Whenever we talk about hosting companies, the big names from the US and the UK come up. Many of the top hosting companies in the industry are all in the United States.
After reviewing so many hosting companies in North America and Europe, a question dawned on us. What about hosting companies in the East? Are they not world-class or is everybody from Asia signing up with hosting companies in the US or Europe?
That question prompted us to do some research. After all, Asia is a big continent and has 4.14 billion people living there. That’s 2/3 of the world’s population. Plus, there are loads of awesome Asian tech companies. They must have outstanding hosting companies of their own.
It turns out we are right in several ways. Many people in Asia are using hosting companies in the West. That’s for reputation, being close to the target market in the west and a plethora of other reasons, no doubt. And they also have their own outstanding hosting companies.
We decided to compile this list. Some companies here are actually from the west but have datacenters in Asia. This benefits the people in Asia since is means better speed, while some are based in Asia so that customers can do business with a local company. But we’ve found that the leading hosting companies that are local to the area tend to charge more money per dollar than their international competitors. Check out the 5 best hosting companies in Asia.
The Best 5
- Site5 : A Shared and VPS provider who has 18 datacenters around the world, including Singapore and New Delhi,
- VPS.net : The leading cloud VPS specialist with 20 datacenters around the world, including Tokyo, Singapore, and New Delhi,
- Eleven2 : A Shared and VPS provider with a Singapore datacenter,
- Signetique : A leading Singapore-based hosting company with an unusually large number of Shared hosting plans to fit any budget,
- HostSG : A Singapore-based hosting company with a wide range of Shared, VPS, Dedicated, and Colocation plans.
Read more about them after the break!
Winner – Site5 – From $4.95/mo
Site5 is based in Denver, CO, but they have a worldwide network of datacenters. In fact, they have 18 different locations. Here’s the locations of Site5’s datacenters.
- Asia: New Delhi, Singapore
- Australia: Sydney
- Europe: Amsterdam, Bucharest
- UK: London
- Canada: Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver
- South America: Joao Pessoa, Sauo Paulo
- US: Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix, Miami, Atlanta, New York, Washington
Their main datacenter is in Dallas, but you can request another location when signing up. Other datacenters may charge a bit more per per month.
Site5 is among very a rare group of hosting companies that offers a customer support Service Level Agreement. The SLA states that if a customer does not get a response to a support inquiry within 24 hours, his account will be credited as a token of apology. This is both commitment and confidence. It can’t go wrong trusting Site5. Site5 has a 45-day money back guarantee so you don’t have to worry about getting a refund if you are not satisfied with the service.
Site5 offers a full range of plans: Budget Shared hosting and both managed and unmanaged VPS hosting. Their budget Shared hosting plans range in price from $4.95 to $11.95 and their unmanaged VPS plans are also reasonably priced.
Their unmanaged VPS plans include root access so you can custom configure the LAMP stack to maximize performance for the dollar.
Shared Hosting Plans
Their shared hosting plans are priced at $4.95, $8.95, and $11.95 a month. They advertise unlimited bandwidth and storage. The $4.95 plan permits only one site but the others are unlimited. The $11.95 plan uniquely includes a dedicated IP address. All the plans are provided with an SSL certificate, but if you intend to use your Shared hosting site for eCommerce, the $11.95 plan is our recommendation.
Cloud Shared Hosting Plans
Site5 has an interesting premium-level Shared hosting plan that delivers the advantages of Cloud hosting without the price penalty of a fully-managed VPS. They call it Cloud Shared Hosting. Like a VPS, it has storage and bandwidth limits, but it comes with the uptime advantages of cloud hosting. They cite a 99.99% uptime statistic, but a true cloud shouldn’t be going down at all. That’s the point.
A dedicated IP is included, as is their 45-day money-back guarantee.
Unmanaged VPS Hosting Plans
Site5 offers both unmanaged and managed VPS plans. Their Linux-based unmanaged plan gives you root access and your choice of how you build your stack. The base prices do not include a panel or installer but they can be added as extras. Interestingly, VPS comes with only a 15-day money back guarantee.
Here is the price sheet for their unmanaged VPS hosting.
These aggressive prices do not include a panel or an installer. cPanel and Softaculous are available for an added $11.25/mo. With these options, this is an attractive package for someone who is used to shared hosting but needs the performance of a dedicated server.
Managed VPS Plans
Site5 has a separate price sheet for their line of fully managed plans. Under a managed plan, the host handles all the sysadmin, maintenance, and upgrade issues. Of course, you pay for their expertise and personalized service.
