Author: Tom D. S.
Last Updated: 3 December 2018

As a digital agency with a LOT of hosting accounts (we have a lot of side-projects and like to experiment), we’ve got a pretty good idea of what defines a good web host. The quality of your web hosting provider can have a massive impact on your potential success.

Let’s take website speed for example, did you know that a 1 second delay means page views decrease by 11%, that means over 1/10 of visitors will just turn away for every second your site is still loading… this is why a decent web host is vital!

These are our top website hosting providers for hosting websites in New Zealand, without actually paying NZ web hosting prices.

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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

We’ve done the analysis, web hosting reviews & comparisons so you don’t have to, resulting in a list of the best web hosting companies for New Zealand.  The table below gives you a handy overview of – in our opinion – the top 5 website hosts, sorted by rating, detailing the cost/mo, & their best features.

Web Hosting CompanyOverall RatingPrice/mo.Servers world-wideDisk SpaceFeaturesReviewsWebsite
siteground2Grab The Discount USD $3.95 (Temporary 67% discount, down from $11.95)
10 GB
  • Lightning Fast
  • Officially recommended by WordPress
  • Affordable
  • GREAT support
  • 30-day money-back guarantee = Win!
SiteGround ReviewGrab The Discount
A2HostingLogoGrab The DiscountUSD $3.92 (was $7.99)
Unlimited
  • Cheap
  • Unlimited Disk Space!
A2 Hosting ReviewGrab The Discount
PanthurLogoVisit SiteAUD $5
1 GB
  • Powerful servers
  • fast support!
Panthur ReviewVisit Site
DigitalPacificLogoVisit SiteAUD $4.90
1 GB
  • Experienced
  • Reliable
Digital Pacific ReviewVisit Site
ventraipVisit SiteAUD $5.95
1 GB
  • Lots of choice
VentraIP ReviewVisit Site

“Most people can get a bit overwhelmed with all the hosting options out there (+ all the different features to look at, like bandwidth, disk space, usability, support, etc.), and combine that with the added complexity of hosting a site in a country at the edge of the world (we need to find either a fast server as close as possible to New Zealand, or just a decent server actually in NZ)… no wonder it can get confusing. To put your mind at ease, there are actually a few great hosting companies out there that don’t charge NZ hosting prices, but are still very fast for your NZ based sites.

The top 5 below are our personal favourites, they have servers in either Singapore, or Australia, which is close enough to get you very decent speeds (and they’re super affordable). In our reviews below, we’ve used the following criteria to sort the top web hosts: Ease of Use, Affordability, and Performance / Power. Enjoy!”

Tom D. S. – Director

Best Web Hosting New Zealand: Our Top 5 – December 2018

 

1. SiteGround

This is our all-time favourite hosting company, they’re cheap, have very powerful servers (the Singapore one is the one to use for your New Zealand sites), and most importantly, the support is top-notch.

They also come recommended for WordPress, by WordPress (very few hosting companies can claim this! They can of course tackle any CMS you throw at them). Oh, + they have a 30-day money back guarantee!

They have 3 hosting plans, their most affordable plan starts at only USD $3.95/mo (67% off the usual price)! 

Get Started Today & Grab The 67% discount!

siteground2

  Winner – 9.6/10

Ease of Use

97%

Affordability

91%

Performance / Power

95%


2. A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting is on par with SiteGround, they also have a blazing fast server in Singapore + have great support. While they don’t have the official WordPress recommendation, their performance with WP sites is amazing.

+ Having unlimited disk space is pretty neat!

They also offer 3 hosting packages, their cheapest plan starts at only USD $3.92/mo (was originally $7.99/mo).

Get Started With A2 Hosting

Ease of Use

87%

Affordability

92%

Performance / Power

80%



3. Panthur

Panthur is our favourite Australian host, we use them for a LOT of side-projects. While they’re a bit more expensive than SiteGround or A2, they definitely have an edge when it comes to raw power.

The performance of their servers keeps surprising us, and a 20 minute wait time for a support reply is pretty darn quick. Definitely recommended.

