Website Hosting In South Africa – Website Hosting Packages

You were thinking of having a website build. But there are 2 things you need to have before we can start to build your website… website hosting and domain registration.

Firstly you will need to purchase a domain. A domain is your website URL or website address. When you have done this you will need website hosting. Most website hosting companies do domain registration as well.

Here are a few companies we recommend:

Website hosting in South Africa:

GridHost
KalkBay

For international web hosting companies:

Hostgator
BlueHost

For registering a domain internationally:

Namecheap

So how do you figure out which website hosting company is the best to host your website? Let me explain the basics first:

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What is webhosting?

Website hosting is renting space on a web server.  In order for anyone to see your website online you will need to host your website on a web server. A webhost provides special services like creating domain emails. The host provides software to run your website smoothly and making it easier for your users or customers to access your website.

When you purchase hosting from web hosting companies, the monthly fee you pay goes to maintenance and upgrading the server’s software, keeping it online 24 hours a day 7 days a week with a fast internet connection and the employees’ salaries.

Types of web hosting:

Shared Hosting:

Shared hosting web servers are designed to handle hundreds of websites at once because they are locacated on powerful machines.

Shared hosting is simply hosting more than one website on a particular server. Over 90% of websites on the internet today are being run in a shared hosting environment.

The cost of shared hosting is very cheap and the reason for this is that… well you share hosting with other websites just like yours. You can easily find cheap website hosting plans with a shared host server.

Dedicated Hosting:

Dedicated hosting is for companies with huge powerful websites like Yahoo, Amazon and Wikipedia. The one great advantage of a dedicated server is that you have your own server and no one can accidentally cause the server to crash but yourself. It also provides more security and that means your website and server will less likely be able to get hacked.

There are also semi dedicated hosting plans available which basically means that the server is split between a small amount of users such as 2 – 4 but still prevents interference with each other.

Dedicated hosting cost much more than shared hosting. But for most of our clients you will used a shared hosting.

When purchasing one of the website hosting packages you will need to know some terms the website hosting companies use:

Disk Space

The disk space is divided up by different packages, the less you pay the less disk space you get. Disk space is used for storing website files, images, pages and videos. We normally recommend packages with at least 5 GB of disk space and unlimited bandwidth. When your website gets bigger, we would recommend upgrading to the biggest hosting the company provides.

Bandwidth or traffic:

Bandwidth is a product that web host companies purchase from internet service providers. This is why it is also divided between the packages. We recommend getting a package with unlimited bandwidth or traffic.

If you have read this far, you are armed with the basic knowledge of website hosting and domain registration.

Your next task is to figure out what you need and then click one of the options below, purchase your domain and hosting and we are ready to build your website for you.

International Hosting:

Namecheap.com

South African Hosting:

Enlightened Hosting
Namecheap
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