Author: Tom D. S.
Last Updated: July 2nd 2018

Being a well-established web agency (based in Brisbane), we know web hosting inside-out! Aside from hosting our clients, we also frequently bulk buy web hosting accounts, and actively analyse and log their hosting performance. These help drive our ever-expanding side projects (we love to experiment :)).

The quality of your web hosting provider can have a massive impact on the potential success of your website, so choosing a good web host is pretty important!

Let’s take website speed for example, did you know that a 1 second delay means page views decrease by 11%, that means over 1/10 of visitors will just turn away for every second your site is still loading… this is why a decent web host is vital! These are our personal favourite web hosts for Australia!

Side-note: Our current #1 web host has a temporary 67% discount running, grab it while it lasts!

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We know our stuff, a small sample of our many testimonials:

Tom is passionate and quickly understands his clients' needs. I've really appreciated his willingness to share knowledge and skill me up in how to use my brand new website. Thanks Tom!
Sally Mac
Tables of Content
MangoMatter made it so easy to design our current website. Tom was personally involved from first consultation to completion, and he is still readily available for any tweaks that may be necessary!
Demitrios Lecatsas
Fresh Hair
We chose Tom to design our website because we liked the style of other websites he had designed. The entire process was stress-free. Tom was so helpful and none of our multiple requests were too much trouble. Tom is a pleasure to work with. We love the website he’s made for us, it’s so easy to use and looks fantastic.
Carl Olive
Spring!
Our experience with Mango Matter was fantastic! Tom is very easy to work with, positive, efficient and obviously brilliant at what he does. Highly recommended.
Lucy Reeves
Means Whereby
We engaged Tom to develop our new company web site and were delighted with the outcome. He was able not only to deliver our brief but to provide some excellent ideas that we would never have thought of. Best of all, Tom is generous with his time and continues to be available to provide advice and support.
Neil Mackenzie
Enventive
What an easy and smooth experience it has been working with MangoMatter! Tom understood exactly what we were after, and we are extremely impressed with the final product. I would not hesitate to choose MangoMatter again in the future.
Tyson King
Director / Plumbrite Solutions
Tom from MangoMatter has been extremely helpful, professional and great support for establishing my Website, he is a wealth of knowledge and very efficient. I have no hesitation in recommending MangoMatter and have already done so.
Michelle Watson
iFix

We’ve done the analysis, web hosting reviews & comparisons so you don’t have to, resulting in a list of the best Australian web hosting companies.  The table below gives you a high-level overview of – in our opinion – the top 5 website hosts, sorted by rating, detailing the cost/mo, & how much disk space they offer. We also went a few steps further and reviewed a total of 25 web hosts.

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, SiteGround)!

Web Hosting CompanyRatingPriceDisk SpaceFeaturesReviewsWebsite
siteground2AUD $4.95 (Temporary 67% discount, down from $14.95)10 GB
  • Easy to use
  • Lightning-fast servers
  • Very affordable looking at the performance they offer
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Officially recommended by WordPress = winner!
SiteGround ReviewGrab Your Discount
hostgatorUSD $2.75 (AUD $3.70-ish)Unlimited
  • Very cheap (good value for $$$)
  • Unlimited Disk Space! <- US based servers, so definitely slower loading times.
  • But again, it's cheap.
Hostgator ReviewVisit Site
PanthurLogoAUD $510 GB
  • Great performance
  • Lots of choice.
Panthur ReviewVisit Site
A2HostingLogoUSD $3.92 (around AUD $5.22)Unlimited
  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Great with WordPress
A2 Hosting ReviewVisit Site
ventraipAUD $5.9510 GB
  • Experienced
  • Reliable
  • Slightly more expensive.
VentraIP ReviewVisit Site

“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…

As mentioned before, we’ve also reviewed 25 web hosts in total and went in a bit more detail on our top 5 of the best web hosting companies for Australia. We’ve used the following criteria to sort the top web hosts: Ease of Use, Support, and Performance / Speed.

We do strongly recommend sticking with one of our top 3 for the best value!

Tom D. S. – Director

Best Web Hosting Australia: 25 Hosts Reviewed

1. SiteGround

Price: $4.95
Disk space: 10 GB
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

SiteGround is the clear winner here, not only are their data centres blazing fast (choose the Singapore centre for Aussie sites, it blows the competition out of the water), but they even have their own in-house caching system (SuperCacher) to serve your sites faster than ever before.

They’re also an official WordPress recommended host (This is a pretty big deal! They can, of course, tackle any system or CMS you throw at them) + Their customer support is amazing, with 24/7 support through phone, chat, and tickets (with an average response time of 10 minutes on support tickets).

Other additional benefits include free SSL to secure your sites, daily backups for peace of mind, and much more.

Pros:

  • Very user-friendly
  • Great security
  • Multiple data centres around the world
  • Free CDN, SSL, etc
  • Recommended by WordPress
  • In-house caching system for super fast loading times

They have 3 hosting plans for shared hosting, starting at only $4.95/mo (67% off the usual price)! Oh, + they have a 30-day money back guarantee, an absolute no-brainer for anyone that wants a great and affordable web host!

