Website Hosting Reviews Australia
Choosing the right hosting provider can be a difficult task if you don’t know what your looking for.
In today’s post I will take a look at some great hosting providers that you might not find on a lot of Australian Web Hosting Review sites. I will also save you the trouble of trawling through hosting review forums such as Whirlpool.
Choosing Where to Host Your Website
There are many options around the world where you can choose to host your website. There are many cheap overseas suppliers such as GoDaddy, Bluehost and Hostgater to name a few of the big guys. Although I have never had a website hosted with Godaddy or Hostgater, I have had experience with Bluehost. They did provide a great offering – cheap, daily backups and a good server interface but they didn’t quite cut it from a support experience. I also found they had slow servers too.
My recommendation is to stay away from the cheap overseas hosting solutions. Their servers are hosted in the US, this means that when we load the website in Australia it can often load slowly. Side load times have proven to have a correlation between conversions and user engagement.
Hosting Your Own Website
I am a web developer and often encourage my clients to own their own hosting.
Few reasons I do this;
- Firstly, if a client chooses to take their business elsewhere they have full access to their server.
- Another reason is that there are a lot of web development firms in Australia that charge an arm and a leg for hosting. You should not be paying more than $300 a month for a shared hosting.
Unless your web development firm is conducting weekly/monthly backups, ongoing maintenance such as updating your WordPress paying over $300-$400 per year is way too high!
What hosting package should I choose?
Most common websites should be hosted on what’s called a shared hosting environment.
According to wikipedia.com a shared hosting environment is;
where many websites reside on one web server connected to the Internet. Each site “sits” on its own partition, or section/place on the server, to keep it separate from other sites. This is generally the most economical option for hosting, as many people share the overall cost of server maintenance.
If your website attracts around 25,000-50,000 unique visitors a month I would make the recommendation for a dedicated server and even consider a CDN (content distribution network).
What else should I look for in hosting?
Other considerations when looking for a hosting package for your CMS platform such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal;
- Disk Space and Bandwidth: Unlimited
- Location: Australia
- Backups: Daily
- Cpanel: Yes
- Uptime Guarantee: Yes
- Support: 24/7 Support
- Free Migration: Bonus!
Australian Hosting Companies
Crucial Cloud Hosting
Crucial hosting are located in Sydney, NSW. They offer cloud hosting dedicated to servicing WordPress, blogs and business sites. Their Business hosting plan is there most popular product costing $18.95 per month. They offer 24/7/365 support and an uptime of 99.9%. They have a 1300 contact phone number and conduct nightly backups for piece of mind. If you are not happy with your current hosting provider the offer Free CPANEL transfer to migrate your website over hassle free.
Summery: I really like Critical Hosting. Although I haven’t dealt with them direct my colleagues seem to recommend them and certainly do not complain.
Although I should be supporting the Australian Business community I can’t look past Site5. I have personally be dealing with them for the past 2 years and have nothing but good things to say about this company. Their support is excellent and never wait more than 2 minutes on their chat system. I must say that I have had 1 instance where my website was down for 24 hours and they didn’t give a valid explanation as to why, but other than that they have been great. They offer a Malware Protection service for an extra $25 per year. I must also mention that they are really responsive with support requests to restore backups.
Summary: Site5 are my current choice of provider for my clients. The fact that they offer Malware Protection round the clock gets my tick of approval.
Netregistry are an Australian company and have been around for some time now. I do host my domains with Netregistry and have had some websites also hosted with them. For many years their server interface wasn’t too friendly but they have recently upgraded to CPANEL access. I had signed up for a reseller account and had access to an account manager that I could always ring on her personal phone. I believe she has now left and I don’t really deal too much with Netregistry. Overall there pricing seems fair at a minimum of $8 per month but premium at $20 a month seems like a rip off as you can find servers that offer unlimited storage and transfer at an entry level.
I haven’t had great experience with their support phone calls. At times I have been on hold for up to 20-30minutes. However, they do have a call back feature which is pretty cool. They also had CPANEL migration issues last year. I have also had a few malware attacks with websites hosted with Netregistry and one common way a site can get infected is on a shared environment.
Summary: Not my number 1 choice in hosting these days especially because I have had a few customers for MySiteGotHacked that have had Netregistry accounts.
Over the next few month we will review hosting company’s and give you insight into the best deals on the market. In the mean time please comment your experiences with web hosting service providers.