web hosting

Affordable South African cPanel SSD web hosting: Quick, resilient and secure. Our cloud hosting platform ensures your content is served reliably and at the maximum speed to your end users. Unlimited traffic and 24x7 support.

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from
R79
per month
Host with the most performance

what you need to know about website hosting

Website hosting provides the resources and tools needed to house and manage a website. Web hosting services provide disk space on a web server, domain names, IP addresses, SSL, emails, databases, a control panel, and more at an affordable rate. Why do you need these services?

To make a website accessible to the internet its data needs a special home to live in. In technical terms, it needs to be hosted on a server (think of it as a big computer connected to the internet). This server needs to be online 24/7, super-fast, and secure.

Of course, every home needs an address. However, it would be far too cumbersome to remember and search for geographic coordinates to find a house, so we use street names instead. The same concept applies to websites.

It would be too difficult to search for every website by its server’s IP address (e.g. 160.119.255.253), so websites are given domain names instead. Your domain name is your website’s ‘address’ on the internet, which conveniently points to your server’s ‘location’ (IP address). This IP is stored in its nameservers.

So, whenever someone visits your site, their browser knows which server to request your website’s content from to display it to them.

Moreover, your web hosting provider must provide an SSL certificate, which safeguards sensitive information between your site and viewers by encrypting it. Without it, Google and other search engines will flag your site as 'not secure' and won’t rank it well.

web hosting plans

cloudlinux cPanel hosting packages

80% off Web Hosting

web hosting

Save on your web hosting for the first three months with a massive 80% discount on all web hosting plans. Only applies to new orders that are billed monthly.

Starter

For Two Websites

first 3 months

R15.80 *

per month
ORDER
*Normal Price: R79/month
1 Free ".co.za" domain
20 GB SSD storage
Host 2 domains
Unlimited web traffic
25 email accounts
1 GB RAM
Free SSL certificate
1 FTP account
5 subdomains
Incremental backups
PHP 4.4 5.x 7.x 8.x
cPanel control panel
Free set up
1 CPU unit
5 MySQL databases
1 GB RAM
Free SSL certificate
1 FTP account
5 subdomains
Incremental backups
PHP 4.4 5.x 7.x 8.x
cPanel control panel
Free set up
1 CPU unit
5 MySQL databases

Basic

For Small Businesses

first 3 months

R21.80 *

per month
ORDER
*Normal Price: R109/month
1 Free ".co.za" domain
40 GB SSD storage
Host 5 domains
Unlimited web traffic
100 email accounts
2 GB RAM
Free SSL certificate
1 FTP account
100 subdomains
Incremental backups
PHP 4.4 5.x 7.x 8.x
cPanel control panel
Free set up
1 CPU unit
50 MySQL databases
2 GB RAM
Free SSL certificate
1 FTP account
100 subdomains
Incremental backups
PHP 4.4 5.x 7.x 8.x
cPanel control panel
Free set up
1 CPU unit
50 MySQL databases

Power

Power Package

first 3 months

R39.80 *

per month
ORDER
*Normal Price: R199/month
1 Free ".co.za" domain
100 GB SSD storage
Host 10 domains
Unlimited web traffic
Unlimited email accounts
2 GB RAM
Free SSL certificate
5 FTP account
500 subdomains
Incremental backups
PHP 4.4 5.x 7.x 8.x
cPanel control panel
Free set up
2 CPU units
Unlimited MySQL databases
2 GB RAM
Free SSL certificate
5 FTP account
500 subdomains
Incremental backups
PHP 4.4 5.x 7.x 8.x
cPanel control panel
Free set up
2 CPU units
Unlimited MySQL databases

Business

For Companies

first 3 months

R59.80 *

per month
ORDER
*Normal Price: R299/month
1 Free ".co.za" domain
200 GB SSD storage
Host 20 domains
Unlimited web traffic
Unlimited email accounts
4 GB RAM
Free SSL certificate
10 FTP accounts
1000 subdomains
Incremental backups
PHP 4.4 5.x 7.x 8.x
cPanel control panel
Free set up
3 CPU unit
Unlimited MySQL databases
4 GB RAM
Free SSL certificate
10 FTP accounts
1000 subdomains
Incremental backups
PHP 4.4 5.x 7.x 8.x
cPanel control panel
Free set up
3 CPU units
Unlimited MySQL databases
Web Hosting Plans: Monthly Contract, Monthly Billing, Cancel Anytime.
*co.za domain name is registered free when used as the primary domain for the hosting account. Renewed annually at the normal price.
*Unlimited Web Traffic (Bandwidth): HOSTAFRICA reserves the right to reduce the bandwidth in cases of extensive use. Contact us if you have any questions.

