Best Web Hosting for Indian Websites

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  • Updated: Mar 06, 2019

Is your website at India fully optimized for its local audience? How fast does it load for your users located in India? In this article, we will look into latency and reveal the best Indian hosting companies on our test results.

What is Latency?

Latency is the time that a web server takes for receiving and processing a user request.

Suppose, you send a content request to a server and it responds back after 100 milliseconds. This 100 milliseconds time is called the server latency.

Latency: The reason to choose a local web host

Latency is an important share of your website loading time – it is *the* primary reason to go with a local web host.

Server latency depends on how far the server is from you. If you are closer to the server, the request travel time will be lower, which will result in a smaller latency.

The same rule applies to your website users. If they are all located in India, your website will serve faster from an India-based (or Asia based) server, than one in other region – say a U.S.-based server.

How a local web host improves latency?

Let’s take a look on this website’s (WHSR) response times:

Here’s the speed report generated at Bitcatcha.

What do you comprehend from it?

The fastest latency is seen in the US (W) and second in the US (E). It is because the server of our site (hosted by Inmotion Hosting at time of writing) is located in the US (W) zone.

The response times went higher as the distances from the server increased. The farthest place has the longest latency.

So here is what we can conclude:

  • If you have a website for local audiences, a local web server based host would be more beneficial in terms of offering a faster website.
  • Your website optimization is not complete unless you can provide faster latency to your website users.

This leads us to the next question: Which web host has the best latency for Indian users?

 


 

Indian Best Web Hosting (Updated 2019)

In a glance, here are the eight best hosting companies I recommend for Indian websites. These companies are ranked based on speed test, prices, and features.

Web HostServer LocationResponse TimeOverall Speed RatingPriceOrder
BitcatchaW.P.Test
Hostinger284 ms602 msA+₹79/moVisit
HostGator.inMumbai109 ms343 msB₹99/moVisit
BigRock.inPowai112 ms324 msA₹89/moVisit
BlueHostMumbai107 ms117 msB₹259/moVisit
ZNetLiveNoida118 ms161 msA₹169/moVisit
FastWebHost.inDelhi115 ms209 msC₹175/moVisit
HostingRajaMumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore86 ms337 msB₹99/moVisit
HostripplesPune109 ms662 msC+₹35/moVisit

 

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1. Hostinger.in

Website: https://www.hostinger.in

Hostinger - best India Hosting

Hostinger.in pride themselves as India’s #1 cheap hosting and domain name provider. Their Single Website Hosting plan, starts at ₹79 per month, allows users host one website with 10 GB storage and 100 GB storage. Premium Shared Hosting Plan, which guarantees 2x better server performance, costs ₹159 per month and allows users to host unlimited websites.

Notable Features for Indian Users

  • Server Location: Singapore
  • Accept wide range of different payment options
  • Free website builder with lots of pre-designed templates – convenient for busy business owners
  • Excellent hosting performance (both uptime and latency test) based on our months of test results
  • Free domain registration and unlimited disk space and bandwidth for Premium Plan (₹159/mo)
  • Free Dedicated IP and SSL Certificate for Business plan (₹215/mo)
  • 30-days money back guarantee
  • Local payment options – Debit Card, Net Banking, Bitcoin

Drawbacks:

  • Price increased during renewal
  • Limited features for Single plan
  • Server location not in India

Price:

  • Basic shared hosting starts at ₹79/mo

Latency Test Results

Bitcatcha (Bangalore): 284 ms

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WebPageTest.org (Mumbai, EC2, Chrome): 0.602s

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Hostinger Server Reliability

Our test site hosted at Hostinger went down for 4 minutes in July 2018.

Hostinger Hosting Uptime (30 days average - July 2018)
Hostinger uptime (Jul 2018): 99.98%.

 

 

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2. HostGator.in

Website: https://www.hostgator.in

HostGator.in is a giant member of the web hosting company “Endurance International Group (EIG)” and their service is separate from its parent site HostGator.com.

The prices of their shared web hosting plans can go down to half when it is purchased for 5 years. However, the renewal will not avail any discount.

Hostgator.in offers 24/7 live chat, phone support and support tickets as the medium of customer support. They have a knowledge base and a community forum to users’ advantage.

