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  • Many of my blogger friends, site owners from India complain about a slow loading site.

    And the conversation goes like this.

    Where is your customer, visitors located, and the answer is India.

    And next, I ask where your server is located, and the response is either I don’t know or the USA.

    You can guess my response…

    Why do you host your site in the USA when your targeted customers are in India?

    Most of them respond because it’s cheaper.

    I get it. But is that cost differentiation between USA and India hosting worth slowing down the site?

    To me – it’s NO.

    A fast loading site is essential for better search engine ranking and user experience. And if you are running an eCommerce store, then the slow site can impact the revenue.

    So what’s the solution?

    Simple – host your site with the provider who got a data center in India or the nearest country.

    Hosting your site near to your targeted users will reduce the latency and serve content faster.

    Always pick a hosting platform that got lower latency (preferably less than 100 ms). To find out, you can perform a latency test on the hosting provider and choose whatever is best. Let’s take a look at the following shared and cloud hosting.

    I’ve included respective latency information at the end of this post. The latency test is done from Bangalore using ping to the respective hosting server.

    Google Cloud Platform

    Lately, Google Cloud has announced a data center in Delhi, Mumbai, and probably one of the best regarding latency, security, and cost.

    GCP offers a broad range of cloud services to meet almost all types of modern application technology requirements. You can provision a VM, host data in object storage, database, cloud functions, container, etc.

    Based on the ping test, Mumbai & Singapore data center location looks better for India traffic. If not familiar with the platform, then Google gives you $300 credit to be spent over 12 months.

    Kinsta

    Looking for premium WordPress hosting?

    Kinsta leverage Google Cloud’s low latency platform to offer the best WordPress hosting for small to enterprise business. When your target audience is in India, then you can consider adding your site to the Mumbai or Delhi data center.

    Kinsta is managed Google Cloud Platform, so you don’t have to worry about setting up WP; instead, they will take care of everything, including performance optimization and securing from DDoS.

    SiteGround

    Did you know SiteGround got a data center in Singapore?

    One of the best shared hosting platforms with solid uptime, performance, and security.

    SiteGround got different types of hosting, so choose based on budget and requirements.

    Shared – perfect if you don’t want to manage the server and to look to set up your site quickly. You can install your favorite website platform like WordPress, Joomla, Magento, Drupal, etc. with one click.

    Some of the benefits of SiteGround shared hosting are:

    • A FREE SSL certificate, domain, email accounts
    • Daily backup
    • SSD storage
    • Integrate with Cloudflare CDN in one click
    • HTTP/2 enabled
    • Friendly user interface
    • Excellent caching plugin for WordPress
    • 30-days money back

    Cloud & Dedicated – fully managed a server with preinstalled OS and essential software to get your project started from day one. WHM (web host manager) and cPanel are included for easy server management.

    Get 60% OFF on SiteGround shared hosting plan.

    SiteGround recently announced moving its data center to the Google Cloud Platform. This is great news!

    AccuWebHosting

    AccuWebHosting is a good choice for shared and cloud hosting as it is fast, secure, and reliable. Their colocation facilities are secure and offer a redundant network in India in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

    These facilities are built to provide better network performance, robust infrastructure, power backups, cooling, and hardware, with their dedicated servers offering almost 100% uptime. You can also choose some add-ons, including firewall, customizable network, backup server, managed services, dedicated service engineers, load balancer, and more.

    AccuWebHosting offers different kinds of hosting services starting from Web Hosting and WordPress Hosting to Cloud Hosting.

    • Web Hosting: You can experience hassle-free and super fast hosting services with pure SSD-based storage, LiteSpeed server, FREE SSL, and CloudLinux without overselling. Web Hosting includes Shared Hosting and Windows hosting.
    • WordPress Hosting: It is fully managed, highly secure, and powered by lightning-fast SSDs. You can find features like SSL, cPanel, generous storage space, 99.9% uptime, DDoS protection, and more.
    • Cloud Hosting: It offers incredible performance and stores your data in a fully managed, highly available, and easily scalable infrastructure. It has features like 10 GB cloud storage, WHM and cPanel support, 1-click app installs, and more. It offers hosting services like Windows Cloud Hosting, Windows VPS Cloud, Linux Cloud Hosting, and Linux VPS Cloud.

    Apart from these, they offer application hosting, VPS hosting, and reseller hosting. They also provide VPS and private clouds for Windows and Linux, and their experts manage everything.

    You can choose from 1GB to 128GB of storage, 36+ OS, Failover Protection, and no downtime for hardware. Other than India, they have data centers in the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Japan, Poland, South Korea, Canada, Australia, and the US.

    Choose from various hosting plans starting from $3.09/month.

    DigitalOcean

    Do you want to get your server at $5 a month? Get DigitalOcean (FREE $10 credit)

    Growing cloud platform, DO offer compute, storage, firewall, load balancing, monitoring solution. Lately, DO has announced a data center in Bangalore.

    Creating a droplet (VM) is straightforward with a beautiful UI.

    DigitalOcean is loved by thousands of businesses, including docker, Redhat, Akamai, Zendesk, Flipkart, etc.

    AWS

    The list won’t be complete without AWS (Amazon Web Services). Pioneer in cloud computing, AWS got more than 1000 services and loved by millions worldwide.

    If you don’t want to get into server management but still want to host on AWS, then try Cloudways.

    Cloudways is a managed cloud hosting platform for AWS, GCP, DigitalOcean, Linode, and Kyup.

    A2 Hosting

    A2 Hosting is known for its turbo and A2 optimized server. They got a data center in Singapore which looks suitable for traffic from India.

    A2 has optimized its server and configuration for the best WordPress, Joomla, Drupal hosting experience. You can either choose to host on Linux or Windows.

    HostGator

    One of the famous shared hosting providers got a data center in Mumbai, and the entire operation payment is accepted in Indian currency (INR).

    HostGator offers 45-days money back and offers shared, cloud, VPS, reseller, and dedicated hosting.

    HostGator is used by one of the leading WP resources sites – WPBeginner. Does it give you the confidence to host with them?

    Every web hosting plan includes the FREE domain, unlimited storage/transfer/emails, one-click software installation, cPanel, 99.9% uptime.

    Azure

    Microsoft Azure got more location coverage than Google and AWS in India. Currently, Azure is available in the following three cities in India.

    • Pune
    • Chennai
    • Mumbai

    Azure offers everything you need to host and build applications in the cloud.

    If not familiar with the platform, you can get it started with a FREE account worth $200 for 30 days.

    BigRock

    BigRock is powered by GPX, a tier-IV data center located in Mumbai. You can get it started from as low as INR 89 per month, which includes the following.

    • One website
    • 20GB storage
    • 100GB transfer
    • Varnish web acceleration

    Latency information

    The following tests are done from Bangalore.

    Providers Location Latency (ms)
    Google Cloud Mumbai 27.458
    Google Cloud Singapore 40.157
    SiteGround Singapore 42.006
    DigitalOcean Bangalore 6.043
    DigitalOcean Singapore 62.748
    AWS Mumbai 24.914
    AWS Singapore 39.627

    Note: I couldn’t find testing IP for HostGator, BigRock, Azure, AccuWebhosting so I couldn’t do a test.

    I hope the above helps you to choose the hosting for your business in India.