Comparison on Blog Website Hosting for Australians in 2016

| October 17, 2016 | 107 Comments

Now I do know, that there are some good aussie web hosting companies in Australia , but if you are planning to start a new website or blog and need affordable hosting,  then  you could consider comparing  some  good web hosting  companies from the US.   You would be surprised at the competitively price hosting solutions  offered by top overseas based hosting companies who are sometimes cheaper than local hosting providers.
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Some of the top hosting companies int he world today are based int he United States  and have been in the market for a long time compared to some local hosting  companies. [ This post was updated on 17 Oct 2016 ]

They are good  Australian  hosting providers like Melbourne IT and Rackspace when it comes to hosting locally, but   their pricing often locks out everyday bloggers/beginners   or entrepreneurs on a tight budget 

Wordpress Hosting in Australia

I got this question asked to me  through this blog  via my contact form

“I am planning to start a blog, most likely using the wordpress  blogging platform and  I am looking for a good web host (Australian preferable since most of my content will be for Australians).

I have received many similar Questions  since  then –  So I decided to do this blog post

wordpress hosting for australia by go daddy 

I have  bought domains from smarty host ( local aussie provider who has been now taken over by netregistry ), who also have provide a web hosting service . They are pretty  good  with their domain hosting service. However if you want to compare them with  US based  domain name providers then  unfortunately  Australian domain registration companies come second  ( check my post where I recently bought .au domain from go daddy at a nice discount  price here) .

I will include smarty host anyway in my comparison chart  here  for Australian and also US based hosting providers

I will rank them in order of my ratings  and preference with the best at the top of the list  as per my experience with them, except for smarty host  who  I don’t  use for hosting who is listed right at the top due to being local.

I have been using the rest of the Hosting companies listed here  for the last 10+ years while blogging and I am quite satisfied with them . Some of these Hosting plans below also offer a bonus Free domain name with their shared  webhosting-plans.


Australian Vs US Website / Blog  hosting Comparison

To keep it simple I have just added four columns [ Prices updated  October 2016 – Click discount link to claim latest discount price offer ]

Rank Hosting Co. Features Price
1 SmartyHost

SmartyHost australianhosting

Affordable Australian-based Web Hosting and domains Provides Domain Name Registration & Websites.Offer-  Please check – Apply discount code 123 and you will get 10% off the order

  • 10 Gb Bandwidth
  • 2 Gb Disk space
  • 1Database
  • 5 email accounts
$10 a month($150 paid yearly in advance)
2 Bluehost

bluehost comparison webhsoting table

Web Host – 24/7 USA-based support. Free 1 click installs for blogsInstall WordPress with a click of a button at

Special Promotion Offer for  Sep 2016  from Digital GROG + BLUEHOST

Bluehost!Price: $7.99 Now  $2.95 a month (More than 60%off Link) Deal Expired

+ Free Domain Name

  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Disk space
  • 99.9 % uptime guarantee
  • Quick 1 click install for WordPress and other scripts
  • Average support hold time under 30 secs
  • Forwarding email accounts
  • Search engine submission
$3.95  month
3 HostgatorHostGator is a leading provider of web hosting, reseller hosting, vps hosting, and dedicated servers

Deal link: Click here

Coupon code 1 Cent Deal

Coupon code2 25% off : DigitalGrog

(discount applied in link)

  • 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!

$5.56 month
4 Dreamhost
wordpress webspace for websitesIn addition to shared web hosting dreamhost also offers virtual private servers, dedicated hosting and WordPress optimized and cloud web hosting
Special deal Now:www.dreamhost.comPrice: 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


$4.95  month
Use promo code startwebsite to get dicount from $60 based on hosting package period you buy
5 Godaddy

blog webhosting vs wordpress website hosting

Go Daddy’s has Reliable Web Hosting  and  their  24/7 tech support is always handy & they have a website builder package.

Price: AUS$ – 30%* off! Get going with GoDaddy!

$1.00 Deal (normally$10.99) – Clickhere

  • Easily create your own website
  • Beautiful, customizable designs
  • Free Domain with annual plan
  • Award-winning 24/7 technical support

· *99.9% uptime guarantee

+ Free Domain name Plan

  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Disk space
  • 99.9 % uptime
  • Free 24/7 Phone support
  • Easy one click set up
$4.99  month
6 Hostmonster

hostmonster webshosting comparison

Free 1 click installs For blogs, shopping carts, and moreSpecial Deal Now:
[ $3.95 Month – 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

australian wp host affiliate reseller
Australian Secure, scalable and rock solid hosting for your WordPress powered website

  • 10 Gb Bandwidth
  • 1 Gb Disk space
  • 99% uptime gurarantee
  • Daily back ups
$19 a month
8 Rackspace

aussie webhostin



Cloud WordPress websites


As you can see from the price, this is suitable for Large enterprises, web design agencies and small companies

  • Host unlimited websites
  • 500 Gb Bandwidth
  • 50 Gb storage
  • 10,000 compute cycles
 $150 a month



The ranking above is based on  my use of these hosting services based on

  • Price
  • Reliability
  • Affordability
  • Website Server Uptime
  • Features
  • Ease-of-use
  • Server speed
  • And overall support.