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  Winner

Ease of Use

93%

Support

95%

Performance / Speed

90%

2. Hostgator

Price: $2.75 (USD)
Disk Space: Unlimited
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

Hostgator has been around for a long time. They are usually the go to option for people looking to host on a budget, they’re the cheapest option on our list. And while they’re not as powerful as SiteGround, the value they provide for such a low cost is very impressive.

The only downside with hosting with Hostgator is that they don’t have servers near Australia (they’re in the US), meaning that your site won’t load as fast compared to Panthur or SiteGround.

We use them for various side-projects as their price/value balance is on point, which is why they deserve the 2nd spot on our list of the top web hosting providers.

Pros:

  • Experienced
  • So cheap
  • Great value for the price
  • Unlimited Disk space

Cons:

  • Servers in the US, loading times suffer a bit

Their plans start at only USD $2.75 (Around AUD $3.70)   

Have a look at their plans

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Ease of Use

85%

Support

80%

Performance / Speed

82%

3. Panthur

Price: $5
Disk space: 10 GB
Support: Phone, Tickets

Panthur is an experienced & excellent hosting provider that initially started as a non-commercial organisation. They offer super-fast web hosting services and a 24/7 customer support (which is also lightning fast). They’re a local web host with servers in Australia, though have none overseas if you want to target other countries.

Panthur has 3 main plans that you can additionally customise: Economy, Business and Stealth hosting, each level increasing in server resources as you go up.

They also offer domain name registrations and reseller hosting web designers and agencies. They recently got bought by Hostopia and while the switch was a bit rocky, everything looks to be back normal… including their fast support.

Pros:

  • Local web host
  • Great performance
  • Good support
  • Servers in Australia…

Cons:

  • But none overseas…
  • Only 2 GB disk space on their basic plan

Their cheapest plan starts at $5/month (though we recommend going with their bronze business plan for that perfect value/cost balance).

Go with Panthur

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Ease of Use

85%

Support

85%

Performance / Speed

87%

4. A2 Hosting

Price: $3.92 (USD)
Disk space: Unlimited
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

With 24/7 support, super fast SSD drives, unlimited storage & a Singapore-based data-center for max speed for Aussie sites… they’re a well-deserved #4 on the list!

They have hosting packages for shared hosting, reseller, VPS, and dedicated servers. What sets them apart is their anytime money back guarantee… though we haven’t tested it yet.

Pros:

  • Global servers
  • Unlimited disk space
  • Anytime money back guarantee

Just like SiteGround, they also offer 3 shared hosting packages, their cheapest plan starts at only USD $3.92/mo (around AUD $5.22/mo).

Get Started With A2 Hosting

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Ease of Use

87%

Support

85%

Performance / Power

80%

5. VentraIP

Price: $5.95
Disk space: 10 GB
Support: Phone, Tickets

VentraIP has been around for quite some time, and it shows. They host a LOT of sites, and are pretty reliable. They’re another local host with a data centre in Australia, but again, no overseas servers for those who need it. They do have CloudFlare CDN integration to solve this issue, but it still would be nice to the option to host in a different country.

Their security is pretty good and they have in-built caching for WordPress to speed up loading times of WP sites.

They offer some neat features like 24/7 phone support, Free Comodo SSL certificates, and free site migrations. As for hosting options, they have plans for shared hosting, reseller hosting, and VPS.

Pros:

  • Local host
  • Experienced

Cons:

  • No overseas servers
  • Only 5 GB disk space

Their web hosting plans start at $5.95/mo.

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Ease of Use

80%

Support

75%

Performance / Speed

80%

6. MediaFortress

Price: $7.70
Disk space: 1 GB
Support: Phone, Tickets

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They started in 2009, are still 100% Australian owned and definitely know the industry quite well.

While they’re definitely on the expensive side and their basic plan only includes 1 site and 1 GB of storage, the advantage they have is that they’re also a digital marketing agency, so they can not only help with hosting but also with the site build and marketing itself. A one-stop shop basically. Their services include web design, SEO, PPC, social media marketing, email marketing, etc.

Pros:

  • One stop shop
  • 100% Australian
  • Quality services

Cons:

  • Expensive

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7. Aussie Hosts

Price: $5.95
Disk space: 10 GB
Support: Tickets

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Aussie Hosts offers decent value for money (10 GB disk space) and has WordPress specialised plans, though don’t have any overseas servers, meaning you’d have to get a CDN if you want decent speeds in other countries. Their data centres are located in Brisbane and Sydney.

We also didn’t see a free SSL option, which I would think is almost a must these days. Initial support is only available through support tickets as there’s no phone number to be found, so keep that in mind. They do offer a 90-day money back guarantee if you’re not happy.

Pros:

  • Local host
  • 2 data centres in Australia

Cons:

  • No free SSL visible
  • Support options could be better

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8. Netregistry

Price: $9.95
Disk space: 20 GB
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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Netregistry has been around for ages and definitely knows the hosting industry, but high hosting costs and an insane $199 for an SSL certificate is a bit crazy (you can get them for free). They also had some bad reviews lately, and quite a few complaints popped up on different fora.