 

Notable Features for Indian Users

  • Server Location: Mumbai
  • Unlimited disk space and bandwidth
  • Unlimited email accounts, sub-domains and FTPs
  • Free Dedicated IP and SSL Certificate in Business plan
  • 45-days money back guarantee
  • Local payment options – Debit Card, Net Banking, Offline Payment

Drawbacks:

  • Cannot host multiple websites in Hatchling plan

Price:

  • Shared hosting starts at ₹222/mo (regular ₹435/mo)

 

Latency Test Results

Bitcatcha (Bangalore): 109 ms

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WebPageTest.org (Mumbai, EC2, Chrome): 0.343s

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3. BigRock.in

Website: https://www.bigrock.in

BigRock.in is an ICANN accredited domain register in India who progressed rapidly in web hosting and was able to extend their service to the global audience.

They are another participant member of the company “Endurance International Group (EIG)”. They got acquired by EIG as soon as they started to pump up in the hosting business.

They offer live chat, phone call and support tickets as their forms of customer support. At the time of reviewing there was no representative available in their live chat. So I guess it is not 24/7.

 

Notable Features for Indian Users

  • Server Location: Powai
  • Powered by CloudLinux
  • Varnish website caching for faster delivery
  • 1st year free if you register a .com domain for 2 years
  • 30-days money back guarantee
  • Local payment options – Debit Card, Net Banking, Offline Payment

Drawbacks

  • Cannot host multiple websites in Starter and Advanced Plans
  • Live chat representatives are not available 24/7

Price 

  • Shared hosting starts at ₹89/mo (regular ₹199/mo)

 

Latency Test Results

Bitcatcha (Bangalore): 122 ms

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WebPageTest.org (Mumbai, EC2, Chrome): 0.324s

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4. BlueHost.in

BlueHost.in is the regional company of BlueHost Global but their operations are fully separate. It uses ResellerClub’s servers (a Mumbai-based hosting company) to host websites in India.

This company was acquired by Endurance International Group (EIG) in 2011 who also houses other big names such as HostGator and iPage.

Their offered support methods are 24/7 live chat, phone and support tickets. There is a knowledge base for users regarding their products and offerings.

 

Notable Features for Indian Users             

  • Server Location: Mumbai
  • Unlimit­ed disk space and bandwidth
  • Unlimited email accounts and FTPs
  • Automated backup one in every five days
  • 30-days money back guarantee
  • Local payment options – Debit Card, Net Banking, Offline Payment

Drawbacks

  • Cannot host multiple websites in Standard plan

Price

  • Shared hosting starts at ₹259/mo

 

Latency Test Results

Bitcatcha (Bangalore): 107 ms.

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WebPageTest.org (Mumbai, EC2, Chrome): 0.117s

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5. ZNetLive

ZNetLive started back in 2001 as a reseller host and later they developed their hardware for providing  Linux, Windows, dedicated server and more hosting services.

Prices of their shared hosting plans (both Linux and Windows) can go very low when it is bought for a longer period.

ZNetLive uses their own-structured NodeFirst support system (5-tier). They have 24/7 phone call, live chat and support tickets as their support methods.

A knowledge base is also present in their website for educating users about their products.

 

Notable Features for Indian Users

  • Server Location: Noida
  • Free Let’s Encrypt SSL
  • SSD Caching for fast website serving
  • 45-days money back guarantee
  • Local payment options – Cash Card, Debit Card, Net Banking, Offline Payment

Drawbacks

  • Plesk Onyx powered control panel
  • Cannot host multiple websites in Starter and Standard plans

Price

  • Shared hosting starts at ₹49/mo (regular ₹139/mo)

 

Latency Test Results

Bitcatcha (Bangalore): 118 ms

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WebPageTest.org (Mumbai, EC2, Chrome): 0.161s

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6. FastWebHost.in

FastWebHost.in is a privately held web hosting company who ventured in California and extended their service to India and Europe later.

They feature a drag and drop website builder at free of cost with all plans. There are 190+ pre-made templates which you can use to build your site.

They offer 24/7 live chat support who responded to my first message in 4-5 seconds. And also there are all-day phone support and support ticket system.

