The BEST VPS Hosting in Australia

We've tried 100s over different web hosts and VPS providers over the years. In this post I’ll share the best VPS hosts in Australia we’ve found and why we use them.

Since 2008 have worked with over 2000 businesses and used a huge number of different hosting companies over the years. These are the few we use ourselves, trust and recommend to clients on a daily basis.

NOTE: If you're looking for high quality, lightning fast hosting for your Woocommerce site a VPS may not necessarily be the best route - if you're looking for fast WordPress hosts, take a look at our FASTEST WordPress Hosting Providers article here or our BEST Woocommerce Hosts post here.

Australia VPS Hosting Providers

Most people choose a web host based on price but when you care about raw performance (and performance under heavy load), uptime and marketing like SEO, Facebook and Google Ads, that's probably not the most thorough selection criteria. On this page you'll find hosts that we've tried, test and use ourselves - quality, high performance hosts, that aren't necessarily the cheap, but are the hosts that'll get the job done!

You’ll find more detail about these hosts in the table below but here’s a short summary of each one:

Cloudways - by far our favourite VPS provider. This is a new-ish provider and for many applications is by far the fastest because of their speed optimized server stack. Cloudways are kind of a hybrid VPS and managed web host - they have preconfigured server builds for a bunch of different applications which can save you a bunch of time. They have several different options hosted out of Sydney.

(Cloudways is the best choice if you have an application they support out of the box)

**They have a 3 day free trial BUT if you use the coupon code FASTHOSTING they'll give you $25 off your first invoice so effectively 3 days + 1 month free on the lower level plans**

Vultrwe love Vultr nearly as much as Cloudways (in fact we tend to use the Vultr servers from Cloudways for our Australian hosting). We use Vultr if we need a true VPS solution at a great price. One other feature we love is that they have a huge range of different off the shelf Linux distros and applications they support right out of the box which can save a ton of time configuring a server from scratch. Their datacentre is in Sydney.

Crucial Hosting - one of the older Australian hosts, worth a look if you need a true Australian provider and phone support.

Digital Pacific - another pure Australian host, similar to Crucial with a few different server options

Siteground - technically not in Australia but are hosted out of Singapore. In some cases Singapore may be a better option than Sydney particularly if the bulk of your traffic is from Perth/WA. One thing we like about Siteground VPS hosting is the tight integration with Cpanel

 

NOTE: Some common advice you’ll see around the web is that if you want a high performance site you should run your site on a VPS, but this always the best advice. If you're running a specific application like WordPress quite often a managed WordPress host will be a better option that a dedicated server. If you're looking for a WordPress host, take a look at our Fastest WordPress Hosts article.

 

Web Hosting CompanyPrice Per MonthWhy Recommended?ReviewsWebsite Link
Cloudways Hostingfrom $10 USD/monthFully Managed VPS perfect for specific web apps, High Performance, Hosted in Sydney (5 / 5)View Plans
siteground2from $80 USD/monthGreat Cpanel VPS option (4 / 5)View Plans
Vultrfrom $2.50 USD/monthTrue Enterprise Grade VPS, Hosted in Sydney, Dirt Cheap (4.5 / 5)View Plans
Vultrfrom $10 AUD/monthTruly Australian host with phone support (4 / 5)View Plans
Vultrfrom $25 AUD/monthAnother True Australia host, phone support and plenty of plans (4 / 5)View Plans

How To Choose VPS Host

It's unfortunate that most people choose a hosting provider with price largely as the only selection criteria. That's pretty much the worst way to make a decision especially given the commercial impact poor quality hosting will have on a business.

Cost or price is obviously one of the considerations to look at when choosing a provider but that's really only one element of many. Below we’ve summarised some important areas to consider when choosing a virtual private server host.

Server Location

OK so clearly if you're on this page you're probably looking for hosting in Australia - generally speaking the hosting should be in the country where the bulk of the visitors are located.

Quite often we see clients who are targeting a US market but are hosting in Australia or hosting in the US and targeting an Australia audience only.

It's important to take the geographic location of the server and visitors into account.

Speed & Reliability

I'm sure I don't need to tell you that, speed, performance and reliability are key when it comes to a hosting provider.

Your hosting needs to be well matched to the number of visitors you’re expecting and/or the amount of processing the server needs to do. Ideally you should have some capacity built into the server so peak periods.

Ultimately the web application(s) you're running on the box along with the average traffic load and peak traffic load are all important considerations to make when choosing a host.

Sidenote: if you're hosting a website it's worth testing the speed. We use tools.pingdom.com to test website speed. In an ideal world your site should be loading in under 1 second (this is where the load begins to feel instant). We also use uptimerobot.com to monitor site uptime - they have a free option that will check in 5 minute intervals and a paid option checking every 1 minute.

Scalability

Scalability is important in some instances. If you're expecting performance requirements to grow over time you'll want to make sure you're on a host that is easily scalable. Some hosts just require a single click, several minutes and a reboot to scale - others can be a bit of an ordeal or just don't scale at all.

Support

Do you need support and what is your expectation? Is online only support OK or do you want to be able to pickup the phone and call someone?

Patching, Security, Maintenance and Management

Who is looking after the server and do you want unmanaged or fully managed?

Like any piece of software your VPS will require patches and maintenance from time to time. Would you prefer the host takes care of this or are you going to do it yourself?

Backups

What is your backup strategy? Do you need the hosting provider to take care of this? Do you need offsite replication?

Generally it's not good enough to solely rely on the hosting provider's backup as problems and data loss DO happen. Even a moderately small server, site or webapp will have 100s if not 1000s of hours invested into it. Backups are a critical component of protecting that asset and investment.


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