Our hosting physically located in Australia which means your Australian visitors get the fastest possible load times.
Managed Daily Website Backups
Your website is a valuable business asset. Daily backups ensure your investment in this asset is fully protected – in fact we run two separate independent backup systems to ensure complete data protection.
Business Grade Firewall Protection
You might be surprised to learn that most hosting doesn’t actually include a firewall. We host your website behind a business grade firewall which protects you from hackers, viruses & other common threats.
Content Delivery Network (CDN)
A CDN means your website is delivered by hundreds of servers . This means your site is capable of handling 100s and 1000s of website visitors at once.
We don’t artificially cap your website speed because you’ve had too many visitors in a day and we don’t hit you with unpredictable extra traffic and bandwidth charges.
Search Engine Friendly
Our platform is built from the ground up to be search engine friendly and we include premium SEO plugins in all hosting packages.
We apply WordPress Core patches & security updates regularly to make sure your website is protected from the latest threats AND can optionally install WordPress plugin updates too.
Fast & High Performance
You know it yourself, if a website is slow to load then there’s a high probability you’ll click away and go elsewhere. Our platform is lightning fast AND can handle 1000s of visitors at a time.
There’s no storage limits on any of our plans so no need to worry about your website suddenly appearing offline because you’ve hit an artificial limit.
Free SSL Certificates
All plans come with unlimited free SSL certificates powered by Letsencrypt.org AND we’ll convert your site across to HTTPS for FREE!
We’re Woocommerce friendly and happy to host your online store. Our team have deep experience with tuning and tweaking Woocommerce for maximum speed, performance and stability.
We’re business focussed and understand that your website is a key part of the sales and marketing systems in your business. Our platform is built specifically for hosting business websites with a strong focus on speed, SEO and stability.
I was looking at my page with a developer today, and he was like "Wow this loads so fast!" 🙂
Australian Based Servers for Lightning FAST Load Times
Our data centre is based in Australia, at Rackspace in Sydney to be exact.
Through our in-person workshops and training, our services and one on one consulting we've worked with over 2000 Australian businesses in the last five years and right now actively manage the online assets of several hundred Australian businesses.
Your hosting is the foundation of everything you do online. Poor quality hosting means poor Google rankings, less calls and fewer new customer enquiries and that's definitely something you don't want right?
We couldn't find a good enough WordPress hosting platform in Australia so in 2011 we decided build our solution.
FAST, High Performance, Rugged, Robust & Reliable
There is absolutely no question about it, a slow loading website hurts your business. I'm sure you already know it yourself, when a website is slow to load or unreliable, there's a good chance you'll click away and go elsewhere before it finishes loading up.
We've combined multiple technologies from cutting edge vendors such as Cloudflare, MaxCDN and WPEngine to ensure your website loads lightning fast, not just in Australia, but worldwide. Websites hosted on our platform can handle 1000s of visitors at once AND have rock solid reliability.
A Truly SEO & Search Engine Friendly Platform
Unlike many providers, our hosting is configured in a search engine friendly way. This gives you a solid foundation to build your search engine optimisation (SEO) efforts on top of and give you that important edge over your competition when it comes to your Google rankings.
We also include premium Video and Local SEO plugins from the number #1 WordPress SEO plugin provider Yoast - that's $138 USD of extra value per year at no extra cost.
There's no question that good Google rankings are good for your business and what's good for your business is ultimately good for ours too!
No-Nonsense, No Gimmicks, No Surprise Fees or Charges
We're no-nonsense and we don't like tacky gimmicks and sleazy sales tactics. We do what we stay we're going to do and won't slug you with sneaky surprise charges and fees.
We're business people and built this solution for business people just like you. When you host your website on our platform we effectively partner with you. We're in this for the long haul so it's important to us that our business relationship is WIN WIN.
Regular WordPress Maintenance Included
WordPress is a piece of software that's not much different to the software running your Microsoft Windows PC, your Macbook and your iPhone or Android Phone. You probably apply regular patches and software updates to your phone right? Your WordPress website needs patches too!
Our business plan includes regular WordPress Core CMS Updates and on our higher level plans we include plugin updates too. This means we keep your site running as fast as possible, that it's secure and that it's kept up to date with the latest search engine and Google updates.
