Author: Matthew Rogers
Last Updated: December 2020
Why our reviews are worth reading
As a web agency, we use/test a LOT of hosting providers to scale both our clients and our many many side-projects (we like to experiment).
Having done this for quite a few years now, we've used, analysed, and reviewed a lot of web hosts... these are our findings.
A few of the better-known brands we've been featured on
Local, experienced, great performance, but…
Panthur: A quick summary for people with no time (pretty much all of us)
While Panthur is a good host by Australian standards, their support is responsive (they had a rough patch when they got bought by Hostopia but it looks to be back to normal), their prices are quite competitive, and their performance borders on impressive.
But, if we compare them with our current favourite web host SiteGround, you’ll notice a few differences, with the main ones being a lack of global data centers (they only have 1 primary one in Sydney, SiteGround has quite a few around the world, giving you a global reach), and a lack of WordPress focused hosting plans (over 25% of the entire internet runs on WordPress, and your site probably will too, so it’s quite important).
So in short, our recommendation still goes to SiteGround rather than Panthur, as SiteGround offers 10 GB of disk space on their basic plan, free SSL, free CDN, free migrations, they have multiple data centres around the world (global reach), and they’re officially recommended by WordPress (very few hosts can claim this, it’s pretty impressive), check out our SiteGround review here!
That being said, if you want to stay local, Panthur is cheaper in the long run and offers more than enough performance on even their basic plans to keep your site running smoothly!
Panthur actually started as a non-commercial organisation that offered secure and fast web hosting services. As their reputation grew in the industry, and they gained more recognition, Panthur started creating hosting solutions commercially.
Since 2009, a LOT of Australian businesses hopped on & are using Panthur’s reliable Australian web hosting services (and with good reason).
At its core, Panthur offers the following plans:
- Economy Web Hosting (budget option)
- Business Web Hosting (the recommended plans)
- Stealth Web Hosting (for epic performance!)
- Reseller Hosting (if you’re a web dev/designer and want to provide hosting for your clients)
Inside each plan, they have additional plans that allow you to pick the most appropriate hosting for your needs and budget. They all come with automatic back-ups and a free diy restore service in case anything goes wrong, the back-ups go as far back as 90 days! Like most hosts, they have 1-click installers for most of the poplular CMSs, which makes creating a WordPress site for example, pretty easy!
When it comes to pricing policies, Panthur is pretty flexible. For all the hosting services, you’ll be able to pay monthly, every 6 months, every year, every 2 years or every 3 years. If you decide to go the distance with Panthur, and subscribe for a longer period of time, they offer discounts up to 20%.
Economy Web Hosting
This is the most basic offer, suitable for small and medium-sized websites that can handle a decent amount of traffic. It’s relatively cheap, personally I wouldn’t host any forums or e-commerce sites on this plan, but it’s perfect for hosting small business sites. You get to pick from 3 sub-plans: Mini, Advanced and Professional.
Their Mini plan offers 2,000 MB storage and 100,000 MB bandwidth, while the Professional plan gets you 10,000 MB storage and 500,000 MB bandwidth. Panthur’s Advanced plan is something in-between. The pricing for Economy Web Hosting starts at $5 per month.
Business Web Hosting (Our Recommendation!)
Business web hosting is their second solution – still affordable – that comes with larger resources compared to the economy hosting. This is the one I usually recommend for any business, it can handle a LOT of traffic!
Business Web Hosting also has 3 options: Bronze (starting at $20 per month), Silver ($30/month) and Gold ($60/month). Interesting thing about these plans, is that they only differ in storage space, while everything else including bandwidth is unlimited. This narrows your choice down to a single factor, clever how did they structured that, makes the process easy even for the less tech-savvy among us.
Stealth Web Hosting
Stealth Web Hosting is a form of dedicated hosting intended for resource-intensive websites and platforms that receive a lot of traffic (I’m talking about massive e-commerce sites, forums, community sites, etc). In storage space, this solution isn’t much different from Business solutions. But it stands out in performance. Here are the 3 plans:
- Puma, 25,000 MB pure SSD storage, 4 GB RAM and 4 CPU cores. ($50/month)
- Leopard, 50,000 MB SSD HDD, 6 GB RAM and 6 CPU cores ($100/month)
- Panthur, 75,000 MB SSD HDD, 8 GB RAM and 8 CPU Cores ($150/month)
These are some mind-blowing specs for a server right? This shows how serious Panthur is with their hosting solutions. They also have something called “priority ticket-based support”, which applies to only to Stealth Web Hosting. It means that if you have a question or an issue, you’ll be able to connect with an expert within minutes. To ensure fast and reliable service on this hosting plan, Panthur puts a maximum of 50 accounts on the same server.
Reseller Hosting (For Web Agencies)
This plan allows you to manage a set of accounts from a single cPanel. If you’re new to this, reseller hosting is ideal if you’re a web designer/developer and you need a place to host your clients websites. This hosting service starts at $30 per month. It is very similar to Economy Web Hosting. The only significant difference, is that you’ll be able to manage things and create new accounts within your cPanel.
As mentioned in the summary, we really like the power they offer, and how competitive their prices are… but a lack of global data centres, WordPress plans, and a few other features hold them back. So our recommendation still goes to SiteGround.
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