In today’s article, we are taking a deep dive into web hosting in Kenya.
Here is the thing;
Online business in Kenya is growing really fast.
Here are some numbers to give you a perspective.
As of 2020, there were at least 22.86 million Kenyans using the internet (source: DataReportal).
When you compare it to the previous year, 2019, that was a 16% increase.
This shows you one thing;
The internet penetration in Kenya is at 43% as of January 2020.
This means one thing;
Kenyans are gracing online platforms like never before.
And if you are an aspiring entrepreneur, there is no better time to be online than today.
It doesn’t matter whether you are starting a new business or taking an existing one online.
You need to be online.
First, you need a website.
That is where web hosting in Kenya comes into place.
What is web hosting in Kenya?
Do you see all of these websites online?
Be it Tuko.co.ke, Ghafla, or any other site online, they ‘live’ somewhere.
For them to be accessible, they must be ‘housed’ somewhere, thus making it easier for you to access them through the internet.
How does it work?
Now, take for example Tuko.co.ke.
There are two things you can learn;
One, tuko.co.ke is a domain name.
A domain name is a special address you need to type into your browser to access a site through the internet.
What happens is that a domain name points to where that site stores its files (articles, images, videos, audio, and code) on a web server.
That store is the hosting account.
To get the hosting account, a provider has to allocate storage space to you on a server (special a computer or computer program which manages access to a centralized resource or service in a network).
Here is what you need to know;
Hosting accounts are not the same.
They are allocated resources based on the amount you paid, more on this later.
The resources we are talking about include;
- Storage space
Types of web hosting
There are four types of web hosting in Keny;
- Shared hosting – here, you are sharing a web server with other users, making it the cheapest way to host a website.
- Dedicated hosting – if you don’t want to share the server resources with others, you can have the whole server to yourself. That is dedicated hosting in Kenya. As you can guess, this is very expensive because you do not share the costs of running the webserver.
- VPS hosting – it is the middle ground between shared and dedicated servers. A server is virtualized to yield compartments capable of running their own OS. Cheaper than dedicated server and better than shared hosting.
- Cloud hosting – ‘cloud’ means a cluster of servers interlinked together through a single network. What happens is, the files are copied to all the servers within the cloud, making them accessible anywhere through the internet.
Which one should you choose?
Well, depending on your needs and budget, choose a hosting server accordingly.
If you are starting a website in Kenya with a limited budget, shared hosting is your best bet.
It costs less and gives you everything you need to grow your site.
But as your site grow, and start attracting a lot of traffic, consider upgrading to a VPS server to avoid performance issues.
On the other hand, if you are running custom applications or an organization seeking reliable web hosting in Kenya, a dedicated server is your only option.
How much is web hosting in Kenya?
As we’ve already mentioned, hosting a website in Kenya costs money.
Unfortunately, all hosting providers do not charge the same prices.
If you are looking for a 30GB hosting account in Kenya, here is what you should expect to pay;
- Truehost – KES 1499 per year
- KenyaWebExperts – KES 2100 per year
- WebHostKenya – KES 2100 per year.
And then there is the costs of domain registration.
How much your domain will cost depends on the type of extension.
Here is a simple breakdown;
|Truehost||KES 599||KES 850||KES 1200||KES 1999||KES 899|
|KenyaWebExperts||KES 969||KES 999||KES 1,260||KES 899||KES 888|
|Hostpinnacle||KES 379||KES 849||KES 699||KES 849|
|WebHostKenya||KES 450||KES 1460||KES 1460||KES 1460|
Assuming you are registering a co.ke domain, expect to pay between KES 2098 and KES 3069.
Don’t forget the renewal fees every year, which stand at KES 1K on average.
Where can I buy domains?
You can buy cheaper domains in Kenya at Truehost.
See their domain pricing here.
How can I open a website in Kenya?
There are two ways to get a website in Kenya.
One, by buying a hosting account and a domain name.
Then, proceed to install WordPress on your domain, log in to your dashboard.
This is where you can add new pages such as contact us, about page, and blog pages.
Finally, install necessary plugins such as Yoast, Contact Form 7, and Google Analytics.
From here, you can start publishing articles on your new website.
What if you don’t have money?
You can create a free website in Kenya.
Here is how;
Go to https://www.olitt.com/
This is a free website builder in Kenya.
Here is a guide on how to use it.