Author: Matthew Rogers
Last Updated: 2 January 2020
Because the majority of people landing on this page are web designers in the process of scaling their business through reseller hosting, we’ll come at it from that angle.
As we’re a web agency ourselves with a LOT of hosting accounts (+ we have a lot of side-projects and like to experiment), we’ve already done the research and reviewed the best reseller hosting companies for Australia.
We mainly focused on web hosts offering reseller accounts that include both cPanel and WHM (but more on that later).
PS: Our #1 has a pretty big discount running, grab it while it lasts!
Side-note: We firmly believe that you can get better and more affordable options if you look at US-owned web hosts btw. As long as they have servers in or close to Australia (eg. Singapore <- outperforms a lot of the Australian based hosts), they’re usually the better choice (like our awesome #1, A2 Hosting)!
|Web Hosting Company||Overall Rating||Price/mo.||Features||Disk Space||# of accounts||Servers world-wide||Optimised for WordPress||Website|
|Grab Your Discount||USD $13.19 (was $19.99)||30GB||40||Grab Your Discount|
|View Their Plans||AUD $18.75 for 5 credits/accounts||10GB per credit||5||View Their Plans|
|View Their Plans||AUD $30||20GB||10||View Their Plans|
“With so many hosting companies to choose from, finding a decent one that fits your needs can be very time-consuming, especially as they all seem to offer the same features at slightly different price points, leaving most people wondering where the difference lies…
So aside from our table overview above, we’ve also created a slightly more detailed top 5 below. We’ve used the following criteria to sort the top web hosts: Ease of Use, Affordability, and Performance / Power. Enjoy!”
Best Reseller Hosting Australia 2020: Reviews
1. A2 Hosting
USD $13.19/mo for 40 accounts
Phone, Live Chat, Tickets
A2 Hosting is definitely the king here. They’re a US based company but have blazing fast servers in Singapore, which makes speed a non-issue for Aussie sites (even blows a lot of the Aussie based competition out of the water)!
Add to that an anytime money back guarantee, 24/7/365 support, and free site migrations… it’s truly a no-brainer!
Their plans start at only USD $13.19/mo (was $19.99) for 40 accounts and 30GB of storage!
- 4 servers around the world
- 40 accounts!!
- Anytime money back guarantee
- Costs in USD
AUD $18.75/mo for 5 accounts
10 GB per account
Phone, Live Chat, Tickets
While they’re not technically in Australia, they do have an awesome data centre in Singapore.
SiteGround is also the only official WordPress recommended host on the list, meaning that they’re recommended for WordPress, by WordPress (pretty impressive! – They can of course tackle any site & CMS like a boss)
Re costs, this is where A2 Hosting is better, SiteGround works with a credit system instead of the more straight forward cash for # of accounts/disk space. Their plans start at minimum 5 credits required = 5x$45/yr – that’s $18.75/mo.
- Solid security
- Multiple data centres
- Recommended by WordPress
- In-house caching system
- Pricing system is a bit meh
AUD $30/mo for 10 accounts
Panthur is a local company (-ish, as their parent company is US based) which is great for Aussie clients, but they’re definitely a bit more pricey than A2 for example. That being said, the performance is spot-on and support is pretty responsive.
They offer 4 packages to choose from.
Their plans start at $30/mo for 20gb of space.
- Local web host
- Good performance
- 3 data centres in Australia
- No overseas servers
- Bit pricey
USD $19.95/mo for 10 accounts
Phone, Live Chat, Tickets
GreenGeeks is definitely another host to consider for your reseller needs. While they don’t have any servers in or near Australia, a quick CloudFlare integration should solve that problem. There are 3 reasons we like them, the first one is their commitment to the environment. They’re putting back 300% of the energy they use back onto the grid. Then there’s the price, it’s very affordable, even in USD, and it comes with unlimited disk space! And finally, we like how they custom built their security systems to keep their servers super clean.
They also have 24/7 support, which is pretty responsive, and offer a 30-day money back guarantee if you’re not happy with their services.
The cheapest reseller plan starts at USD $19.95/mo for 10 accounts.