Their cheapest plan starts at $5/month

Go with Panthur

PanthurLogo

Ease of Use

85%

Affordability

80%

Performance / Power

87%



4. Digital Pacific

Digital Pacific is one of the first companies that started offering hosting services in Australia.

We use them for various side-projects and are very impressed with their services, a well-deserved 4th spot on our list of the top Australian web hosting providers.

Their plans start at only $4.90/mo.

Have a look at their plans

digpacific

Ease of Use

80%

Affordability

85%

Performance / Power

75%



5. VentraIP

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 at $5.95/mo.

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ventraip

Ease of Use

80%

Affordability

80%

Performance / Power

80%


NZ web hosting laptop graphWeb Hosting in New Zealand: The Nitty Gritty

Creating and launching a website for your business or blog is a big step, with plenty of details and choices to consider before determining what will work best. However, details and innumerable choices don’t end with creating the website—you still must choose a web host for your site (no matter the CMS you’re using, though there are specialised WordPress hosts out there if you need one), which is equally important to the design of the website itself. There are a plethora of NZ web hosting companies and types of services out there, and choosing one that doesn’t fit your purposes could essentially nullify all the awesome features and plans you have for your website.

So, to help you navigate the realm of web hosting New Zealand, we have a brief breakdown of the different types of web hosting as well as what to look for when looking for the right host for you. Armed with this information, you should be ready to select the web host that will best serve your needs.

Types of web hosting in NZ

There are a wide variety of host types, each with their pros, cons, and specialties. The size and complexity of your website, the amount of traffic you foresee it producing, and whether you are tech savvy or tech intolerant will all help determine which option will work best for you.

Shared Hosting:

Shared hosting is where one server is used to host many websites (possibly up to 100 other websites, depending on the provider). When your website is launched through shared hosting, you are sharing the server with other websites. There are, of course, both perks and downsides to this type of hosting.

Pros of shared hosting:

  • Affordability: since you are sharing a server with numerous other websites, it significantly cuts down on cost.
  • Hassle-free: again, because you are sharing the server with others, the server itself is owned and maintained by the host provider. This means you do not have to worry about having the tech savvy (or hiring the tech savvy) to maintain and fix the server when it has issues.
  • Ease of use: the technical end of launching and running your website is handled by the host, meaning you do not have to have super technical knowledge to get your website running. You can stay focused on what matters most to you—the design and content of your site that gets your message out there.

Cons of shared hosting:

  • Poor performance: due to the nature of sharing the server with others, this means sharing all its resources as well (storage space, bandwidth, etc). Consequently, if one of your fellow server users uses up more resources for his or her website, it leaves less for the other websites on the server to run on, resulting in poor performance quality.
  • Slow loading times: depending on how many other websites there are, the server could be overly taxed and will run more slowly, leading to slow loading times.
  • Weaker security: because the server is shared, it leaves you more susceptible to security threats, whether you do something wrong.

Based on these pros and cons, shared hosting usually is a great fit for small businesses or bloggers. It has easy to use functionality, does not demand a ton of attention to get it running or maintain it, and is very affordable (with SiteGround being our all-time favourite).

VPS Hosting:

VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting provides a combination of the shared and dedicated server types. This is because a VPS Hosting utilises only one server, but separates it into isolated sections, each of which is completely dedicated to a separate website / operating system. Each isolated section of the server thus functions as a mini-dedicated server.

There are two types of VPS hosting: Self-managed and Managed. Self-managed leaves you with all the control of the server, which means the technical end of it as well. Managed means the hosting company takes care of the technical end so that you can concentrate on the New Zealand based business end of your website.

Pros of VPS Hosting:

  • Value: VPS hosting provides nearly all the benefits that a dedicated server does but for much less.
  • Performance: much better performance than a true shared server and without the risk of having a “neighbor” use up all the server’s resources, since the server is sectioned off.
  • Control: more control and access to the server than the shared server option.

Cons of VPS Hosting:

  • Price jump: while less expensive than a dedicated server, it is more expensive than a shared server.
  • Technical knowledge required: while it allows you to have more control, it consequently requires greater tech knowledge and effort. If you don’t have the tech knowledge to manage it, you will need to hire someone who does to manage it for you.

