The demand for web hosting in Mauritius keeps on increasing as dozens of new Mauritian websites crop up every week. Therefore we have decided to update this article with the latest most popular web hosting providers from Mauritius. This is because in the last two years, some Mauritian hosting agencies went off the radar while some new ones joined the competition.This article was initially published in 2010 and re updated in August 2012.
In this post, we will talk only about Shared Hosting and we will be considering web hosting offers from the following service providers which are local agencies:
- Icy Evolution
- Fody Technologies
- ECreations Mu
- Compnet Ltd
|Icy Evolution||Fody Technologies||Cyber Island||Mauritius.Biz|
|Cheapest Monthly Price||Rs 90||Rs 100||Rs 180||Rs 110|
|Disk Space||Unlimited||Unlimited||50 GB||Unlimited|
|Monthly Bandwidth||Unlimited||Unlimited||100 GB||Unlimited|
|Websites Supported With Cheapest Plan||Unlimited||Unlimited||15||Unlimited|
|Private Email Addresses||Unlimited||Unlimited||30||Unlimited|
|Free Domain Name||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Free Gift||Rs 6000 worth Premium Themes||None||None||None|
|Technology||Linux Cloud Servers||Linux Server||Linux Server||Linux Server|
Now let us examine all the main specifications and also guide you when to use these specifications as a basis for your purchase.
Hosting Set up Fee
If a web host is asking you for a set up fee, then simply tell them goodbye! There is no set up fee for shared web hosting.
Unlimited Disk Space and Unlimited Bandwidth?
Logically, unlimited bandwidth and unlimited hosting disk space is impossible! Even a powerful dedicated server cannot offer you unlimited bandwidth and unlimited disk space. Just think about it, have you ever seen a computer with unlimited power?
Read about hosting with unlimited bandwidth and hosting with unlimited disk space here. However with recent cloud technology, some hosting providers can offer scalable resources which are automatically allocated depending on your website’s demand.
Emails and Databases Count
It is useless to have an unlimited amount of emails and databases. Basically if you will be having only a small HTML site, then you will not even use a database. However, the trend nowadays is CMS based websites such as WordPress and Joomla. Consequently, going for a hosting service which includes MySQL databases and/or MS SQL is nearly a must.
Free Domains Names & Things You Must Know
Some web hosting providers offer a free domain name if you buy their hosting package. While this is a good offer you must also know that they are already charging it in their own hosting price. Do not judge your purchase based on this factor only! This is just a commercial strategy to attract more clients.
If a web host is providing a good service and also offering a free domain name, then of course you can go for it. However if the specifications are unattractive, you should not be influenced by this strategy.
When a hosting company offers free domain name with a hosting pack, the domain is never really yours! It is free to you as long as you use the service of the hosting company. If you close your account with them, you lose the domain unless they agree to SELL it to you later on. Losing a domain is equal to losing your own site’s identity on the net.
That is why I always advise my clients to buy their own domain as a separate product instead. A domain name is very cheap. Usually it costs around Rs 600 to Rs 700 per year with full whois privacy and can cost around Rs 450 per year without whois privacy enabled.
Note that a .mu is more expensive and costs around Rs 2300 per year without whois protection and can go up to Rs 3000 per year with whois protection.
What is WHOIS Protection
When you register a domain name on the internet, your full name, address and phone number are made publicly available via whois search. Therefore anyone can track the owner of the domain as well as have the personal information about the owner. With whois protection, the registrar or hosting agency registers the domain in your name but also purchases a whois protection seal thus hiding your personal contact details with an alias of the registrar.
Whois protection is really recommended.
Now we shall examine all the companies mentioned above one by one.
Icy Evolution offers web hosting for Mauritius starting at only Rs 90 per month making it among the cheapest offer on the market for starters and medium size websites. Larger and more powerful plans are also available for bigger websites. Icy Evolution is the only hosting provider in Mauritius offering cloud based and auto scaling hosting resources as shared hosting and using CPANEL.
- Most affordable price for Mauritian market
- Cloud Resources – 99.9% quarantdeed
- Cpanel Manager
- Excellent 7/7 email based support
Mauritius Biz is in the hosting business since some years now. Most of their specs seem good along with the price. The only downside is the free domain which as usual we do not recommend.
We have never tested their service but we have had some feedback from bloggers and friends who had some serious downtime with them. But then any hosting provider do have downtime issues from time to time. If you are going for a very small website, and cannot afford to pay for a separate domain name, then you can go for this one.
Fodyhost is in the local business since some years (2007). All seems fair with their specifications. At Rs 100 per month, the price is a fair one considering the specs. Their plus point: If you are making a website targeted to France mostly, you can go for them since their servers are located in France.
CyberIsland.mu is a new hosting provider which appeared on our radar during the early months of 2012. We’re pleased of their specs. Considering that they are not operating on cloud technologies, they have been honest to display the real allocated resources. The price is a bit more expensive than the other’s though but they deserved a try.
Now, considering all the above mentioned factors, you can easily make your choice. If you have any question or need clarification before purchasing a web hosting package, you can always leave a comment below. I’ll also like to hear from the owners of the different companies if we can have more clarification about their hosting deals and if there is any mistake, do not hesitate to contact us to clarify the concerned points.
If you want to add your Mauritian company to this list, please contact us via our contact form with the required details.
Editors Note: We initially featured Nemesys.mu in our list but the company was removed upon request from it’s owner.