Netregistry does offer a lot more than your usual hosts. They also offer web design services, and pretty much everything related to online marketing, including SEO, PPC, and social media marketing. Another example of a one stop shop.

At the moment though, probably stay clear of this one.

Pros:

  • Local host

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Bad user reviews
  • SSL pricing

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9. Host Geek

Price: $4.58
Disk space: 400 MB
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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Like Media Fortress and Netregistry, Host Geek offers digital marketing services on top of their hosting services, giving customers the whole package when it comes to their online marketing needs.

They are more affordable than most on the list, but their basic plan only comes with 400 MB of disk space, which people will outgrow very quickly. They have a data centre in both Australia and Singapore, which gives them a bit more reach than the competition.

As for hosting plans, they have packages for shared hosting, reseller hosting, VPS, dedicated servers, and more specialised hosting plans for WordPress, Joomla, and Magento. The specialised plans are more expensive but optimised for each CMS.

Pros:

  • One stop shop
  • Affordable
  • A lot of choices
  • 100% Australian owned

Cons:

  • 400 MB is not a lot of disk space

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10. WPHosting

Price: $19
Disk space: 5 GB
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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We do like these guys. If you’re running WordPress and have the budget (and your target market is in Australia as their servers are in Australia), they’ll make sure your site runs silky smooth. That being said, there’s no phone support on their basic plan and I didn’t see any free SSL options either.

What they do offer is high-quality hosting for WordPress, including premium features like DDOS protection, daily automated backups, and malware scans to keep everything super secure.

Pros:

  • WordPress hosting kings

Cons:

  • Probably won’t work if you’re on a budget…
  • Or don’t use WordPress

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11. Crucial

Price: $19.90
Disk space: 50 GB
Support: Phone, Tickets

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Since they started in 2003, Crucial has grown quite a lot, known for its simplicity as for shared hosting, they just have the one plan for shared hosting. Which can be good or bad depending on how you look at it. At $19.90 though, there are far cheaper options available that come with more features.

They also offer reseller hosting and VPS hosting (which again comes in 2 flavours). Their servers are in Australia and they offer 24x7x365 Australian Support, which is always handy.

Pros:

  • Great at VPS hosting
  • Simplicity is not a bad thing
  • High-quality services

Cons:

  • Expensive shared hosting

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12. HostingCloud

Price: $2.50
Disk space: 5 GB
Support: Tickets

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The new kids on the block, like brand-spanking new. They’re definitely cheap and offer free SSL, but like most Australian hosts, are tied to Australia unless you use a CDN (which SiteGround and A2 Hosting for example, offer for free). That being said, Australia really needed a decent cheap host to compete with Zuver (which we did not like), these guys could overtake them.

They have 2 plans, one with 5 GB disk space, and one with 10 GB. Both include a host cool features like Free cPanel Migrations, 7 Day Backup Retention, and Network DDoS Protection. And all the hosting runs on SSDs max speeds.

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Good value

Cons:

  • Might need better support options
  • No overseas servers

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13. Digital Pacific

Price: $6.90
Disk space: 1 GB
Support: Phone, Tickets

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Digital Pacific started in 2000, and quickly grew to become one of the more well-known hosts in Australia. While they have a lot of choice when it comes to hosting options, performance was a bit questionable compared to other hosts, on their shared hosting plans at least.

When we tested them, we directly compared them with Panthur (who offer a cheaper plan) and let the servers really crunch a few heavy scripts, we weren’t really impressed. Their support was pretty responsive though (after our tests crashed our site).

We also like how eco-friendly they are, and they way they give back to the community by involvement in great projects and other events like Movember.

Pros:

  • Experienced
  • Lots of choice

Cons:

  • A bit expensive
  • Performance (might be improved since our last test though)

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14. Bluehost

Price: $3.95 (USD)
Disk space: 50 GB
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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Bluehost is a very old host now, we consider it one of the veterans. Once upon a time, they ruled the kingdom together with HostGator, now they both got bought by EIG, the massive corporation that’s buying up as many web hosts as it can (like iPage and Fatcow, which are on this list).

Bluehost went downhill fast over the last few years, which definitely hurt the company, luckily, lately, they’ve been improving their services and support, to the point where they might start moving up our list again.

As for hosting options, they offer shared hosting, cloud hosting, WP hosting, VPS, and dedicated hosting.

Pros:

  • Free SSL
  • Plenty of disk space
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • US servers
  • Rocky reputation

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15. WebHostingHub

Price: $4.99 (USD)
Disk space: Unlimited
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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While they offer unlimited disk space and bandwidth, apparently their basic plan is half the performance compared the all the other plans. They’re also a US host with servers in the US, meaning that sites would load quite slow if you’re targeting an Aussie market.

They do offer things like free ssl, free website migration and a free domain name, as well as web design services if you need them. Overall though, the user reviews aren’t fantastic, so maybe best to look for better options.

Pros:

  • Unlimited disk space
  • Free ssl, website migrations
  • Added web design services

Cons:

  • US servers
  • A bit on the expensive side

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16. Cloudways

Price: $10 (USD)
Disk space: 25 GB
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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Cloudways is a different beast, it utilises other company’s raw servers and allows you to deploy, manage, and monitor high-performance apps and websites on those servers, cutting out the usual web hosting middle-man. If you’re even slightly techie, this can save you a lot of money.

