Australian Web Host Comparison

Shopping around for a new web hosting company? We’ve stacked up our most popular plan against some of the most popular web host providers.

To be as fair as possible we’ve selected the competitors cheapest hosting plan with either the same storage size or closest matching price and where possible, similar specifications. All prices are GST Inclusive where applicable and do not include discounts or promotions.

Date is current as of September 2020. Please let us know of any errors or omissions. An explanation of terms are below the table.

 

Plan Name
UpTime
cPanel Standard
NetRegistry
cPanel Starter
VentraIP
Starter +
MelbourneIT
cPanel Starter
a2 Hosting
StartUp
Panthur
Economy Professional
SiteGround
StartUp
Cost per Month
UpTime
$7.95
NetRegistry
$9.95
VentraIP
$9.95
MelbourneIT
$14.94
a2 Hosting
US$10.99 +GST
Panthur
$16
SiteGround
$27.49
Cost Per Year
UpTime
$90
NetRegistry
$109.95
VentraIP
$119.40
MelbourneIT
$161.46
a2 Hosting
US$83.88 +GST
Panthur
$182.40
SiteGround
$263.88
Free Trial
UpTime
30 days
NetRegistry
30 days
VentraIP
MelbourneIT
30 days
a2 Hosting
Panthur
SiteGround
Free Domain
UpTime
NetRegistry
VentraIP
MelbourneIT
a2 Hosting
Panthur
SiteGround
Australian Business
UpTime
NetRegistry
VentraIP
MelbourneIT
a2 Hosting
Panthur
SiteGround
Server Location
UpTime
Australia
NetRegistry
Australia
VentraIP
Australia
MelbourneIT
Australia
a2 Hosting
Singapore
Panthur
Australia
SiteGround
Australia
Australian Help Desk
UpTime
NetRegistry
VentraIP
MelbourneIT
a2 Hosting
Panthur
SiteGround
Storage
UpTime
10GB
NetRegistry
20GB
VentraIP
5GB
MelbourneIT
10GB
a2 Hosting
100GB
Panthur
10GB
SiteGround
10GB
Storage Type
UpTime
SSD
NetRegistry
VentraIP
SSD
MelbourneIT
a2 Hosting
SSD
Panthur
SSD
SiteGround
SSD
CPU
UpTime
200%
NetRegistry
VentraIP
200%
MelbourneIT
a2 Hosting
100%
Panthur
100%
SiteGround
20%
Memory
UpTime
2GB
NetRegistry
VentraIP
2GB
MelbourneIT
a2 Hosting
768MB
Panthur
1GB
SiteGround
768MB
Bandwidth
UpTime
Unlimited
NetRegistry
500GB
VentraIP
Unlimited
MelbourneIT
30GB
a2 Hosting
Unlimited
Panthur
5000GB
SiteGround
Unlimited
Control Panel
UpTime
cPanel
NetRegistry
cPanel
VentraIP
cPanel
MelbourneIT
cPanel
a2 Hosting
cPanel
Panthur
cPanel
SiteGround
cPanel
Email Accounts
UpTime
Unlimited
NetRegistry
50
VentraIP
Unlimited
MelbourneIT
50
a2 Hosting
Unlimited
Panthur
Unlimited
SiteGround
Unlimited
Free SSL
UpTime
NetRegistry
VentraIP
MelbourneIT
a2 Hosting
Panthur
SiteGround
Add on Domains
UpTime
Unlimited
NetRegistry
VentraIP
Unlimited
MelbourneIT
3
a2 Hosting
Panthur
5
SiteGround
Database Type
UpTime
MariaDB
NetRegistry
MySQL
VentraIP
MariaDB
MelbourneIT
MySQL
a2 Hosting
MariaDB
Panthur
MariaDB
SiteGround
MySQL
Databases allowed
UpTime
Unlimited
NetRegistry
1
VentraIP
Unlimited
MelbourneIT
3
a2 Hosting
5
Panthur
Unlimited
SiteGround
Unlimited
Back Up Cost
UpTime
Free
NetRegistry
n/a
VentraIP
Free
MelbourneIT
n/a
a2 Hosting
n/a
Panthur
Free
SiteGround
Free
Back Up Software
UpTime
JetBackUp
NetRegistry
Manual
VentraIP
Acronis
MelbourneIT
Manual
a2 Hosting
Manual
Panthur
ClickRestore
SiteGround
Installer
UpTime
NetRegistry
VentraIP
MelbourneIT
a2 Hosting
Panthur
SiteGround
Free Migration
UpTime
NetRegistry
VentraIP
MelbourneIT
a2 Hosting
Panthur
SiteGround
Web Server
UpTime
LiteSpeed
NetRegistry
Apache
VentraIP
LiteSpeed
MelbourneIT
Apache
a2 Hosting
Apache
Panthur
LiteSpeed
SiteGround
CloudLinux
UpTime
NetRegistry
VentraIP
MelbourneIT
a2 Hosting
Panthur
SiteGround

