Customer Service & Billing9.0/10
- Awesome Uptime & speed
- Proactive malware detection
- Friendly and knowledgeable customer support
- WordPress dedicated hosting
- 30-day money back guarantee
- Limited storage space on Shared Hosting
- Not enough online library
What is DomainKing?
DomainKing is one of the fastest growing Domain Registrar & Web Hosting Company in Nigeria with over tons of domains under its management.
Decent uptime, fast loads, good support, and premium features has made them over the years grown to become one of the top five (5) web hosting companies in Nigeria. Accredited by .NG Registrars and many other registrars across the globe.
Hosting plans are a little more expensive than the other web hosting providers in Nigeria. However, the feature set, customer support, security and flexibility of plans and fast loading make the price well worth it.
Read on to see what makes them so special which is the essence of this DomainKing review.
DomainKing Review: Pros & Cons
Pros Of DomainKing
As is the case with all of our web hosting reviews, the primary categories we analyze for web host performance include uptime, speed, and support. After all – these three categories are the most critical to your site’s success.
There are also a few other areas where web hosts can set themselves apart from the competition, like additional plan features, which can positively contribute to their overall rating. Domainking has a few, which we’ll dive into.
1. 99.9% Uptime Guarantee & Reliable
I wanted to closely monitor Domainking for any kind of downtime or performance issues, so i ran a lot of vigorous tests trying to anger the Domainking servers.
I fire my tools in order to test and monitor its results. Here’s what i found!
Not many people realize that their web host can influence their website’s page speed and loading times, so we wanted to check out how our test website’s speed was affected using DomainKing powered website
The details above show a load time of 1.48 seconds – an average user will abandon a website if it doesn’t load within 3 seconds. A clear indication that DomainKing speed is above the average standard of most web hosting companies in Nigeria.
Data Source: Gtmetrix
DomainKing understand the importance of uptime like none other and it certainly shows in their consistent delivery of outstanding uptime results.
Their uptime based on our test remain at 100% as at the time of writing and the server response is equally impressive.
This is premium level service at an affordable price and leaves those competitors who have less than stellar uptimes red faced.
It’s no accident that DomainKing performance is exceptional.
2. 24/7 Expert Support
This is always a hot topic when it comes to web host and just as it is DomainKing review! Trust me, there are unfortunately some web hosts out there that focus so much on what they offer that they forget they actually have customers. Lucky for us, DomainKing is a company who actually pride themselves on their customer support.
They offer both Sales & Support via Chat, emails & Support ticket system. And their Support is very reliable & helpful in providing the right solutions to the problems. But the only thing that they need to work on is their knowledgebase (library) – to be able to educate people on how to use their platform.
3. Intuitive And Easy To Use cPanel
cPanel is a control panel which is offered to you with a hosting plans to manage your hosting account. You can use the cpanel to manage your emails, domains, databases and to upload the content of your website on the server.
This is a bit of a geeky feature that I love, the reason being that, it’s easy to use and most things can be done with the click of a button.
Having the ability to install WordPress, Joomla, etc. is a life saver! Whether you’re an experienced developer or a beginner, cPanel makes everyone’s experience so much easier!
4. Free Website Migration
If you’re moving from one web host to another, it’s good to look out for free site migration. Why? Well, it just makes everything a lot easier especially if you are not a developer and on a tight budget. However note that you will be charged for the domain name you are bringing in.
5. 30-Day Money Back Quarantee
You don’t have to fully commit to DomainKing unless you are 100% satisfied with it in your first 30 days of use. They offer a 30-day money back guarantee on all new hosting accounts.
6. Ease of use
Ease of use is a big concern for people who aren’t tech savvy.
One of the great things that DomainKing has done for their users is they’ve made it so that anyone can install and understand how WordPress works.
DomainKing’s account management system is self explanatory and user-friendly. It’s easy to add additional services, perform 1-click installations like WordPress, and navigate directly to your cPanel to manage your web hosting.
For the web hosting backend, the user interface is relatively clean and smooth. It’s easy to navigate and you can clearly see where everything is.
7. Free WordPress Setup
WordPress is the most popular website builder with almost 30% websites on the internet built with it. It even used by world’s top news sites such as pulse.ng, BBC, etc
DomainKing offers fully managed WordPress support with all their hosting plans staring from WordPress installation to troubleshooting any issues that you ever get with WordPress.
8. 5X Faster Hosting
DomainKing offer the fastest web hosting in Nigeria with SSD accelerated servers & Inbuilt- page caching. These features would make websites almost 5 times faster than normal rotating disk servers. For instance, if you compare a website hosted on a normal server with a DomainKing hosted website, you will experience almost 5 times better performance on DomainKing’s servers.
This is true especially with our test above which proves that DomainKing is much faster than many of the web hosting companies out there.
