Your website is made up of lots of different files, and they need to be stored somewhere so that others can access your site.
Hosting is typically included in the service-offering if you use a provider such as Squarespace, Wix or Shopify for your website. In other words, they offer pre-built website templates with drag-and-drop (no code) features amongst others, and hosting comes with it.
If you custom-develop your website or if you’re using WordPress, hosting is separate. So, it’s up to you to find a hosting provider who you want to store your website files with.
Web hosting can be a complex topic because it should be a very personalised choice depending on your website setup and business goals. There are many different technical aspects and lots of varying price ranges. Like with many other things in life, when it comes to web hosting, you often get what you pay for.
In this article, I’ll share with you how I navigate web hosting for small businesses in Australia.
For WordPress-based websites that include eCommerce features and are getting a lot of traffic, I typically recommend a premium WordPress host such as Kinsta.
If you’re wanting to support a local Australian business, go with VentraIP. Their Australian support team is known to be super friendly and helpful. They offer free transfers if you’re changing from elsewhere and have affordable shared hosting plans to get you started.
SiteGround is known for affordable prices and good speed. They have multiple international datacentres and their user interface can be easier to navigate for many as it’s not cPanel-based. Siteground also offers a staging environment which can be a helpful feature.
Kinsta is a bit more expensive but a great choice for managed WordPress hosting. They use state-of-the-art technology (think Google Cloud and Amazon S3) and also have a super easy-to-navigate user interface that’s not cPanel-based. Their staging environment is great too, and their customer support is known to be super quick and helpful.