They work with massive cloud providers like Digital Ocean, Vultr, Amazon AWS, and more. The real benefit here is the scalability cloud hosting offers. This works great for resource-intensive applications and websites… like huge forums or e-commerce sites.

Pros:

High-performance hosting

Very scalable

Cons:

More difficult to master

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17. Site5

Price: $6.95 (USD)
Disk space: Unlimited
Support: Live Chat

Site5

Site5 offers a decent service, but looking at the price-point, the value proposition isn’t really there as there are better hosts out there that are more affordable. Also, their main server is in the US so it wouldn’t be great for Australian sites.

They offer shared hosting, reseller hosting, and a fully managed VPS. Each plan comes with free website migration and a decent backup system in case anything goes wrong.

Pros:

  • Quality services
  • Simplicity

Cons:

  • A bit too expensive
  • Servers in the US

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18. 1&1

Price: $4.99 (USD)
Disk space: 100 GB
Support: Phone, Tickets

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These guys are really popular in Europe but don’t have data centres near Australia, so not that interesting unless you’re targeting an overseas audience. They also offer a LOT of extra services aside from just hosting. From email solutions to online marketing services, and domain name registration, they’re Europe’s one-stop shop for everything website related.

Their most basic plan comes with 100 GB of disk space, free ssl, and a free domain name (for the first year at least).

Pros:

  • One stop shop
  • Plenty of disk space

Cons:

  • No servers near Australia

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19. InMotion Hosting

Price: $6.39 (USD)
Disk space: Unlimited
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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InMotion Hosting is another veteran here, but they focus mostly on business hosting and solutions, hence the higher cost. And again, no servers near Australia. The support is pretty good though, as are the rest of their packages… so if you’re in the US, definitely one to consider.

As for hosting options, InMotion offers shared hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated servers and specialised WordPress hosting. They also offer web design services if you can’t find anyone locally (which would be odd as web designers are everywhere these days).

Pros:

  • High-quality services
  • Good reputation

Cons:

  • Servers in the US
  • Expensive

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20. GreenGeeks

Price: $3.95 (USD)
Disk space: Unlimited
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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GreenGeeks is going through a massive growth spurt at the moment. The benefit they have is that they’re putting back 300% of the energy they use back onto the grid, very very cool. Their services and support are pretty impressive, but they don’t have any servers near Australia (yet), hopefully, they’ll get that sorted soon. We really like their custom built security tech to keep everything running clean and smooth.

GreenGeeks offers shared web hosting, reseller hosting, dedicated servers, WordPress hosting, and VPS hosting. They also have a 30-day money back guarantee if you’re not happy with their services.

Pros:

  • Eco-friendly
  • Affordable
  • Great support

Cons:

  • No servers near Australia yet

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21. HostPapa

Price: $4.35
Disk space: 100 GB
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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This one is interesting, they create sites for every country their targeting, and offer pretty much the same as most other hosting companies, nothing really stands out (the logo could use some serious improvement though).

The thing that got us thinking was their data centre page, the text is pretty general, and it never mentions where exactly their servers are, which makes us believe all their localised sites are actually tied to one data centre, probably in the US…

HostPapa offers shared hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and WordPress hosting, as well as web design services, G suite and Office 365 integration support.

Pros:

  • Plenty of disk space
  • Additional services

Cons:

  • Odd marketing strategy, combined with the outdated branding
  • Bit expensive
  • No servers in or near Australia

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22. StableHost

Price: $3.50 (USD)
Disk space: Unlimited
Support: Phone, Tickets

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Stablehost started off quite small, we tested them with a few sites and never had any issues, just a decent all around host with competitive hosting packages. But again, their data centre is in the US… so not that interesting for us.

That being said, we are impressed with their clustered hosting technology combined with their customised versions of php, mySQL and Litespeed, the performance is great!

StableHost offers shared hosting, reseller hosting, VPS, and enterprise hosting for high-traffic sites.

Pros:

  • Neat clustered hosting tech
  • High-quality services
  • Great value

Cons:

  • Servers in the US

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23. WestHost

Price: $1 (USD)
Disk space: Unlimited
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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We started with WestHost a few years back, back then they were pretty darn good and even got promoted by a well-known marketer and WordPress plugin creator. But since then, performance has dropped, more and more bad reviews started popping up… not quite sure where they’re at now. But at the moment, even though they’re super cheap, we probably wouldn’t recommend them.

WestHost offers shared hosting, VPS, dedicated servers, and WordPress hosting.

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Unlimited disk space

Cons:

  • Rocky reputations
  • Servers in the US

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24. FatCow

Price: $4.08 (USD)
Disk space: Unlimited
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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FatCow is suuuuper old, like 1998 old, and back then they were probably pretty good. But in 2004, EIG bought them, and boy did they go downhill. Support is pretty bad, but the biggest problem is the speed, it’s quite horrible.  Just google a few reviews, it’s almost entertaining how upset people have become with them.

