Most of the hosting providers have multiple data centers (DC) around the world. But, do you know where you should be hosting your website?

Fast loading site is essential for business success. Not just SEO but user experience. Nobody likes a slow loading site, and it has a real impact on your business sales and growth.

One of the challenging tasks is to choose the right hosting platform for your needs. I see many people complain about their hosting company about the speed, but not necessarily it’s their fault but its bad choice of DC.

You may argue on using CDN, so hosting location doesn’t matter. But trust me, it does.

While choosing a hosting platform, you should ask the following questions to yourself.

  • Who will be mostly using your site? Is it from Asia, Europe, Africa, USA or targetting specific country?
  • What’s your business goal in terms of site load time? Should it load under 1s, 2s, 3s?
  • Does your business has a regulatory requirement to host data in a specific country?

All the answers will lead to one decision – host your site in the data center which is near to your users.

I assume now you know in which location you want to host your site. Let’s explore some of the recognized hosting provider data center and their speed test IP.

How can speed test IP help in choosing the hosting provider?

Did you ever wonder this?

Let’s take a real-time scenario. You have shortlisted two hosting providers who got data centers in your desired location. How would you pick one for better performance?

Doing a ping on their speed test IP can help you in choosing one. You can do ping from your PC or remotely through PerfOps.

Ex: I did a ping on my lab WP site hosted on Kinsta, located in US West (Oregon) data center. And, you can see response time from North America is the lowest. Which means if my audience is in North America then US West DC location is good fit else will host in their other data centers.

Lower time is better. Anything under 100ms is good.

So, now you know how you can use the speed test IP to check what works better for you. Let’s explore the DC and IP of the following.

SiteGround

SiteGround, one of the reputed shared hosting provider to host WordPress, Joomla, etc. got four data centers in three continents.

Location Speed Test IP
Chicago, US 216.104.36.130
London, UK 5.10.97.132
Amsterdam, NL 198.20.98.2
Singapore, SG 216.12.196.114

A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting, known for their turbo server for better performance. A2 got four DC, and you can ping the following IP for speed test.

Location Speed Test IP
Michigan, US 75.98.175.109
Arizona, US 68.66.224.6
Amsterdam, NL 209.124.66.5
Singapore, SG 103.227.176.4

Along with popular CMS, A2 also offer Node.js hosting.

DigitalOcean

Looking to host your application on Cloud? Millions of developers love DigitalOcean (DO). You can’t go wrong!

Location Speed Test
New York, US speedtest-ny1.digitalocean.com
San Francisco, US speedtest-sfo1.digitalocean.com
Amsterdam, NL speedtest-ams2.digitalocean.com
Bangalore. IN speedtest-blr1.digitalocean.com
Frankfurt, Germany speedtest-fra1.digitalocean.com
London, UK speedtest-lon1.digitalocean.com
Singapore speedtest-sgp1.digitalocean.com
Toronto, Canada speedtest-tor1.digitalocean.com

Pricing starts from as low as $5, and you pay for what you use.

Linode

Similar to DO, Linode offer cloud hosting for developers and got presence in 8 data centers.

Location Speed Test
Newark, US speedtest.newark.linode.com
Atlanta, US speedtest.atlanta.linode.com
Dallas, US speedtest.dallas.linode.com
Fremont, US speedtest.fremont.linode.com
Frankfurt, Germany speedtest.frankfurt.linode.com
London, UK speedtest.london.linode.com
Singapore speedtest.singapore.linode.com
Tokyo speedtest.tokyo2.linode.com

GreenGeeks

Eco-friendly web hosting, GreenGeeks speed test IP is the following.

Location Speed Test
Chicago, US 216.104.36.130
Phoenix, US 99.198.116.170
Montreal, CA 184.107.41.68
Amsterdam, NL 198.20.98.2

The hosting plan starts from as low as $2.95 per month, and they also got a reseller plan. So, if you are thinking of starting a hosting business, you can think of trying GreenGeeks.

Hostwinds

Tier-4 data centers, available in two locations.

Location Speed Test
Dallas 108.174.193.107
Seattle 104.168.168.16

Hostwinds offer 60-days money-back guarantee and 99.99% uptime.

FastComet

Strategically located all around the world. FastComet offer various hosting – Web, Cloud, Dedicated, OpenCart, WordPress, etc. and data centers available in the following locations.

Location Speed Test
Chicago 99.198.108.242
Dallas 45.56.71.242
Newark 173.255.235.72
Frankfurt 85.90.245.58
London 139.162.209.26
Amsterdam 107.6.185.250
Singapore 139.162.25.42
Tokyo 106.185.47.119

TMDHosting

Managed shared hosting provider, TMDHosting speed test IP is as the following.

Location Speed Test
Chicago 99.198.116.170
Phoenix 99.198.116.170
London 108.61.196.101
Amsterdam 198.20.98.2
Singapore 216.104.36.130
Sydney 108.61.212.117
Tokyo 108.61.201.151

Conclusion

Did it help in choosing the right hosting for your online business? Most of them offer a trial/money-back guarantee so try the one you like.