WordPress Website Hosting in South Africa

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WordPress Website Hosting in South Africa

WordPress Website Hosting in South Africa and elsewhere is available from many hosts, the majority of which meet the WordPress minimum requirements, and choosing the right one can be difficult. Just like flowers need the right environment to grow, WordPress works best when it’s in a rich hosting environment.

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Does your hosting include WordPress support?

Most website hosting companies will provide 24×7 support for thier website hosting service, which means they will be there to help you if something goes wrong and their servers or networks crash. Will they be there for you when you need help actually managing your website, adding or changing content, images or videos, or if your website crashes, and you need it restored?

Our hosting fee includes free unlimited email based support, with a response within one working day. You ask, we answer – that simple. In addition, we offer a series of Free Online Video Tutorials which you can refer to any time, to help you learn how to add or edit content, and much more. The videos are always there, and you can refer to them as a refresher any time, whenever you need to.

We also back your site up every day, and will restore it from our backups any time you need us to, no matter what the cause of the problem was, completely free of charge. We keep the backups for a seven day cycle, so we can even go back a week to find the most correct data to restore.

Where are your WordPress Website Hosting servers?

A number of hosting providers make use of servers that are based overseas, to take advantage of lower bandwidth costs. This is how they can offer very cheap hosting services. Unfortunately, this leads to two potential problems for your website: websites in South Africa will be served quicker to visitors in South Africa than websites on servers outside of South Africa. There is also an additional downtime risk, as you need to factor in the possibility of the undersea cable system being faulty or overloaded, which does happen from time to time. Thus, we suggest WordPress Website Hosting in South Africa rather than overseas. 

Does your hosting include ImageMagick<sup>®</sup>?

ImageMagick® is a software suite to create, edit, compose, or convert bitmap images.

When you upload an image in WordPress, the software tries to generate several scaled versions of the images uploaded. So after it’s done, WordPress provides 4 different sizes of the image for you to insert into the post – thumbnail, small, large, original. In standard hosting environments, this is achieved using the standard GD libraries that come with PHP. In a rich hosting environment, ImageMagick® is installed to replace GD, as it is more efficient and produces better quality results – which is what we are after.

WordPress detects the presence of ImageMagick® and uses it, if is available. NettSite WordPress Website Hosting includes ImageMagick®.

Does your hosting provide a Web Accelerator?

We all know that the slower a website loads into our browser, the less likely we are to wait for it to be ready for us to read it. Google and other search engines also rank slower sites lower than faster ones, because faster sites provide a better user experience than slower ones.

We make use of Varnish, which is an HTTP accelerator designed for content-heavy dynamic web sites, like WordPress. It works by keeping copies of less frequently changing pages in memory, and when a page is requested tries to serve an already formatted copy instead building a new page from scratch for each request. It also makes better use of the server’s hardware by running as many tasks simultaneously as the hardware is capable of, when a new copy of a page needs to be created. All of this means one thing to you – faster loading times, leading to better user experiences on your website, and higher search engine rankings.

How secure is your WordPress hosting?

The last thing you need is someone hacking into your WordPress Website and gaining access to information you would rather keep confidential, or embarrass you or your business by posting inappropriate content on your behalf.

At NettSite, we have configured our servers so that each client has a unique username and password, and that unique username is used by the web server software to serve content for that specific client’s website. In most standard configurations, one generic user has access to all the data belonging to all the clients on the server, and that generic user serves the data as required. This is clearly less secure than having a dedicated user for each client, which greatly reduces the risk of unauthorised access to your data.

Our servers, and all the WordPress installations on them, are always up to date with the latest security patches.  We will make sure that your installation is kept up to date – in most hosting environments, that would be your responsibility.

 So where is the best WordPress Website Hosting in South Africa?

We provide personal service and support, top notch security, the fastest servers possible and the latest technology to make your website the best it can be. This is truly a rich hosting environment.

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