Pros:

  • No idea

Cons:

  • Overall quality of service
  • Servers in the US

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25. iPage

Price: $1.50 (USD)
Disk space: Unlimited
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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Another EIG owned host, pretty much the same story as FatCow, though their speeds are a bit faster. iPage is known for their very expensive renewal fees, expensive domain names, there’s no cPanel, etc etc. Also, they only have data centres in the US… so yeah, not really worth your time.

Pros:

  • Unlimited disk space

Cons:

  • Overall quality of services
  • Servers in the US
  • Expensive renewal fees

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Web Hosting Reviews for Australia: Why we do it!

Picking the right web host can really make the difference between a thriving business, or a failing one. For example, if our site goes down for 2 days, that would be a potential loss of around 4 to 8k (on average <- yes, we calculated this). So to actually prevent this from happening to anyone, we’ve clarified some of the hosting terminologies and required specifications below (side-note: Every epic cheap web hosting company in our top 10 supports WordPress and all other major CMS’s, in case you were wondering).

So in case you’re going the manual route in researching Australian hosting providers and want to create your own website hosting reviews, these are the specs to look out for when choosing a host, enjoy!

ps: We also just added our personal top 5 of the best web hosting for NZbest hosting Ireland, best UK web hosting, best Canadian hostingbest web hosting Singapore, best web hosting USA, Hebergement Web en France, & best web hosting India.

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Web Hosting Comparison Process: What we look at.

Definitions for Australian Web Hosts: Domain Hosting vs Web Hosting vs Domain Registration

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to choose a suitable web host for Australia, let’s answer one of the most common questions we get regarding hosting terminology. What exactly is the difference between domain hosting, web hosting, and domain registration?

Let’s start with domain registration. This refers to the buying or registering of a domain name (yourcompany.com.au), which can be done through a registrar. Most Australian web hosts offer this service, meaning you can buy your domain name and host your site with the same provider, which is the ideal situation as support is centralised.

Next up, web hosting. This refers to the online space where you host the files that make up your website, it’s why you’re on this page, to find a great web host for your website. Once you have registered your domain name, you then point that name toward your hosting space to make the site show up in browsers.

Finally domain hosting. This isn’t actually a thing, domain hosting is a combination of domain registration and web hosting, presumably used by people actually looking for web hosting, but don’t know the correct terminology so they search for “domain hosting Australia”.

Alrighty, now that that’s clear, let’s get started!

1. Web Host Server Locations: In or out Australia?

If you’re based in Australia, you should look for a web host that’s either in or close-ish to Australia, it’s that simple. Why? Because if you host your website on a server in the US for instance, you’ll probably encounter fun issues like lag, slower load times, delays, etc. Server location matters, but don’t worry about it on a city-specific level, so it doesn’t matter if you’re looking for web hosts in Brisbane, Sydney (like Netregistry and Digital Pacific), or Melbourne… you won’t notice the speed difference anyway, as long as the servers are close-ish to, or in, Australia (Singapore, hint hint)! That being said, keep in mind that most Australian hosting providers are more expensive than their US counterparts.

Using a CDN: Going Global

Just because your site lives on a specific server in a specific location doesn’t mean you can’t get speedy loading times around the world, in every country. With the help of a CDN you can serve up your site everywhere with minimal lag.

Content Delivery Network AustraliaA CDN or content delivery network is a geographically distributed network of servers that will use the site visitors location to serve up a cached version of your site’s content from its closest node or server. This not only helps with loading times, but can also block spammers, increase security, and protect you from potential DDOS attacks.

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2. Types of Web Hosting Services

There are 3 main types of hosting: Cheap Shared Hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, & Reseller Hosting. For most of those reading this (including those looking for business web hosting for Australia), you’ll want to go for the cheap web hosting type (shared hosting), as it’s perfect for small to medium-sized businesses.

It’s a different story if you’re trying to sell 1000s of products online, or have a thriving forum, in which case dedicated hosting or a VPS is a better option.

Before we go on and do a web hosting comparison of these hosting types, there’s one thing that you should really understand about the hosting world: 99.9% of the time, you get what you pay for.

Cheap Web Hosting (Shared Hosting, recommended for most businesses/websites)

If your main focus is to look for cheap web hosting services, this is what you came for. While there are companies that offer free web hosting packages, they usually don’t last long due to too many limitations. What shared hosting means is that your website will be hosted on a server with a bunch of other websites. How many other websites? It depends on the hosting provider. Some companies put as much as 100 websites on a single physical server, while some are hosting 20 websites or less. For people looking specifically for business web hosting for Australia, shared hosting is most likely the hosting type for you, just go with more premium packages (and then apply coupons). Shared hosting can even be used to host e-commerce sites (depending on the size of the site). Anyway, let’s lay out the pros and cons of shared hosting.

Pros:

  • Relatively cheap website hosting for Australia that starts as low as $3.95/mo
  • Everything works out of the box
  • You don’t need technical knowledge to get your website up and running
  • You can do pretty much everything from a simple cPanel
  • Usually, comes with 1-click install scripts for WordPress & the other major CMS’s.
  • Most hosts have plans for both Linux hosting & Windows hosting (and the most common languages like PHP and others)

Cons:

  • Your website can load slowly if the server is overloaded with too many sites.
  • You’re open to security threats even if you’re doing nothing wrong.
  • Someone from your neighbours can take more resources, and as a result, you’ll get inferior website performance.

