Author: Matthew Rogers
Last Updated: 20 March 2019
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!
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)!
|Web Hosting Company||Overall Rating||Price/mo.||Disk Space||Features||Reviews||Website|
|Grab Your Discount||AUD $4.95 (Temporary 67% discount, down from $14.95)||10 GB||SiteGround Review||Grab Your Discount|
|Visit Site||AUD $3.36 (down from $8.99)||100 GB||HostPapa Review||Visit Site|
|Visit Site||AUD $5||10 GB||Panthur Review||Visit Site|
|Visit Site||USD $3.92 (around AUD $5.22)||Unlimited||A2 Hosting Review||Visit Site|
|Visit Site||USD $3.95||Unlimited||GreenGeeks Review||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 10 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
Cheapest Web Hosting Australia 2019 – Reviews
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.
We really like their global reach, they have data centres in the US, UK, NL, and SG, just in case you ever start targeting a global market.
Add to that a very effective security system (that they custom built in-house), automated back-ups, and a 30-day money back guarantee… it’s a no-brainer!
Other additional benefits include free SSL to secure your sites, daily backups for peace of mind, and much more.
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!
- Easy to set up
- Solid security
- Global reach with multiple data centres
- Free stuff
- Recommended by WordPress
- In-house caching system for speedy loading times
HostPapa is the cheapest one in our top 5, their cost to value ratio is incredible. While they lack some of the fancier features of SiteGround, they make up for it by providing a LOT of disk space, and very good support.
They do offer some good freebies like a free domain name, free SSL, and a free site transfer if you need it. Aside from the usual shared hosting (the general go-to option for most people), they also offer reseller hosting, VPS hosting and WordPress hosting, as well as web design services, G suite, and Office 365 integration support.
One downside is that their servers are not in Australia but in Canada and the US, so loading times will suffer a bit… but then again, you can enable a CDN like CloudFlare (which is free) to push your content around the world and have it running smoothly from anywhere (and it’s not that difficult to set up).
In short, if you’re on a budget and can’t afford SiteGround, these guys are the next best thing, and very affordable at only AUD $3.36/mo!
- 100 GB disk space
- 24/7 support
- Free domain name
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- US servers
Panthur is an Australian host that is both experienced and very reliable. While they’re a bit more expensive than the others, they’re local, have great 24/7 support, and offer some great hosting packages.
The main reason we like them is because of the performance their data centres offer. In general, sites load really fast and run silky smooth, thanks to the combination of local servers + good resource allocation.
The only downside is that they don’t have any data centres overseas, so you’ll need a CDN if you want a speedy site no matter where you visitors are coming from.
Panthur has 3 main plans that you can additionally customise: Economy, Business and Stealth hosting.
They also offer domain name registrations and reseller hosting for web designers and agencies.
Their cheapest plan starts at $5/month.
- Impressive performance
- Great support options
- No overseas servers
- Only 2 GB disk space on their starter plan
4. A2 Hosting
While A2 Hosting is – in our minds – fantastic for reseller hosting, their cheap shared hosting plans are also impressive. They offer all the usual features you’d expect from a decent host, at an pretty affordable cost of USD $3.92/mo.
They offer SSD hosting for speed, unlimited disk space, a fast Singapore-based data centre for Australian sites (like SiteGround), and 24/7 support.
The thing that sets them apart from their competition is their anytime money back guarantee… though we haven’t tested it yet.
They offer 3 shared hosting packages, their cheapest plan starts at only USD $3.92/mo (around AUD $5.22/mo).
- 4 global servers
- Unlimited disk space
- Anytime money back guarantee
- USD costs
GreenGeeks is mainly known for their eco-friendly way of running their company, they’re putting back 300% of the energy they use back onto the grid which is very nice.
As for their actual hosting services, it’s very similar to A2 Hosting, but minus the Singapore data centre, meaning you’d be hosting in the US, which will result in slightly longer loading times. What we really like though, is th eway they handle security. They’ve built their own security system to keep all their data centres squeeky clean. And as for speed, they run on SSDs and support PHP7, combine those 2 and you might not even notice the delay from the US servers that much.
GreenGeeks offers shared web hosting (great for small businesses and blogs), 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.
Their cheapest plan starts at USD $3.95/mo.
- Super green
- Great support
- Unlimited disk space
- No servers in or near Australia
HostingCloud is a new host, a 100% Australian budget host. What we like is the price (AUD $2.50 is really cheap), the SSD hosting (great for speed), and the free SSL certificates.
Where we think they probably could do better is support options, as at the moment, we only see support tickets… and disk space, which is only 5 GB. But then again, at $2.50, the value to cost ratio is still very very impressive.
And they also offer free cPanel migrations, have 7-day backup retention, and DDOS protection. All in all, not bad!
- Very affordable
- Free SSL
- Might need better support options
- No overseas servers
MediaFortress might look like an odd one on this list, as they are more expensive than your usual host, and offer very little disk space (only 1 GB). The reason they’re on the list is because of their additional services. They’re also a marketing agency, which means that if you want an actual website with your hosting, they can do that. Do you need SEO or PPC, what about social media campaigns? Yup, they do that as well.
They’re a bit of a one-stop shop for the digital side of your business and are 100% Australian. So that’s basically why we’ve put them on the list… just in case someone is looking for a one-stop digital marketing shop.
Their cheapest plan starts at AUD $7.70/mo.
- One-stop digital marketing shop
- 100% Australian
Bluehost is very well known, and while they had a rough patch in the past few years after EIG bought them, they’ve been gradually improving both support and their hosting services.
They offer plenty of disk space and decent performance at an affordable cost. We also like the variety of support options on offer, everything from a knowledge base, support tickets, live chat, phone, and even video tutorials.
As for hosting plans, they offer the usual shared hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS, dedicated hosting, and cloud hosting. They don’t have any servers in or near Australia though, so a CDN is needed for optimal loading times.
Their cheapest plan starts at USD $3.95/mo.
- Free SSL
- 50 GB disk space
- US servers
- Current reputation isn’t that great
9. Host Geek
HostGeek is another Australia host, with decent enough pricing, but the disk space they offer on their basic plan is very very little, only 400 MB.
That being said, there are 2 reasons they still made the list. 1 is that they have data centres in both Australia and Singapore, the other reason is that – like MediaFortress – they offer a variety of digital marketing services in addition to their core hosting packages.
They offer 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.
The cheapest plan starts at AUD $4.58/mo.
- A lot of hosting choices
- 100% Australian
- Only 400 MB disk space
Netregistry is a veteran in the Australian hosting industry. While we’re not a huge fan, they do deserve a mention as they’re very old, offer plenty of disk space with their hosting plans, and also offer web design and digital marketing services.
That being said, their SSL certificates are pretty pricey (basic ones are free with most other hosts) and most of the most recent user reviews online and on fora, aren’t very positive.
- Local host
- Decent amount of disk space
- User reviews
- SSL cost
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.