- Unlimited disk space
- No servers near Australia (yet)
Phone, Live Chat, Tickets
Cloudways, like the name suggests, is all about cloud hosting, using other providers’ servers and allow you to deploy, manage, and monitor apps and websites on those servers, cutting out the usual web hosting middle-man. With providers like Digital Ocean, Vultr, Amazon AWS, and more… performance is definitely never an issue. And because it’s cloud hosting, the scalability is the core strength here. Cloudways can be used to manage massive sites, with forums, and huge e-commerce stores.
The setup and UI is different and has a bit of steeper learning curve compared to your usual hosting providers, but if you’re willing to learn, it’s worth it! They even have their own CDN to maximise loading times around the world.
Pricing is tricky to explain, check their site 🙂
- Powerful servers
- Extremely scalable
- More for techies
How to choose the best reseller hosting for your needs?
Picking the right Australian reseller hosting plan for your business will either give you smooth sailing and passive income through excellent servers & support, or… headaches & lost profits because of bad support, frequent downtime, hacked servers, etc. You can pick a company from our top 5 for instant peace of mind, or you can start researching the different web hosts that offer the cheapest reseller plans in Australia (we also made a UK reseller hosting comparison, and USA reseller hosting list, in case you need it). In case you go this route, these are the specs to look out for when choosing a host, enjoy! This is the same process we used on our SiteGround review for example.
Cost: Web hosting reseller plans
Determining how much you can spend on reseller hosting is usually the most tricky part, most of you are probably looking for a pretty cheap reseller hosting plan if you’re just starting out (never ever get a cheap website hosting plan of the shared hosting variety to host your clients, you’ll have to move those later on when you get a decent reseller account anyway – and no, you won’t definitely won’t find decent free web hosting to host client). It depends on a variety of factors from the amount of starting clients, to how much you’re planning to charge/client, and how much space you want to allocate/client. You’ll need to work this out first! It’s handy to set up different plans for different clients, with small ones having 1gb of space, medium ones 3gb, and big clients maybe even 10gb. Luckily bandwidth limitations are usually a smaller issue than space, which leads us into the next point.
Bandwidth / Space limitations
While most hosting companies offer a lot of bandwidth to play with, space is usually the one to look out for, as aside from the # of accounts allowed, this will be the one that will decide how many clients you can put on your reseller hosting plan.
Cpanel / WHM hosting in Australia
I always make sure my Australian reseller hosts have WHM. As you’re probably aware, Cpanel is pretty much the industry standard in control panels. WHM (Web Host Manager) is an account management system that enables you to create & manage individual Cpanel accounts for your clients. You can setup packages, set limitations, view usage stats, bulk upgrade/downgrade accounts, and sooooo much more. Make sure whoever you chose uses WHM, it makes managing client accounts super easy. (Even the cheap reseller hosting companies should have WHM).
If your clients are Australia based, make sure the server is actually near, or in Australia, don’t overthink this (same goes for other target audiences of course, we actually did a web hosting top 3 for the following countries: New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, & Singapore). If you happen to get a client overseas, you can use CloudFlare to reduce any potential delays.
Pretty straight forward, if they claim 99.9% uptime, make sure they can back it up, every web host in our top 5 does a great job.
Inevitably, you’ll have issues, so having decent support at your end is a must! You really don’t want to keep clients waiting just because the reseller you chose has no 24/7 support. So look at their options and make sure they have phone support, live chat & 24/7 support. Obviously, if you’re going with the cheapest reseller hosting company you can find, support will be lacking.
Number of Accounts
Pretty important point to keep in mind, how many clients can you set up? If you add up the numbers, how much space would each client get? Would it be better if the reseller plan allowed for more clients because you can get away with offering less space/client? For example, if the plan allows for 50Gb space, and max 25 accounts, each client gets 2gb. We made sure every web host in our top 3 has a nice balance of allowed space vs number of accounts.
Other features/tech specs
Other points to have a look at are RAM (1gb is pretty good, at minimum 500mb), Disk IO (2mb/s is good), server speed (SSD? LiteSpeed?), CPU (how many cores), daily backups, etc. What’s also handy is the ability to install WordPress, Joomla, etc. with 1-click install scripts, but these should come standard with Cpanel. And if you have a LOT of money, look into a powerful VPS, or an even more powerful dedicated server!