resource limits

Resource Limits Starter Basic Power Business
Speed 100 100 200 300
PMEM 1024 2048 2048 4086
IO 10M/s 10M/s 20M/s 30M/s
IOPS 256 512 768 1024
EP 20 20 20 20
NPROC 100 100 100 100

web hosting add-ons

improvements to your hosting

Add-ons
Option
Price

³˜ Additional SSD data storage tiers

We offer the following tiered fees for shared hosting disk space if you need more storage.

Tier
Price per GB
0 GB to 10 GB
R 8.00
10 GB to 50 GB
R 5.00
50+ GB
R 2.20
Example:
Web hosting account : Basic . We include 10 GB storage, however the customer has requested an increase and uses 25 GB.
Here is how we calculate the storage fees:

Calculations:
0 GB to 10 GB
=
R 0 (included in the hosting fee)
10 GB to 25 GB
=
15 GB x R5 = R75
[Basic hosting fee : R99] + [Storage overage : R75]
Total: R174
Dedicated IP
R 29/month
SSD
All our servers run on SSD storage
SSL certificate
Included
Daily Backups
Acronis backups included
cPanel
Latest control panel included

*The upper storage limit per cPanel account is currently 200 GB. Clients needing more than this, will be requested to consider an alternative upgrade path, such as VPS or dedicated servers.

dependable web hosting

exceeding expectations

web hosting feature package

All Inclusive

We provide all you need to get started, including your own .co.za. domain, disk-space, databases and more.

cPanel control panel

Easy Control

cPanel is a full-featured control panel that allows you to easily manage your domain through a web interface.

Telephonic, email and live chat support

Personal Support

We provide 24/7 monitoring and, if necessary, after-hours support. Contact us via Live-Chat, E-Mail, Skype or Phone

Website backup space included in your hosting.

Secure Servers

We use Incremental backups and will automatically backup your data. We guarantee 99.9% uptime for your website.

one-click install wordpress & more

Our hosting plans support numerous open-source software and apps. HOSTAFRICA specialists have compiled the most popular apps for you such as WordPress, Joomla!, Magento, Prestashop or Drupal.

Thanks to Softaculous, you can install these apps from your cPanel management console with just a few clicks. No technical skills needed.

Or, if you want WordPress pre-installed, configured and set up for you, order a WordPress package and simply start building your website.

To ensure that your website is secure we will notify you when app updates are available.

Wordpress Joomla Magento Drupal

hosting websites info

optimised hosting from HOSTAFRICA

We Go Above and Beyond

As a leading web hosting provider, we have the ability to tailor a web hosting package to suit your specific needs. Your application or website might require a lot of disk space, but very little bandwidth usage; or you may require running a customised version of Apache Web Server on your server.

If this is what you need, then we can make it happen! Contact us with your requirements and we will gladly work out the best hosting solution for you.

Shared Hosting

Shared servers – General Information: Hosting designed such that your website is hosted on a server with several others. This is an entry-level solution and therefore the least expensive web hosting option. Web Hosting is an attractive choice if you are just getting started, don’t have any technical knowledge, or if you’re on a tight budget.

However, depending on your host, this may expose you to security risks and your site may be affected by heavy traffic from other sites. For better performance check out our Virtual Server Hosting.

choosing the right web host

As web hosting specialists we know what you need to manage a website effectively. When doing a web hosting comparison, keep in mind the hidden cost of poor customer service. Slow or inaccurate support will cost you considerable time, energy, and money.

Our clients can simply pick up the phone and receive personal, effective assistance from a qualified, compassionate human expert, not a bot. Equally important, our clients can log a ticket and most are resolved within an hour. Our reputation is built on putting client service first.