Here are their managed VPS hosting plans.
The cPanel/WHM/Softaculous package is $10/mo.
30 days of remote backups is $7/mo.
2. VPS.NET – From $20/month
As the name suggests, VPS.net offers only VPS hosting. They specialize in Cloud VPS hosting. Cloud VPS servers can re-size on demand without reboot while remaining online. This ability is often advertised as “auto-scaling”, “auto-healing”, “elastic service”, and so forth. Capacity expands to meet heavy demands and cloud servers can take over if your main server goes down. If 99.99% uptime just isn’t good enough, you need a Cloud VPS host.
A Cloud VPS from VPS.net is ideal if you need to maintain a 24/7 presence all over the world. You choose from their line of 18 datacenters to host your site, a choice of Linux operating systems or Windows, they promise a 99.9% uptime guarantee. The architecture of a cloud-backed VPS is such that a promise like this is realistic.
VPS.net has a very impressive network of datacenters all over the world, including three in Asia! In combination with their cloud technology, it makes VPS.net a fantastic choice. Here is the complete list of their datacenters. You choose your server’s location at the time of your signup.
- Asia: Tokyo, Singapore, New Delhi
- Australia: Sydney
- UK: London, Manchester
- Europe: Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt
- South America: Sao Paulo
- Canada: Montreal
- US: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Washington, D. C.
Unmanaged VPS Plans
Their unmanaged VPS plans are branded as their “instant” cloud servers and they prefer the term “semi-managed” to “unmanaged”. We don’t think that “unmanaged” carries a negative connotation. It just means that it is the best choice for a knowledgeable webmaster who enjoys working with the technology and wants to save some money. It doesn’t mean that the staff is indifferent to the customer’s needs.
Here are their plans in the $100/mo and below range:
VPS.net describes these plans as “semi-managed”. That means:
We make sure we are here for you. We provide 24×7 support via live chat, email and phone. Should you have any problems with the software that comes with your server then we can help you out with the basic free of charge. More complex issue may require our paid for Fully Managed support.
It seems that “semi-managed” means that they are there to assist but you are the primary system administrator, not them. For many people, this is a good balance since a VPS customer is often an experienced webmaster and can handle all the routine tasks themselves. Unmanaged and semi-managed plans are cheaper than a fully-managed plan, so semi-managed or unmanaged is smart if you are ready for the responsibility.
The VPS.net plans are upgradable in units that they call “nodes”. You can add additional VPS nodes to scale up if you want. The additional system resources will be multiples of the basic node. You can scale up or down without any downtime.
Fully-Managed Cloud VPS Plans
For those who are looking for the fully-managed and supported flavor of VPS, VPS.net has another line of plans for you. Of course, the support is reflected in the price.
Their managed Cloud VPS plans offer:
- Fully-managed support
- Optimized for Joomla and WordPress
- SSL certificate
- Remote daily backups
- Two dedicated IPs
- Hosting in the cloud
Here are their three Managed Cloud VPS plans:
These plans include the cPanel control panel and Softaculous installer, 100% uptime guarantee (hey, its a Cloud VPS backed by 18 datacenters!), automatic backup, 24/7 technical support,and fully-managed service. This is for business class customers who need to be online every moment of every day.
3. – Eleven2 – From $4.95/month
Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Los Angeles, they have datacenters in Dallas, London, and Singapore. You choose your datacenter when you sign up. This way, you ensure that your websites are on a server closest to your target audience. By having a website physically close to people improves the page loading times.
Eleven2 is a full-featured hosting provider. They have good plans for Shared, VPS, Reseller, and Dedicated hosting. Their service is backed by a 60-day money-back guarantee, double the industry norm.
Shared Hosting Plans
They don’t try to compete in the “unlimited everything” race; rather, they set generous limits on RAM and storage on all but their cheapest plan. The entry-level plan, which is only available by the year (it comes out to $4.95/mo), gives you 10GB storage. The next plan up is $10 (month-to-month) or $8/mo with an annual prepayment. It gives you 250GB storage! Only $3/mo more (annual prepay) and you get 240GB more storage! That’s a strong message that they are trying hard to steer customers toward the more expensive plans.
Here is their price sheet for Shared hosting.
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Note: These prices are for 1-year prepayment.
For the S-100 and S-200 plans, the SSL certificate and dedicated IP address are options. They are both included in the S-300 and S-400 plans. All the plans include the Cloudflare cloud-based CDN.
