Average Cost of Hosting a Blog in Kenya

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The average Cost of Hosting a Blog in Kenya is Ksh2,000 per year. But there are many factors that determine pricing and plans, such features would either increase or lower the costs. They can be listed as:

  • Bandwidth usage
  • Number of page views per month
  • Disk space
  • Payment duration
  • Type of hosting company
  • Discount policy

When a blog is new, the costs are low, you can even host it even for free. Some companies like Truehost Kenya offer free hosting for new websites. But immediately it starts getting more traffic, the costs rise steadily. Some blogs like KahawaTungu, Cnyakundi, Tuko, Nation, Kenyans and Standard Digital spend up to Ksh500,000 per month on hosting. The costs rise because of resources the blogs utilize. Hosting companies charge based on traffic numbers, bandwidth and disk space usage— the more your blog uses such resources the more you spend on hosting.

Generally, there is a direct correlation between the number of people who visit your site and the money you pay for hosting. There is also direct correlation between number of visits and bandwidth usage. Some hosting companies may not disclose to you that they charge based on the number of visits to your site but by indicating bandwidth and disk space as the main parameters for pricing, they have already factored in the number of visits.

Here are the approximate costs of hosting in Kenya based on monthly visits:

  • 0-10,000 visits—Ksh 1,000
  • 10,000-30,000 visits—Ksh1,500
  • 20,000-100,000 visits—Ksh 1,500 to Ksh 2,000
  • 100,000 to 500,000 visits—Ksh 2,000 to Ksh 10,000
  • 500,000 visits and above—over Ksh10,000 per month

A new blog requires little resources but an established one must be hosted by powerful servers. There are many types of hosting: Shared, VPS, WordPress, Reseller and Dedicated. New websites are usually on shared hosting and that’s where the costs are low, between Ksh 500 and Ksh 5,000. Viral websites with over 300,000 monthly visits are on Dedicated Servers. Websites on dedicated servers do not share resources with other sites.

It follows that when someone has a new blog, they have to set aside Ksh 500 to Ksh2,000 for hosting per year. Immediately the blog becomes popular, receiving more than 100,000 visits, the budget must be above Ksh 10,000 per year. It will reach a time when you spend over Ksh 20,000 per month like some of the big sites in Kenya. At some point, web hosting companies in Kenya won’t be in a position to host you because their servers aren’t capable of handling millions of visits, you have to look for some other better companies like Kinsta which is designed to host viral websites

If you have a new website, I would suggest that you host with HostPinnacle which is among the cheapest web hosting companies in Kenya. You will start spending Ksh1,500 per year.Follow this link to see their plans

When you own a website, the worst headache is hosting. I experienced this in 2016 when my blog started receiving over 10 million visits per month. I was forced to spend Ksh 150,000 every month on hosting. But the good thing is that I was earning more than Ksh2 million by then.

How to reduce hosting costs

  • Use light images
  • Use light WordPress Theme
  • Choose a web hosting company without hidden charges
  • Pay for longer period, like three years so as to receive a discount

As a blogger, you have the option of hosting your site locally. However, we prefer that you host with international companies like Bluehost.in future, you might be forced to move your website from Kenya because of trust issues.Bluehost minimum pricing is Ksh 4,200 per year,but you will be assured that your site is secure.Check the hosting company’s plans and pricing here