The 5 Best Free Web Hosting Sites in Kenya (2019)

Free web hosting in Kenya has exploded in the last few years. However, although it sounds like a great deal, it’s always important to approach it carefully.

Otherwise, you become the latest victim of the marketing hypes and hyperbole. It’s important to assess your needs first and see if the hosting provider meets both your current and future needs.

Free Web Hosting Concerns

Of course, anything free should be approached with a lot of caution. First, its important to understand the motive behind the offer.

Second, you want to understand the implications of subscribing to the free web hosting offer.

How does it affect the performance of your website? For how long will the service remain free? What happens when the offer expires?

Let’s have a quick look at some of these concerns surrounding free web hosting in Kenya:

How will free hosting affect my website?

Generally, just because the web hosting package is free does not mean that it is of inferior quality compared to other hosting plans.

Your website should still load as efficiently as it would load on other hosting packages.

The only thing you need to understand is that most of the web hosting resources availed to free hosting packages are limited, so much limited.

For instance, the maximum disc space you can get with a free web hosting plan in Kenya is 1GB.

Clearly, that’s disc space enough to accomodate a few web pages with graphics.

The bandwidth in most cases is also limited, which means that your site cannot handle large volumes of traffic.

For how long will the hosting remain free

Free web hosting offers are short-lived. Most of them will last for a single month.

A few generous web hosting companies will have such offers for a period of one year. But that’s the maximum time you can get.

As earlier mentioned, such offers are meant to attract new clients who will later subscribe for the paid hosting plans in the company.

It’s therefore impossible to get a free web hosting offer that lasts for several years.

What happens when I run out of space on the free hosting?

That is exactly what the web hosting company wants to happen.

And it’s not a question of if, but when you run out of web space on your hosting account, you will need to upgrade to one of the paid web hosting packages.

With time, your website’s needs will grow. You will also need more bandwidth to accommodate the growth in traffic.

SImply said, you will require more resources, which you can only get by subscribing to the available hosting plans.

How do I make maximum use of free web hosting?

Graphics (videos and images) are the most resource-hungry items online. Always ensure you compress your images before uploading them to your website.

This helps in saving on disc space, without compromising on the quality of the images. There are a number of both free and premium image compressing tools available online.

One such free online tool is tinyjpg.com, which allows you to compress up to 20 images at a time.

Compressing your images improves your website speed and reduces the amount of space you need within your limited web hosting space.

Avoid uploading videos directly to your website. You can upload your videos on Youtube & embed them to your Website.

Best Free Web Hosting Plans in Kenya

Remember that free hosting is normally for a period not exceeding one year. What happens after one year? You are forced to subscribe to a paid hosting plan.

You will certainly not spend your entire lifetime hopping from one web host to another, ‘enjoying’ their free web hosting services.

You, therefore, need to not only look at the free goodies but the price tags of what you would have to buy around when that time comes.

In this review, we compare 7 free web hosting options in Kenya, in order to help you find the best fit for your new site.

1. Shujaa Host

(The best free web hosting provider in Kenya)

Shujaa Free Web Hosting Plan
Shujaa Free Web Hosting Plan
Disc space 500 MB
Bandwidth 50 GB
SSL Certificate Free
Customer Support Live Chat 24/7
Number of Websites 1
Email Accounts Unlimited
Uptime & Speed Very Good
Cost of Domain (.co.ke) Ksh 600
Total Actual Cost Ksh 600
Official website Shujaahost.co.ke
Hidden Costs None

 

Shujaa is undeniably the best free web hosting service provider you can get in Kenya.

They offer secure, fast & convenient web hosting with a free SSL Certificate.

This marketing model thrives in the hope of getting more customers subscribing to their paid hosting plans thereafter.

With the free hosting plan, you get 500MB of Disk Space, 50GB Monthly Bandwidth and Unlimited Email accounts.