Secure with Free SSL Certificates
You’ll probably be surprised to hear that most WordPress hosting is not protected by a firewall at all. We protect your site behind a business grade firewall and include daily security scans to detect threats and problems.
Every plan also includes free Let's Encrypt SSL certificates and free conversion to SSL/HTTPS to ensure your site is secure and encrypted, protecting your valuable data and your customer’s data.
Who Are We?
Hi, I'm Brendan, Principal Consultant here at The Search Engine Shop.
We started this company in late 2008 as an SEO only company. Very quickly customers started asking for more and more and the business evolved to offer a suite of services for small businesses to help them rank higher and get more traffic from Google, get more new customers and grow their business using the power of the web.
Through our in-person workshops, our services and one on one consulting we've worked with over 2000 businesses since we started in 2008. Today we actively manage the online assets for several hundred businesses. Our clients range from solopreneur businesses doing $100k-$500k a year in revenue, right up to businesses doing several hundred million dollars a year.
About 80% of our clients are Australian businesses based all across the country and we have team members in Australia, Asia (Bangkok office coming soon) and North America.
Talking business at one of our business workshops, this one was held at Murdoch University in Perth
How our hosting product came about...
At some point in 2011 I started getting really frustrated. Our clients were seeing awesome results from our SEO and Adwords campaigns, but then suddenly their website would be offline and down for several hours and often entire days at a time.
Usually they either got too much traffic and went over their bandwidth quota or their web hosting company decided to do maintenance and screwed something up. In other cases their website was sloooooowwwwww......if you're anything like me, when you come across a slow website you lose patience very quickly and click away elsewhere.
Downtime = death for Google rankings...
Google hates slow and unreliable websites (just like your customers do) and a website on bad hosting will never rank number 1 in Google.
You're probably already well aware that today, for almost all businesses, regardless of whether they're selling online or not, Google and their website is a key part in almost all their sales. Whether that's people who are not yet a customer and searching for a product, service or solution provider, or existing customers or people who already want to buy from you looking for you on Google Maps or looking for your website to get your number to call you.
This problem with slow and unreliable hosting was starting to have a significant negative impact across a large number of our clients (both on us and the client) and was creating continual fires that we needed to put out (metaphorically, not literally!) and usually on the weekends too.
To solve this problem we spent nearly a year testing a number of Australian hosting companies but just couldn't find any that were fast, reliable and within a price range that was commercially viable for most of our customers.
After literally spending hundreds of hours on this problem it was clear the there was an opportunity in the marketplace for exactly the type of hosting we were looking for, so we built it!
Australian Based, High Performance, High Uptime, Search Engine Friendly, Managed WordPress Hosting
We built this solution specifically to solve the problems we were facing. Our hosting product is:
1. Australian based because the closer your web hosting server is to the visitor the faster the website will load ->> that said, we using cutting edge services from MaxCDN and Cloudflare so that sites on our platform load lightning fast worldwide.
2. High performance to ensure no more problems with slow websites AND to ensure the website could handle 1000s of visitors at a time without any speed degradation.
3. Search engine friendly which was a critical requirement because some hosting is poorly configured from a tech perspective and can seriously hurt your Google rankings.
4. Managed, which really means that everything that should be taken of is actually taken care of...no surprises, no hidden charges and no quota limits that take your site offline by surprise. If something isn't right we'll fix it or reach out and discuss it with you and solve the problem together.
Four Different Hosting Plans To Suit Your Budget & Individual Business Requirements...
We have four different hosting plans depending on your requirements, if you scroll down you'll see what's included in each one along with the price at each tier. You can pay either monthly or yearly and if you pay yearly you get a 20% discount.
There's also a bunch of the most commonly asked questions too but if there's a question that isn't answered on this page please feel free to drop me a line on my direct email at [email protected] and I'll be able to answer for you. If we need to, I'm happy to tee up a time and schedule a call so we can discuss in more detail.
Look forward to working with you.
Principal Consultant - The Search Engine Shop
How To Get Started
Reach out and let us answer any questions you have
If you're visiting our site for the first time you're probably going to have some questions. Please email [email protected]
If you're visiting during business hours, try the Live Chat on the bottom right hand corner of this page.
Decide which plan suits your business best
We offer 4 different plans depending on your specific business needs. If you're unsure you can always start on our entry level plan and then upgrade later if need be.
