Best Website Hosting Australia 2020 (Reviews)

Welcome to Massiveblue, we have years of experience with all the major hosts in the world and over time have learnt a few things about what to look for in web hosting in Australia.

Based on our research and reviews, these are our findings.

Best website hosting Australia

  1. SiteGround (Winner!)
  2. A2 Hosting
  3. Panthur
  4. Crucial
  5. Digital Pacific
  6. GreenGeeks
  7. WPHosting
  8. Bluehost
  9. Cloudways
  10. HostPapa
  11. MediaFortress
  12. GreenGeeks
  13. Netregistry
  14. Host Geek
  15. HostingCloud
  16. Inmotion Hosting

We’ve been in the industry for over a decade, building and hosting sites both for clients and our own projects. So you might say we know a thing or two about hosting sites (and creating them).

The main things to look out for when researching web hosts are ease of use, support, and performance/speed.

Ease of use is straightforward as most web hosts are pretty good at this, the majority use the standard cPanel + their own custom control panel to easily deploy and manage sites.

Support is a bit more tricky, some have in-house support, others outsource it… while you might think that in-house support would always be better, that’s not the case. Web hosting providers that outsource support can actually have better response times as their support is scalable when entire servers go down… in-house support teams are usually smaller and could struggle in those critical situations.

As for speed, this depends on a LOT of factors… not just the location of their data centres. Most people think they need servers in Australia if their target market is in the country… this is definitely not true. In fact, web hosts like SiteGround and others, who have their data centres in Singapore for example, often outperform Australian hosts due to their superior server setups. Using our combined experience we each analysed and reviewed the top website hosts for Australia, and then merged our results to give you our final top 5 in the table + top 9 hosts individually reviewed below the table, saving you both time and money if you had to do the research yourself. Enjoy!

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The 9 Best Website Hosting Reviews for 2019

1. SiteGround

www.siteground.com

Price

AUD $4.95

Disk Space

10 GB

Support

Phone, Live Chat, Support Tickets

Speed

<100ms

Global reach

Yes

To be perfectly honest, none of the competition comes close to what SiteGround has on offer… Not only are their prices one of the lowest we’ve seen, but their services (both in performance and support) are also generally better than their more premium competitors. Add to that that they can proudly wear the label “Recommended by WordPress” (few web hosts can say this – it’s quite impressive) & their support is second to none. They also have their own custom built caching plugin for WordPress, called PowerCacher, which boosts the performance of your sites even further. Security is also a massive priority for them so they, again, custom built their own security measures to make sure every server stays super clean. And while SiteGround is technically a US web host… They have very fast servers worldwide (Singapore is the one to choose for Australian sites), so speed is really a non-issue. Seriously, just go with SiteGround, they’re the best, period!

Pros:

  • Free Setup & Transfer
  • 24/7 Technical Support
  • SSD Storage
  • Free Daily Backup
  • 30 Days Money Back
  • Free Let’s Encrypt SSLs
  • Free Cloudflare CDN
  • Very user-friendly
  • Great security
  • Multiple data centres around the world
  • Free CDN, SSL, etc
  • Recommended by WordPress
  • In-house caching system for super fast loading times

Cons:

  • Disk space is a bit less than the competition but you’ll still have to try your best to fill it up.

2. A2 Hosting

www.a2hosting.com

Price

USD $3.92

Disk Space

Unlimited

Support

Phone, Live Chat, Support Tickets

Speed

<250ms

Global reach

Yes

A2 Hosting has been on the rise for quite a while now, competing with the biggest hosting companies on the planet, and with good reason! Aside from top-notch performance, they have a few really impressive features like free SSL & SSDs on every plan, an anytime money back guarantee, unlimited storage on even their most affordable plan, and of course 24/7/365 support to top it off. And just like SiteGround, they also have servers in Singapore, so it’s perfect for Australian sites. The speed is definitely slower compared to SiteGround though… so you’ll be trading speed for unlimited disk space if you choose A2 Hosting over SiteGround.

