The 4 Best Web Hosts For Nigeria Websites (& 4 To Avoid)

By          •   August 13, 2019      Advertising Disclosure

 

Are you thinking of setting up a website in Nigeria?

 

If so, you’re going to need a fast and reliable web host – the foundation that powers your site. There are two main options for hosting your Nigerian website:

 

  1. Choose a small, local host based in Nigeria
  2. Choose a larger, recognized international host.

 

As you’ll see throughout this post, we recommend choosing option 2: an established international host. Although there are many local Nigerian hosts, their performance is simply too slow. In fact, we discovered only one local host that produced acceptable performance.

 

Instead, we recommend the superior speeds and ultra-reliability of international hosts like SiteGround. Even in Africa, their performance is outstanding.

 

 

What to Look For in a Good Hosting

 

Best Web Hosting for Nigeria Websites

 

Before we get into the details, we need to understand what makes the best web host.

 

A web host determines the speed, reliability and stability of your website, so it’s important to make the right choice. So, what exactly are we looking for?

 

1. Speed

 

We all know the importance of website speed. And speed all begins with a fast web host. A web host should respond within 200ms (according to Google), so look for a host that responds quickly in your location and around the world.

 

2. Uptime

 

‘Uptime’ is a measure of reliability. In other words, it’s the percentage of time your website is online. Even an uptime of 98% can mean your site is down for six days of the year(!) Look for an uptime of 99.8% or higher.

 

3. Security

 

There’s nothing worse than getting hacked. What would you do if you lost all your content and hard work? That’s why web host security is so important. A good host should have automatic updates and malware scanning. Some even come with a free SSL (security) certificate.

 

4. Backups

 

As an extra security and practical feature, many hosts now come with regular automatic backups.

 

5. Customer service

 

Ideally, your web host should have 24/7/365 customer service. Most hosts now have customer service options including phone, ticket systems and online chat. Note that some hosts charge extra for a premium support service.

 

6. Storage and bandwidth

 

‘Storage’ refers to how much content, images and data you can store on the host’s servers. And ‘bandwidth’ is how much data can flow through from the server. This has an impact on speed and visitor numbers. Naturally, we want the highest storage and bandwidth within reason.

 

7. Price

 

Don’t always settle for the cheapest webhost. It can end up causing you issues with speed and reliability. It may even hold you back if your website starts to grow. At the same time, you don’t need to spend a fortune! Look for an affordable host with all the features you need.

 

 

Local Nigerian host or international host?

 

As I mentioned, you have two main choices when it comes to hosting a website in Nigeria.

 

  1. Choose a local host with servers in Nigeria A local host may cater to an African audience, but they are generally slower in the rest of the world.
  2. Choose a global host that covers Nigeria A global host will give you high speeds all around the world. Large, international hosts may also have better technology, customer support and security.

 

Other considerations for nigerian web hosting

 

Purchasing web hosting for a Nigerian site poses two additional considerations.

 

  1. Supported Payment Methods As many people do not use a credit card in Nigeria (due to high levels of fraudulent activity), you may require a web host that accepts direct bank transfer. Local hosts are more likely to accept this.
  2. .NG Domain Name You may want a .ng domain name. Unfortunately, most international hosts don’t support the .ng domain registration. However, you can register the .ng domain with a second party domain company (See the list of accredited registrars) and then simply point the nameservers to your hosting. (We generally recommend you do this, as it gives added protection should you ever wish to change your hosting).

 

Our recommendation

 

We recommend that you choose an established, international host. (SiteGround is our number one pick). We tested all five of the largest local Nigerian hosts and were disappointed with the results. In fact, we include none in our recommended hosts below.

 

We repeated the tests at different times of day and continually saw poor results.

 

 

RANKED: The Best Web Hosting For Nigerian Sites

 

Note

The currency exchange rate being used is 1 USD = 361.73 NGN

 

Worldwide Speed

A+

Avg. Response Time

175 ms

Price (NGN)

17,145* /year

Key Features

  • 10GB SSD storage
  • 10,000 visits /mo
  • cPanel & SSH
  • Free Cloudflare
  • Daily backup

"An excellent all rounder web hosting choice!"

 

If you’re looking for performance and affordability, SiteGround should be your first choice. Their entry-level price is super competitive while their server speeds are excellent, scoring an A+ across the planet.

 

SiteGround also comes with a free CDN (content network delivery) service, which means your site will be delivered from a server close to Nigeria for quicker regional speeds.

 

SiteGround guarantees 99.9% uptime and offers generous features (including daily backups). Best of all, it comes with a 30-day guarantee, just in case you’re not happy.

 

What’s not good with SiteGround

 

  • The renewal price for the following year is high, and may catch some users out. Make sure you understand the second year price.
  • SiteGround only accepts credit card payments.

 

Note

We monitor SiteGround closely as we are hosting Bitcatcha.com with them. Check out our in-depth analysis for everything you need to know about the host (Our test sites, server speed test, term, etc). Read SiteGround review.

 

 

Worldwide Speed

A+

Avg. Response Time

163 ms

Price (NGN)

16,278/year

Key Features

  • Unlimited SSD
  • 1 free domain
  • hPanel
  • Outstanding support
  • Low introductory price

"One of the best web hosts for beginners."

 

Hostinger is a very beginner friendly web hosting company, with an excellent support system designed to provide step-by-step guides for people who are unfamiliar with building websites.

 

They’re also very fast, scoring A+ in our worldwide speed tests.

 

At a killer entry price of only 16,278 NGN per year, Hostinger’s services are really value for money, especially for those who are just starting out.

 

What’s not good with Hostinger

 

  • Because their prices are so low, they don’t provide free SSL or daily backup. Good thing is, these services can be purchased if you feel the need to.

