Panthur Australia Web Hosting Review
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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
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!
Having been around since 2004, this web hosting company has employees in 13 different countries across the globe, and localised websites for customers in the UK, Europe, Spain, the US, Australia, and more. Like most great web hosts, they don’t just offer basic web hosting, there’s something here to meet everyone’s needs.
SiteGround has the following hosting options:
- Shared Hosting: This is what most people need.
- Cloud Hosting: High performance hosting for more demanding high traffic sites.
- Dedicated Servers: Super high performance, managed servers.
- Reseller Hosting: If you’re a web design agency and want to host your clients.
- Enterprise Hosting: If you want something high-end and custom.
Shared hosting is what most people need if you want to host a site for a small/medium sized business, a blog, a hobby, etc. They offer 3 plans for shared hosting.
This is the impressive list of essential features that comes with every plan:
- Free Website Builder
- cPanel & SSH Access
- Free CMS Install
- 24/7 Technical Support
- SSD Storage
- Free Auto Daily Backups
- 30 Days Money Back
- Unlimited Email Accounts & DBs
- HTTP/2 Enabled Servers
- Free Let’s Encrypt SSLs
- Free Cloudflare CDN
Let’s get into the 4 aspects I talked about in the intro!
Ease of Use
If you’re not a web designer by trade, setting up a site might seem daunting, luckily SG knows this, and provides a variety of tools to make setting up a site as easy as possible. From 1-click installers for WordPress and Joomla, to easy SSL activation, cPanel access and even a Weebly site builder.
Everything you need is a few clicks away!
Your site’s loading times are insanely important as for every second your site is still loading, you can lose 1/10 of your visitors, they’ll just turn back, get distracted, etc. SiteGround has put multiple measures in place to optimise their server speeds as much as possible. They use features like SuperCacher (their in-house caching system), SSDs, and PHP7 to get php code executed faster. Here’s the list of tech they use.
If you’re in the UK, you should use their blazing fast London server (they have servers on 3 continents), it’s suuuuper speedy!
If you’re new to web hosting or having your own website, then you’ll definitely find having 24/7 customer service to be an invaluable resource to cash in on. Even if you’re a veteran webmaster, having access to knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful customer support is key to a smooth operation.
Their support is available through phone, chat, and a ticketing system, with an average ticket response time of 10 minutes!
While a lot of web hosting providers promise 99.99% uptime, SG is one of the few that actually delivers! It does this through a combination of a custom in-house server monitoring system that’s lightning fast at detecting issues, redundant electrical systems, and a custom built bot that prevents brute-force attacks.
SiteGround is also the first web hosting service to implement a one-of-a-kind isolation system that aids performance by preventing vulnerable accounts from taking an entire server down. This unique technology helps to make their shared hosting service equally as secure as many dedicated hosting options – which come with a much higher price tag.
By constantly monitoring and detecting threats to the server, keeping software updated, and conducting in-house patches, you can count on SiteGround to be one of the most reliable ways to use shared hosting.
I could go on and start getting into the details of their techy side and all the magic that happens in the background, but I think I’ve made my point. SiteGround deserves the praise as it truly is a one of kind hosting provider! Give them a try, you won’t look back!