Pros:

  • Anytime Money-back guarantee
  • Great server in Singapore for Aussie sites
  • 24/7/365 Support
  • Free SSD
  • Free SSL
  • Unlimited Data Transfer + Storage
  • 4 global servers
  • Unlimited disk space
  • Anytime money back guarantee

Cons:

  • USD costs

3. Panthur

panthur.com.au

Price

AUD $5

Disk Space

10 GB

Support

Phone, Support Tickets

Speed

<150ms

Global reach

No

Panthur is an Australian host through and through, owned and operated in Australia. The thing that stands out for us is the massive performance their servers have, the specs are higher than the competition & we can feel the difference, though they do start at a slightly higher price point. But with 24/7 support (which is lightning fast) & the addition of free SSL, Panthur is a well-deserved second on our list! They have 3 primary hosting services: Economy, Business, and Stealth hosting for bigger forums, apps, e-commerce, etc. They also offer reseller hosting for agencies and web designers.

Pros:

  • Australian based
  • 24/7 Support
  • Free Domain
  • Free SSL
  • Local web host
  • Great performance
  • Good support
  • 3 data centres in Australia

Cons:

  • No overseas servers
  • Not that many hosting options
  • No overseas servers
  • Only 2 GB disk space on their basic plan

4. Crucial

www.crucial.com.au

Price

AUD $19.90

Disk Space

50 GB

Support

Phone, Support Tickets

Speed

<100ms

Global reach

No

While they’re more expensive than most on our list, they make for it in reliability, usability, and lack of choice (which is actually a good thing for those overwhelmed by all the hosting options out there).

They’re Australian, very green (eco-friendly), and have all the features a good host should have, like 24x7x365 support, unlimited data transfer, and a very generous 50GB of disk space.

A very solid choice for those wanting to keep it simple.

Pros:

  • Australian Host!
  • 24/7/365 Support
  • Green Hosting
  • Free CloudFlare plugin
  • Great at VPS hosting
  • Simplicity is not a bad thing
  • High-quality services

Cons:

  • Quite expensive
  • Not many hosting options
  • No overseas servers
  • Expensive shared hosting

5. Digital Pacific

digitalpacific.com.au

Price

AUD $6.90

Disk Space

1 GB

Support

Phone, Support Tickets

Speed

<200ms

Global reach

No

Digital Pacific is one of the oldest hosting companies, meaning they have experience, and it shows.

They run a very good hosting business, it’s reliable and they’re obviously in for the long haul. Default features include free setup, daily backups, ssh access, decent hardware (though Panthur definitely gets the performance edge), etc.

Pros:

  • Green hosting
  • Australian based
  • No setup costs
  • Instant activation (so no waiting on manual review to get your account live)
  • Experienced
  • Lots of choices

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • No overseas servers
  • No WordPress or MySQL databases on the basic plan
  • A bit expensive
  • Performance (might be improved since our last test though)

6. GreenGeeks

www.greengeeks.com

Price

USD $3.95

Disk Space

Unlimited

Support

Phone, Live Chat, Support Tickets

Speed

<250ms

Global reach

Yes

GreenGeeks is known for being one of the greenest web hosting companies around. They put 300% of the consumed energy back into the grid, which is amazing. As a host, they offer the usual packages, from shared hosting to reseller and WordPress hosting. They don’t have server near Australia, but their servers are setup for speed. They use PHP7, which is considerably faster than the previous versions, and use MariaDB + PowerCacher technology to get the most out of their data centres. We also really like their security setup, which is multi-layered to keep everything running as smoothly as possible, and it shows in their user reviews, which are generally very positive. As for pricing, it’s quite competitive at USD $3.95/mo, comparable to most other US-based hosts out there… it does help that they offer unlimited disk space as it gives them a slight edge. They also have decent support that’s pretty responsive.

Pros:

  • Super green hosting
  • Scalable
  • Very secure
  • Great speed optimisation
  • Eco-friendly
  • Affordable
  • Great support
  • Unlimited disk space

Cons:

  • USD costs
  • No servers near Australia
  • No local servers

7. WPHosting

wphosting.com.au

Price

AUD $19

Disk Space

5 GB

Support

Phone, Live Chat, Support Tickets

Speed

<100ms

WPhosting is all about WordPress. From their server setups using SSD’s and MariaDB, to expert WP support and instant WordPress installs the moment you sign up, they know what they’re doing, and they do it well. They’ve been supporting WP hosting for over a decade, and have worked with some major Australian institutions and companies. They’re not super cheap, but what you get is pure quality! They make sure everything stays super secure and make daily backups so no data will get lost. It’s all about peace of mind with these guys. A great option for WordPress users looking for an alternative to WPEngine.

