Best Australian Web Hosting Providers for 2018

Best Australian Web Hosting Providers for 2018

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 09 January 2018)

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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 ( – $4.90 mo)
  • Rackspace ( – $128 mo)
  • Bulletproof ( NA)
  • Hostpapa ( – $4.35 mo)
  • Crucial ( – $19.90 mo)
  • Netregistry ( – $9.95 mo)
  • Quadra Hosting ( – $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!


  • 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!

  • 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!

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 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!

The Top WordPress Hosting providers Comparison with features and prices – 2017

The Top WordPress Hosting providers Comparison with features and prices – 2017

There is  only a handful of  top wordpress webhosting providers in the hosting niche for popular blog software wordpress and then there is also a  big list of small hosting companies. Below we have compared  prices for webhosting and also features of the  most popular hosting providers which are  mostly based in the US. –  Post Updated  01/10/2017

All of these blog/website hosting providers in this list provide support for wordpress blogging software. [checkout our current special deal for Hosting + Free Domain names in  2017 ]

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With  the release of Word Press 4 which is  is now available,more and more people are using the word press blogging platform . It is also becoming increasingly popular with  small businesses and corporate companies and eCommerce stores , due to the agility of this CMS to be a proper website as well as a blog or online store.

In fact  wordpress is so flexible, all  you need is a good  word press theme to dress up  this website  CMS  to become a Photography website , or change it into  a news magazine.  You can check out my more detailed ultimate guide to creating a  wordpress website  which is here

Word-press hosting   for websites and Blogs

WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog.  WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time and most  hosting providers provide  this  website software for free when you purchase their hosting plan, So you dont have to buy it separately or go through a long process installing it yourself . WordPress is also knows as a CMS content management system.

You would have to buy a hosting plan if you want to start a website and you will also need a domain name. There are free platforms like Blogger and Tumblr but they do not give you the  freedom to customise your blog as you please  and they have the authority to delete your blog at any time if you have violated any of their terms and conditions.

Word press is so easy to manage and use  that many small businesses and corporations are switching  to this format  for their websites in increasing numbers. The “Wall street Journal, Ford , Techcrunch, ebay and boing boing are among some well known names that  are jumping on the word press bandwagon to promote their stuff to the internet.


How to get a wordpress blog up and running ?

To sum it up quickly, i can say
It’s Easy As…
  1. Find a Web Host and sign up to a hosting provider with WordPress.
  2. Download & Install WordPress with their 1 click install. Done. Feel like a rock star.
  3. Or Read the Documentation and become a WordPress expert yourself, impress your friends.

the top blog hosters for wordpress Joomla Drupal Magento

But one of the basic things  you will always need to start a blog is hosting for  your blog or website and so below i have given a detailed comparison  of popular and reputed hosting providers from which you can decide which one is suitable for you. A full comparison of required features and price are given below.

Price and Feature Comparison for top blog and website hosting companies

A comparison chart between some top us WordPress hosts. Most of these hosts also  cater or provide access to other popular website software like  JOOMLA, DRUPAL, MAGENTO and more.


Rank Hosting Co. Features Price
1 Hostmonsterhostmonster us webhost plans and priceswww.hostmonster.comFree 1 click installs For blogs, shopping carts, and moreSpecial Deal Now: $3.95 a month( Limited time)Get Hostmonster Deal Here   Coupon: Gimmemore ]
      • Free domain with hosting
      • 99.9 % uptime guarantee
  • cPanel control panel
  • Free online stores
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Disk space

$3.95  month
2 Bluehostthe bluehost comparison and prices for hsotingwww.bluehost.comWeb Host – 24/7 USA-based support.Install WordPress with a click of a button!Price: $5.99 Now  $3.49 a month (60%off Link)
    • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Disk space
  • 99.9 % uptime guarantee
  • Quick 1 click install for WordPress and other scripts
  • Forwarding email accounts
  • Search engine submission
Price: $7.99 Now  $3.49 a month
3 Hostgatorhostgator website hostingwww.hostgator.comHostGator is a leading provider of web hosting, reseller hosting, vps hosting, and dedicated serversDeal link: Click hereCoupon code1 25 % off : startwebsiteCoupon code2 25 % off : DigitalGrog
    • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Disk space
  • 99.9 % uptime guarantee
  • Free website transfer
  • Quick Blog and script installs feature
  • Also supports wordpress, Joomla,Magento+ more

Now 20% off!

