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Web hosting should not be taken lightly, as the server configuration and features - control panel, infrastructure, performance, security, accessibility and tech support quality and availability - are all crucial to having your website run reliably and optimally.

Having used a multitude of web hosting companies in the past, and by keenly keeping up to date with hosting technologies and the improvements and growth (or on the other hand: disasters, scandals and decline) of existing and new hosting companies, we choose to use SiteGround - and have been using them for about five years now - for all our websites and also our client websites.

There are various reasons we recommend SiteGround above other web hosting companies: They specialize in WordPress hosting, offer superior performance, are cost-effective, and their support is fast, reliable and painless (plus we can really vouch for them). The service they provide is stable, secure and super fast thanks to the special tools they've developed in-house for WordPress users.

For you, as a Wingflap Media client, there are two options for hosting your website/s with SiteGround:

  1. You order your hosting directly from SiteGround - for our new and long-term clients (we can also manage this account on your behalf, as part of a subscription support plan).
  2. You order your hosting from Wingflap Media - only for our long-term clients who have been with us for a year or longer, or by invitation (your account is managed by Wingflap Media in-house - the hosting subscription is separate from our subscription support plans).

Option 1: Order your hosting directly from SiteGround

This option is best for our new clients, as we offer in-house hosting only to clients who have been with us for a year or longer, or by invitation.

Of course, our long-term clients can also choose to order their hosting accounts directly from SiteGround. Even in this case, you can still opt for Wingflap Media to manage the account on your behalf (as part of one of our subscription support plans).

If you have only one domain (website), then the StartUp Plan at SiteGround should be enough for you. The StartUp Plan costs USD 47.40 for the first year, and USD 119.40 per year from the second year onward.

(Siteground offers a 60% discount, but if you carefully read the fine print, while in the process of ordering, you'll find that the discount applies only to your first 12 months.)

If you have more than one domain (website), then you will need at least the GrowBig Plan at SiteGround, which will cost USD 71.40 for the first year, and USD 179.40/year from the second year onward.

The caveat though, with having multiple websites hosted on a SiteGround shared server, is that all the websites are packed into a single cPanel account. This has two main disadvantages:

  1. All your websites share the same resources, which means, in a nutshell, that one website can slow down or otherwise affect all the other websites on the same account.
  2. Your websites are less secure, as one compromised website can, in another nutshell, affect all the other websites on the same account.
Payment options at SiteGround: Subscriptions are renewed annually, in US Dollars (USD) on your credit or debit card. If you are a South African (or any other non-US citizen for that matter), then the cost in your currency will depend on the current exchange rate with the USD. SiteGround does have localized (language and currency) services for Australia, Brazil, the EU, Italy, Spain and the UK.

Option 2: Order your hosting from Wingflap Media

We offer in-house hosting only for our long-term clients who have been with us for a year or longer, or by invitation.

Your website is still hosted on SiteGround's trusted servers, but Wingflap Media rents a cloud server from SiteGround, and in this case we handle all the management and support of your hosting account. Wingflap Media deals directly with the SiteGround support team, on our own behalf as partners - and you don't have to worry about ever dealing with them yourself - you deal directly with us only.

You pay Wingflap Media (via order form on this website), and the subscription is USD 95 annually per website or ZAR 1,125 annually per website.

If you have multiple websites (to emphasize the point made above) then the above amount will be payable per each website. This means that if you have two or more websites, then the investment of hosting with Wingflap Media will increase vs paying for a shared server directly from SiteGround.

There are however three main advantages of hosting with us, as we offer scalable cloud hosting technology, and because each individual website resides on it's own individual cPanel account:

  1. Cloud hosting offers significantly better performance over shared hosting options. Dedicated CPU and Memory units mean that server resources are guaranteed, along with the advanced virtualization and multiple machines included in the cloud. Scalable resources handle traffic spikes and traffic limits automatically.
  2. Each website has singular access to the full quota of resources that is assigned to each cPanel, which means it's not competing with other websites for the same resources.
  3. Your websites are more secure, as the websites are added to additional layers of isolation.

Payment options at Wingflap Media: Subscriptions are renewed annually, either in US Dollars (USD) or in South African Rands (ZAR), via Paypal, Credit Card or EFT.

A Word on Domain Names

There are two options for managing your domains:

  1. Recommended: Consolidate your domain names at a dedicated domain registrar, such as IWantMyName (if you have or need .co.za domains), Namecheap or UniRegistry, while hosting the websites at SiteGround (We always recommend having domains and hosting separate), or
  2. Consolidate all domains and hosting only at SiteGround (not recommended).

