Web Things Host is a veteran vendor that has been in the market since 1998. This South African website design and hosting company’s sleek website is in English, but the information is a little limited, so I had to resort to its Facebook page to discover that it is based in Mpumalanga (“the place where the sun rises”).
Let’s be clear about something from the start. This company relies on Dynamic Net, Inc as its partner hosting provider. This PCI compliant underlying hosting provider has servers located in SoftLayer and TierPoint data centers.
Features and Ease of Use
Web Things Host offer four Windows hosting plans but only one Linux hosting plan. The features you can expect to find are:
- Support for ASP and ASP.NET
- Domains and subdomains
- MySQL and MS SQL support
- Free IP address
- PHP support
- H-Sphere control panel
Whereas most hosting providers rely on the cPanel control panel (for Linux) or Plesk (for Windows), this host offers the lesser-known H-Sphere control panel which works with both operating systems. You can easily administer your account settings and resources via its handy drop-down menus.
The control panel also provides access to tools for creating, publishing, and promoting your website. These are the SiteStudio website builder, WebShell file manager, Webalizer/AWStats statistical tools, and the Kanoodle website promotion tool. You can also use PHP and MySQL, or install CMS and e-commerce apps such as WordPress, ZenCart, and phpBB.
One thing I don’t like is the limited disk storage and bandwidth. Disk space ranges from 100 MB to 1,000 MB, and bandwidth from 2 GB to 10 GB. Therefore, this host isn’t ideal for owners of multiple websites with heavy traffic.
Pricing and Support
For such an average provider of hosting with limited resources, Web Things Host’s prices are high, and it also charges setup fees for certain resources.
You can contact the company via various methods, including email, contact form, or phone during business hours. Its contact page even gives the mobile phone numbers for “the guys” (their words) named Derek and Chris. That’s personal service for you, or maybe it’s an indication that this company is actually just a two-man band. I didn’t call those cell phones, but I couldn’t summon any pre-sales support via the other channels. Therefore, to discover this provider’s server locations, I had to contact the underlying hosting company (Dynamic Net, Inc):