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?
A VERY common mistake Australian business owners make is choosing hosting based out of the US or internationally when their target audience is Australia. If website speed is important to you (which it should be!) you ideally want a hosting provider located in the same country as your visitors or target market.
You’ll find our preferred hosts for Australia in the table below. Here’s a one liner summary of each one:
Cloudways - this is a new-ish provider and has multiple options hosted in Sydney and is by far the fastest because of their speed optimized server stack but comes with some complexity (i.e. a little bit of a learning curve but nothing too huge). If you want the fastest choose this one.
They also have locations globally including Singapore, which in some cases may be better if you're serving Australia and Asian visitors. Often Singapore hosting is a better choice for Perth based businesses too!
**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 plans!**
WPEngine - if one of the original Managed WP Hosts with a data centre in Sydney too. 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 again out of Sydney. 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.
Siteground - the fastest Cpanel host and only marginally more expensive that the rubbish $3-5/month hosts! ...their data centre is located in Singapore which will give you almost identical speeds to Australian based hosting. Best if you have a handful of small sites, have a tight budget and also need email hosting.
WPX Hosting - WPX does NOT have an Australian location BUT if you're targeting an international US or UK market they're worth a look. They're an amazingly priced Managed WordPress Host with a great balance of price and performance with excellent support, email hosting too!