 

Note

We have a total of 3 accounts with Hostinger. Read our in-depth Hostinger review for the complete coverage.

 

 

Worldwide Speed

A+

Avg. Response Time

169.5 ms

Price (NGN)

17,015* /year

Key Features

  • 20X Faster Turbo Servers
  • Unlimited Websites
  • Data Centers in US, EU & Asia
  • Free SSD Storage
  • 24×7 US support

"Affordable web hosting with unlimited resources. Great choice for all types of websites!"

 

Although A2 web hosting is 3rd in this list, it really was a tough decision for us to make. As an international host with superb A+ speeds and data centers all over the world, they were so close to ranking 2nd, especially with their unlimited resources.

 

They’ve also got excellent time-saving features, such as their A2 Optimized Software and 1-Click set up. Pair these with an option to upgrade to their Turbo plan which comes with their Turbo servers (20x faster than regular servers), and A2 is truly a force to be reckoned with.

 

What’s not good with A2 Hosting

 

  • Live Chat is slightly inconsistent. At times, they’ll respond to you in seconds, while you might have to wait a little longer than usual if you’re unlucky.

 

 

Worldwide Speed

A+

Avg. Response Time

156.9 ms

Price (NGN)

17,320* /year

Key Features

  • Free domain name
  • Max Speed Zones™
  • Unlimited transfer
  • SSH access
  • 24×7 US support

"I use Inmotion to host my site. That’s how much I trust them."

 

Inmotion is an international host with A+ speeds across the world. Inmotion also comes with unlimited storage and bandwidth, daily backups, and 99.9% uptime.

 

As an existing customer, I can vouch for Inmotion’s exceptional customer service and the ease-of-use.

 

What’s not good with Inmotion

 

  • Inmotion doesn’t allow payment via PayPal. You’ll need a credit card or US purchase order.

 

 

✘ Nigerian Web Hosts Not Recommended

 

You may be tempted to choose a local Nigerian host for their location, ease of payment and domain name availability. However, please don’t sacrifice speed and performance, especially if you have a global audience.

 

We tested the following four Nigerian web hosts and found their speed and performance fell well below our standards.

 

If you want a local Nigerian host, choose QServers, and avoid the following hosts:

 

Worldwide Speed

C

Avg. Response Time

315.9 ms

Price (NGN)

21,500/year

Key Features

  • 25GB storage
  • 75GB bandwidth
  • Free .ng domain
  • Unlimited SQL
  • FTP accounts

 

This is the number 1 ranked host in Nigeria according to popularity. But do not mistake this for performance. In fact, we found that WhoGoHost’s performance was quite poor.

 

It scored a C in our worldwide speed tests, falling below Google’s recommended 200ms in Europe.

 

WhoGoHost also charge a processing fee on certain payments. For example, if you pay via PayPal, you could pay an additional ₦423 in fees.

 

 

👎 Web4Africa

https://web4africa.ng/
Web4Africa

Worldwide Speed

D+

Avg. Response Time

408.1 ms

Price (NGN)

24,000/year

Key Features

  • 20GB disk storage
  • 200GB bandwidth
  • Basic web builder
  • SSL certificate
  • Free backups

 

Google Trend ranks Web4Africa as the second most popular web host in Nigeria. Unfortunately, this host also falls short of performance expectations.

 

Web4Africa scored a D+ in our worldwide speed tests, falling outside Google’s recommended 200ms in the USA. In other words, this host is too slow for American and global audiences.

 

On the other hand, the performance is strong in the local region, as Web4Africa lets you choose between servers in Ghana or Nigeria.

 

 

👎 DomainKing

http://www.domainking.ng/
DomainKing

Worldwide Speed

C+

Avg. Response Time

260.4 ms

Price (NGN)

20,000/year

Key Features

  • 10GB disk storage
  • 100GB bandwidth
  • 10 domains allowed
  • cPanel
  • 99.9% uptime

 

DomainKing is an Indian web host with a presence in Africa. It ranks third in popularity in Nigeria, so you may come across this host.

 

Like other local Nigerian hosts, it does allow bank transfers and supports .ng domains. However, its speed and performance is slow compared to the recommended hosts. It scores a C+ in our worldwide speed test.

 

DomainKing does offer 24/7 support and 99.9% uptime which is good. However, the storage and bandwidth is limited, and you’ll have to pay extra to enjoy larger limits.

 

 

Worldwide Speed

D

Avg. Response Time

716.3 ms

Price (NGN)

20,000/year

Key Features

  • 15GB disk storage
  • 25GB bandwidth
  • Unlimited sub-domains
  • eTextMail included
  • 120 emails

 

Utiware is a Nigerian host with servers in the US. As a result, it does respond quickly for American audiences. However, it fails across most of the rest of the world.

 

Overall, Utiware delivered the slowest results in our worldwide speed tests, scoring a D.

 

 

Verdict

 

Although there are lots of options for hosting Nigerian websites, we cannot recommend most of the local Nigerian hosts. They are simply too slow for the demands of a local or global audience.

 

SPEED RATING

AVG. SPEED

PRICE (NGN/YEAR)

SiteGround

A+

175 ms

17,145

Hostinger

A+

163 ms

16,278

A2 Hosting

A+

169.5 ms

17,015

Inmotion Hosting

A+

156.9 ms

17,320

 

Bitcatcha therefore recommends the reliability and unmatched performance of international hosting options. SiteGround is the most reliable, by far, and it’s our top pick while Hostinger offers a powerful, affordable alternative.

 

If you have any questions about Nigerian web hosting, please drop me a message and I’ll be happy to answer.

 

 

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