In Kenya, there are many places where you can buy a website. Buying a website means to buy a domain, design a website and host it—in short, you need to have a website of your own.
There are more than 70 web hosting companies in Kenya but only a couple of them are reliable. I have been in the web hosting industry for 10 years now and I know which company is good and which one is the worst. Before one makes a decision to host their blog on a particular hosting site, they have to do due diligence, this is only possible when you get referrals from websites like Webhosting Voice. We only recommend those websites that we believe are the best for Kenyans.
In Kenya, there is only one web hosting company I would recommend, which is Kenya Website Experts. I have used this hosting company for 6 years now and I know it’s the best.The key advantages of hosting with Kenya Website Experts are:
- 99.9% uptime
- Value for money
- Email services
- Web design services
- Excellent customer service
- A variety of hosting packages
If you are launching a new website/blog, the best package to buy is “Starter plan” which goes for Ksh 2,100 per year. There are also other plans that are suitable for you as your blog receives more traffic. Here is a list of basic packages for you:
- Starter—Ksh 2,100 per year
- Standard—Ksh 7,100 per year
- Bronze—Ksh 10,100 per year
- Gold—Ksh 14,100 per year
When your blog is receiving less than 1,000 visitors per day, starter plan is the best but as the traffic grows, you should plan to move it to Standard plan. For blogs that get above 10,000 visitors, you will be forced to buy the Gold plan.
At some point, that’s if you are a serious blogger, your traffic might go beyond 20,000 visitors per day. With this kind of traffic, you need an efficient managed web hosting company, you will be forced to move your blog from Kenya Website Experts to Kinsta which hosts giant blogs from across the globe. Kinsta has grown exponentially to become the leading hosting company for viral websites.
Kinsta has 4 basic plans for beginners, Starter, Pro, Business1 and Business2.You choose a plan based on the number of visitors your blog gets.The advantage of joining Kinsta is that you will experience zero issues with your blog.
The cost of each plan is as follows;
- Starter plan—Ksh 3,000 per month
- Pro plan—-Ksh 6,000 per month
- Business 1 plan—Ksh 10,000 per month
- Business 2 plan—Ksh 20,000 per month
As I said earlier, Kinsta is only useful for serious bloggers. If you want to grow, you need to settle on one hosting company, which does not disappoint, which is Kinsta
Another web hosting company to try is Sasa Host.
Sasa Host has packages which are boosted by Dedicated Server Resources. This company is more expensive compared to Kenya Website Experts.
There are 4 basic hostiong plans you should aquire: Personal Hosting 1, Personal Hosting 2, Personal Hosting3 and Personal Hosting4.
The plans are priced as follows:
- Personal Hosting1—Ksh2,500 per year
- Personal Hosting2—Ksh 3,500 per year
- Personal Hosting 3—Ksh5,500 per year
- Personal Hosting 4—Ksh 10,500 per year
The fourth one is Truehost though it doesn’t have excellent recommendations. At Truehost you are allowed to host for free under Bronze plan but as your website grows, you’ll be forced to move to Silver or Gold.
The pricing is as follows:
- Silver—Ksh1,500 per year
- Gold—Ksh 3,490 per year
Bronze hosting plan is a 30-day trial thereafter you’ll be required to purchase a more advanced hosting plan.
Another one, the last, is Bluehost.Most bloggers in Kenya are in Bluehost where they pay as little as Ksh250 per month to host. Bluehost has shared, VPS and Dedicated packages but most Kenyans are on shared plans
The pricing of Share plans are as follows:
Plus—Ksh595 per month
Choice plus—Ksh595 per month
Pro—Ksh1395 per month
If your blog gets 5,000 to 20,000 visitors per day, join Pro plan where you’ll be paying Ksh 1,395 every month.
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Of all the three Kenyan owned hosting companies, the best is Kenya Website Experts.