As a Digital Agency with a LOT of hosting accounts (we have a lot of side-projects), we’ve got a pretty good idea of what defines a good web host.
These are our top website hosting providers for hosting websites in New Zealand, without actually paying NZ web hosting prices.


Best Web Hosting New Zealand: Our Top 5 – May 2017

Web Hosting CompanyCompany LogoOverall RatingPrice/mo.Disk SpaceOne Sentence Analysis (Top 5 only)ReviewsWebsite
SiteGroundsiteground29.3/10 (Officially recommended by WordPress!)USD $3.95 (60% Discount)10000 MBLightning Fast, Affordable, Free 1-click SSL installation = Win!SiteGround ReviewVisit Site
A2 HostingA2HostingLogo9/10USD $3.92 (was $7.99)UnlimitedCheap + Unlimited Disk Space!A2 Hosting ReviewVisit Site
PanthurPanthurLogo8.7/10AUD $51000 MBPowerful servers, fast support!Panthur ReviewVisit Site
Digital PacificDigitalPacificLogo8.5/10AUD $4.901000 MBExperienced, reliable.Digital Pacific ReviewVisit Site
VentraIPventraip8.3/10AUD $5.951000 MBLots of choice.VentraIP ReviewVisit Site

Most people can get a bit overwhelmed with all the hosting options out there (+ all the different features to look at, like bandwidth, disk space, usability, support, etc.), and combine that with the added complexity of hosting a site in a country at the edge of the world (we need to find either a fast server as close as possible to New Zealand, or just a decent server actually in NZ)… no wonder it can get confusing. To put your mind at ease, there are actually a few great hosting companies out there that don’t charge NZ hosting prices, but are still very fast for your NZ based sites.

The top 5 below are our personal favourites, they have servers in either Singapore, or Australia, which is close enough to get you very decent speeds (and they’re super affordable). In our reviews below, we’ve used the following criteria to sort the top web hosts: Ease of Use, Affordability, and Performance / Power. Enjoy!

 

1. SiteGround

This is our all-time favourite hosting company, they’re cheap, have very powerful servers (the Singapore one is the one to use for your New Zealand sites), and most importantly, the support is top-notch.

They also come recommended for WordPress, by WordPress (very few hosting companies can claim this! They can of course tackle any CMS you throw at them). Oh, + they have a 30-day money back guarantee!

They have 3 hosting plans, their most affordable plan starts at only USD $3.95/mo (60% off the usual price)! 

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  Winner – 9.3/10

Ease of Use

90%

Affordability

90%

Performance / Power

85%


2. A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting is on par with SiteGround, they also have a blazing fast server in Singapore + have great support. While they don’t have the official WordPress recommendation, their performance with WP sites is amazing.

+ Having unlimited disk space is pretty neat!

They also offer 3 hosting packages, their cheapest plan starts at only USD $3.92/mo (was originally $7.99/mo).

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Ease of Use

87%

Affordability

92%

Performance / Power

80%



3. Panthur

Panthur is our favourite Australian host, we use them for a LOT of side-projects. While they’re a bit more expensive than SiteGround or A2, they definitely have an edge when it comes to raw power.

The performance of their servers keeps surprising us, and a 20 minute wait time for a support reply is pretty darn quick. Definitely recommended.

Their cheapest plan starts at $5/month

Go with Panthur

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Ease of Use

85%

Affordability

80%

Performance / Power

87%



4. Digital Pacific

Digital Pacific is one of the first companies that started offering hosting services in Australia.

We use them for various side-projects and are very impressed with their services, a well-deserved 4th spot on our list of the top Australian web hosting providers.

Their plans start at only $4.90/mo.

Have a look at their plans

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Ease of Use

80%

Affordability

85%

Performance / Power

75%



5. VentraIP

VentraIP has been around for quite some time, and it shows. They host a LOT of sites, and are very reliable.

They offer some neat features like 24/7 phone support, free cpanel migrations, let’s encrypt ssl certificates, and much more.Their web hosting plans start at $5.95/mo.

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ventraip

Ease of Use

80%

Affordability

80%

Performance / Power

80%


NZ web hosting laptop graphWeb Hosting in New Zealand: The Nitty Gritty

Creating and launching a website for your business or blog is a big step, with plenty of details and choices to consider before determining what will work best. However, details and innumerable choices don’t end with creating the website—you still must choose a web host for your site (no matter the CMS you’re using, though there are specialised WordPress hosts out there if you need one), which is equally important to the design of the website itself. There are a plethora of NZ web hosting companies and types of services out there, and choosing one that doesn’t fit your purposes could essentially nullify all the awesome features and plans you have for your website.

So, to help you navigate the realm of web hosting New Zealand, we have a brief breakdown of the different types of web hosting as well as what to look for when looking for the right host for you. Armed with this information, you should be ready to select the web host that will best serve your needs.

Types of web hosting in NZ

There are a wide variety of host types, each with their pros, cons, and specialties. The size and complexity of your website, the amount of traffic you foresee it producing, and whether you are tech savvy or tech intolerant will all help determine which option will work best for you.

Shared Hosting:

Shared hosting is where one server is used to host many websites (possibly up to 100 other websites, depending on the provider). When your website is launched through shared hosting, you are sharing the server with other websites. There are, of course, both perks and downsides to this type of hosting.

Pros of shared hosting:

  • Affordability: since you are sharing a server with numerous other websites, it significantly cuts down on cost.
  • Hassle-free: again, because you are sharing the server with others, the server itself is owned and maintained by the host provider. This means you do not have to worry about having the tech savvy (or hiring the tech savvy) to maintain and fix the server when it has issues.
  • Ease of use: the technical end of launching and running your website is handled by the host, meaning you do not have to have super technical knowledge to get your website running. You can stay focused on what matters most to you—the design and content of your site that gets your message out there.