The main reason we recommend having domain registration and web hosting separate is because then it’s simpler to move websites between hosting accounts whenever needed.

A Word on Email Hosting

As with domain names, we highly recommend that you choose a dedicated solution for email, separate from your website hosting server.

While you can indeed set up your email accounts directly on your hosting account, we recommend that you don't, and to use one of these options instead:

  1. Recommended: Set up a G Suite account and use Gmail™ for secure, private, ad-free email for your business, or
  2. As an alternative, we have also used Zoho Mail in some cases, as a free option to manage email for single domains.

The first reason we recommend having email and web hosting separate is simply to ensure better business email management and security.

The second reason is to spare you from the intricacies and downtime involved when moving emails between servers, at any time that it may be necessary to move your websites between hosting accounts in the future.

Table 1: SiteGround Direct vs Wingflap Media Managed Hosting: Comparison Overview

SiteGround Direct vs Wingflap Media Managed Hosting
Comparison Overview
SiteGround
Direct Hosting
Wingflap Media
Managed Hosting
Visit SiteGroundContact Us
General OverviewYou subscribe with SiteGround directly to rent shared server space on one of their main hosting plans (StartUp, GrowBig or GoGeek). You have one standalone SiteGround cPanel account (shared between websites), and you have direct access to SiteGround support. (We do offer management of your SiteGround shared hosting account on our WordPress & Tech Support Subscriptions).You subscribe with Wingflap Media via an online subscription form on this website to have us set up and manage your website hosting on specially compartmentalized cloud server space that we ourselves rent from SiteGround. Each website gets it's own standalone cPanel account, and for hosting support you deal directly with us. (Our hosting plans are separate from our WordPress & Tech Support Subscriptions).
Resources & Performance
  • CPU and Memory units are shared by all users
  • Resource overusage is not tolerated
  • Custom server configurations are not allowed. Such would have effect on all users on the server
  • Dedicated CPU and Memory units
  • Scalability guarantees server resources, along with better performance with the advanced virtualization and multiple machines included in the cloud
  • Custom server configurations are allowed
Payment Methods & CurrencyHosting your website directly with SiteGround, you will pay annually, in US Dollars (USD) with your credit or debit card. If you are a South African (or any other non-US citizen for that matter), then the price in your currency will depend on the current exchange rate. SiteGround does have localized (language and currency) services for Australia, Brazil, the EU, Italy, Spain and the UK.You pay Wingflap Media via subscription order form on this website - paid annually either in US Dollars (USD) or in South African Rands (ZAR), via Paypal, Credit Card or EFT.
Single Website ScenarioIf you have only one domain (website), then the StartUp Plan at SiteGround should be enough for you. The StartUp Plan costs USD 47.40 for the first year, and USD 119.40 per year from the second year onward. (Siteground offers a 40% discount, but the discount applies only to your first 12 months.)Wingflap Media managed hosting for a single domain (website) is USD 95 per year per website or ZAR 1,125 per year per website for the StartUp Business Cloud plan. We basically offer you cloud technology at a fraction of the cost - in comparison, a SiteGround Entry Cloud package would cost you USD 80 per month (for multiple websites)
Multiple Websites ScenarioIf you have more than one domain (website), then you will need at least the GrowBig Plan at SiteGround, which will cost USD 71.40 for the first year, and USD 179.40/year from the second year onward.

The caveat though with having multiple websites hosted on a SiteGround shared server, is that all the websites are packed into a single cPanel account. This has two main disadvantages:

  1. All your websites share the same resources, which means, in a nutshell, that one website can slow down all the other websites on the same account.

  2. Your websites are less secure, as one compromised website can, in another nutshell, affect all the other websites on the same account.
An alternative course of action, to skirt the above limitations, is to order a new StartUp Plan for each of your websites - in this case each website will be on it's own cPanel account.
If you have multiple websites, then the above cost will simply be multiplied by USD 95 or ZAR 1,125 per year per each website. This means that if you have two or more websites, then the financial cost of hosting with Wingflap Media will increase vs paying for a shared server directly from SiteGround (please see Tables 2 and 3 for pricing of up to 5 websites).

There are however three main advantages of hosting with us, as we offer cloud hosting technology, and because each individual website resides on it's own individual cPanel account:

  1. Each website has singular access to the full quota of resources that is assigned to each cPanel account, which means it's not competing with other websites for the same resources.

