Any cheap yet decent local PHP web hosting?

Maxson_N

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It should have at least the following:
1. PHP 5.6 or higher
2. Upload limit of >= 64MB
3. Allow me to create or upload .htacess
4. Support Let's Crypt
5. Responsive server
6. Support cURL (optioinal)

I just opened an account with Axxess and so far I'm not impressed. File upload size is limited at 2MB which is really ridiculous. And I have noticed that I cannot create .htaccess or upload it, which is a deal breaker since I'm using Laravel and it needs it, and I also need it to force all the requests to https. I'm waiting to hear from their support tomorrow if they can do something about all these but I think it's best that I look at alternatives now.
 

Thor

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It should have at least the following:
1. PHP 5.6 or higher
2. Upload limit of >= 64MB
3. Allow me to create or upload .htacess
4. Support Let's Crypt
5. Responsive server
6. Support cURL (optioinal)

I just opened an account with Axxess and so far I'm not impressed. File upload size is limited at 2MB which is really ridiculous. And I have noticed that I cannot create .htaccess or upload it, which is a deal breaker since I'm using Laravel and it needs it, and I also need it to force all the requests to https. I'm waiting to hear from their support tomorrow if they can do something about all these but I think it's best that I look at alternatives now.
VPS or Cpanel, I run my Laravel sites via a VPS since cpanel is a schlep with this.

Cheap web hosting will be Axxess and Afrihost, but they have no clue what goes on as you have discovered, so you won't have support and they wont budge.

Reasonable priced hosting with suburb support and more importantly understanding - Will be domains.co.za also they run SSDs and blazing fast servers.

Cheap VPS that I run my lets encrypt laravel sites on is OVH (not local, and limited support, but good pricing )
 

chopsky

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It should have at least the following:
1. PHP 5.6 or higher
2. Upload limit of >= 64MB
3. Allow me to create or upload .htacess
4. Support Let's Crypt
5. Responsive server
6. Support cURL (optioinal)

I just opened an account with Axxess and so far I'm not impressed. File upload size is limited at 2MB which is really ridiculous. And I have noticed that I cannot create .htaccess or upload it, which is a deal breaker since I'm using Laravel and it needs it, and I also need it to force all the requests to https. I'm waiting to hear from their support tomorrow if they can do something about all these but I think it's best that I look at alternatives now.
Smartweb (link in profile) should meet all your requirements.
You can select your PHP version (5.6 is an option), can set your upload limit, htaccess and cUrl are supported.
They don't suport Let's Encrypt, BUT even better, they do include free Comodo SSL certificates with every hosting package - automatically installed on your domain(s).

Cheers!
 

jsheed_sa

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Use a VPS for this - way more flexibility than shared hosting.

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Are you capable of installing PHP on Ubuntu? If so then get yourself a digitalocean droplet for $5. If you need email then setup postfix to forward your domain to gmail.

Best thing I did (and I was also on Afrihost cheap package). Moving another two domains over soon.

Else you get what you pay for. I don't believe it's possible to get quality hosting for cheap, it just does not make financial sense to any company to do so.

I use GoDaddy for my domains, gmail for my email, Cloudflare for clown-busting & SSL and DO for my hosting. Awesome setup.
 

Thor

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I use GoDaddy for my domains, gmail for my email, Cloudflare for clown-busting & SSL and DO for my hosting. Awesome setup.
You must be paying through your teeth or do you just have a few domains?
 

jsheed_sa

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Are you capable of installing PHP on Ubuntu? If so then get yourself a digitalocean droplet for $5. If you need email then setup postfix to forward your domain to gmail.

Best thing I did (and I was also on Afrihost cheap package). Moving another two domains over soon.

Else you get what you pay for. I don't believe it's possible to get quality hosting for cheap, it just does not make financial sense to any company to do so.

I use GoDaddy for my domains, gmail for my email, Cloudflare for clown-busting & SSL and DO for my hosting. Awesome setup.
Digital Ocean isn't local. Read the original request ;)
 

Thor

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Dear lord, that's the worst. If you can't afford SSL you probably don't need it rather than something that breaks on some browsers.
Define break?

Cloud flare works without issues here.
 

Maxson_N

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Thank you for all your valuable input, I need shared hosting for this particular project because I'm on a really tight budget and the project is too small. After evaluating all all your suggestions I think I'm going to go with Smartweb as it suits all my requirements and my budget.
 

Thor

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Thank you for all your valuable input, I need shared hosting for this particular project because I'm on a really tight budget and the project is too small. After evaluating all all your suggestions I think I'm going to go with Smartweb as it suits all my requirements and my budget.
I must admit, I like there website theme.

Let us know how it goes will you, I've been looking for a new small player to suggest to clients who is on afrihoax.
 

jsheed_sa

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Thank you for all your valuable input, I need shared hosting for this particular project because I'm on a really tight budget and the project is too small. After evaluating all all your suggestions I think I'm going to go with Smartweb as it suits all my requirements and my budget.
A full VPS is $1.25 a month ($15 a year) with 768MB of RAM / 60GB of disk and 1TB of bandwidth... I can't for the life of me think why anyone would pick shared hosting over that, when the availability of resources is far better on a VPS.

I guess some people just like a GUI ;)

Good luck!
 

Thor

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A full VPS is $1.25 a month ($15 a year) with 768MB of RAM / 60GB of disk and 1TB of bandwidth... I can't for the life of me think why anyone would pick shared hosting over that when the availability of resources is far better.

I guess some people just like a GUI ;)

Good luck!
Or prefer not to jump via payment hoops.
 

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A full VPS is $1.25 a month ($15 a year) with 768MB of RAM / 60GB of disk and 1TB of bandwidth... I can't for the life of me think why anyone would pick shared hosting over that, when the availability of resources is far better on a VPS.

I guess some people just like a GUI ;)

Good luck!
I can. My photos can easily take up 100MB each. That means your 60GB will limit me to 1000 max.
 

jsheed_sa

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I can. My photos can easily take up 100MB each. That means your 60GB will limit me to 1000 max.
You've got be kidding me if you think R29 shared hosting = unlimited disk space.

The plan they're talking about comes with:

https://www.smartweb.co.za/web-hosting.php

Code:
1GB SSD Disk Storage
5GB Bandwidth
5 Email Accounts
1 MySQL Databases
1x CloudLinux Resources 
checkmark Daily Backups
checkmark cPanel Control Panel
checkmark Free Domain Name*
checkmark Free SSL Certificate
 

chopsky

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A full VPS is $1.25 a month ($15 a year) with 768MB of RAM / 60GB of disk and 1TB of bandwidth... I can't for the life of me think why anyone would pick shared hosting over that, when the availability of resources is far better on a VPS.

I guess some people just like a GUI ;)

Good luck!
Managed support/administration. Not everyone's up to the task of managing their own VPS...
 

chopsky

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Btw, Cyber Monday in approx 2 hours. Probably/hopefully score some nice discounts...
 
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