Pros:

  • WordPress hosting
  • Australian company
  • Very fast
  • DDOS protection
  • Daily back-ups

Cons:

  • Quite expensive
  • Only WordPress focused

8. BlueHost

www.bluehost.com

Price

USD $3.95

Disk Space

50 GB

Support

Phone, Live Chat, Support Tickets

Speed

<200ms

Bluehost has had a bit of a rocky road the last few years since they got acquired by EIG, but it looks like they’re back on the right track, with both performance and support improving. That being said, they’re still a massively trusted brand in the hosting industry and are very experienced. They offer all the usual hosting types like shared hosting, cloud hosting, WP hosting, VPS, and dedicated hosting. They don’t have any servers in or near Australia though, so for optimal loading times, you’ll have to integrate CloudFlare, which shouldn’t be a huge problem as it’s pretty easy to set up.

Pros:

  • Very experienced
  • Huge brand
  • Great with WordPress
  • Competitive pricing

Cons:

  • USD costs
  • No servers near Australia
  • Rocky history

 

9. Cloudways

www.cloudways.com

Price

USD $10

Disk Space

25 GB

Support

Phone, Live Chat, Support Tickets

Speed

<100ms

As the name suggests, Cloudways is all about cloud hosting, they use other companies’ servers to deploy apps on and keep everything super scalable. They work with some massive names like Amazon AWS, Vultr, and the Google Cloud Platform. All in all, you have about 60 data centres you can choose from. So yes, they’re not your usual web hosting provider, but you do get a massive bang for your buck. With Cloudways, scalability and flexibility is their strength. And it really shows in their performance… using some of the best providers around, and some cool extra’s like aggressive caching solutions for both WordPress and Magento, sites on their platform run incredibly fast. That being said, the setup is slightly more techie than your usual web host… just slightly though, so most people can work it out in no time.

Pros:

  • Lightning fast
  • A LOT of providers to choose from
  • Great responsive support
  • Super scalable

Cons:

  • USD costs
  • Slightly more tricky to setup

10. HostPapa

hostpapa.com.au

Price

AUD $3.36

Disk space

100 GB

Support

Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

Speed

180 ms

This one is interesting, while their logo could use a bit of a refresh, their cost to value ratio is outstanding. For only AUD $3.36 you get 100GB of disk space, a free domain name, and very decent support. The only downside here is that they don’t have any servers in or near Australia, meaning that unless you use a CDN like CloudFlare (which is admittedly pretty easy to setup), your loading speeds will suffer a bit.

But if you’re looking for decent very cheap hosting, these guys bring the goods! Aside from having a handy website builder, they of course also support all the popular CMSs like WordPress, Joomla and others (400+ apps with 1-click installers). HostPapa offers shared hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and WordPress hosting, as well as web design services, G suite, and Office 365 integration support.

All in all, if you’re on a budget, HostPapa gets our stamp of approval, and with our exclusive discount, it’s only AUD $3.36/mo!

HostPapa provides 24/7 customer service through phone, live chat, and support tickets. Usually, budget hosts like these lack in support, but HP’s support is surprisingly responsive and helpful in fixing issues.

Kudos to HostPapa.

As for speed, HostPapa’s data centres, are very good. They boast 99.9% uptime and it looks like they deliver. As mentioned before though, because they don’t have any local servers, loading times will be a bit slower compared to SiteGround. But then again, this can be fixed by enabling CloudFlare, which can serve your site from their own nodes around the world. Setting up CloudFlare isn’t that hard and HP’s support can definitely help you out.

Pros

  • Plenty of disk space
  • Additional services
  • Good 24/7 support
  • Free domain name
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Cons

  • No servers in or near Australia

11. MediaFortress

mediafortress.com.au

Price

AUD $7.70

Disk space

1 GB

Support

Phone, Tickets

Speed

2 ms

They started in 2009, are still 100% Australian owned and definitely know the industry quite well.

