Now I do know, that there are some good aussie web hosting companies in Australia , but if you are starting out with a new website or blog and need some cheap hosting , going with a US provider would definitely make more sense as they are more affordable. [ This post was updated on 24 May 2016 ]
Wordpress Hosting in Australia
I got this question asked to me through this blog via the -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 recieved many similar Questions since – so I decided to do this post
I have bought .com.au domains from smarty host ( local aussie provider) , who also have provide a web hosting service . They are pretty good with their domain hosting service. How ever if youwant to compare then US based providers are still more affordable ( check my post where I recently bought .au domain from go daddy at a nice discount price here) .
I will include smarty host in my comparison chart anyway here for australian + US 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 right at the top. I have been using the rest of the Hosting companies for the last 10+ years while blogging. Some of these Hosting plans below also offer a bonus Free domain name.
Australian Vs US Website / Blog hosting Comparison
To keep it simple I have just added four columns [ Prices updated February 2016 – Click discount link to claim latest discount price offer ]
|1||SmartyHostAffordable 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 a month($150 paid yearly in advance)|
|2||BluehostWeb Host – 24/7 USA-based support. Free 1 click installs for blogsInstall WordPress with a click of a button at
Special Promotion Offer for May 2016 from Digital GROG + BLUEHOST
Bluehost!Price: $7.99 Now $3.95 a month (More than 30%off Link)
+ Free Domain Name
|3||HostgatorHostGator is a leading provider of web hosting, reseller hosting, vps hosting, and dedicated servers
Deal link: Click here
(discount applied in link)
Now 20% off!
In 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!
Use promo code startwebsite to get dicount from $60 based on hosting package period you buy
|5||GodaddyGo Daddy’s has Reliable Web Hosting and their 24/7 tech support is always handy
Price: AUS – A$1.99/mo for Website Builder (
$1.00 Deal (normally$10.99) – Clickhere
+ Free Domain name Plan
Free 1 click installs For blogs, shopping carts, and moreSpecial Deal Now:
Australian Secure, scalable and rock solid hosting for your WordPress powered website
||$19 a month|
Easy Builder package
1 website hosting
|| $2.50 a month
The ranking above is based on my use of these hosting services based on price, reliability,affordability, 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 webhosts which can be found below
What is shared hosting?
Shared web hosting is what most people mean when they refer to “web hosting”. 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. Shred hosting is cheap beacuse many people share one server.
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 by the websites.(clicking on the link will take you to the most updated discount rates)
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.com.au is a affiliate partner to most of the Hosting services and some other blog related promotion services that I have listed here on my blog and I use, which means that in addition to using their service, we also receive a commission for referring new customers.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. Get your hosting today. Plus, because we’re a partner, Bluehost offers a special price for digitalgrog.com.au readers: only $3.95 a month and you already have our godaddy $1 special above. That’s a phenomenal price. Links provided above 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 whirlpool.com.au)
.com.au, .net.au, .org.au 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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