The Best Website Hosting in Australia - (Updated for 2020!)

As an agency we've worked with over 2000 businesses in the last 10+ years and as a result have tried and worked with 100s of different hosting providers around the world!

Deciding which host to go with is a big decision. There's a decent chunk of work involved to move a website and if you make the wrong choice, not only will you have to deal with the hassle of downtime and moving your site again, you'll also be seriously out of pocket!

Poor quality, slow hosting providers and downtime hurt your sales, hurt your SEO and ultimately leave you out of pocket. I don't need to tell you, you know it yourself - when a site is slow to load or not loading properly you quickly lose interest and move on. Your own site is no different.

In this post we share the best website hosting we've found in Australia and why we use them. These are the few we use ourselves, trust and recommend to clients on a daily basis.

Australia's Best Website Hosting Providers

Most people choose a hosting provider based on price but when you care about performance, SEO, Facebook and Google Ads, that’s a bad idea. If you’re on this page I’m guessing you’re not looking for the cheapest you’re looking for the best right?

You’ll find our preferred hosts in the table below. Here’s a one line summary of each one:

Cloudways - this is a new-ish provider and is by far the fastest because of their speed optimized server stack. Here you're getting a dedicated server without the complexity of managing one.

If you want the fastest choose this one.

**They have a 3 day free trial BUT if you use the coupon code FASTHOSTING they'll give you $25 credit so nearly 3 months free on the base plan!**

 

Siteground -one of the fastest Cpanel hosts worldwide (only marginally more expensive that the rubbish $3-5/month hosts!). Best if you have a handful of small sites, have a tight budget and also need email hosting.

 

WPEngine - if one of the original Managed WordPress Hosts (they host WordPress only) now with an Australia data centre. Go with WPE if you have Woocommerce or a complex site that needs high quality backups and a staging environment. Not the cheapest BUT you’ll save money on web developers and support.

 

Kinsta - a premium managed WP hosting provider running on Google Cloud Platform. For some types of sites they may be a better choice than WPEngine especially if you're running a large or complex site. If you're considering WPEngine it'd be worth looking at Kinsta too. Based out of 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

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 dedicated server solution 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.

 

Why is speed and reliability important?

If you’ve done any searching around the web around website speed or fast hosting you’ll see a bunch of scary stats and numbers thrown around. You’ll see things like “every 1 second of speed equates to 1% less conversion rate” and similar.

I don’t know how correct these numbers are, or the testing methodology being used but I’m guessing we can both agree faster websites=better, right?

There’s really no argument about whether speed is important, it’s even part of Google’s search algorithm, faster loading sites rank higher!

It's not just speed that's important, reliability is key too! After all, a website that's down effectively has zero speed. We've recommended the hosts on this page not only because they're fast, they're reliable too and unlike some cheap hosts, won't have continual downtime. If you scroll further down this page you'll see a detailed breakdown of the criteria we use to assess hosting providers.

Web Hosting CompanyCoupon CodePrice Per MonthWhy Recommended?Website Link
Cloudways HostingFASTHOSTING ($25 OFF Month 1)From $10/monthCheapest, Fastest & Best Performance, Dedicated Server Power, Dirt Cheap, Sydney LocationVisit Site
siteground2Get $10 Off Month 1 using our linkFrom $14.95/monthBest All Rounder & Fastest Cpanel Host, Not Recommended For High Traffic Sites, Singapore LocationVisit Site
The Best Website Hosting in Australia 5 2020WPSPEEDFIX(50% OFF Month 1)From $24.99/monthBest Value Managed WP Host, Good For Small to Mid Size SitesVisit Site
The Best Website Hosting in Australia 7 2020WPE20OFF(20% OFF Month 1)From $35/monthBest & World's Leading Fully Managed WP Host ,Fantastic For Complex Sites & Woocommerce Although A Little More ExpensiveVisit Site
The Best Website Hosting in Australia 9 2020From $30/monthHighly Scalable, Managed WP Host, Great For Mid Size SitesVisit Site
The Best Website Hosting in Australia 11 2020From $25/monthManaged WP Hosting, Great For Small SitesVisit Site

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