How much does it cost to host a website in South Africa


The amount of money you’ll spend on web hosting in South Africa ranges between R500 and R100,000 per year depending on the size of a website. On average, you’ll spend R500 per year to host your website in South Africa. There are web hosting providers which charge per month, others charge per year. But website owners are encouraged to pay annually because it’s cheaper than paying monthly.

There are several types of hosting in South Africa provided by web hosting providers, they include:

  1. Shared Hosting
  2. VPS Hosting
  3. Dedicated Server Hosting
  4. Cloud Hosting
  5. Windows Hosting
  6. WordPress Hosting
  7. Reseller Hosting

Shared Hosting is the most popular type of hosting in South Africa and it’s ideal for new and low traffic websites. Shared Hosting can handle up to 300,000 views per month. WordPress Hosting is another popular type of hosting, it hosts WordPress sites only.

VPS and Dedicated Server Hosting are most suitable for medium and high traffic sites. Some of the plans in Dedicated Servers can sustain more than 1 million visitors per month.

With a new blog/website, you’ll spend R100 to R500 per year in hosting.A blog with 400,000 views will spend at least R1000 per year.VPS and Dedicated Servers are the ones that can handle such a website.

Websites with over 1 million page views per month are hosted by dedicated server plans.

Below we provide the cost hosting by some of the web hosting companies in South Africa.

Shared Hosting

  • Domain South Africa(R89 to R259 per month)
  • Truehost(R50 to R360 per month)
  • MilesWeb($0.9 to $3.90 per month)
  • Smartweb(R59 to R329 per month)
  • Hostking(R10.50 to R149.50 per month)
  • Elitehost(R45 to R160 per month)

VPS Hosting

  • Domain South Africa(R139 to R799 per month)
  • Truehost(R60 to R1000 per month)
  • MilesWeb(from $9 per month)
  • Hostking(R65 to R812 per month)
  • Elitehost(R200 to R1600 per month)

Dedicated Server Hosting

  • MilesWeb($99 to $685 per month)
  • Hostking(R116.10 to R359 per month)

WordPress Hosting

  • Domains South Africa(R99 to R599 per month)
  • MilesWeb($0.90 to $3.90 per month)
  • Smartweb(R100 to R950 per month)
  • Hostking(R10.50 to R149.50 per month)

For a new website,select Shared or WordPress hosting packages ,they will charge you as low as R10 per month.

For high traffic websites, go for Dedicated Servers.

There are also other suitable web hosting companies which are located outside South Africa.Some of them include,Bluehost,A2 Hosting,SiteGround ,Hostinger,GoDaddy and Hostgator.You check the prices of hosting by each of the sites and compare with those in South Africa.

For viral websites,I will highly recommend Kinsta,it handles millions of visitors per month.Kinsta is also my preferred web hosting provider—I have been hosting with them since 2015.