Cons of shared hosting:

  • Poor performance: due to the nature of sharing the server with others, this means sharing all its resources as well (storage space, bandwidth, etc). Consequently, if one of your fellow server users uses up more resources for his or her website, it leaves less for the other websites on the server to run on, resulting in poor performance quality.
  • Slow loading times: depending on how many other websites there are, the server could be overly taxed and will run more slowly, leading to slow loading times.
  • Weaker security: because the server is shared, it leaves you more susceptible to security threats, whether you do something wrong.

Based on these pros and cons, shared hosting usually is a great fit for small businesses or bloggers. It has easy to use functionality, does not demand a ton of attention to get it running or maintain it, and is very affordable.

VPS Hosting:

VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting provides a combination of the shared and dedicated server types. This is because a VPS Hosting utilises only one server, but separates it into isolated sections, each of which is completely dedicated to a separate website / operating system. Each isolated section of the server thus functions as a mini-dedicated server.

There are two types of VPS hosting: Self-managed and Managed. Self-managed leaves you with all the control of the server, which means the technical end of it as well. Managed means the hosting company takes care of the technical end so that you can concentrate on the New Zealand based business end of your website.

Pros of VPS Hosting:

  • Value: VPS hosting provides nearly all the benefits that a dedicated server does but for much less.
  • Performance: much better performance than a true shared server and without the risk of having a “neighbor” use up all the server’s resources, since the server is sectioned off.
  • Control: more control and access to the server than the shared server option.

Cons of VPS Hosting:

  • Price jump: while less expensive than a dedicated server, it is more expensive than a shared server.
  • Technical knowledge required: while it allows you to have more control, it consequently requires greater tech knowledge and effort. If you don’t have the tech knowledge to manage it, you will need to hire someone who does to manage it for you.

Dedicated Server Hosting:

With a dedicated server, you have the web server completely to yourself. This means all of its resources are reserved for your website and yours alone. Let’s look at the pros and cons:

Pros of dedicated server hosting:

  • Optimal performance: All the server’s resources are reserved for your website along, increasing its speed and performance exponentially, which means your website can do and contain more.
  • Security: Having your own exclusive server also significantly increase the website’s security.

Cons of dedicated server hosting:

  • Cost: A dedicated server is significantly more expensive than shared hosting. While it is relatively easy to find a shared server for under $10 a month, dedicated server’s generally start at $100 per month and quickly rise from there.

Because of the price and power of these types of servers, they are most appropriate for large companies in New Zealand that need high-performance and maximum security and reliability for complex, busy websites and web apps.

Cloud Hosting:

With cloud hosting, a network of machines is used to operate as a single system, whereas shared and dedicated hosting relies on one server alone. Because of this, cloud hosting can offer the same resources and power as dedicated hosting, while still functioning like shared hosting. It also provides the added stability of knowing that if one of the machines goes down, the others fill in and pick up the slack. In a shared or dedicated hosting situation, however, if the server goes down, there is an enormous risk for lost data.

Reseller Hosting:

Reseller hosts are typically web agencies and/or designers who want to provide hosting services for their clients as well. The resellers purchase hosting in bulk and resell it to their clients, which allows them to have more control over the websites that they design. For the client, this results in more expensive and limited hosting option, though it requires less hands-on attention.

Managed WordPress Hosting:

Managed WordPress hosting is essentially shared hosting, but specifically designed for WordPress websites. When using this host type, you will not have to manage any of the tech elements behind running or maintaining the website. However, this also means that you have less control as the user and that you are paying more (quite a bit more) to have someone else control it for you. It is, consequently, a good option for medium to large businesses lacking the techy knowledge to maintain and manage a larger website.

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Web hosting NZ: what to look for!

As you hone in on the type of hosting service you want to use, remember to ask about / consider the below features, we use the same categories to do our own hosting research (this includes our other top web hosting lists like best web hosting Australia, web hosting Singapore, Ireland hosting, UK web hosting, & Canadian web hosting):

Server location

It does in fact matter where the server host is located. Web hosting services located in New Zealand will run your website more smoothly, while choosing a web host from the US, for example, will increase lag times and various delays. If you want decent performance, stay with web hosting NZ.

Storage

You will want to find out how much storage your web host provider can offer you. Storage determines the size (gigabytes) and number of files that you can upload to the server. Be sure to choose a web host that offers you sufficient storage space on the server for the content you want to have on your website.

Uptime

Uptime refers to the time that the server (and therefore website) is operational. Most web hosts will promise near 100% uptime. However, it would be wise to check customer reviews and testimonials to find out whether the host’s promise is accurate or not.

Support

Quality customer support is vital, though many tend to overlook its importance. Many web hosts provide 24/7 availability, phone support and live chat options. Make sure you choose a host that offers fast and quality support. Again, it may be wise to explore customer reviews to help determine how the web host really operates.

Backups

This is another feature that many tend to overlook. It is vital that you regularly back up your website, and you will want to make sure that the web host you select also performs regular backups. It would also be advisable to find out if they offer restoration services, should something be lost.

Bandwidth

Bandwidth refers to the amount of information that can be processed in a certain period of time via the internet. The larger the bandwidth, the more data can be processed/transferred over the network at a faster rate. Therefore, the amount of bandwidth that your web host offers you will seriously impact your website’s quality of performance.

Number of allowed domains/sites

If you are hoping to create more than one website with the same host, you need to make sure that your web host provider allows multiple websites/domains. Many of the shared hosting plans are limited to only one website.

If you’re having issues with logging all these qualifiers to find the best web hosting providers for New Zealand, just use our research & check out our top 5.

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