Author: Tom D. S.
Last Updated: 17 November 2018

As a digital agency, web hosting is something we can’t do without, and while we use the more expensive premium hosting for our clients, we also have a LOT of side-projects that need hosting as well, and for those, we use the cheaper options. At the moment, we have hosting accounts with 30+ companies!

So when it comes to getting a decent insight into the best cheap web hosting companies for Australia, you’ve come to the right place!

Side-note: Our current favourite 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

Below you’ll find our personal top 5 of the best cheap web hosting services for Australia. Each of which we analysed, reviewed, and compared to its closest competition to give them a spot on the list. We use the following criteria to give our favourites a spot: Ease of Use, Affordability, and Performance/Power.

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)!

Cheapest Website Hosting for Australia: Top 5 Comparison – November 2018

Web Hosting CompanyOverall RatingPrice/mo.Disk SpaceFeaturesReviewsWebsite
siteground2Grab Your DiscountAUD $4.95 (Temporary 67% discount, down from $14.95)10 GB
  • Easy to use
  • Very fast servers
  • Awesome support!
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Officially recommended by WordPress = winner!
SiteGround ReviewGrab Your Discount
hostgatorVisit SiteUSD $2.75 (around AUD $3.70)Unlimited
  • Very cheap
  • Unlimited Disk Space! <- US based servers though, so slower loading times.
  • Only allows for 1 site
Hostgator ReviewVisit Site
PanthurLogoVisit SiteAUD $510 GB
  • Great performance
  • Lots of choice.
Panthur ReviewVisit Site
A2HostingLogoVisit SiteUSD $3.92 (around AUD $5.22)Unlimited
  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Great with WordPress
Visit Site
ventraipVisit SiteAUD $5.9510 GB
  • Experienced
  • Reliable
  • Slightly more expensive.
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 3 of the cheapest web hosting companies for Australia. We’ve used the following criteria to sort the top web hosts: Ease of Use, Affordability, and Performance / Power. Enjoy!”

Tom D. S. – Editor



1. SiteGround

SiteGround is our absolute favourite. Their support is top-notch (via phone, chat, and tickets), the pricing super affordable, and the servers lightning fast (choose the Singapore server for Aussie sites, it’s awesome, no need for extra techy stuff –  just sign up and get your site live). SG also comes officially recommended by WordPress, which is pretty darn impressive!

Add to that a very effective security system, automated back-ups, and a 30-day money back guarantee… it’s a no-brainer!

SG’s cheapest plan starts at only AUD $4.95/mo (67% off the normal price)! There’s really no competition here, go with SiteGround, they’re awesome!

Get Started Today & Grab The 67% discount!


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Ease of Use

90%

Affordability

84%

Performance / Power

80%



2. HostGator

HostGator is a decent host at a very very good price.

That being said, their main data centre is in the US, meaning that if you want the cheap hosting + speed combo, you’ll need to sign up with CloudFlare and set it up to serve your site from local Australian servers (which is not that straightforward if you’re not a techy <- this is why SiteGround is so popular, no extra setups needed).

Their plans start at only USD $2.75 

Check out HostGator

Ease of Use

80%

Affordability

88%

Performance / Power

80%



3. Panthur

Panthur is our first Australian host on the list, and in our opinion, one of the best ones. While the cost might be a bit higher than the others on this list, their servers pack a serious punch, great consistent performance (+ the support is very very fast)!

Their plans start at $5/month (we do suggest grabbing their bronze business plan for that ideal cost/value balance).

Go with Panthur

PanthurLogo

Ease of Use

85%

Affordability

75%

Performance / Power

85%


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Cheap web hosting: The what/why/how

Are you on the lookout for a cheap hosting option in Australia (maybe even free website hosting)? Shared hosting is a great way for small businesses to keep their websites up and running without breaking the bank. Those looking for their first package for web hosting tend to stick to a cheap hosting plan like shared hosting. It’s typically a service for entry-level users, which offers any resources they will need for their startup, small e-commerce website or personal website to succeed. It’s the ideal way for those looking to host a smaller site to get all the features of a professional website at a fraction of the price. Typically, all the websites and content from multiple sites associated with them are stored on just one machine, which cuts costs substantially while still resulting in a quality service.

Selecting an Australian hosting provider (or cheap New Zealand web hosting company, or any of the other countries we cover here at MangoMatter, like the UK, Canada, Singapore, & Ireland) that delivers what you need from them within your budget can often be a herculean task if you are just starting out with your website. While it would be nice to have a Virtual Private Server, or VPS, these tend to come with a high price tag. When it comes to getting all the features you need for a professional website with the most up-to-date web applications, while cutting down on costs, cheap hosting is the way to go.

How Does Cheap Hosting Work?

Shared hosting can provide a cheap hosting option to Australian users by using the powerful resources of a modern server and using it to serve multiple clients. This is much like how, in an apartment building with 10 units, each unit is fed electricity, water, and cable by tributaries branching from a single, main line. In addition to that, if a water line breaks, the landlord takes care of the problem for you. The premise of shared hosting is just the same; you share a server with other websites, and you trust the server administrator to take care of all major malfunctions. Each website on the server is allotted a certain amount of processing power, storage space, and internet bandwidth for the operation and well-being of your site. The server administrator keeps your operating system and related software up to date, so you don’t have to concern yourself with it.

