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Afrihost not to be confused with AfiaHost – does not state an exact year that they went into business but it does say they have been tinkering in the web hosting business since the late ’90s their main offices are in Johannesburg, South Africa apart from hosting they are also an ISP they entered that market as a broadband provider in 2009 and since have won the coveted MyBroadBand ISP of the Year award four times in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Afrihost’s rapid and continued growth led to their decision to join forces with MTN in 2012, with the cellular giant acquiring a stake in the company in 2014. After enjoying the significant benefits of partnering with the biggest telecoms network on the continent, Afrihost’s original executive team partnered with friends and family to buy their shares back in 2016. This was a bold move to return to the core values and vision of Afrihost. has since welcomed Angus McRobert and Dean Suchard onto their Board of Directors. Angus McRobert is a veteran of the IT industry, having held executive positions at Internet Solutions and Vox Telecom. Dean Suchard also boasts a wealth of experience with Dimension Data and Internet Solutions.

Afrihost’s other services include domain name registration, VoIP, Internet Marketing, and website design

As far as hosting goes these are the services they offer – Linux shared web hosting, Windows shared web hosting, Cloud Hosting – Cloud Server Hosting, Enterprise Cloud, Managed Cloud, Managed Enterprise Hosting, Reseller Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, Rack Hosting, managed and unmanaged.

Their Linux shared hosting starts out at R49 and goes up from there. Their Windows shared hosting starts out at R69 and go up from there. Regular cloud server hosting starts out at R310. Enterprise cloud hosting starts out at R910. Managed cloud hosting starts out at R1110 and rises from there. Managed enterprise cloud pricing starts out at R1410. Reseller hosting starts out at R510. Dedicated hosting starts out at R970. Managed dedicated hosting starts out at R1370 and goes up from there. Rack hosting starts out at R1120.

From what I can see they run a decent service and to top it off they offer a 60-day money-back guarantee.

Some other Stats provided by SemRush that might interest you about Afrihost they have 4.6M backlinks from 22.5K different referring domains, They have an Authority Score of 64 which is really good, 95% of their organic search traffic comes from South Africa while 1.5% comes from the U.S.A. and 3.5% from other countries. The majority of Afrihost‘s search engine traffic comes from the Following keywords below.

  1. Yealink Default Password
  2. AfriHost
  3. Afrihost Default DNS
  4. Afrihost SMTP Server
  5. Afrihost Webmail Login Page

Some details about the speed of the host, now these may not be the same speeds you’ll get since first it will depend on the services you buy, your website design, size of images/videos, etc.. also the host may or may not be using a faster server to host their hosting sales page at any rate here is the speed information tested on there front page.

GTmetrix – gives them an F grade with 43% Performance and 60% Structure tested from Vancouver, Canada.

Pingdom – gives Afrihost a D grade of 68 tested from London, United Kingdom.

Page Speed Insights – gives their Cell phone page speed a 24 so an F here and a 59 for Desktops.

Dotcom Tools gives the following –

LocationPerformanceFull Page LoadDOM CompletePage Size
Tel-AvivSlow8.63 s8.55 s 3.0 MB
AmsterdamSlow6.11 s6.02 s3.0 MB
MontrealSlow9.03 s8.94 s3.0 MB
Hong KongSlow14.70 s14.61 s3.0 MB
MiamiSlow18.07 s17.67 s3.0 MB
EXTREMELY SLOW11.07 s11.16 s

Site Checker – gives them 25 out of a100 with a load time of 3.67 seconds tested from San Francisco, California.

More test results are listed below –

Test from Dublin
Total Time2029 ms
Resolve Time23 ms
Connection Time20 ms
Download Time1986 ms
IP Address104.20.31.244
Total size88 kB (87,548 bytes)
Status200 OK
DateThu, 24 Feb 2022 21:32:06 GMT
Content-Typetext/html; charset=UTF-8
ExpiresMon, 26 Jul 1997 05:00:00 GMT
Set-Cookieexp_last_visit=1330378326; expires=Fri, 24-Feb-2023 21:32:06 GMT; Max-Age=31536000; path=/;; httponly,exp_last_activity=1645738326; expires=Fri, 24-Feb-2023 21:32:06 GMT; Max-Age=31536000; path=/;; httponly,exp_tracker=%5B%22index%22%5D; path=/;; httponly,exp_csrf_token=deleted; expires=Thu, 01-Jan-1970 00:00:01 GMT; Max-Age=0; path=/;; httponly,exp_csrf_token=c245552b5cef64de98e8bbfcec6b2dd361b82e7f; expires=Thu, 24-Feb-2022 23:32:06 GMT; Max-Age=7200; path=/;; httponly
Last-ModifiedThu, 24 Feb 2022 21:32:06 GMT
Expect-CTmax-age=604800, report-uri=””

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