While they’re definitely on the expensive side and their basic plan only includes 1 site and 1 GB of storage, the advantage they have is that they’re also a digital marketing agency, so they can not only help with hosting but also with the site build and marketing itself. A one-stop shop basically. Their services include web design, SEO, PPC, social media marketing, email marketing, etc.

We haven’t had to use their customer service, but they offer to help out either over the phone, or through support tickets. Because they’re a smaller hosting company, the support is usually more personal, with people that care about their reputation.

Also no complaints about the speed. They’re using well-optimised local servers and guarantee a 99% uptime, great for your average business sites or personal blogs.

Pros

  • One stop shop
  • 100% Aussie
  • Quality services

Cons

  • Expensive

12. GreenGeeks

www.greengeeks.com

Price

USD $3.95

Disk space

Unlimited

Support

Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

Speed

200 ms

GreenGeeks is going through a massive growth spurt at the moment. The benefit they have is that they’re putting back 300% of the energy they use back onto the grid, very very cool. Their services and support are pretty impressive, but they don’t have any servers near Australia (yet), hopefully, they’ll get that sorted soon. We really like their custom built security tech to keep everything running clean and smooth. While they have a website builder, they also support most major CMS’s out of the box. 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.

They have always been good with support. They offer it 24/7, via the phone, chat, or support tickets. Their support staff are pretty knowledgeable and are well-trained.

When it comes to speed, they know how to optimise their servers, and it shows in the speed they offer. They use a combination of fast SSD’s, PowerCacher, and PHP7 to really try and get as much juice out of their servers as possible. Pretty impressive!

Pros

  • Eco-friendly
  • Affordable
  • Great support
  • Unlimited disk space

Cons

  • No local servers

13. Netregistry

www.netregistry.com.au

Price

AUD $9.95

Disk space

20 GB

Support

Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

Speed

30 ms

Netregistry has been around for ages and definitely knows the web hosting industry in AU, but high hosting costs and an insane $199 for an SSL certificate is a bit crazy (you can get them for free). They also had some bad reviews lately, and quite a few complaints popped up on different fora.

Netregistry does offer a lot more than your usual hosts. They also offer web design services, and pretty much everything related to online marketing, including SEO, PPC, and social media marketing. Another example of a one-stop shop. At the moment though, probably stay clear of this one. Netregistry offers phone, email support or live support chat during business hours. As mentioned before, the reviews aren’t that great.

Their speed isn’t the best, pretty average. They have data centres in the country, so we’d expect their loading times to be a bit better, but they’re still acceptable for your average business site.

Pros

  • Local host

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Bad user reviews
  • SSL pricing

14. Host Geek

www.hostgeek.com.au

Price

AUD $4.58

Disk space

400 MB

Support

Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

Speed

3 ms

Like Media Fortress and Netregistry, Host Geek offers digital marketing services on top of their hosting services, giving customers the whole package when it comes to their online marketing needs, which is handy if you’re a small business.

They are more affordable than most on the list, but their basic plan only comes with 400 MB of disk space, which people will outgrow very quickly. They have a data centre in both Australia and Singapore, which gives them a bit more reach than the competition.

As for hosting plans, they have packages for 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.

They offer customer service through all the usual channels like Phone, Live Chat, and Support Tickets through their client portal. It’s cool that they also do web design and digital marketing, so they can help you out with more than just hosting issues.

As for speed, loading times with SSD’s are decent, definitely not bad. It’s handy that they also have servers in Singapore.

Pros

  • One stop shop
  • Affordable
  • A lot of choices
  • 100% Aussie

Cons

  • 400 MB is not a lot of disk space

15. HostingCloud

hostingcloud.com.au

Price

AUD $2.50

Disk space

5 GB

Support

Tickets

Speed

1 ms

The new kids on the block, like brand-spanking new. They’re definitely cheap and offer free SSL, but like most Aussie web hosts, are tied to AU unless you use a CDN (which SiteGround and A2 Hosting for example, offer for free). They look perfect for small businesses wanting to get their feet wet.

They have 2 plans, one with 5 GB disk space, and one with 10 GB. Both include cool features like Free cPanel Migrations, 7 Day Backup Retention, and Network DDoS Protection. And all the hosting runs on SSDs max speeds.

