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

    A 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, the USA, or target a 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 centers and their speed test IP.

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

    Did you ever wonder about 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 a 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. This means if my audience is in North America, then US West DC location is a good fit else will host in their other data centers.

    The 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.

    Update – Check out the Geekflare Datacenters page to explore the location for more than 40 hosting platforms.

    SiteGround

    SiteGround, one of the reputed shared hosting providers to host WordPress, Joomla, etc. got four data centers on 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 offers Node.js hosting.

    DigitalOcean

    Are you 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 offers cloud hosting for developers and got a 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 a 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.