123media is a web hosting company based in South Africa. The hosting firm has been in the web hosting industry for quite some time now. Its offerings range from web hosting solutions to VPS, email marketing, and domain name registration services. The vendor primarily targets all types of business enterprises in South Africa.
Features and Ease of Use
123media web hosting packages come with an array of hosting features that include the following:
- Cloudflare integration
- One-click installations with 290+ installed apps
- cPanel control panel
- WordPress drag and drop builder
- Apache v2 web servers
- PHP v5- v7
- MySQL v5 databases
- Daily backups
- Unlimited subdomains
- Unlimited monthly bandwidth
123media Virtual Private Servers come with a range of specifications and the VPS packages differ in terms of RAM, storage capacity, monthly bandwidth, and the number of CPUs, creating a virtual hosting system for all types of business projects. Hosted in South Africa, the virtual servers are equipped with SolusVM, a powerful GUI based VPS management system that supports OpenVZ virtualization technology.
To offer a more stable website hosting experience, 123media server platforms are built on stack web application technology development using LAMP Stack and Ruby Stack. These stacks typically consist of Linux operating systems and support different web applications, including MySQL databases, Apache HTTP Servers, PHP programming languages, and Ruby on Rails among others.
123media shared web hosting packages are offered in three levels: Micro, Advanced, Pro, and Master hosting plans. All of the hosting solutions come with unlimited email accounts, unlimited databases, unlimited monthly traffic, and free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates, and they are integrated with Cloudflare CDN.
All of the hosting plans are powered by easy-to-use cPanel control panel. Moreover, just like with cPanel, customers can quickly deploy the Plesk control panel to help them configure their servers and manage their websites.
I found 123media’s website to be quite organized with a user-friendly design. However, it looks outdated, and the last time it was updated was in 2015.
Pricing and Support
123media web hosting solutions are pretty cheap compared to other hosting vendors of its caliber. The hosting plans come with monthly and annual billing cycles. In addition, customers who commit to an annual contract of any VPS solution get a free co.za domain name. Prices are listed in South African rand and U.S. dollars.
123media web hosting systems come with a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Some of 123media’s web hosting solutions come with 14-day money-back guarantee while others include a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Potential customers can message the 123media support desk via WhatsApp. They can also reach out to the technical support team via a ticketing system or contact form. That said, I did not come across any email or live chat support. I submitted a ticket to this vendor’s support team but never received a response.
The 123media knowledge base section is quite detailed.