Above in the chart –  Under features, I have updated the ones in green as essential things bloggers would  like to have in their hosting  and the  ones in bold black font are the highlights /features of  that hosting provider

I have also  written reviews before  for some of these web hosts which can be found below

Below is some more information on web hosting and choosing a web-hosting provider

What is shared hosting?

Shared web hosting is what most people mean when they refer to “web hosting” and is one of the most popular beginner option due to its affordable budget pricing.  It simply means that many customers’ websites reside on a single web server, and that the server’s resources (CPU and RAM) are shared among every customer account on the machine.

Shared hosting plans is cheap because many people share one server.


one click install for wordpress

Most shared hosting companies  listed above offer free quick install scripts like above in the pic and sometimes also free templates,  Free domain, Email, FTP, $100 google adwords bonus   and Facebook advertising coupons etc.

You can use the free google advertising coupons  to boost your website in Google search  to get more traffic to your website.

Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links  an I might earn a commission from it ,  rest assured  the reviews are honest from my perspective  with the features  as provided currently at the time of writing .(clicking on the link will take you to the most updated discount  rates)

I hope, I have helped you in  choosing a good hosting provider .review of wordpress themes

If you want a more detailed guide to set up your blog you can check my bluehost hosting wordpress set up guide over here.  After getting your domain and hosting sorted, there is just one more thing  left  to complete the picture  and  make it all come together , which is your blog design and look.  A good professional looking wordpress theme is essential for people to trust and like you blog. Check out my review post on some of the wordpress theme providers I have been using for a long time.   Click Arrow


 Digitalgrog is  a Bluehost/ Hostgator/ Hostmonster/ Godaddy /Dreamhost/Ipage affiliate partner and we also have hosting accounts with these services

To be fair, though, we still use these services even if we weren’t an affiliate. We don’t recommend any particular host just because we’re an affiliate (every hosting company offers a similar affiliate program), we recommend certain Hosting companies because they are the best, most reliable option. Plus, because we’re a partner, these providers offers a special price for Digitalgrog readers.

Because we’re a partner, Bluehost offers a special price for readers: only $3.95 a month , you already have our godaddy $1 special  offer  listed above if you are looking for  a cheaper deal. Links provided above in the table  will take you to  the latest updated promo deals. Feel free to pick which host suits your budget or preference and good luck 🙂

Some local reviews  ( from,, DOMAINS


I found the cheapest provider to the public at only $59.99 per domain (2 years registration included – I  think this is pricey ), they had a really nice site, great functionality (they create redirecting email address’ on their servers that randomly generate so you don’t get spam from whois lookups which is awesome).

Only downside was their customer service, not only they don’t answer emails on weekends, they operate from Barbados, so if you send an email during the day you tend to not get a reply till early the next morning (e.g. 2am). (Quote: eXtreme)


The cheapest I found was which was $7.95US (on special) but normal price was $8.95 which is still great, and they offer the same management features as most other registrars. Only downside is they have a fair bit of ads on their site (no pop-ups), but since you barely ever visit your registrar it is no problem. I found registration very easy and they customer service was excellent. (Quote: eXtreme)


Namecheap is good: $8.88 US a year for .com, .net, .org
Just registered 2 domains with them – no problems so far.
(Quote: pcpowerplay)

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    Hey jeff

    Does disk space really matter when purchasing hosting. . Just wondering if i will run out of space and then have to pay more later on for more space?

    Thanks for the detailed comparison

    • JJ says:

      Any webhosting customer is allotted a specific amount of hard disk space on the server they’re purchasing. if you have a ecommerce site or photography blog you can post lot of high resolution big images an that can eat up your space . The amount of disk space needed depends greatly on the type of website. One with hundreds of large audio and video files, for example, will consume more space than a simple site with five or six pages

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  7. Dawesi says:

    Or get wordpress for free from Azure, or for around the same price as above, and host it in AU.

    If you are targeting Australians, don’t host in the USA. Also if you host in the USA you are subject to their law (period) for everything you write on it, not AU law.

    There are some equally cheap, quality hosts in AU that will make your site lightning fast without the latency of the US, or the drop outs of international links (which happens about once a month ATM)

    • JJ says:

      I do agree if your target audience is solely Australians then it does not hurt to get a aussie host ..but if youa re open for business to all of the internet ,then US hosts are good too and more affordable 🙂

  8. Maree says:

    Thanks JJ!
    I read this article a little a while ago, I ended up hosting with BlueHost initially, but quickly changed to an Australian Based company. Hosting Australia is the company I went with. I was an absolute newbie and every time I called them I spoke to an Australian (which was important to me) and their support is always super fast and super helpful. I’m not sure if you want to check them out and add them to your list, but I think they’re definitely worth a mention. I was quite frustrated a US based company. Their prices are very similar to SmartyHost.

    Anyway, check them out if you want. I just wanted to share a great experience after experiencing a crappy one with a US company 🙂

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