Don’t Host Your Website in India: Choose Singapore Instead!

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Selecting a web host with servers near your customers is important. Which is why if you’re an Indian business, choosing to host your website in India seems like a great idea. I even wrote an article earlier talking about which web hosts have datacenters in India.

However, I also mentioned that there are no Indian web hosts with private data centers. As a result, they all rely on 3rd party providers, and frequently don’t even have access to the servers. For this reason (and others), I now recommend choosing a web hosting provider with datacenters in Singapore. This article will explain why Singapore is a much better location to have servers – even if your customers are primarily Indian.

If You Absolutely NEED an Indian Web Host, Choose Hostgator India

If you’re dead set on getting an Indian web host, then I recommend Hostgator India (Here’s a list of their best coupons and discounts). They have server locations in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Hyderabad, and Bangalore.

Like other Indian web hosts, they don’t own their datacenters either. But Hostgator India is large enough and has enough clout to ensure a greater control over their servers compared to other providers. Plus they partner with GPX, who has a Tier IV datacenter in Mumbai. In my opinion, this is the best hardware and security you can get for India based servers.

But if you only need servers close to your clients and not India based servers specifically, then Singapore is a much better location. Here’s why.

Why is Singapore a Better Choice than India for Hosting?

First, let’s get the obvious out of the way.

It’s Close to India

Singapore is very close to India. How close? Here’s a map to show you:

Map Singapore to India Distance

 

Depending on where your clients connect from, Singapore might actually be closer to them than some other locations in India! The extra little bit of distance doesn’t really count when it comes to website latency. So if you’re looking for servers close to your website visitors, Singapore fits the bill.

Singapore is the Hosting Capital of Asia

Singapore is by far, the most popular hosting destination for top quality websites in Asia. Here are a few stats from Cushman & Wakefield’s recent report: “Data center investment: A rare opportunity for the right investor”

  1. Singapore comprises 54% of datacenter capacity in South East Asia
  2. Web GIANTS like AWS, Netflix, Oracle, and IBM have chosen to host in Singapore
  3. In a list of 10 Asian countries, Singapore ranks number 1 (India ranks last).

Here’s a diagram showing that last comparison, ranking the countries in Asia in terms of suitability for datacenter locations:

Don't Host Your Website in India. Singapore First India Last

Here’s the final ranking:

Ranking Country Score
1 Singapore 84.5
2 South Korea 83.23
3 Hong Kong 78.73
4 Japan 76.48
5 Australia 68.18
6 Malaysia 66.86
7 Thailand 59.55
8 Indonesia 51.81
9 China 50.22
10 India 47.84

Comparing India to Singapore for Datacenter Locations

Datacenters need a lot of great infrastructure to support them. Billion-dollar industries rely on their server uptime to run. It’s not just about how great an individual datacenter is. The environment has to support it as well. For example, will the city fumble in the aftermath of a natural disaster? Is the government politically stable?

It’s hard to explain in words how much better Singapore is for hosting server locations. So I made a table showing the rankings of the two countries on a variety of parameters relevant to datacenter suitability.

Factors (Out of 37 Countries) Singapore Ranking India Ranking
Ease of Doing Business 1 36 (Only Nigeria is worse)
Corporation Tax Incentives 4 32
Coping with Natural Disasters
Flooding, Cyclones etc.
Will the infrastructure hold up?)
6 32
Bandwidth per Dollar 11 32
Energy Security 17 37 (Last)

This table is a great illustration of why it’s better to host in Singapore, as opposed to India – even if your client base resides in India.

Natural Disaster Readiness

To hammer home the point, DigitalOcean recently opened up operations in Bangalore. However, when cyclone Vardah hit in 2016, it greatly damaged the undersea fiber optic cables for Chennai. Without sufficient redundancy, it led to the entire datacenter going down. Choosing to host your website in India is a risky proposition!

Professionalism and Security

Another complaint is that 3rd party colocation services in India don’t follow the best practices with regard to security and don’t have great customer support. For example, hosting provider SkyNetHosting started operations in India, only to be hit with a 23Gbps DDoS attack. Unfortunately, their datacenter was unresponsive and didn’t help them take measure to defeat it in a timely manner.

Reasons like this make me wary of hosting in India. The only exception I would make is if the hosting company is large enough to make the datacenter owners bend to their will – as I imagine EIG is with Hostgator India.

So Which Web Host to Choose for Singapore Hosting?

Here’s a list of well-known web hosts with datacenters in Singapore:

  1. SiteGround
  2. A2 Hosting
  3. GoDaddy

Note: These are affiliate links – your clicks and purchases help me pay the bills!

My personal recommendation is SiteGround. I’ve had a great experience with them, they offer free SSL with Let’s Encrypt (unlike GoDaddy), and are a very solid host all around. Plus their web hosting is pretty cheap starting at just $3.95/month.

I hope this article was helpful!

About Bhagwad Park

I've been writing about web hosting and WordPress tutorials since 2008. I also create tutorials on Linux server administration, and have a ton of experience with web hosting products. Contact me via e-mail!

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