When it comes to looking for an affordable option for hosting your website, cheap hosting can always be found through a shared hosting provider (even though some australian hosts like Digital Pacific are a bit more expensive). Unless you plan to have extensive, custom application development or expect an exceedingly high flow of traffic, the limited space and bandwidth you are allowed through shared hosting will likely never become a problem.

Why Cheap Web Hosting?

Unless you are planning on operating a site that will see a lot of traffic all at one time, or one that utilizes exceedingly advanced technologies, you probably will not experience a problem with shared hosting. That means a large corporation should probably pass up shared hosting as an option, but your startup or small business should be just fine for the time being (definitely when you’re running a decent CMS like WordPress) – and you can always move your website elsewhere if and when the limitations of cheap hosting become a problem. Individuals looking to start a blog or build a small website for their business should find cheap hosting to suit their needs perfectly.

Whatever the purpose of your website is, you likely want to find a way to get it up and running as quickly as possible without compromising quality in any way. Unless you think your website is going to be a hot spot on the internet, shared hosting is the way to get everything you want all in one place without spending the big bucks. Most people opt to use cheap Australian hosting for their first website, as it is much easier, still offers all the features you may want to use, it comes with plenty of space for most people, etc. At the end of the day, you won’t notice the difference unless you truly make it big time—at which point, the price tag of an upgraded server shouldn’t be a problem in the least.

Side-note: If you’re a web designer wanting to host clients, please don’t use a shared account, go with a reseller account instead and save yourself future issues.

Pros

  • Less pricey alternative: As the name suggests, cheap website hosting is not as expensive as other alternatives like dedicated hosting. It’s a way to get your website up and running without emptying your wallet.
  • Server administrator: With shared hosting, you have a server administrator to monitor and take care of problems for you. They keep your operating system and related software updated to the latest version so you don’t have to spare a thought to it at all.
  • Offers all the features you need: Cheap hosting provides all the features that a startup business, blog, personal website, or other small-scale websites could possibly need, so you’ll have everything you need available at your fingertips.

Cons

  • Limited Space: Although many services advertise unlimited server space, this simply is not true. If you start to approach the capacity they’ve allotted you, you will be asked to upgrade your hosting package, likely to a VPS.
  • Can’t Handle High Traffic: If you think you may have a lot of people going to your website, you might want to avoid a cheap hosting plan. A lot of traffic will often result in your server becoming bogged down and running much more slowly than you’d like.

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What is shared hosting?

Shared hosting is a website hosting plan in which several users share a single server to host their website. The server is often virtual.

How does it work? How are files kept from becoming mixed up?

The files and applications on each account are kept separate within the server (usually using cPanel), and there is no way for them to interact whatsoever. Each user gets their own partition of the server, in which their files and applications are stored, and with their own file directory tree. Users will not have access to each other’s partitions or the files within them. The web server and computing resources, however, are shared by all the accounts on the server.

Does shared hosting mean I will share an IP address with other websites?

In most cases, yes it does. Shared hosting plans, by default, tend to be “name-based virtual hosts.” For this reason, all the accounts tend to share an identical IP address, and the routine will occur based on the name of the domain. This, however, should not have any direct consequences on the security of your website. One disadvantage of this fact, though, is that you will not be able to operate with an SSL security certificate through your name-based virtual host, which refers to most of the shared hosting plans available. The reasoning behind this is because, when a browser connects to a server using the HTTPS protocol, the encryption and security certificate check are completed prior to the client sending the entire request header to the server. At such point, it is impossible to know which domain name the security certificate is intended for.

How many websites can exist on a single server?

Lots. An unlimited number of websites can technically fit on a single server. Every web hosting company needs to decide on the density of shared accounts based on how many machines they have available and what usage statistics they are going off. It’s not uncommon for a single server to host over 1,000 websites, meaning that all those domains are operating out of a single IP address. However, that’s probably not the kind of shared hosting package you want to be using, and you should search for one that won’t pack so many websites onto a single server.

Can I have a unique IP address through shared hosting?

Yes, you can. Many shared hosting providers offer a plan that comes with a “dedicated IP address,” meaning the routine will be done through “IP-based virtual hosts.” This means that a single web server is capable of handling multiple IP addresses, in which case, you are still sharing all the resources of the computer, but operating out of your own IP address.

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MangoMatter Reviews

Personally, I have very limited knowledge in regards to creating a website, however I am very particular about how I envisaged the page to be. Tom has been so accomodating and patient throughout the entire process, and the page turned out exactly how I had pictured. I have had countless comments from patients and colleagues alike about how impressive the page is, thanks Tom!
Dr Alex Bornsztejn
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
I'm so grateful to have found and chosen Tom from Mango Matter to develop our new website. The process has been smooth sailing and easy! Who'd have thought! Tom was great to work with... hassle free, relaxed, professional, flexible and responsive. We are very happy with the end result and recommend Tom's services to anyone wanting their website development to be a dream ride.
Jennifer West
Humans Being At Work
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
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
MangoMatter's website designs are excellent. That's why I chose this website designer above lots of others I looked at. The designs are simple yet elegant in their layout. Unlike so many other sites that are cluttered and hard to navigate around. MangoMatter designs are easy to use with content very accessible. I highly recommend this service for both its conceptual sophistication and logical usability.
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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