Lastly, don’t be forced into yearly contracts. Our web hosting is charged monthly and is transparent, meaning there are no lock-in or cancellation penalties.

Online backup space

Backup

We create backups every second day, so you can conveniently restore your website any time.

Hosting backed by years of veteran engineers

Over 15 Years of Experience

HOSTAFRICA is run by German hosting and server pioneers.

Uncomplicated website user panel

Simple

Our user-friendly cPanel Control Panel can easily configure and manage your website.

Cape Town and Johannesburg hosting locations

Local

Your website is hosted in South Africa to ensure you the highest speeds.

Need help with web hosting?

web hosting options

HOSTAFRICA is ranked as one of the most trusted web hosting companies in South Africa. We are an established hosting provider dedicated to offering outstanding customer service 24-7-365.

Our comprehensive web hosting services provide the best value for money and our web hosting packages are tailored to all shapes and sizes.

Anyone from absolute starters to companies with 20 sites or more benefit from our website hosting.

We offer generous web hosting storage ranging from 20GB to 200GB. Should you need more, just add it.

At HOSTAFRICA, we only use enterprise SSDs. We even give clients 80% off our packages for the first 3 months, after which plans renew at the normal monthly price.

For clients who move to us from another host, we offer payment holidays and free site content migrations assistance.

web hosting questions?

we have answers

Web hosting is also known as shared hosting. For your website to appear on the internet, it needs to be hosted on a physical server (think of it as a powerful computer). These servers are housed in secure data centres around the world. However, most websites don’t require an entire server to run, and most website owners can’t afford one. They are extremely expensive and require highly skilled experts to maintain them (this is our purpose as web hosting providers).

Therefore, as the name implies, shared hosting is designed such that a server’s resources are shared economically. This is made possible by cloud (virtualisation) technology and advanced user isolation through CPU, RAM, IO, and Network quality of service. Subsequently, each client only pays for the share they use, making it affordable for anyone to host a website. The following analogy explains how we use cloud technology to divide up a physical server.

Think of it as a home. Not everyone can afford to buy a house, so they rent an apartment instead. Within a residential complex there are many other apartments, but each one is an isolated, self-contained housing unit. Each unit has their own residents, rooms, furnishings, utilities, and bills.

This is exactly how a web hosting environment works. Your website lives on a server, which is also home to other websites, but you get your own share of resources and storage. We are responsible for maintaining the servers, and clients are responsible for their hosting environments and websites, as one would be responsible for their own apartment.

If you are new to website hosting and you have a small budget, then web hosting is your best choice.

However, considering the very low cost, keep in mind that web hosting is an unmanaged solution, meaning hosts only provide you with the space and tools you need to manage your website yourself. The small fee charged for web hosting does not include support engineers designing, securing, and optimising your site’s content or scripts for you. Marketing companies, and Website Design companies provide these services. Fortunately, HOSTAFRICA does offer a separate Website Design service.

Alternatively, if you cannot afford a web design service, then our budget-friendly drag-and-drop Website Builder would be a great choice for you.

While web servers are secured by hosting providers, website security monitoring is not included. You must be diligent about this yourself. Websites get hacked through unsecure or outdated scripts (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc), free or pawned website themes, untrusted plugins, malware or viruses on the user’s personal device used to access the control panel, admin area of FTP using unsecure passwords, lack of two factor authentication, and so on.

If you expect your website traffic/bandwidth to be extremely high, or you plan to run a huge e-commerce shop, web hosting might not be the best choice. You may then benefit from our managed cloud servers or bare metal dedicated servers.

The location of your web server influences your website’s latency and thus its speed for your audience. If your website’s target audience resides in South Africa, it’s best to choose a local provider like HOSTAFRICA.

Website hosting (aka shared hosting) is a great solution for most website owners. CMS hosting like WordPress hosting runs on the same concepts as web hosting, but good hosts like HOSTAFRICA optimise these web servers with the latest technology, such as LiteSpeed Cache and Patchman. These are unmanaged solutions, meaning the host provides the space and tools for the client to manage every aspect of their site themselves.

Some providers like HOSTAFRICA offer a managed version of these services for a higher price, like Managed WordPress Hosting. This includes features like customizable installations, search engine indexing management, and site cloning.

