Best WordPress Hosting Australia – What Really Matters

On by Ron Piper.

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As a WordPress consultant and freelance developer I work with several different web hosting services that run my clients websites, both large and small, every single day. I have first hand experience in what makes the best Wordpress hosting in Australia and I’m going to hopefully make your decision a simple one.

In this article you’ll learn:

  • What really matters when choosing a WordPress host.
  • Why you should be hosting with a provider that only does WordPress.
  • The best providers for WordPress hosting.

If you don’t have time to read this whole post let me summarise by saying the best WordPress host is one that knows, lives and breathes WordPress, and WordPress only. Nothing less is good enough or you will be selling yourself painfully short on server speed, security and support.

Best Bet For Any Small to Large Scale Website or Application
  • Servers optimised for lightning fast WordPress performance.
  • Hackerproof*
  • Servers that can handle anything.
  • 24/7 WordPress specific tech/customer support.
  • Daily backups with one-click restore.
  • Automatic WP security updates.
  • Dedicated WordPress host.
WpEngine

WordPress website speed is more than just the power of your server

Most website owners only care about one thing when it comes to hosting – it needs to be fast. Nobody wants to wait several seconds for a page to load, and a sites Google rank will suffer if it’s slower than the rest. So what do you need to consider? WordPress website speed is made up of three key factors:

  1. The server configuration makes all the difference – All websites work differently, and there are thousands of possible server configurations that a host can have.  It makes sense that most web hosts choose a configuration that they think works best for the majority of users who may be using hundreds of different types of website or CMS platforms – but this generalist configuration is no where near the best configuration for WordPress. Hosts that have configured their servers with a focus on WordPress make best use of database, server and caching settings to produce optimal speeds.
  2. Look at the specs, features and power of the plan – this is an obvious one, and the second most important factor to consider, but here’s what you need to understand – in most circumstances this is far less meaningful than the above. Depending on whether you get a VPS of some sort, or a shared hosting plan, different hosts advertise different features such as processing power, memory, space, number of databases and more. These should be taken almost with a grain of salt because there are outside factors that impact these significantly such as the overall load that host has on their servers from all of their customers, location of the servers and more. Once you’ve found a host you like, with a price point within your budget, ask their advice or go for the plan that looks best for your site, and simple upgrade or downgrade after you’ve had the chance to measure and observe how things are going.
  3. Optimise your code where possible – while it’s important to ensure your themes and plugins are operating as fast as possible, it’s actually not a defining factor for page speed on a host because at their core, most WordPress sites are using the same base code and so you’re pretty limited to the difference you can make by optimising your code base. It’s still an important aspect to look in to, but it doesn’t impact your choice of host so I won’t go in to it here.

Hackerproof and foolproof WordPress security and backups

The open source nature of WordPress which lends itself to security vulnerabilities is one of its very few downfalls. There are several sides and implications to WordPress security including server and database settings, plugin and theme vulnerabilities, security updates, patches and much more. If you’ve been hacked before you’ll know how much you wish you thought about security earlier because in most cases it isn’t easy to completely recover. Unless you have a skilled system administrator or security consultant on hand, and even if you do, you really need a host that has you covered for WordPress security and backups.

Getting support when you need it

For years now, 99% of web hosts have had the simple stance that they do not support coding issues – which makes sense right? Their job is to provide and maintain your web hosting, and the website itself is either your job, or that of your web developer, webmaster or whoever built the site. The problem is that any WordPress related errors or issues are considered a coding issue by most hosts, and they’ll immediately ask you to get a web developer to look in to it.

Your web server needs to work hand-in-hand with your WordPress website. This means you need a host who not only knows WordPress inside out, but is willing to support you when issues such as memory limits, plugin or theme conflicts, database issues and more come up. Chances are if everything is working fine and an issue comes up out of the blue – it’s hosting related in one way or another. Having a host you can go to as a first point of contact is very important.

Can they handle your traffic as your business grows?

The final things to consider are the reliability of your host and scalability of their servers. To ensure your website is always online, you need a host with a reputation for high uptime and rare downtimes or major issues. If your website suddenly receives a spike of increased traffic or it steadily grows over time, you don’t want to have to worry about not being able to meet the demand of users on your website.

The introduction and increased popularity of cloud based hosting has really decreased the importance of these issues when looking at hosting. The best way to handle these is to choose a host that utilises cloud based infrastructure which means your website is supported by hundreds of servers that are available to handle increased traffic loads, or to take over if one server fails. If a host has failed their customers, you can bet people would talk about it and their online reputation will suffer. Do your research, have a look at what other large companies use the host, and that will give you an indication on whether they can be trusted to host your website.

So what’s the best WordPress hosting Australia has to offer?

Best Bet For Any Small to Large Scale Website or Application
  • Servers optimised for lightning fast WordPress performance.
  • Hackerproof*
  • Servers that can handle anything.
  • 24/7 WordPress specific tech/customer support.
  • Daily backups with one-click restore.
  • Automatic WP security updates.
  • Dedicated WordPress host.
WpEngine

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