2. Skyhost

(1GB Disc Space, 1GB Bandwidth for one month)

Skyhost Free Web Hosting Plan
Skyhost Free Web Hosting Plan
Disc space 1GB
Bandwidth 1GB
SSL Certificate Free
Customer Support Live Chat
Number of Websites 1
Email Accounts 1
Uptime & Speed Very Good
Cost of Domain (.co.ke) Ksh 499
Total Actual Cost Ksh 499
Official website  Skyhost.co.ke

 

Skyhost will give you free cloud web hosting for a period of 30 days. You must have registered a domain to enjoy this offer. You are at liberty to choose any domain.

The free web hosting offer is also available for websites transferred from other web hosting companies to Skyhost.

However, Skyhost does not offer free website/domain migration. You would be required to pay a transfer fee of Ksh 1,000 to transfer your domain from another web host to Skyhost.

The free web hosting package comes with 1GB disc space and 1GB Monthly bandwidth.

With 1GB disc space its possible to set up a good wordpress site complete with all the necessary plugins.

The 1GB monthly bandwidth is enough for a new website with no traffic spikes.

Still, with the free web hosting package, you get a FREE and Automatic SSL certificate for your website.

You are however limited to only 1 subdomain, 1 email account, 1 database, and 1 FTP account.

3. Truehost

(1GB Disc Space, 1GB Bandwidth for one month)

Truehost Free Web Hosting Plan
Truehost Free Web Hosting Plan
Disc space 144 MBs
Bandwidth 1GB
SSL Certificate Free
Customer Support Live Chat
Number of Websites 1
Email Accounts 1
Uptime & Speed Good
Cost of Domain (.co.ke) Ksh 570
Total Actual Cost Ksh 570
Official website  Truehost.co.ke

 

Truehost gives a free web hosting plan for all new clients. The package is however only good for a light-weight landing page for your website.

The free hosting is available for a period of one month only, after which you must subscribe to a paid web hosting package.

One month is free, but not free indeed. The period is only good enough to test how good the company’s services are.

With 144Mbs of disc space, you can only set up a simple page with little or no graphics. Probably install a wordpress theme and a few necessary plugins.

4. Hostpoa

(Free Web Hosting for .io.ke domains only)

hostpoa free web hosting plan
hostpoa free web hosting plan
Disc space 300MBs
Bandwidth Unmetered
SSL Certificate Free
Customer Support Live Chat
Number of Websites 1
Email Accounts 1
Uptime & Speed Very Good
Cost of Domain (.io.ke) Ksh 499
Total Actual Cost Ksh 499
Official website  hostpoa.co.ke

 

Hostpoa has a free web hosting plan for clients who are willing to register a .io.ke domain.

This free web hosting offer would be most suitable for IT projects or websites for learning purposes.

Reasons? A .io.ke domain is not popular out there. It may not be the best for an ambitious website/blog owner.

The offer could also be of great help to small businesses with limited online needs as well as digital marketers who only need a simple landing page.

5. Mambo Microsystems

(Free Web Hosting for each .ke domain registered)

Mambo Free Web Hosting
Mambo Free Web Hosting
Disc space 15GB
Bandwidth Unmetered
SSL Certificate Ksh 1,799
Customer Support Live Chat
Number of Websites 1
Email Accounts 15
Uptime & Speed Good
Cost of Domain (.co.ke) Ksh 1,000
Total Actual Cost Ksh 2,799
Official website  mambo.co.ke

 

Mambo gives free web hosting only for .ke domains. These domains must have been registered with Mambo Microsystems, in order to qualify for the free web hosting package.

The mambo free hosting offer comes with 15 GB of Disk Space, 10 MYSQL Databases and 15 email accounts.

Clients subscribed to the free hosting plan enjoy 24/7 Full Online Support, just like the paid hosting plans.

Just like the other web hosting plans, the free hosting offer at Mambo does not come with a free SSL Certificate.

This means that you have to pay an additional Ksh 1,799 per year for a basic SSL Certificate for your website.

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