Note that not all shared hosting plans are the same. There are plans that provide a VPS-like performance (like the mostly US based managed WordPress hosting providers). You’ll recognise these shared hosting plans by their price (quite expensive) – Our own top 10 is a nice balance between cheap web hosting, and super premium business web hosting. Shared hosting is good for blogs and small websites that are not resource-intensive.

If you combine a decent shared host like SiteGround with caching and a CDN, you can get incredible results. Below is a snapshot of the loading time of one of our side-projects, pinged from Melbourne (yes, that site loads in under a second!).

Cpanel – A quick explanation

A quick word about Cpanel, the most used control panel in the hosting industry (this goes for most hosting types). If you’re not familiar with it, don’t worry, Cpanel is super easy to use and usually comes with 1-click installers for WordPress, Joomla, & many other systems. In fact, if you see that a certain cheap web host has Cpanel under their listed features, it’s a plus! Hosts that use their own proprietary control panels can have some issues (personal experience).

VPS Hosting

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. VPS hosting is a special type of hosting service where (Australian) hosting providers create a number of virtual servers on one physical server. If you’ve ever played with virtual machines, you already know what I’m talking about. Although it may look familiar, this is very different from shared hosting. Companies usually offer 2 types of VPS hosting:

  • Self-managed VPS, you’re in control of every aspect of the server including the technical stuff.
  • Managed VPS, the hosting company handles most of the technical things, while you primarily focus on your business. This option is more expensive.

Prices for VPS hosting services vary from $30 to $100+ per month. Let’s lay out the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • You get your own CPU, RAM, and Storage on the virtual server
  • Significantly better performance
  • Full control and root access

Cons:

  • Much more expensive than the more affordable shared hosting.
  • You’ll need to have technical knowledge to maintain the server
  • If not, you may need to hire a system administrator


Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated server hosting is the most powerful option of all. Instead of having to share resources with other people – which is basically the case with both of the upper 2 hosting types, you get a fully functional physical server all by yourself. This is as good as it gets for server performance. But on the downside, dedicated hosting is insanely expensive. That’s why this type of hosting is primarily intended for big companies that have resource intensive websites and web apps. Prices generally start at $100-200 per month.

Reseller Hosting

Australian reseller hosting is usually only used by web agencies or individual web designers looking to start hosting their own clients. These plans enable you to create different accounts per client and manage them all from a single dashboard (preferably WHM in combination with Cpanel), setting bandwidth & space limitations, add-on domain limits, and much more. Reseller plans are definitely more expensive than your regular hosting package as they allow to host multiple websites each with their own Cpanel.

Web Hosting Servers in Australia

3. Web Hosts Server Uptime

You need to know whether you can rely on your web hosting company to provide stable servers and maximized server uptime. Every Australian web hosting provider will guarantee you a 99.9% uptime. But that’s not always the case, our top 5 does a great job at maintaining max uptime though.

4. Hosting Storage

The amount of storage implies how much files you can upload to the server. For blogs and small websites, you won’t need more than a couple of GB’s, which is what most cheap web hosting companies in Australia offer. But if you’re looking to host a larger website, you should get a hosting plan with more storage capacity. Make sure to give an advantage to companies that use SSD drives for storing data instead of regular HDDs. SSD performs up to x10 better in reading and writing speeds.

5. Bandwidth and Data Transfer

Many website hosting providers promote these two things as one. But, they are totally different. Bandwidth is the rate at which data can be transferred. Data transfer, on the other hand, represents the data traffic that your website generates – usually measured and limited per month. Data Transfer depends on how many visitors you have, and how large your files are. So be sure to check what’s the limit for the hosting plan you want to choose.

6. Customer Support

Having a good, responsive customer support is a must – as far as you’re concerned. Whenever you’re facing problems or something isn’t working properly, you’ll need to know that a group of experts has your back 24/7! Hosting providers tend to offer live chat, 24/7 availability, phone support, etc.

7. Email Features

If you want the complete hosting package from a single provider in Australia, you need to check for email features (usually more important for people looking for business web hosting as they’ll probably need multiple email addresses). Not all web hosting services you to create email addresses for your domains. If they do, check whether they provide an interface for the webmail, and integration with external services. Also, watch out for limitations. Some providers allow you to create up to 100 email addresses or send 200 emails per hour.

8. Web Host Backup Systems

Backups are very important, but unfortunately, it’s low on the priority list for most people. You’ll need to backup your website, database and email files on a regular basis. Check whether the company offers backups, and how often do they backup your files. Also, find out how can you restore the files if something goes wrong. Some companies charge for backup restore, while some provide the service for free.

9. Number of Addon Domains/Databases

This is important if you plan to host more than one website with your website hosting plan. The cheaper Australian hosting plans are often limited to only one website.

That being said, if you see super cheap plans with unlimited domains, know that the overall performance will most likely go downhill fast the more domains you add. This is because your server resources will not scale according to the number of domains you’re using, resulting in really poor performance on all your sites.

10. SSL certificates

Securing your site with an SSL certificate is quickly becoming a requirement rather than an option, so not only e-commerce sites need one, but every other site as well. Google will even label non-https sites as non-secure, which will impact your conversion rates. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is basically a technology for establishing an encrypted link between a server (web host) and a client (the browser). SSL enables personal info like credit card numbers and login details to be transmitted securely.

SSL certificate Australia

When you’re researching potential web hosts for Australia, see if they offer free SSL certificates (preferably with an easy 1-click install option like SiteGround does). If they don’t, you can still get a free certificate from Let’s Encrypt, and ask your host to install it for you.


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And that’s it, it might seem overwhelming to cover all the points, but just take it one step at a time. Maybe even create a spreadsheet and log all the specs for the Australian web hosting companies, so you’ve got an easy overview.

OR

Pick a host from our top 5

MangoMatter Reviews

As a new start-up company we were first drawn to Mango Matter through their website. With limited understanding of web design, Tom navigated us through the entire development of setting up the website to final completion with ease. The process was always transparent and seemless and Tom’s approach was always positive to change and new ideas. We are extremely proud our website and have no hesitation in recommending or referring Mango Matter as a web designer.
Kylie Timms
Location One
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Humans Being At Work
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Michelle Watson
iFix
I recently started my own company and of course, knew I needed to have a website that was different to my competitors. I had no hesitation in hiring Tom from MangoMatter for the job as I had seen the quality of his previous work. Additionally, he had been recommended to me by people who had used, and continue to use, his service. Tom works collaboratively with you in bringing together your ideas to create your own individualised website. He provides high quality work in a friendly and approachable manner. I value working with a company like MangoMatter who are experts in what they do and above all else value the individual needs of their clients.
Allira Rogers
Fine Tuning Consultancy
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Geoff Dean
Violence Prevention Consulting
MangoMatter created a book review site for The Children's Book Council, a not for profit that promotes Australian children's books. Tom was helpful and engaged from the initial idea to the finished product. He gave us some very good suggestions and helped us along the way. He provided excellent training so we could manage the site ourselves and his ongoing tech assistance has been invaluable. We would highly recommend MangoMatter.
Tina Cavanough
CBCA Reading Time
What an easy and smooth experience it has been working with MangoMatter! Tom understood exactly what we were after, and we are extremely impressed with the final product. I would not hesitate to choose MangoMatter again in the future.
Tyson King
Director / Plumbrite Solutions
MangoMatter has been very helpful in growing my business. I have asked him to take the role on for my small electrical business as my 'Media Manager'. He has been realistic with times and expectations. He has gone above and beyond with what I have asked him to do. He offers ideas which I (being computer illiterate) have had no insight into so that he can market and give my company the edge that it needs with the competition. Business life is always bound to throw a curve ball every once in a while but what I appreciate about Toms work ethic is that he has his finger on the pulse and lets me know what's happening (before I even do sometimes) and how to rectify if there are ever any hiccups. Its rare to find an honest businessman these days, and one that values his service above making a quick buck. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mango Matter and have already done so to a number of other businesses.
Joshua Fleming
Director / Powered Projects
I've been using the services of Tom at MangoMatter since early 2013. Tom is an absolute gentleman to work with, friendly and helpful. Whether it be web design, seo, or general technical advice, he knows all the tricks. In fact I called him just last week with an emergency website issue (no fault of his) and he had my website up and running again within minutes, he knew exactly where to pinpoint the problem and fixed it right away. I just don't know where I could find that kind of service anywhere else! With Tom continually researching the latest methods of any web services, his knowledge in this field is always up to date. I highly recommend Tom at MangoMatter and frequently tell my clients and suppliers if you want it done right, hire the services of Tom.
Paul Wallace
BTG Entertainment
We engaged Tom to develop our new company web site and were delighted with the outcome. He was able not only to deliver our brief but to provide some excellent ideas that we would never have thought of. Best of all, Tom is generous with his time and continues to be available to provide advice and support.
Neil Mackenzie
Enventive
Our experience with Mango Matter was fantastic! Tom is very easy to work with, positive, efficient and obviously brilliant at what he does. Highly recommended.
Lucy Reeves
Means Whereby
We chose Tom to design our website because we liked the style of other websites he had designed. The entire process was stress-free. Tom was so helpful and none of our multiple requests were too much trouble. Tom is a pleasure to work with. We love the website he’s made for us, it’s so easy to use and looks fantastic.
Carl Olive
Spring!
Tom has been fantastic to work with in developing my website. I had ideas of what I wanted to include but Tom was able to transform those ideas and create a website that exceeded my own expectations. His design was crisp, simple, and clear. Tom’s professional guidance, experience, knowledge and flare for detail is why I would recommend him to anyone looking at developing their own website.
Aaron Dick
Carpentology Group
We recently employed Tom after being referred by a satisfied customer. Quickly and efficiently he redesigned our website which now looks professional and is extremely user friendly. Tom is a pleasure to work with and we would highly recommend him to others. We look forward to working with Tom in the future.
Madonna
Ordanga Properties
As a band we wanted our website to look simple, stylish, functional and artistic all the while maintaining a strong focus on our music. Not only has Tom achieved all of these, he has taken our vague desires and produced an amazing site that quite frankly took our breath away. Tom's ability to work back and forth with new ideas and changes has made the process of making our site easy and stress free. I would highly recommend Tom to anybody looking to work with a professional in every sense of the word.
Shannon Rogers
Teapots
When I approached Tom to help with the upgrade of our website he was only too happy to help me with it. He transformed my ideas into reality and has designed a website that is very smart, and truly says everything about us. Tom also trained me to manage the content myself so that I can update the information when required. I love our new website!
Kate Davis
Singer / Two R More
MangoMatter made it so easy to design our current website. Tom was personally involved from first consultation to completion, and he is still readily available for any tweaks that may be necessary!
Demitrios Lecatsas
Fresh Hair
We have now used MangoMatter to create two websites for us. As investment managers, we have tried many different website development firms over the years. Without a doubt, MangoMatter is the best by far and we will continue to use their services for many years to come.
Glenn Rushton
Rushton Capital Management
Tom at MangoMatter is a true professional. I couldn't be happier with my website and the service he provided me. He understood my needs and made it so simple for me to understand and operate the site. I would strongly recommend MangoMatter!
Alli Keirnan
allikeirnan.com
MangoMatter made the process of putting together a wonderfully personal website a no-fuss scenario. Friendly and flexible, nothing seemed to faze them. We are delighted to have found MangoMatter and are very happy with the finished product.
Nathan Stella
ACUS Clinic
Tom is passionate and quickly understands his clients' needs. I've really appreciated his willingness to share knowledge and skill me up in how to use my brand new website. Thanks Tom!
Sally Mac
Tables of Content
I have used Tom from Mango Matter on numerous occasions to develop web pages both internally and for clients. I have never been disappointed with the quality of work and the functionality of the sites. The best thing about using Tom, is that he responds so quickly to any questions and is able to efficiently fix any issues that arise. Tom is a delight to work with and his web knowledge is second to none.
Kate Size
Verve Group Marketing
Tom did a great job on my website. He was willing to work within my budget and had my website finished within days from our start date. Tom was easy to communicate with and if he said he was going to do something, he did it on time, which was certainly a refreshing quality after my past experiences with other website businesses. If you aren't using this guy, you need to!
David Epp
David Epp Licensed to Kill Pests
I was extremely impressed with Tom’s efficiency and professional demeanour while developing my latest website. The entire process was completed as quickly as I could provide the content. Tom was able to edit the site with me in one sitting and activate it immediately. I’m happy to recommend Tom as a person of high skill, integrity and professionalism.
Paul J. Stevenson
Traumatologist
My website is my only form of advertising so I was truly thrilled when I discovered Tom who is a perfectionist in the best sense of the word. He combines the eye of an artist with the precision of a technician and has been infinitely patient with my string of requests. For the first time in many years I’m truly proud that my site is there for the world to see.
Julie Vear
Brisbane Qi Gong
Very impressed with MangoMatter! Having gone through several clunky website designs in the past, I have been nothing but impressed with the quality of work and efficiency of service offered by Tom & MangoMatter. The overall look of the site was exactly what we were after and nothing was ever too much trouble. By far the best web design team we’ve ever used, MangoMatter are genuine experts in the field of web design and I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone looking for a quality website.
Lauren Brown
Verve Group
Tom has taken a blog idea I had been toying with for many years and turned it into a reality, and a darn good looking reality! What I could have achieved alone would have been functional, but what I have achieved with Tom’s guidance is a product that is professional, works like clockwork and sells itself.
Megan Daley
Children's Books Daily