If you have no development skills and want to build your own website, a drag-and-drop website builder plan is recommended. Website hosting is included.

If you want more control over your web server setup or need more resources for a large website, e-commerce store, or application, then managing your own virtual server might be the better option for you. Our virtual servers run on containerised virtualisation, which work fine for most use cases. If you would like more control, our KVM Cloud Servers will be more suitable.

Cloud Servers are more robust, can handle resource-heavy applications and are highly compatible. They each run on their own operating system, which can be customised. If you do business internationally, you have a choice of global and local server locations.

Dedicated server hosting is as robust as it gets. You rent an entire physical server to customise and run to your heart’s content.

Website hosting is the most cost-efficient and economical hosting there is. Thanks to cloud technology, many clients can share a server and only pay for the portion of resources they use.

In short, it’s designed such that anyone can host a website for a small fee. However, large international providers will lock you into a yearly contract and make you pay for the whole year upon registration. If you can’t afford this or don’t want to make that kind of commitment to a host who hasn’t yet earned your trust, then look for a provider who offers monthly payment options instead.

Furthermore, if you choose a host that is also a domain registrar, a free local domain should be included with your web hosting package. With each new hosting plan, we include a free co.za or org.za for the first year!

The most expensive part of web hosting is the storage. A good host will only use enterprise solid-state drives (SSD) to store your data, and these are very expensive. The bigger your website(s), the more space you’ll need, the more you’ll have to pay. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Finally, consider the hidden cost of poor client service. Web hosting is a recurring investment. Don’t just go for the cheapest you can find. It’s likely you’ll run into problems, and there’s nothing more frustrating than your website being down, and no one is answering the phone or your emails. Or, if they do answer, its more frustrating than helpful. Save yourself the headache and read their reviews! HOSTAFRICA has earned a reputation for our impeccable client service, we are confident we will amaze you with our client care.

The amount of disk space you need depends entirely on the kind of content your website will be centred around, and how many pages you intend to have. The more content your website has, the more storage space it will require. The biggest contributors to space use are images, videos, graphics, databases and stored emails. These sites will require much more space than a text-only site, and therefore cost more.

You can get a rough idea of the space your website will need by taking an average page size and multiplying it by the number of pages you expect your site to have.

Average page size nowadays is 2MB, as most pages today contain media. It’s strongly recommended that your pages aren’t bigger than this, as it’ll take too long to load for most people, and they’ll exit. Of course, smaller than 2MB is always better. Text-only pages may be around 500KB.

So, using the 2MB average page size, a website of 50 pages will require 100MB of storage space, and a 1,000-page website will require 2GB. If you have more than 1 website, count that too. E-commerce sites usually have more pages, and lots of media, and therefore require the most space.

Lastly, don’t forget to account for your email storage, installing applications like WordPress, website plugins like WooCommerce, extra media (especially videos) you might add, other software installs, database(s), any other files you upload to the server, and any info your clients submit on your website. They all use space.

HOSTAFRICA offers very generous amounts of storage with each hosting plan, which has proven to be more than enough for the majority of our shared hosting clients.

The most important factor to consider when choosing a web hosting company is client service and support. Most hosts offer the same plans for similar prices. But no features are as valuable as quick, effective, personable, human support.

This means that when an issue arises (not if, when) you’re able to grab the phone and speak to a support technician who has the tools and contacts to help you solve it. It also means having your emails responded to within the hour at any hour of day or night, instead of having days elapse.

When choosing a hosting provider, it’s best to check if their servers are located in your country to ensure the lowest possible latency. HOSTAFRICA’s web servers are in South Africa.

Uptime is how much of the time your website will be accessible to the internet, so the more, the merrier. At HOSTAFRICA we feel like it’s Christmas, with uptime for everyone’s website and more to spare!

Server speed (increased by LiteSpeed caching) and security (we use Mod Security WAF, and Imunify360, and more) are also important.

Make sure 1. The web hosting management software included is good (cPanel is the leading control panel), and 2. Automatic backups are included (and don’t count towards your monthly disk space allocation).

