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Web Space Bar started in 2011. It is a South African company currently hosting over 2,000 domains. This host is focused on South African customers and is proud to have a local, in-house customer support team available 365 days a year.
Features and Ease of Use
Web Space Bar offers shared hosting and reseller hosting on Linux, as well as domain registration.
Some key features of its shared hosting plans include:
- 99% uptime guarantee
- Daily automatic backups
- Free yourdomain.spacebar.co.za subdomain
- Unlimited add-on domains
- Free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates
- From 50 MB to 20 GB of disk space
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Softaculous one-click installer
- Free SitePad website builder
The most notable feature of Web Space Bar’s shared hosting plans is the range of unlimited resources. From bandwidth to databases and domains, it offers several uncapped options. The only difference between the plans is the disk space you can select in varying amounts.
While this sounds nice on paper, it concerns me that there are very strict terms and conditions around the use of data. The terms don’t state what is considered reasonable or normal data usage. However, if a user adds excessive data, it “will result in immediate cancellation of that user’s account without a refund.”
Web Space Bar doesn’t offer dedicated servers or virtual private servers. However, this is not an issue for most regular website owners, especially given the unlimited resource quotas.
Pricing and Support
Web Space Bar’s prices are affordable compared to international providers and are in line with other South African hosts. Its packages are easy to understand, and don’t bombard you with additional add-ons at checkout.
It offers monthly or yearly payment terms, with a small discount if you purchase one year upfront. You will also get a 30-day money-back guarantee and can upgrade or downgrade at any time.
Web Space Bar provides email, telephone, and ticket support. The business hours for sales are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., whereas technical support is available via ticket 24/7.
There’s also a WhatsApp number (available 24/7) that you can use to chat with one of the support representatives and a Twitter feed with server status updates.
I contacted the support team via email and received a response very quickly. The team was well-informed and happy to help.