20% off Now @ $4.95 a month
4 Dreamhosthosting service from dreamhostwww.dreamhost.comDedicated hosting and WordPress optimized and cloud web hostingPrice: Normally$9.95 a month ($119.40 yearly)Our Current promo offer:$4.95 a month($59.40 yearly @$60 Discount) +Free lifetime domain registration (use this promo code: startwebsite )*promo code also applies to two year plans taken*This promo code adds 1 extra FREE lifetime domain registration to any plan signed up for with it!
    • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Disk space
  • Unlimited FTP
  • unlimited databases
  • Unlimited Domains
  • Unlimited email accounts
  • 100 % server uptime guarantee


Price: $4.95 MonthUse promo code startwebsite to get discount of $60 (Will differ based on hosting package period you buy for)
5 Godaddygodaddy webhosting domains service providerReliable Web Hosting  and  their  24/7 tech support is always handySpecial deal now : Just $1 to $6.99 a month
    • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Disk space
  • 99.9 % uptime
  • Free 24/7 Phone support
  • Easy one click set up
Price: Deluxe plan 50% sale $1 to 4.99 Month (normally$9.99 month)
6 Bomerang HostingBomerang hosting (2)www.bomeranghosting.comReliable and cheap hosting for Australia and Us websites
    • 1 Website
    • 100 GB Space
    • Unlimited Bandwidth
    • 100 Email Accounts2
    • 10 MySQL Databases (1 GB ea.)
Sale $6.99 Month (normally$9.99 month)
7 Yahoo Small Businessyahoo small business hosting service[Advanced Plan], scalable and rock solid hosting for your WordPress powered website
  • 5000 Gb Bandwidth
  • 500 Gb Disk space
  • 1Domain
  • 24/7 Support
$5.99 a month
8 Ipage Hosting comparisonipage hosting servicesWP STARTEROn Sale Now:
2.25/mo! * Regular price $9.99Green web hosting powered by 100% wind energyLow price and easy sign-up
    • Unlimited Diskspace & Bandwidth
    • Pre-Installed Themes & Plugins
    • Customized Control Panel
    • Online Support


If you are looking  to host a wordpress blog there can be a bit of confusion, as there are two popular services and websites with the name wordpress( and ) I get this question all the time… from bloggers, entrepreneurs, small business owners

What is difference between hosting with and ?

[ The difference between and ]

According to the figures fromteh top blogging software website, there are currently over sixty million WordPress-based websites or blogs in the world. Half of them are hosted on and the rest on other platforms.

About 100,000 new WordPress websites are created every day. In realtion to difference between and .org  – the  website hosts the site on their servers ( so its a free blog service  like, so you don’t really need a hosting  account, but tehre are limitation as any free service  and your blog can be banned at any time if it goes against one of their hundreds of policies that you should be aware off.

I know this is a risk you will take with “free blogging services” has happened  to me with two major blog services and they didn’t have the courtesy to tell me why they banned my blog  and i didn’t know why it was banned  as well.

Cons of free blogging service

  • provides a limited amount of space and customization options.
  • does not allow you to include advertisements of any kind.
  • Your blog is at risk of being banned if you inadvertently break on of their rules is the website that provides the software for wordpress. This  wordpress software is available free from and can download it and use it for free. However as most hosting companies  already have a 1 clickinstall in their hosting account for this free software , tehre is no real need to download it , if your buy a hosting account with one of the hosting providers.

WordPress as a self hosted blog

As a wordpress blog with a hosting account is called a self hosted blog ,  and you have paid for your own hosting , you are free to customise the wordpress as you wish to your needs. and then install on a separate web host (or ISP).

Advantages of Self hosted wordpress blog

  • You can have your own customised domain.
  • NO banning of your blog.
  • You can customise the look of your blog
  • You can install which plugins you like
  • You can upgrade services through your hosting provider if more needs arise


Extra information you can consider before making a final choice of webhost service provider

How to Pick a Good Web Hosting Service

What is cpanel ?

cpanel and 1 click install with or

Cpanel  – Most WordPress blog hosting companies provides a cpanel which make sit much easier to navigate the inner bits of where your blog resides, In the cpanel  which is the backend of you blog admin area , you can create  ftp accounts to transfer files directly  to your website, change passwords and update the software, but a lot of these tasks can also be done via login through the blog interface (

Script library & windows Vs linux hosting

This is no biggie, both Windows hosting and linux hosting does the job, though most providers have linux hosting and they  do a good job. Script library  is of importance if you think you will start a forum , or a email list , or a subscription blog .Many hostingservice providers provide an array of easy script installs via their backend  like forums , blogs, email list software.

