web hosting in the late 90s.

The ISP now offers seven such hosting packages starting at R49 per month and going up to R439 per month.

The entry-level Silver Home package includes free setup and a .co.za, .site, .online, .store, or .tech domain, unlimited web traffic, and 1GB storage.

Additionally, you receive 50 email accounts linked to your domain and a MySQL database.

Businesses with more demanding requirements can opt for the Platinum Pro product, which provides all of the above but adds an additional 49GB of storage space, unlimited email accounts, and unlimited SQL databases.

Afrihost also provides Windows shared hosting and a range of cloud hosting and specialty hosting products.

The company has won several MyBroadband awards over the past decade, including ISP of the Year in 2013 and 2014, while Visser has also won IT Personality of the Year three times.


Absolute hosting

Absolute hosting is another solid choice with a well-established service history in South Africa. It currently has around 4,000 active hosting customers in its solutions.

The company was founded by Jade Benson in 2011 and initially focused primarily on resellers and dedicated customers.

Benson previously worked in the managed hosting division of Internet Solutions (IS) prior to its acquisition by Dimension Data.

In this role, he was responsible for large corporate clients such as Avis, Barloworld, Mutual & Federal and Plascon, among others.

Since 2016, Absolute Hosting has changed its strategy to focus more on hosting end users and small and medium businesses and on virtual servers.

Among its specialties is high performance hosting using newer web servers, including AMD Epyc options.

It also offers Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting that supports virtualization of dedicated resources on multi-user servers.

AMD Epyc VPS packages run on two 48-core/96-thread Epyc Rome 7552 processors and use enterprise-grade Samsung NVMe SSDs with Raid for redundancy.

These packages range from R100 to R200, with vCore counts of 2 or 4, and RAM options in 1GB, 2GB, and 3GB.

Windows VPS, Linux Web, Windows Web, WordPress, cPanel Web and Email only hosting services are also available.


Axxess

Axxess is another reputable service provider that offers a range of web hosting packages for companies.

Franco Founder Barbalich started providing hosting and web design packages from his one-bedroom apartment in 1997, when the company was called Axxess Africa.

It then expanded to provide internet access in several internet cafes before starting to sell hardware and home connectivity packages in the early 2000s.

Today, he sells several different types of hosting plans and services businesses and individuals, including:

  • Linux Shared Web Hosting — From R49 to R399 per month
  • Windows Shared Web Hosting — From R65 to R545 per month
  • WordPress Web Hosting — From R99 to R439 per month
  • Email Hosting Only – From R25 to R45 per month
  • Linux Cloud Server Hosting — From R339 to R1,499 per month
  • Domain registration and parking — From R9 to R24 per month

Axxess also offers a free .co.za domain and SSL certificate on select web hosting services.

The company won MyBroadband’s ISP of the Year award in 2009, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and was also voted Most Respected Telecom Company in 2016.


Xneelo

XneeloThe business of is built around a robust and consistent infrastructure and services related to domains, hosting and servers.

The company currently supports over 500,000 websites and has received several awards for its performance in the industry.

Xneelo promises 99.9% uptime on its web hosting plans, which start from R99 for Basic and go up to R439 for the Master plan.

Entry-level product gives you a website with unlimited traffic, 5GB of solid-state storage, 100 mailboxes and email aliases with spam filtering, up to 10 domains and 5 databases saved on SSD.

All plans offer SSL/TLS encryption, web application firewall support, and DDoS protection and mitigation. They also provide free backups and 24/7 technical support.

Additionally, Xneelo sells a managed WordPress package at R149 per month, ideal for small eCommerce stores that require demo content and plugins, with support for WooCommerce and Yoco.

This package offers many of the same features as web hosting products, including 99.9% uptime.

Xneelo also offers a volume plan for businesses that run multiple websites, for a flat monthly fee of R595, not including domain registrations and renewals.


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