South African company Clickworks offers cloud web hosting for Linux and Windows webmasters, plus virtual and dedicated server solutions. This vendor also provides domain registration services, IT consultancy, online backups, and ADSL.
Clickworks has a clean English-language website. It doesn’t offer any information about the company’s background, but its Facebook page states that it has been based in Cape Town (with a data center also in Johannesburg) since 2009.
Features and Ease of Use
Clickworks sells five Linux-based cloud hosting plans with cPanel, and two reseller packages. These features come as standard:
- Fast SSD drives
- Free SSL certificates
- 5 GB to 50 GB web space
- Unlimited bandwidth
- From ten to unlimited hosted websites
I like the inclusion of the cPanel control panel that makes it easy for both beginners and professionals to manage their websites. You can also use it to install popular apps, including Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress. If you’re moving from another hosting provider, you’ll be pleased to see that Clickworks offers free website migration and easy setup with its Linux cloud hosting subscriptions.
Windows webmasters get a choice of three Windows-based cloud hosting packages (including one reseller plan). These come with up to 50 GB SSD storage, dedicated app pools, and WebsitePanel rather than the usual Plesk control panel.
Moving up the hosting ladder, there are six VPS subscriptions with SSD storage ranging from 10 GB to 200 GB, plus 400 GB to 3 TB bandwidth and 512 MB to 24,576 MB RAM. Other resources include IPv4 and IPv6, full root access over SSH2, seven-day backups, and South African servers.
Clickworks guarantees 99.9% network uptime except for scheduled maintenance.
Pricing and Support
Clickworks’ hosting plans are slightly more expensive than its South African peers, but it does provide above-average features and offers a variety of options to meet different needs. Pay by PayPal, credit card, or Bitcoin, and request a refund within seven days if you’re not happy (or within 30 days if Clickworks fails to meet its commitments).
You can contact Clickworks’ customer support by calling, emailing, or submitting a support ticket. Unfortunately, I received no response to either my exploratory email or my test ticket. If you have to resort to self-support, you’ll find an adequately (but not extensively) stocked knowledge base: