As a Brisbane based web agency, we know Australian hosting inside-out! We bulk buy web hosting accounts to use for our countless side-projects (we like to experiment), actively analysing and logging their hosting performance. These are our favourite web hosts for Australia!
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 10 website hosts, sorted by rating, detailing the cost/mo, & how much disk space they offer. We also took our top 5 and reviewed them separately just below the table.
Best Affordable Web Hosting for Australia – November 2017
|Web Hosting Company||Overall Rating||Price/mo. (cheapest available)||Disk Space||Features||Reviews||Website|
|AUD $4.95 (Temporary 50% Discount)||10 GB||SiteGround Review||Grab Your Discount|
|USD $2.78 (around AUD $3.68 with our coupon - MANGOGATOR)||Unlimited||Hostgator Review||Grab Your Discount|
|AUD $5||10 GB||Panthur Review||Visit Site|
|USD $3.92 (around AUD $5.22)||Unlimited||A2 Hosting Review||Visit Site|
|AUD $5.95||10 GB||VentraIP Review||Visit Site|
|AUD $5.95||10 GB||Visit Site|
|AUD $9.95||20 GB||Visit Site|
|AUD $5.52||1 GB||Visit Site|
|AUD $5||400 MB||Visit Site|
|AUD $19||1 GB||Visit 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…
So aside from our table overview above, we’ve also created a more detailed top 5 of the best Australian web hosting companies. We’ve used the following criteria to sort the top web hosts: Ease of Use, Affordability, and Performance / Power. Enjoy!”
Tom D. S. – Editor
Australian Web Hosting Comparison: Our Top 5 Detailed
1. SiteGround web hosting
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), 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.
TIP: If you are looking to host a WordPress site, their GrowBig plan comes with SuperCacher – SiteGround’s own caching solution that massively speeds up the performance of a WP site (and that’s on top of the amazing speed their starter plans already have).
They have 3 hosting plans, their plans start at only $4.95/mo (50% 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!Get Started Today & Grab the 50% discount while it lasts!
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2. Hostgator web hosting
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, a well-deserved 2nd spot on our list of the top web hosting providers.Have a look at their plans
Ease of Use
Performance / Power
3. Panthur web hosting
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).
Panthur has 3 main plans that you can additionally customise: Economy, Business and Stealth hosting.Go with Panthur
Ease of Use
Performance / Power
4. A2 Hosting web hosting
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!Get Started With A2 Hosting
Ease of Use
Performance / Power
5. VentraIP web hosting
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 atView Their Plans
Ease of Use
Performance / Power
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!
Our Web Hosting Comparison: What we look at.
Definitions: Domain Hosting vs Web Hosting vs Domain Registration
Before we get into the nitty gritty of how to choose a suitable web host, 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 web hosting providers 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.
Alrighty, now that that’s clear, let’s get started!
1. Server Location
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 hosting in Brisbane, Sydney, or Singapore (like A2 Hosting and SiteGround)… you won’t notice the speed difference anyway, as long as the servers are close-ish to, or in, Australia! That being said, keep in mind that most Australian hosting providers are more expensive than their US counterparts.
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). Anyway, let’s lay out the pros and cons of shared hosting.
- 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)
- 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 very poor website performance.
Note that not all shared hosting plans are the same. There are actually 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 – 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.
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 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.
- You get your own CPU, RAM, and Storage on the virtual server
- Significantly better performance
- Full control and root access
- 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 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.
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.
3. 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 10 does a great job at maintaining max uptime though.
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, 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. Backup System
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 really cheap hosting plans are often limited to only one website.
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.