9 Best Web Hosting Companies in South Africa

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Finding the best web hosting provider in South Africa for you will depend on your budget and what features you’re looking for in a website host.

In this article, we share the top 9 companies with the best web hosting South Africa has to offer.

We checked out every detail about each company, including their performance metrics and value for money. Some web hosting providers are based in South Africa, while others are international web hosts that provide excellent services for local businesses and e-commerce stores alike!

Join us as we share the nine best web hosting providers in South Africa.

Local Web Hosting Services Based in South Africa

If you’re looking for a local web hosting provider based in South Africa, here are our top picks. These web hosting providers hold their own fairly well when it comes to how their performance compares with international companies.

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While there are a handful of global companies with better performance in South Africa (which we’ll share at the end of this article), it’s still worth checking out the following local web hosting providers too!

1. Xneelo

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Xneelo performed the best in our tests out of all the local web hosting companies we tried. It’s a fairly reliable South African web hosting company with great speed performance and is on par with the performance of the global companies we’ll share later.

In our tests, Xneelo was the only local company to come close to the performance of leading international web hosting providers. So if you want the best of both worlds, performance and a local presence, Xneelo is the company for you to check out!

South Africa Web Hosting Plans

Pricing (Rand) Pricing (USD) Disk Space
Shared Web Hosting From R99/mo ~$5.88/mo Between 5GB to 20GB
Managed WordPress Hosting R149/mo ~$8.85/mo 15GB SSD Storage
Managed Servers From R1490/mo From ~$88.47/mo From 8GB RAM and 500GB SSD storage.
Self-Managed Servers From R1195/mo From ~$70.96/mo From 16GB RAM and 2x Micron 1TB SSD.
Reseller Hosting (Volume Plan) R595/mo ~$35.33/mo 50 GB disk space with unlimited websites avaialble to be hosted.

Top Features

Xneelo-Features

Xneelo’s shared hosting plans offer:

  • 9% uptime guarantee
  • 24/7 technical support
  • Flexible backup schedules
  • Free SSL certificates
  • Free demo sites & templates
  • Free backups

There’s also a free 30 day trial package you can take out for a spin.

Performance

As far as performance goes, here’s how Xneelo performed in our tests.

Xneelo Best Practice
Time to First Byte (TTFB) 181 ms 100 to 300 ms
First Contentful Paint (FCP) 1.304 s < 1.8 seconds

Of all the local companies we tested out, Xneelo had the best performance. If you’re after the best web hosting provider in South Africa, Xneelo is worth checking out.

 

2. Imaginet

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Imaginet offers simple hosting services for local businesses. Unlike most hosting companies, Imaginet focuses on simple hosting solutions that are also quite beginner friendly.

But don’t let it’s simplicity fool you! Imaginet came second in our performance tests. Even if you aren’t a pro with setting up websites and optimizing their speed, you’ll have decent performance to work with from your hosting server. However, if you’re looking for more advanced features, additional storage and security, Imaginet may not be the best choice for you in the long run.

South Africa Web Hosting Plans

Pricing (Rand) Pricing (USD) Disk Space
Site Creator Hosting From R30/mo From ~$1.78/mo From 300 MB to 4GB and with unlimited traffic on all plans.
Starter Hosting From R25/mo From ~$1.48/mo From 200MB to 2 GB with unlimited traffic on all plans.
Business Hosting From R102/mo From ~$6.05/mo From 2 GB to 8 GB storage space and with unlimited traffic on all plans.

Top Features

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Imaginet’s web hosting service includes the following features:

  • From 200 MB to 2 GB storage on starter plans
  • Up to 8 GB storage on Business plans
  • Beginner friendly options
  • All plans allow unlimited web traffic
  • 90% uptime guarantee

There’s also a free 30 day trial package you can take out for a spin.

Performance

As far as performance goes, here’s how Imaginet performed in our tests.

Imaginet Best Practice
Time to First Byte (TTFB) 233 ms 100 to 300 ms
First Contentful Paint (FCP) 878 ms < 1.8 seconds

If you’re after a no fuss, simple web host to get started with, Imaginet is worth looking into.

 

3. Axxess

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Axxess has been around for over 25 years and sets itself apart in the South African hosting market by offering Linux and Windows hosting environments, including cloud hosting. With a range of technical features and unlimited traffic available on all plans, Axxess is a great solution for website owners who want flexibility paired with decent performance.

