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.