Comparison on Blog Website Hosting for Australians in 2017

| October 17, 2016 | 133 Comments

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 , perhaps checking out  a US web-hosting provider before deciding, would definitely make more sense as they are more affordable.    [ This post was updated on  18 June 2017 ]

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

wordpress hosting for australia by go daddy 

I have purchased domains from smarty host (local aussie provider), who also provide a website hosting service. They are pretty  good  with their domain names service, however if you want to compare Australian web hosting prices against the  US based providers. The US based  providers are definitely more affordable (check my blog post where I recently bought .au domain name from Godaddy at a nice discount price here).

Godaddy also sell SSL certificates which help you secure your website and get https in your url (they help in ranking)

I will also include smarty host in my comparison chart below here  for Australian + US hosting providers

I will rank them in order of my ratings  and preference with the best at the top of this list  as per my experience with them, except for smarty host  who I don’t  use for hosting  but just domain names – who is right at the top.

I have been using the rest of the Hosting companies mentioned for the last 10+ years while blogging. Some of these hosting plans listed, 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  June 2017 – Click discount link to claim latest discount price offer ]

Rank Hosting Provider 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
  • 1 Database
  • 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 blogs Install 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)

+ Free Domain Name

  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Disk space
  • 99.9 % up-time 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 webhosting, reseller hosting, VPS Servers, 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 % up-time 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 optimised 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 up-time 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 Servers  and  their  24/7 available tech support is always handy. They have a free trial website builder package.

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

$1.00 Deal (normally$10.99) – Clickhere

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

· *99.9% uptime guarantee

+ Free Domain name Plan

They also provide discounted domain name deals.

  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Disk space
  • 99.9 % up-time
  • 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 more Special Deal Now:
[ $3.95 Month – Get Hostmonster Deal Here   Coupon: Gimmemore ]

  • Free domain with WordPresshosting
  • 99.9 % up-time guarantee
  • c Panel 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% up-time guarantee
  • Daily back ups
$19 a month
8 Namescout


Easy Builder package

1 web hosting

  • 5 GB Bandwidth
  • 1 GB Disk space
  • 10 email addresses
  • 1 free Domain
 $2.50 a month

(normally $4.99)

The ranking above is based on  my use of these service providers based on price, reliability,affordability, up-time, features, ease-of-use, server speed and overall support.

There is always the option to use Australian Web Hosting from good companies like rackspace or crucial but budget shared US hosting is OK if your are just starting  a blog or website. You can also get an au domain name and still use US Webhosts  to host your Australian web.

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

I have also  written more detailed reviews before  for some of these web-hosts 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. Shared Plans is cheap because many people share one server.

one click install for wordpress

Most shared hosting plans  listed above offer free quick install scripts like above in the pic and sometimes also offer free design templates for your webpage,  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 review is honest and written from my own perspective. The Webhosting features and pricing are as current at the time of writing and links when clicked will update to the most current advertised or discount deal.

I hope, I have helped you in  choosing a good hosting provider to get started building your of wordpress themes

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 get attracted to your blog and also 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. 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 purchased 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 company offers a similar affiliate program), we recommend certain services because they are the best or better more reliable option. Plus, because we’re a partner, these providers offers a special price for readers. Get your hosting today and get started.

Because we’re a partner, Bluehost offers a special price for readers: only $3.95 a month  which includes a domain name. We already have our godaddy $1 special  offer  listed above i.e if you are looking for  a cheaper deal.

Links provided above in the table  will take you to  the latest updated promo and discount deals. Feel free to pick which host suits your budget or preference and good luck to your new start 🙂

Some local reviews  ( from,, Domain Names


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 who is 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. 2 am). (Quote: eXtreme)


The cheapest I found was which was $7.95 US (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 and SSl certificates (https in your domain name)
Just registered 2 domains with them – no problems so far.
(Quote: pcpowerplay)

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  1. Paparao says:

    This is very informative post i really appreciating You..

  2. Jo says:

    The issue with the price comparisons here are that credit card transaction fees for US purchases are not included in price, and in many cases are about the same per month as the hosting price.

    • JJ says:

      You buy anything from US they have credit card transaction fees. That’s how it works online.
      you can still get some savings by paying in lumpsum 🙂

  3. seo says:

    I was curious if you ever considered changing the page layout
    of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with
    it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two pictures.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

  4. Gman says:

    Hey jeff

    Nice write up ..i need to start a food blog. Do you think these hosting companies are good bluehost or godaddy cant make up my mind.

    Is wordpress ok for mykind of blog


  5. Greg says:

    Awesome thanks.. just the deal i needed to start a niche affiliate blog

  6. Tampa says:

    Thanks for of the best list received from you..

  7. Thanks for finally writing about >Comparison on Blog Website
    Hosting for Australians in 2016 | Digital Grog | Technology
    Blog Australia <Loved it!

  8. jill says:

    thanks for update ..hostgator is showing diff price .. when i click! are they any good

    • JJ says:

      Hostgator is awesome . sometimes the offers change and that is why when you click the link It will take you to the most updated price .. and if its lower that stated your in luck

  9. Atlanta says:

    Thanks for sharing most useful information with us..

  10. Joshua says:

    Good article! It’s easy to understand and informative. Thank you for sharing this. Really Helpful!

  11. Jonas says:

    Thanks buddy for the $1 godaddy deal .. just the cheap deal i was looking for starting my new blog on a budget. Much appreciated.

  12. Orlando says:

    Really nice post. Thanks for sharing with us..

  13. mithu says:

    These ways are very simple and very much useful,as a beginner level these helped me a lot thanks fore sharing these kinds of useful and knowledgable informations. also very nice hosting services

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