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**
Vultr - we 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.