As they’re a budget host, they only offer support through tickets, though they’re pretty responsive, so generally a thumbs up from us. As for speed, the usual, Australian servers running on SSD’s. Sites run as smooth as expected, pretty good for a budget host imho.

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Good value

Cons

  • Might need better support options
  • No overseas servers

15. Inmotion Hosting

www.inmotionhosting.com

Price

USD $6.39

Disk space

Unlimited

Support

Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

Speed

150 ms

InMotion Hosting is another veteran here, but they focus mostly on business hosting and solutions, hence the higher cost. And again, no local servers. The support is pretty good though, as are the rest of their packages… so if you’re targeting the US, definitely one to consider.

As for hosting options, InMotion offers shared hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated servers, and specialised WordPress hosting. They also offer web design services if you can’t find anyone locally (which would be odd as web designers are everywhere these days).

In addition to the usual phone support, knowledge base, and support tickets, they also have a Skype account you can contact. Generally, the user reviews are positive, and support is responsive and efficient at fixing issues.

With the combo of their business class server configs and PHP7 support, speed and performance is very smooth across the board. They also offer WordPress specialised hosting for even better performance for WP websites.

Pros

  • High-quality services
  • Good reputation

Cons

  • Servers in the US
  • Expensive

What is web hosting and how does it work?

Web hosting (in layman’s terms) is the service of providing storage space for a website or application on a server on the internet. Once your website is made available on the internet, it can be accessed by other computers connected to the internet.

How web hosting works:

Web hosts are companies that rent out their services and technologies to host websites on the internet. Once the hosting company hosts your website, users can access it by typing in your web address (domain name) in their web browser. When they do this, their computer connects to the server your website is hosted on. The server in turn serves (sends the files you have stored on the storage to display) the website to your web visitor in their web browser.

How to choose the right web hosting package:

There are several web hosting options available. To know which one would be right for your business, ask yourself the following questions:

What kind of website do you plan to host online- a blog, an ecommerce portal, a news website, etc as this will determine how much web traffic you expect and how robust the infrastructure required to host your website, should be.

  • What are the goals of your website? How fast do you see yourself expanding online business?
  • How much hand-holding do you need?

Your answers will determine how much you need of the following:

  • Storage space
  • Bandwidth
  • Control–is it important that you have root control of your server?
  • Cost–how much are you either willing to spend or need to spend?

 

How to know which web hosting provider to partner with?

Investigate their performance or claims in the following area:

  1. Uptime-Do they guarantee at least a 99% uptime? Where are their servers located?
  2. Years in the industry-One way to determine their credibility
  3. Customers-How many customers do they serve? In what locations do they have a presence?
  4. Online reviews and testimonials-These should give you a more factual idea of the company’s reputation
  5. Support-Does the company offer 24X7 support with trained personnel to assist you?
  6. Related products-Select a web hosting company that
  7. offers you other related web service products such as security, email
  8. and backup services. Getting it all in one place could reduce the time
  9. coordinating with different providers
  10. Security considerations
  11. Backup services
  12. Mobile Access– Can you access your control panel from a device on the go?

What are the web hosting options available?

There are several ways to host your website:

Shared Hosting:

If you have a blog or a small business that is just starting out, Shared Hosting is a good option to start with. It’s the most affordable hosting option available as your server space is shared by other websites. It’s simple and easy-to-use. On the other hand, because you share space and resources with multiple other websites on the same server, an overload with another website will cause your website to slow down. You have minimal control over the server.

WordPress Hosting:

If you have a WordPress blog or website, it is recommended that you purchase a WordPress hosting package as it is specifically optimized to cater to your WordPress website.

Reseller Hosting:

If you want to get into the hosting business, purchasing Reseller Hosting enables you to rent out or re-sell the same hosting services provided by the parent hosting company. With Reseller Hosting, you can also upsell every other web service offered by the parent web host.

Dedicated Hosting:

Dedicated hosting gives you complete/administrative control of your server with full root access. You can choose to install any software you wish to.

VPS hosting:

You can think of VPS hosting as a higher, stronger more advanced form of shared hosting. While you do share a server with other websites, you are assigned resources that are not shared with the other properties. If you cannot afford a dedicated server, VPS is the way to go.


Best Website Hosting Australia 2020