IMPORTANT: Before we give you the best Australian WordPress hosts, we need to clear something up. A lot of people looking for WordPress hosting are actually looking for cheap web hosting (shared hosting) that supports WordPress. Typically, when you go out and look for wp hosting, what you actually get are companies that specialise in “managed WordPress hosting”, which is the next level up from your average web host (and it costs a lot more – $5/mo vs $30/mo is a BIG difference).

I’ve made a comparison between the 2 types below, most of you will just need a quality shared host that supports WordPress.


Shared WordPress hosting

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Perfect for most small to medium sized business websites
  • Not limited to only WordPress
  • No plugin limitations
  • More customisable, easy install through cPanel

Cons:

  • Resources are shared with other sites on the same server
  • Slow if other sites on the server hog all the resources
  • Support might not be specialised in WordPress.

Managed WordPress hosting

Pros:

  • Super-fast
  • Extra security
  • Automatic updates
  • Better support
  • Tailored for WordPress

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Limited to WordPress
  • Plugin/functionality limitations (to keep the servers lightning fast)


So now that we know the difference between WordPress hosting and “managed WordPress hosting”, let’s get to why you’re here. If you’re a small to medium size business, don’t want to host forums, or expect millions of visitors per month, a quality shared web host is more than enough. As a web design agency, we have accounts with over 30 different hosting companies and have picked our own top 10 based on experience, support, speed, and a ton of other factors.


Best WordPress Hosting for Australia: Our Top 10 – March 2017

Web Hosting Company - click to view site/reviewCompany LogoOverall RatingPrice/mo.Disk SpaceOne Sentence Reviews (Top 5 only)
SiteGround Web Hostingsiteground29.3/10 (Officially Recommended By WordPress!!)AUD $4.95 (Temporary 50% Discount) - 30 day money back guarantee!10 GBPowerful, Fast, Affordable, Free SSL! = Win!
Hostgator Web Hostinghostgator8.7/10USD $2.78 (around AUD $3.68 - down from $14.49)UnlimitedCheap + Unlimited Disk Space!! <- US based servers though, so slightly slower.
Panthur Web HostingPanthurLogo8.6/10AUD $51000 MBGreat performance, Lots of choice.
A2 Hosting Web HostingA2HostingLogo8.5/10USD $3.92 (around AUD $5.22)Unlimited!!Unlimited Disk Space!!
VentraIP Web Hostingventraip8.3/10AUD $5.951000 MBExperienced, reliable, slightly more expensive.
Aussie Hosts Web HostingAussie Hosts7.8/10AUD $5.9510000 MB
Netregistry Web HostingNetregistry7.5/10AUD $9.9520000 MB
Webcity Web HostingWebcity7.3/10AUD $5.521000 MB
Host Geek Web HostingHostgeek7.3/10AUD $5400 MB
WP HostingWPhosting7/10AUD $191000 MB


Best Managed WordPress Hosting: WP Engine

If you’re actually looking for managed WordPress hosting, there’s only one web host to turn to, WP Engine! They are the market leader, and with good reason. They built their own caching system to serve pages as quickly as possible (called EverCache), and combined with their CDN, they are the fastest WordPress hosting company around!

Their 24/7 support obviously specialises in WordPress, enabling them to fix any issue without a hitch. On top of that, they also take care of any WordPress core updates so you don’t have to worry about it. And when it’s a major update, they actually test the site first before updating to be sure nothing breaks, top notch service.

They also have live real-time threat detection, actively block DDOS attacks, and they’ll even fix your site for free if it does get hacked…

All of the above more than justifies the price tag! Interested in peace of mind and can spare the budget?

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WordPress Hosting Plans: Features to research/review

Choosing a good WordPress host can be quite tricky if you don’t know the basic terminology and features to check out. A good WordPress host means you have more time on hand to run the nitty-gritty’s of growing the business, instead of having to deal with downtimes/hacked sites/servers issues/etc. So we’ve put together a quick list of things to review before deciding on which host to use for your WordPress site.

ps: If you’re in New Zealand, you can check our our NZ web hosting top 3, or our other hosting top 3’s like Ireland web hosting, Canada web hosting, website hosting UK, & website hosting Singapore.

Server Location

It obviously matters where the server you’re hosting on is located, though for Australia, as long as you’re close-ish (like Singapore), you should be fine, there’s no need to really get a host on Aussie soil if you find a better deal somewhere else. Just avoid hosting in the US/Europe, or anywhere that’s just on the other side of the planet.

Server Uptime

We recommend looking only for 99.9% and above uptime. You can google specific companies to get the actual figures of their uptime, but it should be around 99.9%.

Storage

While important, people usually over-emphasize the importance. You can easily have quite a big blog or business site under 2Gb, and use gmail for your email… you really don’t need that 10Gb of HD space. And cheaper WordPress hosts that boast unlimited space usually have other issues and shortcomings, like really limited resources per account (this also goes for any free web hosting offerings you might find).

Bandwidth and Data Transfer

The Bandwidth is the rate at which data is being transferred over the network whereas Data transfer represents the data traffic that a website generates. Data transfer might be something to look out for. If you’re planning on offering on-site downloads (pdfs, music, movies, etc.), you’ll chew through your data very quickly, in which case it might be best to directly contact the WordPress host to consider your options.

Customer Support

We suggest you search for web hosts that offer 24/7 online chat and call based support. Support is pretty darn important.

E-mail Features

Most WordPress hosts work with Cpanel, which usually also comes with email features, so you can easily create @yourdomain.com email addresses. 95% of WordPress hosting companies have this by default.

Backup System

You need to backup your website, database and email files regularly. Check if the hosting plans come with automatic daily/weekly/monthly backups, it’ll save you a LOT of problems in the future.

Add-on Domains/Databases

Initially, you may not require this but as you expand you might want to host additional domains on your account, so just double-check if you’re allowed more than 1 domain.

If you’re having problems finding and cataloging all the above qualifiers to find the best WordPress hosting companies for Australia, save yourself the trouble and just pick one from our top 5.

Check out the final top 5 here!