How much it costs to build and host a website in South Africa

rustypup

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this article gives the cost of hosting, not building, a website
It's more of a spamvert.

Also missing: Any discussion around skill availability, platform roadmaps, etc, etc. You know. The stuff that matters unless rebuilding from scratch every 2 years is considered a plan now.

Also missing: AWS and Azure
 

Kelerei

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Apart from xneelo, you listed some of the worst hosting companies.

Oh ye gods... you do not want to get me started on 1-grid sending out fraudulent invoices back in January (or the shitstain of a parent company they spawned from), trust me.

Personally, I'd spin up something in AWS or Azure and have done with it (along with a suite of scripts to automate managing it all), but I do realise that not everyone out there (read: the mom & pop businesses wanting something simple) will have the requisite knowledge for that...
 

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We had a specialized e-commerce site built last year, cost just under R500k. Main costs went to integration and customization over and above the base product.
 

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Better to host with these guys than just using decent offshore options like Bluehost? Or is this article for SA focused clients only?
 

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Just for the side user who comes here looking for a website.

PM me, I build PHP / Python websites on the side depending on the scope of the project.

(I don't want to build your e-commerce venture, I do that in my real job - I want to build your small business website, like a moving company or a woodworking business, or a pool cleaner or a small ERP system to make you manage your stock better and rely less on excel. Fun stuff)
 

richjdavies

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If you care about costs, you should host sites by doing this...

Static website, using client-side javascript for the dynamic parts... (okay, yes you do need to host those parts...)
 

Johnatan56

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If you care about costs, you should host sites by doing this...

Static website, using client-side javascript for the dynamic parts... (okay, yes you do need to host those parts...)
Tbh, the cost saving for a majority is minimal/doesn't matter, it's <R100pm to host a WP site, you're probably going to be making enough profit to cover that.
Only reason to go static is that you don't want to manage plugins or something like that, but you're going to have something that handles contact forms on your site anyways, so now you need to manage it anyways.
 

Fulcrum29

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I am currently looking at local self-hosted options for a podcasting endeavour. This is a 6-year old plan of mine, but I cancelled it due to the lack of interest about 2 years ago. Under the circumstances I am looking at rebooting this as part of another plan.

There are many premium services out there for podcasting with integrated analytics and for remarketing purposes, but I want to 'move' to a home-grown self-ownership model.

My requirements are custom, and I want a managed solution for ease of use, and I am curious to see the local options available in terms of scaling.
 

InvisibleJim

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If you care about costs, you should host sites by doing this...

Static website, using client-side javascript for the dynamic parts... (okay, yes you do need to host those parts...)

MS now have Static Web Apps in preview - works with Azure functions to provide dynamic functionality.
 

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I have the afrihost home silver for my own adventures. No issues with it but i does just sits there doing nothing most of the time.

If I really wanted to do something more interesting workloads, I'd just spin up some EC2 instances.

The "cloud" is so cheap and easy these days.
 
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