Google shuts down business sitebuilder: What next?


Google has pulled it’s plug on its business website builder in  a few countries Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Google  announced that they are withdrawing their support for  the google business site builder and all the websites built on google site builder will be no longer accessible from 15 march 2015. This means that  including me, thousands of  small business  website owners and webmasters are forced to rebuild their websites using different site builder and they have to look for the web hosters who can support their website platform.

That’s how my hunt for reliable web hosting companies started. When it comes to choosing the site builder, this time I am going with globally popular WordPress website builder which is supported by most  of the hosting providers.

After asking around and googling for hours and  reading reviews about web hosters, I have decided  to  stick to  local Malaysian web hosters, mainly for the support I can get technically.

Rocksoft vs Exabytes

Among the local web hosting providers, I have narrowed down to 2 popular ones which are Rocksoft and Exabytes.

Rocksoft is my current hosting provider. My experience with them for the past 2 years  is pretty good. The websites are up and running 24/7 as promised by them.

And though Rocksoft offers  a low priced hosting plan, the winner according to me is Exabytes.


  Exabytes Rocksoft
Business Plan/Package EBiz Plus Simple Business Plan
Domain registration RM80/year
Email accounts unlimited unlimited – special promotion
Data Transfer 50GB/month 10GB/month
Price RM 269/year RM 100/year(special promotion) normal RM150/year
Live chat/ support Good OK
Storage 10GB 10GB
Money back guarentee  Provides 100 Days Full Money Back Guarantee, 99.5% Server Uptime Guarantee and 99.9% Network Uptime Guarantee. No

Why Exabytes?

  • Customer care services are more professional and their response to technical queries are very clear,  which  assures me to put my trust in their technical expertise
  • Exabyte offers money back guarantee, which shows their confidence and their determination to satisfy their customers

The puzzling part for me is, why Rocksoft which is hosting thousands of Malaysia online business websites  has not taken any steps to retain their customers by marketing their current promotional offer in their website. Only when I called them I was informed about the promotional package offer.

Also, their response to my various queries were not addressed well with sound technical knowledge.

Here is my SLICE of sharing,

If you are looking for  a hosting provider to run  a  website which is a  simple/ static site, you may choose Rocksoft  because of its low-priced packages.

If you are expecting to have a high traffic website with E-commerce and web apps choosing  Exabytes will be a wise decision.


Any other experience/suggestions  to share?…

      Article by Manju Hariharan


2 thoughts on “Google shuts down business sitebuilder: What next?

  • February 6, 2015 at 11:54 am

    BTW, as a fellow web-builder i think Rocksoft has a much better name, i mean what kind of name is exabytes??????

  • February 7, 2015 at 6:49 am

    I’ve used Exabytes, the service is good. And it’s in Malaysia itself. There are other well-known hosting companies, just keep safe of GoDaddy.


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