  2. Your websites are more secure, as the websites are added to an additional layer of isolation (on top of the SiteGround Unique Account Isolation feature), so won't be affected when any other website on the same server is compromised.

  3. Cloud hosting offers significantly better performance over shared hosting options. Dedicated CPU and Memory units mean that server resources are guaranteed, with the advanced virtualization and multiple machines included in the cloud. Scalable resources handle traffic spikes and traffic limits automatically.
SupportThe SiteGround support department is available 24/7 to resolve your issues over phone, live chat and ticketing system. To guarantee the fastest response and the highest level of round-the-clock technical assistance, SiteGround offers free Premium Support in their GrowBig and GoGeek plans.We generally have a 12-24 hour response time, but support our clients with passion, urgency and dedication. We deal directly with SiteGround tech support, leaving your hands completely free in terms of website hosting.
Server Type (please see Table 4 below for an in-depth feature comparison)SiteGround Shared Server (vs Cloud Server or Dedicated Server)SiteGround Cloud Server Technology
Scaling for GrowthSiteGround offers three shared plans, along which you can upgrade accordingly to accommodate your needs. These are the StartUp Plan, the GrowBig Plan, and the GoGeek Plan (please see Table 2 for pricing details). If, and when you need anything more than that, one can upgrade to a Cloud Server, a Dedicated Server, and even configure your own server.Wingflap Media offers the StartUp Business Cloud plan, with scalable resources which handle traffic spikes and traffic limits automatically. (Please see Tables 2 and 3 for pricing details). If you simply need more disk space, we also offer two upgraded plans, namely Growing Business Cloud and Evolved Business Cloud. Then, if and when the future dictates, one can also upgrade to a Dedicated Server, and even configure your own server.

Table 2: SiteGround vs Wingflap Media Hosting: Cost Comparison

SiteGround Direct vs Wingflap Media Managed Hosting
Pricing Comparison
SiteGround
Direct Hosting
Wingflap Media
Managed Hosting
Visit SiteGround
Contact Us
StartUp Plan
$47.40 (for the 1st year)

$119.40/year (2nd year onward)
GrowBig Plan
$71.40 (for the 1st year)

$179.40/year (2nd year onward)
GoGeek Plan
$143.40 (for the 1st year)

$359.40/year (2nd year onward)
StartUp Business Cloud
$95 (USD) per year or
R1,125 (ZAR) per year
per website - (Long-term clients or by invitation only)
Number of Websites AllowedOne (10GB Storage Space Total)Unlimited (20GB Storage Space Total)Unlimited (30GB Storage Space Total)One per cPanel (5GB Storage Space per Website, Upgrades available)
1 Website Subscription Pricing$119.40/year$179.40/year$359.40/year$95.00/year or
R1125.00/year
2 Websites Subscription Pricing$238.80/year
(2 x StartUp Plan)
$179.40/year$359.40/year$190.00/year or
R2250.00/year
3 Websites Subscription Pricing$358.20/year
(3 x StartUp Plan)
$179.40/year$359.40/year$285.00/year or
R3375.00/year
4 Websites Subscription Pricing$477.60/year
(4 x StartUp Plan)
$179.40/year$359.40/year$380.00/year or
R4500.00/year
5 Websites Subscription Pricing$597.00/year
(5 x StartUp Plan)
$179.40/year$359.40/year$475.00/year or
R5625.00/year
NOTESMultiple StartUp plans can be acquired for multiple websites (for each to have it's own cPanel account).Most economical for two (2) or more websites. (Multiple websites reside on a single cPanel account.)Advanced developer features. (Multiple websites reside on a single cPanel account.)Most sensible for two (2) or more websites. (Each website resides on it's own individual cPanel account.)

Table 3: Wingflap Media Managed Hosting: Billing Breakdown

Wingflap Media Managed Hosting
Billing Breakdown
Pricing in US Dollars (USD)Pricing in South African Rands (ZAR)
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Annual Subscription PayableMonthly CostAnnual Subscription PayableMonthly Cost
1 WebsiteUSD95.00USD7.97ZAR1125.00ZAR93.75
2 WebsitesUSD190.00USD15.83ZAR2250.00ZAR187.50
3 WebsitesUSD285.00USD23.75ZAR3375.00ZAR281.25
4 WebsitesUSD380.00USD31.67ZAR4500.00ZAR375.00
5 WebsitesUSD475.00USD39.58ZAR5625.00ZAR468.75

Table 4: SiteGround Direct vs Wingflap Media Managed Hosting: Features Comparison

