The 8 Best Web Hosting For Malaysia Websites 2017 (Ranked!)

By Daren Low   Last updated November 19, 2017 


Best Web Hosting Malaysia





Hunting for the best web host can be exhausting. Especially if you’re looking for a specific region, like Malaysia.

 

The websites are full of jargon and complicated figures. What does it all mean?(!)

 

Today, I’ll cut through the noise and show you the eight best web hosts for Malaysian websites.

 

Most importantly, I’ll focus on the things you actually care about:

 

Speed, reliability, security, location, customer service and price.

 

If you’re looking for a quick answer, here are my top web host picks:

 

 

At A Glance: Top Five Web Hosts for Malaysia

 
 

WORLDWIDE SPEED RATING

AVG. SPEED IN ASIA

PRICE (MYR/YEAR)

SiteGround

A

60 ms

213.30

Inmotion Hosting

A+

199 ms

215.70

Exabytes

B

68 ms

269

ServerFreak

B

78 ms

299

HostGator Cloud

A+

189 ms

413

 

Understanding Bitcatcha’s Speed Ratings

 

  1. Worldwide Speed Rating We’ve ranked every host’s speed using Bitcatcha’s unique server speed tester. It records response time from eight locations around the globe and benchmarks the result against Google’s recommended response time of 200 ms. An ‘A’ rating is anything faster than 210 ms.
  2. Average Speed In Asia We’ve combined the web host’s response times from Singapore, Sydney and Japan – the closest locations to Malaysia – and calculated an average. It shows you how fast a web host will respond for Malaysian audiences.

 

 

What To Look For In A Web Host

 

Best Web Hosting Malaysia

 

 

On a first look, most web hosts seem pretty similar. But when you look closely, there’s a HUGE difference between them.

 

If you’re a beginner, one way to think of your web host is as your website’s engine or foundations. It’s got to be strong, fast, and reliable. So as you read through our list, here are the main points you’re looking for:

 

  1. Speed If you want your website to load quickly, a good web host is essential. This is your engine, remember. We want a fast engine! Google advises that web host servers should respond within 200ms. At Bitcatcha, we measure server speed and give every host a score from A+ to D.
  2. Speed Where Your Audience Is Server speed varies across the world. Why? Because web hosts locate their servers in different parts of the globe. So your web host might be super fast in Malaysia, but slow in the US. If your audience is mostly Malaysian, choose a web host with fast speeds in that region. If your audience is global, choose a host that responds well all over the world. That’s why the Bitcatcha speed checker shows you server speed from eight different locations.
  3. Uptime “Uptime” is measured by a percentage and it tells you how often a web host’s servers are ‘up’ or working. You want a web host with the highest possible uptime. Look for at least 99.8% or higher.
  4. Security Look for the web host with strong security credentials to help keep it safe from hacks. In particular, a web host with automatic updates and malware scanning is ideal.
  5. Customer Service If something goes wrong with your website, it’s good to know there’s someone to help you out. Look for a web host with 24/7/365 human customer service. Look for your preferred options too, whether it’s phone access, online chat, or a ticket system.
  6. Backups A good web host will keep automatic backups of your website. Just in case.
  7. Storage And Bandwidth This is basically how much data you can store on your website (images, content etc) and how much traffic you are allowed. More is usually better, but choose the right level for your site. (i.e. if you run a small website, don’t pay for more than you need).
  8. Price Price is always going to be a consideration. But don’t necessarily settle for the cheapest. It can end up causing you more problems in the future. Choose the price that gives you the features you need (and a little room to grow).

 

 

Local or Global?

 

If you’re looking for Malaysian web hosting, you’ve got two options.

 

  1. Choose a small, local host with servers in Malaysia (Ideal for: Websites with a Malaysian audience.)
    A local host may offer faster speeds for audiences in your region. You may also prefer a local customer service team.
  2. Choose a larger, global web host that covers Malaysia (Ideal for: Malaysian websites with a global audience.)
    This will give you high speeds all across the world. You might also enjoy better technology and security from larger companies.

 

We’ll look at both options below, so you can choose the right host (global or local) for you.

 

 

Ranked: The Best Web Hosts For Malaysian Sites

 

World Speed Score

A

Speed In Asia

60 ms

Price (MYR)

213.30/year

Key Features

  • 10GB SSD storage
  • 10,000 visits per month
  • cPanel & SSH access
  • Free Cloudflare CDN
  • Free daily backup
"The best all-rounder on the list. Fast (especially in Malaysia) and affordable. "
VISIT HOST

 

SiteGround is our number one choice for its combination of speed and price.