Dedicated Server Hosting:

With a dedicated server, you have the web server completely to yourself. This means all of its resources are reserved for your website and yours alone. Let’s look at the pros and cons:

Pros of dedicated server hosting:

  • Optimal performance: All the server’s resources are reserved for your website along, increasing its speed and performance exponentially, which means your website can do and contain more.
  • Security: Having your own exclusive server also significantly increase the website’s security.

Cons of dedicated server hosting:

  • Cost: A dedicated server is significantly more expensive than shared hosting. While it is relatively easy to find a shared server for under $10 a month, dedicated server’s generally start at $100 per month and quickly rise from there.

Because of the price and power of these types of servers, they are most appropriate for large companies in New Zealand that need high-performance and maximum security and reliability for complex, busy websites and web apps.

Cloud Hosting:

With cloud hosting, a network of machines is used to operate as a single system, whereas shared and dedicated hosting relies on one server alone. Because of this, cloud hosting can offer the same resources and power as dedicated hosting, while still functioning like shared hosting. It also provides the added stability of knowing that if one of the machines goes down, the others fill in and pick up the slack. In a shared or dedicated hosting situation, however, if the server goes down, there is an enormous risk for lost data.

Reseller Hosting:

Reseller hosts are typically web agencies and/or designers who want to provide hosting services for their clients as well. The resellers purchase hosting in bulk and resell it to their clients, which allows them to have more control over the websites that they design. For the client, this results in more expensive and limited hosting option, though it requires less hands-on attention.

Managed WordPress Hosting:

Managed WordPress hosting is essentially shared hosting, but specifically designed for WordPress websites. When using this host type, you will not have to manage any of the tech elements behind running or maintaining the website. However, this also means that you have less control as the user and that you are paying more (quite a bit more) to have someone else control it for you. It is, consequently, a good option for medium to large businesses lacking the techy knowledge to maintain and manage a larger website.

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Web hosting NZ: what to look for!

As you hone in on the type of hosting service you want to use, remember to ask about / consider the below features, we use the same categories to do our own hosting research (this includes our other top web hosting lists like best web hosting Australia, web hosting Singapore, Ireland hosting, UK web hosting, website hosting India & Canadian web hosting):

Server location

It does in fact matter where the server host is located. Web hosting services located in, or close to New Zealand will run your website more smoothly, while choosing a web host from the US, for example, will increase lag times and various delays. If you want decent performance, choosing a host that has servers in or close to NZ is recommended (like SiteGround or A2 Hosting, they have fast servers in Singapore).

Storage

You will want to find out how much storage your web host provider can offer you. Storage determines the size (gigabytes) and number of files that you can upload to the server. Be sure to choose a web host that offers you sufficient storage space on the server for the content you want to have on your website.

Uptime

Uptime refers to the time that the server (and therefore website) is operational. Most web hosts will promise near 100% uptime. However, it would be wise to check customer reviews and testimonials to find out whether the host’s promise is accurate or not.

Support

Quality customer support is vital, though many tend to overlook its importance. Many web hosts provide 24/7 availability, phone support and live chat options. Make sure you choose a host that offers fast and quality support. Again, it may be wise to explore customer reviews to help determine how the web host really operates.

Backups

This is another feature that many tend to overlook. It is vital that you regularly back up your website, and you will want to make sure that the web host you select also performs regular backups. It would also be advisable to find out if they offer restoration services, should something be lost.

Bandwidth

Bandwidth refers to the amount of information that can be processed in a certain period of time via the internet. The larger the bandwidth, the more data can be processed/transferred over the network at a faster rate. Therefore, the amount of bandwidth that your web host offers you will seriously impact your website’s quality of performance.

Number of allowed domains/sites

If you are hoping to create more than one website with the same host, you need to make sure that your web host provider allows multiple websites/domains. Many of the shared hosting plans are limited to only one website.

If you’re having issues with logging all these qualifiers to find the best web hosting providers for New Zealand, just use our research & check out our top 5.

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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

MangoMatter Media Pty Ltd
Fortitude Valley,
Queensland
4006
Phone: 07 3106 3330

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