If you scroll down the page a little further you'll see a comparison of our plans and the pricing options. You can pay monthly or yearly. Most of our customers choose the yearly option as it gives you a 20% discount!
Complete the checkout process
Once you've decided which plan you want, click the Sign Up button and complete the checkout process.
Once you've completed the checkout we'll send you instructions on what we need from you in terms of logons and explain the next steps.
We schedule your migration and get you live!
Once we have the information we need from you we schedule a migration time that works for you and your business. We migrate your site for free and 99 out of 100 migrations happen without a downtime window. If there needs to be a downtime window we can schedule this for after-hours. Once you're migrated across we'll help you decommission any old hosting services you no longer require.
Prices in AUD - Australian Dollars. All payments are processed securely on our SSL encrypted site.
We accept Paypal, Visa, Mastercard & Amex (processed by Stripe).
For yearly signups we also accept bank transfer but it requires a manual signup, click here to email us!
Prices quoted are excluding 10% GST.
GST is only applicable for Australian customers, GST does not apply to customers outside Australia.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions about our hosting. We’ve also included audio answers with a little more detail and explanation (you’ll see there is a play button under most questions).
If there’s a question we haven’t answered for you, email [email protected] or use the livechat in the bottom right hand corner of the page.
There are no storage or traffic quotas so you effectively get unlimited storage and unlimited traffic.
That said, our reasonable use policy applies. The platform is built for small and medium business websites so if you’re an enterprise customer, with tens of thousands of simultaneous visitors, or have hundreds of gigabytes of data to store, this solution might not be the best fit for you.
We accept Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Paypal and can accept bank transfer for yearly payments but bank transfer payments require a manual setup - please email us at [email protected] if you need to pay by bank transfer.
Our entry level plan is best for businesses with a brand new website, only a handful of visits and that need a quality hosting solution on a small budget.
Our Solo Business Plan is best for websites doing less than 100 visits a day.
Our most popular plan is our Small Business Plan and is built to support a website that has from 100-300 visitors a day and a somewhat strong reliance on the site for new customer enquiries.
Our Serious Business Plan is best for sites doing more than 300 visits a day OR has active paid advertising campaigns (eg Facebook or Google Adwords) or active SEO campaigns.
The serious business plan is designed for businesses that are heavily relying on the website to generate new sales and new customers and simply cannot afford problems with out of date plugins or major problems with the site.
Yes in fact we have two independent backup systems. We take a daily snapshot backup of your website and store this on Amazon S3 Cloud Storage and then we have a second direct to offsite backup that is powered by Blogvault. Once we’ve migrated your site across you’ll actually see a Blogvault plugin in your WordPress plugins list.
Our Serious Business plan includes Realtime Backup which means changes are backed up as they happen - an important feature for ecommerce websites or websites that have a lot of changes happening throughout the day.
It depends. We do have the technical capability to host WordPress multisite but from a business and commercial perspective, a WP site running in a multisite network will never be as fast or stable as a standalone site.
Our priority is to have customer websites run as fast and stable as possible and often WordPress Multisite is contrary to this goal.
If you want to run a multisite environment on our platform shoot us an email at [email protected] and we can discuss your specific requirements in more detail.
On our Solo Business plan we apply the WordPress Core updates (the CMS software updates). Generally we keep these updates slightly behind the latest version so as to allow time for testing and any bugs to be worked out. This plan also includes updates for critical security holes in plugins (this is rarely required, maybe once a year) but does not include any regular plugin updates.
Our Small Business plan includes plugin updates on a quarterly basis and our Serious Business plan includes monthly plugin updates.
**Note, if you are a Woocommerce user extra charges may apply for Woocommerce core updates simply because these updates are far more complex.
We do not update theme files on any plan because there is a big risk in most cases that this will overwrite any custom coding or custom design work that has been done, effectively breaking your website permanently. Occasionally a critical security update will be released for a theme and in these instances we'll reach out and start a discussion in relation to these updates if required.
Yes! We work with a number of web and online marketing agencies and a handful of affiliates. Send us an email at [email protected] with your specific requirements and we can chat further.
"I've been using Brendan & his team for more than 5 years now. His professional recommendations for my businesses, my client's businesses and the provision of training and support have always been spot on. I have no hesitation in recommending the professional services at The Search Engine Shop to others and do so on a weekly basis. The Search Engine Shop are on my preferred supplier list because I can trust them to deliver."