Best Australian Web Hosting Providers for 2017

Best Australian Web Hosting Providers for 2017

The subject of “who is the top Australian web host” is something that often comes up at various webmaster forums, especially among bloggers and webmasters.

At a recent local social media event, I met up with a few fellow bloggers and we started talking about useful blogger tools, SEO and blog webhosts. ( updated 12 September 2017)

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I was surprised to come across some names in the local web hosting and web development field in Australia that I hadn’t heard about before. I asked some of my blogger friends who they had used among the different local web-hosting.

I also asked them about US based webhosts for their blogs, and also who they’d had good customer support and service from, website loading speed etc. to update my personal knowledge of web hosting as well as help me add to this post.

It was definitely a bag of surprises.

As with human nature, people tend to remember bad things, but I am exactly the opposite and I tend to remember the good things. So there were many comments on who were the worst host and peoples experiences with them.

Surprisingly, they were some difference of opinions good and bad on some of the same US based webhosts most things. Most of the popular us webhosting’s names were discussed like Bluehost, WP engine Hostgator and In motion. I got to know of two new aussie hosting providers Bullet proof and Quadra which I didn’t know of before.

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I would suggest that you do your own research before choosing a web-host, but hopefully this information and listing below will help you in some way if you are looking to get a local webhost.

These providers have different pricing plans which can cover a wide range of budgets and needs for your hosting.

Given below is their lowest priced plans ( unfortunately some websites below make it hard to find their prices, so I have not listed them below)

  • Digitalpacific (http://www.digitalpacific.com.au/ – $4.90 mo)
  • Rackspace (https://www.rackspace.com/en-au/ – $128 mo)
  • Bulletproof (http://www.bulletproof.net.au/ NA)
  • Hostpapa (http://www.hostpapa.com.au/ – $4.35 mo)
  • Crucial (http://www.crucial.com.au/ – $19.90 mo)
  • Netregistry (http://www.netregistry.com.au/ – $9.95 mo)
  • Quadra Hosting (http://www.quadrahosting.com.au/ – $4.90 mo)

I might have missed some that are good as well, but these were the Aussie ones listed above that we discussed and talked about in our chat.

Smarty Host and Crazy domains are not on this list as I have not used their hosting but only bought .au domains from them.

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Some of them have a humongous transfer fee ( as i have found out) if you want to move your domains elsewhere, so please make it a point to check that before you buy domains from an Aussie domain provider.

Some of the popular local aussie forums like WhirlpoolDNTrade and Web Hosting Talk  can give you a good idea of good local hosts, though most locals tend to bag the US service providers just because they are not Australian. (And that’s fair enough because they are 😉 un-Australian).

I have used a few of these local providers and they are good and prices for some of them have also come down in the last few years, but I mainly use US based website- hosting for my blogs, due to the price factor.

I use US web hosts because they do the job and are reliable for blogs with a monthly traffic of fewer than 100,000 hits to your blog. If you get more traffic on your blog, you should be earning well enough to sign up for a premium optimised  or dedicated hosting company.

Below I am going to give some of the US based hosting that I prefer for my blogs  and  niche website, whihc will also  work well for some small biz beginner websites. Here is the list.

Australian Web Hosting Comparison: Our Top 3 US Hosts

  1. Bluehost Hosting

Bluehost is a web hosting company owned by Endurance International Group. It is one of the 20 largest web hosts, collectively hosting well over 2 million domains with its sister companies, HostMonster, FastDomain and iPage.

They offer many attractive features and very reasonable pricing. Before you choose a web host, however, you should carefully consider the company and whether it fits with your own plans.

Bluehost offers $200 in free offers when you sign up. This includes free advertising credits for Google and Facebook. By using these free advertising credits, you can start advertising with the respective websites and get traffic instantly.

The regular pricing for Bluehost shared hosting is $7.99 per month. The company, however, runs frequent specials. Right now, for example, you can get hosting for as low as $3.95 per month when you sign up through partnering sites such as start-a-website.info!

 

  • Ease of use 90%
  • Affordability 85%
  • Performance 80%

2. Hostgator

Hostgator is a Houston-based provider of shared, reseller, virtual private server, and dedicated web hosting with an additional presence in Austin, Texas

Uptime –  Very Good – 99.99%

Houston-based HostGator is one of the largest web hosts on the planet with over 9 million (!) domain names hosted. They boast partnerships with tiny tech titans Cisco and Linux. HostGator has been around since 2002, originally founded by Brent Oxley before being acquired a decade later by Endurance International Group (EIG)

The regular pricing for Hostgator shared hosting is $7.99 per month. The company however runs discounts now and then. Currently, you can get hosting for as low as $3.95 per month when you sign up through partnering sites such as start-a-website.info!

  • Ease of use 90%
  • Affordability 85%
  • Performance 80%

3. Godaddy

GoDaddy Inc. is an American publicly traded Internet domain registrar and web hosting company. GoDaddy is best known as a domain registrar – and, to be certain, it is one of the largest in the world – but they also offer a wide range of other web services, including hosting.

Godaddy hosts 7 of my sites through its Linux hosting offering and works perfectly all of the time. They have ridiculously cheap and reliable service. GoDaddy’s hosting is scalable to your needs and boasts a 99.9% uptime.

They offer many attractive features and very reasonable pricing. GoDaddy hosting comes in three sizes: Economy, Deluxe, and Ultimate.

The Economy plan is probably all most freelance individual webmasters will ever need. Although disk space is limited to 10 GB, that is actually more than most websites will ever use. The Deluxe package allows for 150 GB disk space – a marked improvement over the Economy plan – 500 e-mail accounts and 25, 1 GB MySQL databases

The regular pricing for Godaddy shared hosting(economy) is $10.99 per month. The company, however, runs frequent specials. Right now, for example, you can get hosting for as low as $5.49 per month when you sign up through partnering sites such as start-a-website.info!

The major benefit to hosting through GoDaddy is that you only have to deal with one company –  for your domains, hosting and other related  website services  like selling domains , domain auctions  and SEO.

 

  • Ease of use 90%
  • Affordability 85%
  • Performance 80%

I still recommend Bluehost.com and Hostmonster as my favourite US hosting providers.

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Support is a very important factor when choosing a website-hosting company, because when trouble strikes you need good service, otherwise it can be very frustrating and you could end up losing traffic and money to your blog if things are not fixed quickly.

Before you make your choice , do check up on – If 24/7 support is available, you can call up and speak to a person if needed.

Check also if upgrade to optimised hosting is available, price for extra bandwidth or storage space, if they provide free or paid backups, do they sell SSL certificates.

Good luck!