Every website needs web hosting and a domain name in order to be live on the internet. In this article, I am sharing the best web hosting companies I have used in the past and would recommend using.
What is a Domain Name?
The domain name is essentially your website’s web address. A domain name is an address where internet users can access your website. For example, my domain name is www.kevinras.co.
A domain name is used for identifying and finding servers on the Internet. Servers use IP addresses, which are a series of numbers. It is difficult for us humans to remember strings of numbers, and because of this, domain names were developed and used to identify entities on the web rather than using IP addresses.
A domain name can be a combination of letters, numbers, and hyphens. It can be used in combination with the various domain name extensions, such as .co.za, .com, and many more.
What is Web Hosting?
Web hosting is essentially the service of providing storage space for a website on a server.
Web hosting companies rent out these services to host websites on the internet. Once the web hosting company hosts your website, users can access it by typing in your website address/domain name in their web browser. When users visit your website address, their computer connects to the webserver where the website is hosted on. The server then sends the website files you have stored on the server, which then displays on the users’ web browser.
Types of Web Hosting
There are several types of web hosting services for different needs. You may be familiar with some of them already. These include shared, dedicated, and VPS hosting to name a few.
We will be focusing on shared web hosting as this is the most affordable type of hosting and is usually sufficient for small websites and blogs.
Best Web Hosting Companies I Recommend
I recommend the following web hosting companies from the perspective of a South African. I prefer hosting all my South African sites on South African web servers.
Sure, I might be a little biased here as I am the owner of Advertising Solutions Web Design. However, I have been through a multitude of web hosting companies ranging from very cheap to super expensive and I can honestly recommend our hosting services. We are a reseller of Domains.co.za.
ASWD shared hosting plans start from R60 p/month.
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Domains.co.za is my next best choice as we use their hosting servers for all our web design and hosting clients at Advertising Solutions Web Design. I highly recommend Domains.co.za as their hosting support is very good and their shared hosting services have the least amount of downtime compared to other web hosts.
Domains.co.za shared hosting plans start from R89 p/month.
Afrihost is a great option if you are looking to host your blog or website on a budget. However, they no longer use cPanel as their hosting panel which is a big con for me.
Afrihost shared hosting plans start from R39 p/month.
Hostking is another great option if you are looking to host your blog or website on a budget. They offer a free trial plan which not a lot of other hosting companies do.
Hostking shared hosting plans start from R18 p/month.
Although they are not my first choice when it comes to reliable and affordable web hosting, they do offer reasonable prices and good support.
Hostking shared hosting plans suitable for WordPress start from R71 p/month.
Bluehost is an international hosting company and not a South African web hosting company. I thought to include them on this post as they do offer great hosting plans and good support all round.
Bluhost shared hosting plans start from $5.95 p/month on a 12-month term.
I will continue to update this post with the best hosting companies that I recommend.
Please add your comments and recommendations for web hosting companies in South Africa below.
Thank you for reading and all the best in finding the right hosting provider for your needs.