9. Free SSL with all hosting plans
Having a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for your website has become really important these days. The fact that major search engines considers it a ranking factor is a good reason to use SSL for all modern websites.
Another reason to consider SSL for your important websites is the fact that most of the browsers throws warning messages if you access an http URL. You will get Free Auto SSL certificate powered by Commodo with every hosting plan on DomainKing.
10. Website security
Worthy of mention in this domainking review is exceptional website security.
DomainKing provides proactive malware detection, mitigation & removal for free of cost. This feature is generally charged as a separate service by most web hosting providers. But DomainKing gives it all inclusive to you with hosting so your website is always secure and free from threats.
Cons Of DomainKing
DomainKing offer great uptime, page loading speeds, and support. They even offer a bunch of nice ‘extras’ that can help to seal the deal. However, there are a few drawbacks to consider when shopping around.
- Limited Storage Space
Compared with other web hosts, DomainKing’s storage space is a bit on the small size (so you might want to upgrade or go up right for higher Plan if you think webspace will be a concern).
- Limited knowledgebase (library)
Knowledgebase is a self-serve online library of information about a product, service, department, or topic. It help to educate people on how to use feature they are probably having challenge with.
DomainKing is limited in this area so you will need to contact their support to figure out or proffer solution to any challenge.
DomainKing Web Hosting Packages
There’re three different levels of shared hosting available at DomainKing, but before we dive into that, let’s look at some of the features you are going to enjoy with purchase of any of the plan:
- Linux Platform: PHP, CGI, Perl Support on Linux OS.
- Full Email Suite: Supports Webmail, SMTP, POP3, Forwarding to other Emails.
- Free Domain: Free .COM, .COM.NG Domain
- CMS & Ecommerce Support: 1 Click Install for all CMS & Ecommerce Softwares like WordPress, Joomla, etc.
- Loads of Tools: CPanel, File Manager, DNS Manager, phpMyAdmin, Website Statistics & lot more
- Free SSL Certificate
- Increase Website Speed using Cloudflare and more
- Domain Lock & Theft Protection
Here’s a quick rundown of the hosting plans offered by DomainKing Shared packages:
- Soldier Plan (N3,600/yr)
This is clearly DomainKing’s cheapest plan, but again they don’t shy away from offering all of their customers something decent for their money.
I would recommend this plan for those who are looking to run a small website or small business. It is also ideal for a beginner who is just starting his or her first blog.
The very best thing about this plan package is that, it is very affordable and caters to all the things needed to start a full-fledged website. It is currently available for just N3,600/yr with everything included.
- Minister Plan (N9,600/yr)
This comes with all the benefits of ‘Soldier Plan’ along with higher resources which is suitable for high traffic websites. So, if you think that your website will have more than average traffic for a startup website then you should go for Minister Plan. Also if you started with a Soldier plan, you can easily upgrade when you want to. Features as shown below:
- King Plan (N19,200)
It is their highest plan in the Shared web hosting package. If you’re going to setup an eCommerce website, this is 100% the option I’d suggest for you. If you’re just running a small or medium website, business, or blog, you will definitely enjoy it in the long run
DomainKing WordPress Blog Hosting
Powering over 11,000 websites, DomainKing is gradually taken over Nigeria web hosting market especially with its feature that offers the ultimate WordPress hosting.
Tuned for WordPress, their hosting offer 1-click installation, a FREE domain name, Up to 2X Fast Servers and more. Easily scalable and backed by legendary 24/7 support by in-house WordPress experts.
DomainKing WordPress Blog Hosting comes in three plans, Baby Geek: ideal for bloggers with not more than 8,000 page view per month starting at N667/month. Senior Geek Plan ideal for blogger or businesses with approximately website traffic of 30,000 and Giant Geek Plan for high traffic websites of 75,000 pageview/month.
Below is a diagram showing some features and price plan
Domain: Domain prices start from N999
Payment Methods- Local: Voguepay (Interswitch/Verve, Visa/Mastercard & Etranzact/PocketMini), Bank Cash Deposit/Bank Transfer and International: Perfect Money, Payza, Webmoney & Paypal
Upsells: Few… Nothing too bad.
Account Activation: Quick account activation.
Installation of Apps and CMSs (WordPress, Joomla, etc.): Quick and easy install of popular apps and CMSs using Softaculous.
Most definitely DomainKing is perfect for those who care deeply about customer support, while not sacrificing quick page speeds or impressive uptime either.
They also offer a bunch of additional features that might be perfect for you if eCommerce/WordPress or just simple business site is your goal
Currently, their pricing is also on par with many other web hosts of lesser quality, so it’s the perfect time to act and take advantage. What are you waiting for? Go www.domainking.ng and sign up.
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