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Why Host Your Websites Locally?
Advantage #1. Faster Website for Local Audience
Consider it like a flight.
When a Malaysian uses a website hosted in the United States, his requests fly from Malaysia – USA – Malaysia to return a result.
If it was hosted in Malaysia, the requests would have flown inside Malaysia only, minimizing the travel time.
The exemplified travel time of the flight has a technical term ‘latency’. The higher the latency is, the slower your website loads.
You can minimize this travel time (so is the latency) choosing to host on a local server.
Here is a live example. Our website, WebHostingSecretRevealed.net, is hosted on a server located on the west coast of USA.
Due to its peculiar server location, the website responses within 8ms in the USA (W) and 367ms in Japan.
Advantage #2. Local Payment Methods
Payments in foreign currencies could be a real pain sometimes. You must have an internationally accepted payment method (with USD currency generally) for making payments.
Where local hosting companies would accept any local bank/credit card, you can see the price in your own currency and there is no currency conversion charge associated.
Advantage #3. Customer Support in Local Language
I bet you are definitely more comfortable talking in your first language than the second one.
All international web hosts use English for communication (assuming that English is not your first language) and you have to maintain their local office time for phone call support.
With a local company, there will be no time complexity. Some companies offer customer support in their local language. Plus, calling to a local phone number is cheaper and easier.
Best Web Hosts for Malaysian / Singaporean Websites
Here are the 8 companies who made out to our list in the following order.
We considered not only the latency but also the customer support, price, and the company reputation.
In addition to them, there is one free shared hosting plan that comes with 1000MB disk space and 10GB bandwidth. Interestingly, there are no ads in this plan even though it is free.
The entry-level shared hosting doesn’t have much to offer, but their Premium and Business plans have solid hardware and freebies like free domain, free SSL, daily backup service and deluxe live support.
Exabytes is one of the oldest hosting providers in Southeast Asia with headquarter in Penang, Malaysia and external branches in Singapore and Thailand.
The company made their establishment back in 2001.
Exabytes offer some economically crafted small business hosting plans where the highlights are free domain, free SSL, free backup service and free domain privacy protection.
Those who are looking forward to migrating away from their current web host – Exabytes offers free website transfer along with the facility to top up remaining hosting period from their previous host to the new Exabytes account (up to 12 months).
FastComet offers beginner-friendly cloud hosting with SSD storages.
Lots of freebies are included in their shared plans including free domain name, free daily and weekly backup service and free drag-and-drop website builder.
The SpeedUp shared plan is their most generous offer. It is powered by RocketBooster servers which features 3x more CPU and RAM, 3x fewer uses, Varnish+Memcached caching technology and BitNinja security.
Their pricing comes at great transparency and stability. It is locked for life. You will pay the first-time buying price at renewals.
It is better to ask the company in advance how many visitors a package can accommodate and which is recommended for your size of business.
The question remains. Local web hosts sound very attractive. How reliable are they?
Local companies definitely understand how important the reliability is. They have major focus to ensure more than 99% of uptime and faster support when needed.
In the case of reliability, hybrid companies are one step ahead (who provide both local and global hosting; i.e.: SiteGround, A2Hosting). They have a larger workforce and more experience in handling businesses.
3- Valuable Aadd-on services
What so special about the local companies is that they are more generous to offer add-on services at free of cost.
For setting up a website, you may need SSL certificate, website backup service, website builder, domain privacy and more on the list.
Therefore, it is recommended to compare hosting plans for those free added services. The more you can get, the better you can save.
Many companies also offer one free domain name, sometimes even for life. So check and you may get one.
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