Items with a question mark could not be easily determined from the web hosts website.
Items marked in red should be investigated based on your own needs as they may incur hidden costs or degrade your service.

Explanation of Specifications

Free Trial
Can you try the hosting at no up front cost? Some hosts offer a 30 day money back guarantee if they don’t offer a free trial.

Free Domain
As an incentive you may receive a free domain when your order your hosting. Be careful that you don’t get charged a high price to renew that domain in 12 months.

Australian Business
Is the company an Australian owned business/company? Support Australian business and Australian jobs.

Server Location
Only choose Australian based servers for your website. Not just for speed but also for data sovereignty and data security.

Australian Help Desk
Is support provided by Australians and based in Australia? This is not only important to negate possible language barriers but also for Australian jobs.

Storage
How much storage space is included for your website, database, emails and files.

Storage Type
The type of hard drives used to store your files. SSD should be the minimum. NVMe is very high performance.

CPU
How much processing power your website has available to it to do it’s job.  The higher the better.

Memory
More memory means more performance. Some websites like WordPress can require a lot of memory.

Bandwidth
How much data traffic that is included per month. If you go over you may be charged or your website may go offline,
Unlimited bandwidth usually only covers normal usage for hosting a website.

Control Panel
cPanel is the industry standard and is very easy to use and also the easiest to find help with online if you want to manage things yourself.

Email Accounts
The number of accounts (name@yourdomain.com) you can have. Unlimited means you can have as many as you like but keep in mind that this does not include unlimited storage.

Free SLL
SSL secures the data between your web server and your websites visitors. It’s expected that all websites have SSL installed. SSL is now free for standard website use and you should not be charged for this.

Add On Domains
You can host more than one website under the one plan by adding on extra domains. Be aware that this splits your plan resources across the number of add on domains you have. It’s not recommended to run lots of busy sites under the one plan. 

Database Type
MySQL is the standard but look for MariaDB as this works the same as MySQL but has much more performance resulting in a faster database and ultimately of faster website.

Databases Allowed
The number of databases you can have on your plan. If you are running multiple sites you may want to split up your data into separate databases for increased performance.

Back Up Cost
Some web hosts may charge to back up or restore your website for you.

Back Up Software
The back up software used. JetBackUp is the cPanel preferred system.
If ‘Manual’ then you need to back up your website manually as there is no included back up schedule.

Install
Automatic software installation for one click set up and install of popular solutions such as WordPress, Joomla and PrestaShop.

Free Migration
Will the host move your existing website and emails to your new plan for free?

Web Server
Apache is the standard web server for cPanel. LiteSpeed is a high performance alternative with built in caching. This is also a bonus if you’re using WordPress as LiteSpeed has built in WordPress performance via it’s free plugin.

CloudLinux
A server operating system upgrade that not only improves the performance of your websites but also secures your website from other accounts on the same server.