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:
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 testing) 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.
Another example – image below shows the 30 days Interserver hosting response time (sourced from HostScore). Interserver data center is located at Secaucus, New Jersey (U.S. East Coast) – hence as you can see, they have the fastest response time for test from United States East Coast the nearest location).
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?
Compare Indian Top Hosting Providers
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.
Hostinger.in pride themselves as India's #1 cheap hosting and domain name provider. Their Single Website Hosting plan, starts at ₹53.99 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.
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
Low priority support in Starter and Silver plans
Shared hosting starts at ₹99/mo (regular ₹165/mo)
Bitcatcha Speed Test (Bangalore): 86 ms
WebPageTest.org Speed Test (Mumbai, EC2, Chrome): 0.337s
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
Limited email accounts, sub-domains and databases in starter plans
Shared hosting starts at ₹35/mo (regular ₹60/mo)
Bitcatcha (Bangalore): 109 ms
WebPageTest.org Speed Test (Mumbai, EC2, Chrome): 0.662s
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. 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:
Options to upgrade in future
Number of domains you can host in one account
Price (both signup and renewal)
Refund and customer care policy
Essential features – including auto app installer and backup features
After sales support
Control panel and user 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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Web hosting recommendations based on different needs
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About 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.