“Never trust a naked driver”
No one seems to know who made that statement, and I’m not exactly sure why the statement was made, and under what circumstances.
Truth be told, it seems to me that there’s a lot of explaining to be done here.
What the hell?
Why exactly should I distrust a naked driver?
Because he’s naked?
And what if the driver was a she?
Wouldn’t it be a much more pleasurable ride for the tremendously lucky bastard who gets to sit in the passenger’s seat?
It sure looks like a digressed, I assure you that it didn’t.
And if by any chance, you’re still wondering how any of this helps you find the best web hosting services in Nigeria, here’s how:
The first thing you want to be absolutely certain about when it comes to spending your hard earned money is whether or not you’ll be getting value for your investment or the cost incurred on a project.
Even a man who pays a hooker wants to be 400% sure he’ll get the best screwing of his life. It’s just simple economics.
As such, trust, alongside reliable customer service, can mean the difference between an individual’s decision to choose web hosting company A over web hosting company B.
And you know, it’s not so difficult finding the good ones.
All you need do is embark on a thorough Google search, -don’t believe everything I say dammit, do your homework –and it also helps to ask a few webmasters who’ve been around long enough to have an opinion that can be trusted.
Before I give you a run-down of some of the best web hosting services in Nigeria, I have to let you in a very important truth that’s missed by most people who put affordable prices over…
Professional Delivery and Long-term Quality Service
Most Nigerian web hosting sites are basically just web hosting resellers.
That is, they subscribe to robust plans from the big players like BlueHost, WordPress, HostGator, GoDaddy e.t.c and then resell to Nigerians at a much more affordable price.
And if you’re not too financially buoyant, you have the advantage of paying in Naira rather than incur those outrageous bank charges for forex transactions.
But there’s a caveat:
The storage and bandwidth offered are pretty limited.
If you have big plans, if the scope is to write the most widely read blog in Africa and beyond, and you’re thinking long term, you may want to consider the fact that you’ll eventually exceed limits and that might cause a few problems.
Another thing we need to consider is the area of ……
Since most Nigerian companies offer very affordable hosting plans, the idea of monthly payments doesn’t work too well for them and as such, the way to go is yearly payments.
That may be good for a number of their subscribers.
But it raises a lot of question marks for the potential subscriber who doesn’t have the opportunity to test their services by opting for a monthly plan after which he can decide to continue or opt-out based on the quality of services rendered.
And perhaps, some of the most important factors you cannot ignore are viz:
- Uptime and load time (speed) ***
- Bandwidth and storage
- Back ups
- Customer support
Did you notice what I did up there? And why I did it?
Can you guess? Smart Alec?
You say you cant?
Okay, here’s the what and the why.
First, I put a few asterisk to Uptime and Load time (speed).
Secondly, I did it because those two factors happen to matter A LOT when it comes to the quality of your website’s performance.
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Uptime is basically the number of hours your website runs smoothly without any problems and downtime, as the word suggests, refers to those annoying hours when your website is unavailable to visitors and potential customers.
Uptime and load time can mean the difference between how much profits you make with your website and how much you lose.
So you might want to take them more seriously when looking out for a web hosting company (Nigerian or international).
Can you trust web hosting companies in Nigeria?
Maybe, maybe not.
Just like every other web hosting company around the world, great quality service and reliable customer service play a key role in how and where potential clients choose to spend their money.
Truth be told, the customer service factor is a challenge for some (if not all) web hosting companies in Nigeria, and you know, most people would rather patronize the more reliable ones.
For example, if my website is down by 3am in the morning, I want to be able to get it back up as quickly as possible and that’s where a no-bullshit 24/7/365 customer support comes in.
Anyway (I’m tired from writing) here’s a list of what I believe are the 15 best web hosting companies in Nigeria:
- Q Servers
- SmartWeb Online
- Syskay Systems
- HostSleek Technologies
I wish I could do more –like give you direct links to their homepages but I’m just hopelessly lazy today. So I hope you can run a quick Google search to learn more about any of these Nigerian web hosting companies that interests you.
Do you know the most amazing thing about this list?
It is the fact that one of the most highly ranked Nigerian webhosting companies on Google isn’t even there. In the course of my research, it failed to appear on the numerous lists I came across.
Well, if they’re so highly ranked on Google (4.9 with 15 reviews), it’s likely that they’re doing something right (I stand to be corrected).
You should look them up:
Upperlink Web Hosting Company.
Now, while most of these Nigerian webhosting companies are taking their game up a notch, you should know that they all have a few things in common.
First, they’ve got very affordable payment plans and you get to pay in Naira (NGN).
Secondly, while most international hosts don’t support the .ng domain registration, web hosting companies in Nigeria always offer an option for clients to register the .ng domain if that’s what they prefer.
I think Google rankings, research, and word of mouth referral should also play a role in your decision of which Nigerian webhosting company to subscribe to.
I found Q Servers and HostNowNow to be the two most highly ranked with a 4.7 and 4.5 rating respectively (April 2019), you can check it out yourself.
But then, they could be playing some hidden SEO game we know nothing about and as such, you should do your own research before putting your money in anybody’s hands.
Alternatively, you could also consider the option of using a globally recognized web hosting company. Not that they’re spotless or anything but the uptime, speed, customer support, and security you get is usually worth every penny you put in their pockets.
Local host based in Nigeria or globally recognized host?
I believe I have given you enough information to come up with an answer you’re certain you won’t regret in the long run.
In the meantime, check out this list of top web hosting companies around the world
- A Small Orange
- A2 Hosting
- Lunar Pages
And so on.
I think there’s something important you should know about payment plans for these globally famous web hosting companies.
There’s something called an introductory price.
That is, as a first timer, you’re allowed to pay a very small amount of money to get started. For example, in the first month, your payment could be….
As Low As $1.99/Month!
But do not be simple minded.
You’ll be charged much more in the months that follow, sometimes as high as $7.99/month and sometimes maybe lower.
So always peruse these payment plans very carefully before activating your subscription. It helps to know how much you expect to pay subsequently.
Until next time,
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