Reviews and expert opinion 1-grid

Ranked 1654th from 2273 Web Hosting
4.1
Ease of Use
4.2
Features
4.1
Pricing
4.1
Support
4.0
Server locations
Cape Town
Elijah Charbonneau
Elijah Charbonneau
Web Hosting Expert
1-grid offers shared web hosting for Linux and Windows platforms, plus VPS hosting, web design services, SSL, and website security bundles. Some hosting plans include a free domain.

Overview

1-grid

Based in South Africa, and formerly called WebAfrica, web hosting provider 1-grid has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. It offers web hosting, VPS hosting, web design, and SSL certificates. Website hosting plans are available for Linux and Windows, and you have the option to access a website builder as a paid add-on.

1-grid’s data center is located in Cape Town, South Africa, and its website is in English.

Features and Ease of Use

1-grid offers shared website hosting plans in Linux or Windows variants, with the cPanel control panel and one-click installation of WordPress and many other applications.

Linux hosting plans come in three tiers: Small, Medium, and Large. Understandably, the Large plan provides the most features, which include a free domain, hosting for an unlimited number of websites, and 50 GB of storage. The entry-level “Small” package includes 2 GB of storage, but it doesn’t include a free domain, and it only allows one website to be hosted. All hosting plans include the following features:

  • Unlimited traffic
  • Unlimited email
  • Unlimited MySQL databases
  • Free domain with some plans
  • cPanel
  • WordPress
  • One-click software installer
  • Access to paid website builder
  • Comodo cWatch security available

For website security, 1-grid offers add-on protection powered by the Comodo cWatch bundle of security and performance solutions that include malware removal, a content delivery network, a web app firewall, and more.

If you don’t want to design your own website using 1-grid’s website builder, you can take advantage of 1-grid’s professional web design services. Both options require a monthly subscription, and the ongoing fee for the in-house design package includes continuing maintenance including lead generation, security updates, monthly reports, hosting fees, and blog post writing (depending on the chosen plan).

Pricing and Support

Compared to other South African hosts, 1-grid’s hosting offerings are competitively priced for the features on offer. You can pay for plans monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually, with discounts of 5% off (for a semi-annual commitment) or 10% off (for an annual plan). However…

1-grid’s Linux web hosting starter plan doesn’t include a domain or very much storage. For the same price as 1-grid charges, some other large international providers offer plans with higher levels of data and features.

SSL is available as a paid add-on, even though it’s the ostensibly “free” Let’s Encrypt SSL for which 1-grid charges a configuration fee.

Customer support is available via telephone, ticket, live chat, or email. I reached out to the company via online ticket, but I didn’t hear back, so I tried the live chat channel instead. Although no live chat agents were actually live, I did receive a response after an hour or so:

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Pricing

4.1

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Number of Sites
Price
Plan Name
Storage
Number of Sites
Price
2 GB
1
$3.28
More Details
A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from 1-grid

Bottom line on 1-grid

South African web hosting provider 1-grid offers several hosting, web design, and website security services. Its Linux web hosting plans come in three tiers, with the top tier including a free local domain. SSL certificates are available, but with an extra fee. Sales support wasn’t the fastest to respond to my query.

Pros

  • Free domain with some plans
  • Powerful security add-ons available
  • Website builder available for a fee
  • Web design services available

Cons

  • Entry-level Linux plan doesn’t include a domain
  • Free SSL incurs a configuration fee

See your South African hosting options at 1-grid.

Elijah Charbonneau
Elijah Charbonneau
Elijah is a freelancer writer, marketer, and technology enthusiast based in SE Asia. He enjoys staying on top of new technologies and learning ways that they can make life better. On his days off, you can find him traveling or digging into a new work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

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