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8 Comments

  • Jenny says:

    Thanks for the info, I had no idea hosting overseas could be faster than in Aus, Siteground here we come 🙂

    • Tom De Spiegelaere Tom De Spiegelaere says:

      No worries Jenny. Yeah it’s quite funny, it also has to do with how the servers are setup. SiteGround definitely knows their stuff, there’s a reason for their insane growth.

  • Simon says:

    Good list, really need to move away from Zuver, def keen to try a better host. Can’t decide between Panthur or SiteGround tho… I want to support a local host, aaarrrgh, hate making these decisions.

    • Tom De Spiegelaere Tom De Spiegelaere says:

      Well, as Panthur recently got bought by Hostopia, a US company (they had a temporary support issue due to the switch but it seems to be back to normal now), either choice wouldn’t do the trick I’m afraid. So knowing that, I’d go for SiteGround personally!

  • Evie Marco says:

    Thanks for putting this together, got one question though. What if I’m expanding beyond Australia, and want to target Canada? Won’t that be an issue if my site is hosted in Singapore?

    • Tom De Spiegelaere Tom De Spiegelaere says:

      You can use a CDN to serve most static content from the closest node to your visitor, I’ve got a section talking about it on this page. Most hosts offer free CDN through CloudFlare :). Pretty easy to set up.

  • Bart says:

    Just wanted to say thanks :). I ended up going with SiteGround and they had me up and running within the hour, good stuff!

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