Compared with Imaginet, Axxess’ performance was only a fraction behind in our tests. But if you spend some time setting up your website properly, you can further improve your performance.

It’s worth considering Axxess for the range of additional features you can leverage!

South Africa Web Hosting Services

Pricing (Rand) Pricing (USD) Disk Space
Windows Shared Hosting From R65/mo From ~$3.86/mo From 1GB to 75GB storage with unlimited traffic on all plans.
Linux Shared Hosting From R69/mo + R15/mo for cPanel From ~$4.10/mo + ~0.89/mo for cPanel From 5GB – 75GB storage with unlimited traffic on all plans.
Linux Cloud Hosting From R339/mo + R190/mo for CentOS Linux with Control Web Panel From ~$20/mo + ~$11.30 for CentOS Linux with CWP From 100GB – 4TB disk space, up to 24GB RAM and up to 10 vCPU cores.
WordPress Web Hosting From R99/mo From ~$5.88/mo From 5GB to 75GB storage and unlimited monthly traffic on all plans.

Top Features

Axxess-features

Axxess’ shared hosting plans offer:

  • Pro rated pricing
  • Affordable cloud hosting plans
  • Unlimited traffic on most plans
  • Free SSL certificate
  • PHP, Plesk, SQL & ASP.net options
  • 24/7 security monitoring
  • Free control panel or low-cost cPanel dashboard

Performance

As far as performance goes, here’s how Axxess performed in our tests.

Axxess Best Practice
Time to First Byte (TTFB) 270 ms 100 to 300 ms
First Contentful Paint (FCP) 980 ms < 1.8 seconds

If you’re looking for Linux or Windows-based hosting, Axxess is a great company to check out. With their low-cost cloud hosting options too, there’s more variety than most South African hosting providers tend to offer!

 

4. Vox

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Vox offers more than just web hosting services. With small business and enterprise level IT and networking solutions on offer, Vox is one of South Africa’s leading ICT and telecoms providers for local businesses.

As far as their hosting services go, Vox offers a large range of scalable solutions from shared plans through to enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure solutions.

We took their shared hosting plan out for a spin and here’s how performance stacks up.

South Africa Web Hosting Plans

Pricing (Rand) Pricing (USD) Disk Space
Linux Shared Hosting From R34.99/mo From ~$2.08/mo From 1GB to 20GB SSD storage and up to 20 FTP accounts and 200 email accounts.
Premium WP Web Hosting From R249/mo + R113.85 one-off setup fee From ~$14.79/mo + ~$6.76 setup fee From 50GB  – 150GB storage and 30K to Unlimited visitors.

Top Features

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  • Self-service control panel
  • State-of-the-art firewall infrastructure
  • Daily backups and storage
  • Free SSL certificates on all plans
  • Enterprise-grade cloud & data center solutions
  • Powerful web servers based in South Africa

Performance

As far as performance goes, Vox was fairly decent in our tests.

We would suggest customizing your website further to squeeze out even better results. But even if you’re not very technical, it’s quite likely you’ll still experience decent performance with Vox’s out-of-the-box plans.

Vox Best Practice
Time to First Byte (TTFB) 271 ms 100 to 300 ms
First Contentful Paint (FCP) 1.726 s < 1.8 seconds

Of all the local companies we looked into, Vox is the one that’s best able to help businesses set up more than just their web hosting needs. So if you’re looking for ICT and telecoms services too, or enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure, Vox is a great option to consider.

 

5. Host Africa

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If you’re after a well-respected company based in South Africa, Host Africa is worth considering. Although it’s performance placed fifth in our tests of local web hosting services, Host Africa offers a range of features that are comparable to global hosting companies.

With uptime guarantees, money-back guarantees, .za domain registration services and more, Host Africa is the top South African web hosting service provider we’d recommend if you’re looking for a service which offers similar features and performance to the biggest hosting companies in the world.

