Smartweb Nigeria is Nigeria’s self-proclaimed largest web hosting provider. It was established in 2004, and it provides Linux and Windows website hosting, cloud services, and domain registration to more than 30,000 customers.
This provider’s data center is in the United States, and its website is in English.
Features and Ease of Use
Smartweb Nigeria offers shared, reseller, and dedicated server hosting. Its shared hosting plans are available on Linux or Windows.
The entry-level Linux plan includes 10 GB of disk space, 30 GB of bandwidth, unlimited emails, and 5 MySQL databases. The top-tier Linux hosting comes with unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited email, and unlimited MySQL databases.
The starter Windows shared hosting plan comes with 2 GB of storage, 10 GB of bandwidth, 15 email accounts, and the Plesk control panel. The highest-level shared Windows plan offers 60 GB of disk space, 200 GB of bandwidth, unlimited email, unlimited subdomains, unlimited add-on domains, and unlimited MS SQL databases.
Shared hosting plans come with:
- 24/7 customer support
- SSL certificates available
- Free domain with annual or longer plans
- Softaculous auto-installer
- WordPress available
- MySQL databases
SSL certificates do not come automatically with hosting plans but can be added for an additional fee. You can choose from certificates provided by Certum and Comodo.
CodeGuard is available as an add-on purchase. This service monitors your website for changes, then performs automatic backups of your data. Different levels of data allowance come at different price points, and CodeGuard plans are available on six-month terms.
SiteLock is also offered as an optional add-on service. This solution can be purchased annually, and it protects you against viruses, malware, and data breaches.
Both SiteLock and CodeGuard come with a trust seal to be placed on your website.
Pricing and Support
Smartweb Nigeria’s shared hosting plans are highly affordable and competitive. The entry-level shared Linux plans cost less than a cup of coffee per month and are around 10-40% cheaper than other top Nigerian hosts offering similar plans. These rates are some of the lowest we’ve seen amongst international hosting providers. Shared Windows rates are also very competitive and significantly cheaper than international competitors.
Hosting plans can be bought monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, annually, biennially, or triennially, with discounts given for longer term hosting. Compared to month-to-month plans, quarterly and semi-annual plans are 5% cheaper while annual or longer plans cost around 16% less. A free domain is included on shared plans of one year or longer.
Smartweb Nigeria’s 24/7 support is provided via live chat, ticketing, and telephone. A live chat agent helped me immediately.