SiteGround Direct vs Wingflap Media Managed Hosting
Feature Comparison
SiteGround
Direct Hosting
Wingflap Media
Managed Hosting
SiteGround Direct vs Wingflap Media Managed HostingStartUp Plan
$47.40 (for the 1st year)

$119.40/year (2nd year onward)
GrowBig Plan
$71.40 (for the 1st year)

$179.40/year (2nd year onward)
GoGeek Plan
$143.40 (for the 1st year)

$359.40/year (2nd year onward)
StartUp Business Cloud
$95 (USD) per year or
R1,125 (ZAR) per year
per website - (Long-term clients or by invitation only)
StartUp Plan
$47.40 (for the 1st year)

$119.40/year (2nd year onward)
GrowBig Plan
$71.40 (for the 1st year)

$179.40/year (2nd year onward)
GoGeek Plan
$143.40 (for the 1st year)

$359.40/year (2nd year onward)
StartUp Business Cloud
$95 (USD) per year or
R1,125 (ZAR) per year
per website - (Long-term clients or by invitation only)
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Essential Features
Server Setup/Hosting TypeSharedSharedShared

Cloud

Suitable Number of Monthly Visits~ 10,000 Visits~ 25,000 Visits~ 100,000 Visits

~ Unlimited

Web Space10GB Space20GB Space30GB Space

5GB SSD Disk Space per website (Upgrades available when needed)

Websites HostedOneUnlimitedUnlimited

One domain per cPanel account

Data TransferUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered

Unmetered

Free Drag & Drop Builder

WordPress projects only

Free Site Transfer or CMS Install

As per project

Free Email Accounts

10 Email accounts (We do however recommend using an external service such as G Suite or Zoho for your business email)

Unlimited MySQL DB

10 MySQL databases per cPanel account (You only need one database per WordPress install)

Unlimited Sub and Parked Domains

Unlimited subdomains allowed. No parking of domains. Domain redirects from your domain registrar are of course possible.

cPanel & Softaculous
30 Days Money Back
WordPress Features (Server Related)
WordPress Free Install

As per project

WordPress Free Transfer

As per project

WordPress Autoupdate

Available, but not activated by default. We'll activate it on client request, but recommend controlled updates, as available with our WordPress Maintenance & Tech Support Plans.

WordPress Advanced Security
WordPress Related Support

Available separately on our WordPress Maintenance & Tech Support Plans

WP-CLI Pre-installed
WordPress Special Cache

Yes, SG Optimizer WordPress plugin installed and configured as per project

One-click WordPress Staging
SG-Git for WordPress repo creation
Website Performance
Servers on Three Continents
SSD Storage
Customized Server Setup
Free CDN with Each Account

Available, but we set up CloudFlare manually, as per project

HTTP/2 enabled servers
SuperCacherLevel 1 OnlyAll 3 LevelsAll 3 LevelsAll 3 Levels
Downtime, SPAM, Hacks & Data Loss Prevention
Power Redundancy
Hardware Redundancy
LXC-based stability
Unique Account Isolation
The Fastest Server Monitoring
Anti-Hack Systems & Help
Proactive updates and patches
SPAM Experts Spam Prevention
Daily Backup Creation1 Copy30 Copies30 Copies

We keep 7 local backups of your account from 7 consecutive days

Backup Restore Tool

Local backup restoration available as additional paid service (see below)

Backup Premium Restore Services

Advanced backup/restore services available on our WordPress Maintenance & Tech Support Plans

Support
24/7 Amazingly Fast Support

12-24 Hour response time - We deal directly with SiteGround tech support

We Help More Than Any Other Host

Advanced support services available on our WordPress Maintenance & Tech Support Plans

We Help Via Phone, Chat & Tickets

Direct support via email only

Your Issues Are Solved With Priority

Advanced support services available on our WordPress Maintenance & Tech Support Plans

E-commerce Solutions (Server Related)
Free Shopping Cart Install

WordPress & WooCommerce Only (as per project)

Free Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificates
PCI Compliant Servers

Can be made PCI-compliant if and when required

Advanced Developer Features
Multiple PHP Versions (7.1, 7.0, 5.6 and more)
Perl and Python Supported
Free SSH and SFTP Access
MySQL & PostgreSQL Databases
FTP Accounts

10 FTP accounts per cPanel account

Many more technologies supported
Pre-Installed Git
Staging
Resources Allocated
ServerEssentialPremiumGeekyStartUp Business Cloud
DatabasesEssentialPremiumGeekyStartUp Business Cloud
EmailEssentialPremiumGeekyStartUp Business Cloud
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