 

Notable Features

  • Server Location: Delhi
  • 50% off on the first purchase
  • Free domain name for 1 year in Advanced and Ultimate plans
  • Free Private SSL
  • Free Drag and Drop website builder
  • Local payment options – Cash Card, Debit Card, Mobile Payment, Net Banking, Offline Payment

Drawbacks

  • Low priority support and resource power in the Basic plan

Price

  • Shared hosting starts at ₹75/mo (regular ₹149/mo)

 

Latency Test Results

Bitcatcha (Bangalore): 115 ms

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WebPageTest.org (Mumbai, EC2, Chrome): 0.209s

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7. HostingRaja

HostingRaja started their journey in 2012 and grew quickly in the next few years to reach 150,000 customers milestone by 2018.

Their live chat worked for me without any delay when I pitched my first pre-sales question. They also have 24/7 phone call and support tickets.

Unlike most international hosting brands reviewed at WHSR, HostingRaja offer customer support in 3 different local languages other than Hindi and English, which will provide much help to the local audience.

 

Notable Features for Indian Users

  • Server Locations: Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore
  • 40%-55% off on the first purchase
  • Flexible plans for personal to corporate sites
  • Customer support available in local languages
  • Optimized with LiteSpeed WebServer
  • Free Drag and Drop website builder in Gold and higher plans
  • Free domain name in Gold and higher plans
  • Local payment options – Net Banking, Debit Card, Mobile Payment and Offline Payment

Drawbacks

  • Low priority support in Starter and Silver plans

Price

  • Shared hosting starts at ₹99/mo (regular ₹165/mo)

 

Latency Test Results

Bitcatcha (Bangalore): 86 ms

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WebPageTest.org (Mumbai, EC2, Chrome): 0.337s

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8. Hostripples.in

Hostripples.in launched their web hosting service in 2013 and operated by a registered company in India named ‘Sarps Technologies Pvt. Ltd’.

All their web hosting plans offer unlimited disk space and the prices of their plans can go down to half when it is bought for 3 years at once.

They offer 24/7 live chat, phone call support and support tickets. There are a knowledge base and server status page for further assistance.

 

Notable Features for Indian Users

  • Server Location: Pune
  • Powered by CloudLinux
  • Free domain name in Linux – Plan 3 and higher plans
  • Free Let’s Encrypt SSL
  • Unlimited disk space in all shared hosting plans
  • Free RV Site Builder (624 predesigned templates) with all plans
  • Local payment options – Debit Card, Net Banking, Mobile Payment

Drawbacks

  • Limited email accounts, sub-domains and databases in starter plans

Price

  • Shared hosting starts at ₹35/mo (regular ₹60/mo)

 

Latency Test Results

Bitcatcha (Bangalore): 109 ms

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WebPageTest.org (Mumbai, EC2, Chrome): 0.662s

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Wrap Up: Top Indian Hosting Picks & Other Readings

To recap, here’s a quick look back at the Indian hosting services we have tested and ranked in this article. If you are looking for an affordable hosting service that can handle traffic from India – Hostinger and Hostgator.in should be your best two bets.

Indian Hosts Comparison Table

Web HostServer LocationResponse Time (from India)Overall Speed RatingPriceOrder
BitcatchaW.P.Test
HostingerSingapore284 ms602 msA+79/moVisit
HostGator.inMumbai109 ms343 msB?222/moVisit
BigRock.inPowai112 ms324 msA?89/moVisit
BlueHostMumbai107 ms117 msB?259/moVisit
ZNetLiveNoida118 ms161 msA?169/moVisit
FastWebHost.inDelhi115 ms209 msC?175/moVisit
HostingRajaMumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore86 ms337 msB?99/moVisit
HostripplesPune109 ms662 msC+?35/moVisit

 

Bear in mind that we only focus in latency (speed), price, and overall quality in this list. There are a few other factors you should consider when choosing a web host, including:

  1. Server uptime
  2. Options to upgrade in future
  3. Number of domains you can host in one account
  4. Price (both signup and renewal)
  5. Refund and customer care policy
  6. Email hosting
  7. Essential features – including auto app installer and backup features
  8. After sales support
  9. Control panel and user friendliness
  10. Eco-friendliness

There is never a fixed solution to one’s web hosting needs. What’s best for me might not be right for you. For those who need to learn more to gain confidence, here are some recommended readings and tools.

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Article by Abrar Mohi Shafee

Abrar Mohi Shafee is a content writer and affiliate marketer who enjoys writing about how to make your website more popular. He has appeared on ProBlogger, Kissmetrics and several more giant websites. Don't hesitate to ask him for anything he can do to help you.

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