South Africa Web Hosting Plans

Pricing (Rand) Pricing (USD) Disk Space
Shared Hosting From R85/mo From ~$5.05/mo From 20GB – 200GB SSD storage, 2 – 20 websites and up to 1000 sub-domains.
WordPress Hosting From R99/mo From ~$5.88/mo From 20GB  – 200GB SSD storage and up to 5 websites.
Scalable Cloud Hosting From R130/mo From ~$7.72/mo From 1 CPU v Core, 1GB RAM and 20GB SSD storage.
Linux VPS Hosting From R110/mo From ~$6.53/mo From 1CPU vCore, 1GB RAM and 20GB storage
Windows VPS Servers From R490/mo From ~$29.10 From 2 CPU v Cores, 4GM RAM and 100GB SSD storage.
Powerful Dedicated Hosting From R1,395/mo From ~$82.86/mo From 1TB SSD storage, 16GB RAM and unlimited traffic.
Budget Dedicated Hosting From R700/mo From ~$41.58/mo From 2x 500GB SSD & 32GB RAM. Not always available though.

Top Features

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Host Africa’s shared hosting plans offer:

  • 30-day money-back guarantees
  • Hassle-free migrations
  • 90% uptime guarantee
  • Local and global servers
  • 24/7 monitoring
  • After hours support

Performance

As far as performance goes, here’s how Host Africa fared in our tests.

Host Africa Best Practice
Time to First Byte (TTFB) 272 ms 100 to 300 ms
First Contentful Paint (FCP) 960 ms < 1.8 seconds

If you’re after a locally trusted and reliable web hosting provider with features and services that are on par with global companies, Host Africa is a decent option for you to check out.

 

Global Hosting Services With Great Performance in South Africa

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In addition to the above web hosting providers, the following companies are also worth checking out. While they aren’t based in Africa, their performance in South Africa is better than most of the local companies we tested.

So if you’re simply after the best performance no matter where the servers and support team are located, we recommend you choose a web hosting provider from the list below.

6. FastComet

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Without a shadow of a doubt, FastComet came in as the best web hosting provider in South Africa. We ran multiple tests from servers in South Africa and FastComet was the top performer every time.

It’s thanks to FastComet’s CDN (content delivery network) paired with a multitude of global data center locations that it has great performance in South Africa too.

Hosting Plans Available

  • Shared cloud hosting (powered by cPanel)
  • Managed WordPress
  • Managed Woocommerce
  • Managed Magento
  • Managed OpenCart
  • Managed Joomla
  • Fully-managed virtual private server
  • Fully-managed dedicated
Promotional Pricing Renewal Pricing
Shared Cloud Hosting From $2.95/mo From $9.95/mo
WP Hosting From $2.95/mo From $9.95/mo
WoocCommerce Hosting From $2.95/mo From $9.95/mo
Magento Hosting From $2.95/mo From $9.95/mo
OpenCart Hosting From $2.95/mo From $9.95/mo
Joomla Hosting From $2.95/mo From $9.95/mo
VPS Hosting N/A From $59.95/mo
Dedicated Server Hosting N/A From $139/mo

Top Features

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FastComet offers a range of value-packed features with each of its plans. Its shared hosting plans are the most popular and at a minimum include

  • 15 GB to 35 GB SSD storage
  • Free website transfers
  • Free domain transfers
  • Daily backups
  • Free CDN (Cloudflare)
  • Free SSL certificates
  • Plus more

Performance

In our performance tests, FastComet consistently performed very well from locations in South Africa.

FastComet Best Practice
Time to First Byte (TTFB) 163 ms 100 to 300 ms
First Contentful Paint (FCP) 717 ms < 1.8 seconds

 

 

7. HostPapa

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If you’re after small business hosting in South Africa, HostPapa is also an excellent choice. It is a Canadian company with a range of products and hosting services that help small businesses get online anywhere in the world.

Despite being based in Canada, the data from our tests indicates HostPapa has great performance in South Africa too!

Hosting Plans Available

Promotional Pricing Renewal Pricing Disk Space
Shared Hosting From $3.95/mo From $9.99/mo From 100GB SSD + unmetered bandwidth.
WordPress Hosting From $3.95/mo From $9.99/mo From 100GB SSD + unmetered bandwidth.
VPS Hosting From $19.99/mo From $19.99/mo From 2GB memory, 60GB SSD, and 1 TB transfer.
Reseller Hosting From $29.99/mo From $29.99/mo From 2Gb RAM, 50GB SSD & 500 GB bandwidth.