Ideally you find a company that’s big enough to allow your business/hobby to scale as it grows, but small enough to still care about each client and provide personalised, efficient support. Also make sure it’s easy to upgrade or downgrade, or add-on to your plans as your needs change.

Lastly, there is no need to get stuck in a yearly contract, we offer affordable prices month-to-month, which means you can cancel any time.

Absolutely! Transferring to HOSTAFRICA from another web hosting provider is free and easy. We even give you 3 months web hosting free to allow you to settle in. We migrate from all hosts. Even better, there is no downtime required.

Requesting migration assistance is easy. Simply email our helpful support team at support@hostafrica.co.za before you place an order or add a note while placing your order in our cart.

Our migrations team is expertly skilled in transferring your content reliably, assisting with DNS/A/MX pointing, email client set up, and domain name transfers.

First, we will move your website files, images, emails, and databases to your new hosting account with us. Then, we’ll request the domain name transfer to us. Finally, once the domain name is transferred, we’ll point your account to our servers.

Turnaround time for transferring content on a weekday is one day. After this, the domain name transfer is initiated, which can take from 1 to 5 days depending on the domain admin allowing the transfer. To find out more details, visit our Move to HOSTAFRICA page under the Help tab in our navigation menu.

Yes, as a good hosting provider we take all reasonable precautions necessary to ensure the safekeeping of client data. We generously include incremental backups in all web hosting plans for free! We preconfigure our hosting to back up everything. Better yet, we don’t count the size of your backups towards your disk space usage.

What are incremental backups?

Think of it as smart backups that store data economically, saving space and costs to everyone. Considering that we have thousands of clients, creating an entire back up every day for all clients would consume too much space and be very costly. As the name suggests, incremental backups intelligently store small amounts of new data frequently.

This is how the process works.

Initially, we create a full backup of your entire hosting account. Following this, incremental backups only store the changes that are made after the last full backup.

If a client needs their data restored, our state-of-the-art software conveniently provides it without any hassles. Clients have the choice to restore domains, files, databases, mailboxes, mail forwarders and mail filters, or the full hosting account.

However, it’s imperative to note that, as stated in our Ts&Cs, “HOSTAFRICA does not provide any guarantees against data loss, and as such you agree to retain your own backups of your Personal Information and indemnify and hold harmless HOSTAFRICA from any claims as a result of your Personal Information being lost for whatsoever reason.”

It is always strongly recommended that clients diligently store their own backups locally. This is best practice regardless of your industry or service provider, as your data is always at risk from things that are out of anyone’s control, like natural disasters, war, terrorism, fires, and Barbara (when she gets angry... yho!)

Certainly! We don’t want you to feel trapped in your initial choice. We understand that your needs change as you and your business grow. It’s a hassle-free process.

You can conveniently request an upgrade or downgrade from your client area. Log in > select Services > Manage Product > under Actions tab on the left side panel, click Upgrade/Downgrade.

You may also log a ticket will the billing department. Furthermore, there’s no need to wait until the end of the month, you can place a request throughout the month if need be. If your request comes during the month, our billing team will work out a pro rata rate for the remaining days and adjust your billing accordingly. Then your desired changes are implemented.

Upgrades and downgrades take place during normal business hours on weekdays only. The turnaround time is the same day.

Of course, that’s what the control panel is for. CMS stands for content management system. It’s an application that allows a user, even with limited expertise, to add, modify, and remove content from a website without the intervention of a webmaster. It’s an effective choice for beginners and advanced website owners alike.

Subsequently, this has led to huge popularity and a wealth of choices, many of which are open-source (free). Popular CMSs are WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and Magento.

Our web hosting packages include the world-leading control panel called cPanel. cPanel comes with Softaculous application installer, which allows users to effortlessly install almost any app or software you would need for web hosting right from their cPanel account.

Softaculous supports popular CMSs like Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress. It even supports most e-commerce platforms too, such as PrestaShop and OpenCart. You simply need a database, some disk space and PHP, which are all conveniently included in all our web hosting packages.

The process is easy. Log in to your cPanel account > on your Home screen scroll down to the section called SOFTACULOUS APPS INSTALLER > select Softaculous Apps Installer. Simply enter the name in the search box and click Install. Happy Hosting!