Eleven2’s VPS plans are fully managed. The prices include the cPanel/WHM panel which is often an option. They do have SSD but the SSD is used currently as high-speed cache, with mechanical disk storage.
The prices are month-to-month; they offer a 10% discount for an annual payment.
4. Signetique – From S$8.95/month
Established in Singapore in 1996, Signetique is a big name in the Singapore tech community, a city-state island nation where infrastructure and technology can rival that of any of the major cities in the US. Signetique is based in Singapore but they have a presence in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and India.
Signetique uses the state-of-the-art Webvisions datacenter at Science Park, Singapore.
Signetique offers a 99.97% uptime guarantee. It’s not 99.99% and 99.97% means roughly around 2 minutes potential downtime a week. Yeah, it is pretty stable uptime.
The company offers a wide range of hosting services. They’ve got an amazing number of Shared hosting plans; they have a finely graded scale of plans that gently offers a bit more hardware with each increment in price. It is in stark contrast to the western style of offering only one “unlimited” one-size-fits-all Shared hosting plan.
Shared Hosting Plans
Here is their range of Shared hosting plans. Obviously this strategy enables you to pay only what you plan to use. We have never seen such a finely graded set of Shared hosting plans. Here are most of them (!).
The plans all have “unmetered” transfer in their table, but this term is given an asterisk. The footnote indicates that the limits shown in the above table are enforced.
These plans come with the Plesk panel and you can order either the Linux or Windows environment. Plans below “Lite” support only one site; the more costly plans support up to 50 (Enterprise).
As of this writing one Singapore dollar is about $0.80 in American currency. These are much higher prices than ordinary American hosting companies.
VPS Hosting Plans
The Signetique VPS plans support both the Linux and Windows environments. This table is for the Linux stack, which is based on the CentOS distro. They come with the Plesk panel and you get root access and a dedicated IP address. The latter is needed for eCommerce, along with an SSL certificate.
5. HostSG – From S$6/month
HostSG is the first hosting company in Singapore with 6 Tier 1 network access to 6 biggest networks in Asia and the world. This includes Deutsche Telekom, Hurricane Electric, PCCW, NTT Communication, Singtel, and Starhub. Founded in 1997, they are also first to commercially support server clustering for shared hosting back in 2006.
Singapore has a greater multinational presence and this makes it an ideal choice for any businesses that want to host in Asia without compromising any other aspects.
Like Signetique, HostSG has a very large number of plans, ranging from shared hosting, VPS, dedicated, and colocation. For budget shared hosting, the pricing starts from S$6 a month on a 2-year contract. They offer a 30-day money back guarantee across the shared hosting plans. You get unmetered data transfer for all shared hosting plans and their “Budget” Shared hosting plan has 5GB storage, sufficient to run a small web site.
Budget Shared Hosting Plans
Cloud Shared Hosting
HostSG Cloud Sites improve redundancy and high availability because all your traffic and resources are spread across a cluster of servers, balancing the load with minimal chance of overloading.
Their cloud Shared hosting includes a backup server machine in the event that the primary server goes down.
Fully Managed Business VPS Hosting
HostSG also offers a line of VPS plans that are of similar storage capacity to their Cloud shared hosting plans. The VPS technology comes at a much higher price. VPS offers root access and much greater configuration options than Shared hosting.
Business VPS comes with cPanel.
Fully Managed Cloud Business VPS Hosting Plans
Cloud Business VPS cloud works like ‘regular’ VPS. In addition, you have a backup server waiting to take over in the event that your main server goes offline. Since it is a managed service, you will be able to focus on your core business without worrying about server maintenance and security.
Enterprise VPS Hosting (Unmanaged)
This rather pretentious title is actually the name of a line of relatively affordable unmanaged VPS hosting plans. Root access is included but a panel is extra. The Plesk or cPanel is $15/mo. One dedicated IP address is included.
Customers who are interested in a managed solution are referred to the Business hosting plans shown above.
Here are are the unmanaged VPS plans at HostSG.
Prices shown are for a 2-year contract.
The cPanel or Plesk is S$15/mo.
Nightly backup is S$30/mo.
It’s clear now that Singapore-based hosting can more costly than American or UK based hosting. You can see that it can be more economical to use an American or European hosting company who has a datacenter in Singapore (or another Asian location) than using a Singapore-based company.
Asia is such a big continent and there are great many hosting companies out there.
The hosting companies on this list offer great support for Asian customers. You can find out more by yourself too. Just use our hosting companies comparison tool.