International Hosting-Providers 

Personally I believe there is not much more to consider, with the exception of obvious time delays for support when choosing a hosting provider in another country vs.  US hosting as US hosting is mostly cheaper and you will always get a lot of USA traffic (irrespective of which country you are based in) making US a good choice for hosting.

I have already discussed why I prefer US hosting  to other countries hosting  earlier ,but  I do wish to stay transparent and give  people who still wish to explore other options like  a local hosting choice,  so here are a few popular  hosting solutions from  CANADA, UK, South Africa , India, Europe, South America  and more..


Canadian web hosting is a growing force to be reckoned with, with many new webhosting providers recently hitting the market. We have listed a few Canadian based hosting-companies with affordable prices below.


hostupon canadian hosting company

Bandwidth: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Addon Domain: Unlimited
Free Domain:  Yes
Servers in Toronto, Canada

Price:$3.95 a month ( which is comparable with US hosting prices)


webhsoting canada international country

WebHostingCanada web hosting – the name says it all! Web Hosting Canada is proudly Canadian. They have fast servers based in Montreal, Quebec and Canadian technical support – in both official Canadian languages.

Price $7.95 a month (Canadian Dollars)

Canadian Web Hosting

Vancouver-based Canadcanadian webshotingian Web Hosting is 100% Canadian owned and operated. A solid featureset and three package options (including a spacious business plan) are backed by a 60-day money-back guarantee.


Price $7.95 a month (Canadian Dollars)

UK Hosting  & European hosting

Some of the European hosting is also mainly UK hosting with, evohosting, pacwebhosting, icdsoft being some popular hosts  being mentioned around forums. Let me know if you have a favourite one that has worked well for you

clook net uk european hosting

Prices start from £5 pounds a month to £260 pounds a month and they support word press. Uptime is fantastic and the service is good and better than what I have experienced with other hosts

India hosting Companies

India has hundreds of cheap hosting companies and so we have listed yahoo for now which is a reliable host and will add more to this list soon

Yahoo Small Business Hostingplan Starter

Unlimited Web Hosting & Domain (supports wordpress blogging and 99.9 % uptime)

  • No hidden costs: truly unlimited hosting
  • Easy-to-use site builder
  • Unlimited web pages

Price: 250 Rupees a month (


South Africa hosting companies

Some popular companies in south Africa are Cybersmart hosting, Ample hosting, Elite host  and hostking and there are still many more good ones we will cover later



It’s the cheapest out there. You just need to pay for a domain. Not recommend for a business but for a private site or blog there’s nothing wrong with it except for maybe being a little bit slower than the other packages.

Pricing: They got packages tarting with free Pick package  to blue package to aqua package . The Blue basic package starts at R18 (rand) to Aqua R98 (rand)

More details here –

Hostking –  Price R9

You get a free domain (what else you want) and you can only host one website( not good) with which you get 10 email addresses(good).  The 500 MB should be enough for most small websites and you also get unlimited bandwidth.

It’s ideal for a small website where you pay less than R10 a month and have your domain included in the price.(can’t go wrong)

More technical info…..

Where are the datacenters Located.

Many big companies like google, Microsoft their major data centres in different countries but they basically use their datacentres or servers for their own use. Datacentres if used by a hosting company and is based can be a benefit to you based on where the datacentre is and where you are..if you want more speedy loading times for your website  for your local area or country. But if you are getting traffic from all over the world this is not important at all and you could just choose a cheap US host or then a cheap host from any country.

Microsoft’s has their mirror server in Hong Kong one datacenter….which is called HKNET… Australia bandwidth not bad at all, i can boost it like 600kb/s and USA more than 500kb/s with multithreading.

Some of huge data-centres that we believe are the largest found anywhere- range between 400,000 and 1.1 million square feet. Here are some of them

Range International Information Hub

Langfang, China
6.3 Million Sq. Ft.

Switch SuperNAP

Las Vegas, Nevada
2.2 Million Sq. Ft

Utah Data Center

Bluffdale, Utah
1+ Million Sq. Ft.

Lakeside Technology

1.1 Million Sq. Ft

QTS Metro Data Center

970,000 Sq. Ft.

I hope i have provided enough information for you to choose and pick a suitable webhosting service and good luck to you – Dont wait – take action now _start a blog today!

BONUS COMPARISON GUIDE in PDF FORMAT –The Essential Word press Hosting Provider Comparison guide for 2015

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