 

Top Features

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HostPapa’s basic plans include the following features:

  • Storage: 100GB SSD – Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unmetered on all plans
  • Free Domain: Included on all plans
  • Cloudflare: Available on all plans
  • SSL Certificate: Free with all plans

Performance

Here are HostPapa’s average performance metrics from the tests we ran in South Africa:

HostPapa Best Practice
Time to First Byte (TTFB) 171 ms 100 to 300 ms
First Contentful Paint (FCP) 1.228 seconds < 1.8 seconds

Based on the data from our tests, HostPapa is a decent, affordable hosting option for small businesses and solopreneurs in South Africa.

 

8. Hostinger

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Hostinger is one of our top recommended VPS hosting providers due to its performance and affordability. However, it also offers a range of shared hosting packages with excellent performance in South Africa.

With prices as low as $1.99/month, Hostinger’s plans are comparable to some of the budget local options with the key distinction of providing superior performance to most local web hosts.

Web Hosting Plans Available

Promotional Price Renewal Price
Shared From $1.99/mo From $9.99/mo
VPS From $2.49/mo From $8.99/mo
Cloud From $9.99/mo From $29.99/mo

Top Features

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  • Dedicated IP on evey VPS plan
  • Full root access on every VPS plan
  • Low-cost plans to get started
  • Great deals if you buy many years in advance
  • Beginner friendly
  • Flexible pricing options
  • 24/7 multi-lingual live chat support
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Free migration service

Performance

Here’s how Hostinger stacks up in our speed tests in South Africa:

Hostinger Best Practice
Time to First Byte (TTFB) 183 ms 100 to 300 ms
First Contentful Paint (FCP) 752 ms < 1.8 seconds

 

 

9. A2 Hosting

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A2 Hosting is another low cost option available. They also prioritize the speed and performance of all hosting packages they offer and have great performance in South Africa according to our test data.

Hosting Plans Available

Promotional Pricing Renewal Pricing Disk Space
Shared Hosting From $1.99/mo From $10.99/mo 100GB SSD on the smallest tier. Unlimited on the rest.
WordPress Hosting From $8.99/mo From $23.99/mo From 50 GB NVMe storage.
Virtual Private Server Hosting From $45.99/mo From $99.99/mo From 8 GB RAM and 250 GB SSD storage.
Dedicated Hosting From $199.99/mo From $329.99/mo From 32 GB RAM & 2×1 TB SSD storage.
Reseller Hosting From $15.99/mo From $34.99/mo From 60 GB SSD or 60 GB NVMe storage.

Top Features

A2 Hosting Blazing Fast Hosting

A2 Hosting’s plans include the following features:

  • Websites: From 1 to unlimited
  • Storage: 100GB SSD – Unlimited NVMe
  • Free site migrations
  • Backups: Free and automatic on all but the lowest plan
  • Free SSL: On all plans
  • 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee

The higher-tier plans also enjoy a range of additional benefits and “Turbo” optimizations for speed and performance.

Performance

In our tests, here’s how A2’s performance measures up.

A2 Hosting Best Practice
Time to First Byte (TTFB) 194 ms 100 to 300 ms
First Contentful Paint (FCP) 639 ms < 1.8 seconds

With excellent performance in South Africa, and such affordable plans, you have no excuses not to get started with building your website!

 

How To Choose A Good Web Hosting Provider in South Africa

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Choosing a good web host can be a challenging task. Here are some aspects to look into that can help you decide which company is best for you.

  • Site speed
  • Server reliability & uptime
  • If backups are included
  • International reach
  • Customer service

For more information about choosing a web hosting provider have a look at our guide How to Choose a Web Hosting Provider.

Final Thoughts: Best Web Hosting South Africa

If you’re building a business website, or one for a personal project, reliable web hosting is critical for your website’s performance.

Our top picks for web hosting providers in South Africa are:

  • For the best performance overall, go with FastComet. Grab your discount here.
  • For the best local web hosting company in South Africa, Xneelo is at the top of our list. Get started today.

Ultimately, the best web hosting service for your needs will depend on the type of website you have, your budget, and the features that matter most to you. Either way, you’re sure to find the right option from our list above!

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Matt Diggity

Matt is the founder of Diggity Marketing, LeadSpring, The Search Initiative, The Affiliate Lab, and the Chiang Mai SEO Conference. He actually does SEO too.

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