 

At 60 ms, it’s the fastest host in the Malaysian region (especially if you choose to locate the server in Singapore.)

 

Better yet, you won’t sacrifice speed across the rest of the world. Siteground gets an A rating across the rest of the world. In other words, it’s super fast in Malaysia, and it’s fast everywhere else too!

 

You can accelerate the worldwide speed even further by enabling the SiteGround’s free CDN function. Powered by Cloudflare, this stores your website locally on servers around the world. So no matter where your audience is, they always get served from the fastest location.

 

SiteGround is also affordable. At RM213 , it’s (almost) the cheapest host on the list. And it comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.

 

Not only that, but SiteGround is a global web host that powers more than 500,000 of websites. You’re in good hands. You get daily backups too so you won’t lose all your hard work. FYI, we host this website Bitcatcha.com on SiteGround’s server!

 

Downsides:

 

  • Relatively high renewal price for the following year’s contract.

 

SiteGround User Testimonial : 

Kalen has been hosting her fashion store, BonBonBoutique.com.my with SiteGround since 2013. SiteGround is easily compatible with WooCommerce too, which she uses to power her online store. Kalen says in the interview, “I would recommend SiteGround for setting up an e-commerce site.” And the stats speak for themselves. Her site enjoys 99.9% uptime and an A speed rating.

 

 

World Speed Score

A+

Speed In Asia

199 ms

Price (MYR)

215/year

Key Features

  • Free domain name
  • Max Speed Zones™
  • Unlimited data transfer
  • SSH access
  • 24×7 US support
"Inmotion is another powerful global web host. In fact, I use InMotion to host my own sites."
VISIT HOST

 

If you’re aiming for a global audience, this is one of the fastest hosts out there. It scores A+ across the world. Only one host on this list is faster (HostGator Cloud – which is twice as expensive).

 

At 199 ms in Asia, it’s not the quickest host for Malaysian audiences, but it’s still within Google’s 200 ms guideline.

 

It comes with unlimited storage and bandwidth, so you’ll never end up paying for more resources. It also guarantees 99.9% uptime and backs up your data every day.

 

Their customer support is top notch too. It received an independent A+ rating for their 24/7 phone support.

 

Downsides:

 

  • Slightly slower response times in Asia compared to some hosts.

 

 

World Speed Score

B

Speed In Asia

68 ms

Price (MYR)

269/year

Key Features

  • 50GB Disk Space
  • 100GB Disk Transfer
  • 99.5% Server Uptime Guar.
  • WordPress, Joomla, phpBB
  • 24×7 E-mail Support
"Great for local Malaysian audiences, but lacks the reliability of larger hosts."
VISIT HOST

 

Exabytes is our highest rated local Malaysian host. Based in the Malaysia region, it scores highly for local speed. It’s ideal if you want a fast and affordable web host for an Asian audience.

 

It boasts a 99.5% uptime, which isn’t as high as we typically recommend, but it’s still respectable.

 

Exabytes comes optimised for WordPress and features a one-click install, making it easy for newcomers.

 

Downsides:

 

  • Uptime guarantee is lower than our benchmark of 99.8%.
  • Not as fast globally.

 

 

World Speed Score

B

Speed In Asia

78 ms

Price (MYR)

299/year

Key Features

  • 25GB Disk Space
  • 100GB Disk Transfer
  • 99% Server Uptime Guar.
  • 1 Free Lifetime Domain
  • Softaculous with 340+ Script
"Another fast and affordable Malaysian web host."
VISIT HOST

 

ServerFreak is our second local Malaysia web host on the list. It’s only a fraction slower than Exabytes in the Malaysia region, and it scores a B across the world.

 

ServerFreak guarantees 99% uptime. Again, this is lower than our benchmark, but won’t cause too much interruption. While ServerFreak is a little more expensive than Exabytes, you do get a 30-day money back guarantee, which is handy.

 

Downsides:

 

  • Uptime guarantee is lower than our benchmark 99.8%.
  • Slower in the rest of the world than most larger hosts.

 

 

5. HostGator Cloud

https://www.hostgator.com/
HostGator Cloud

World Speed Score

A+

Speed In Asia

189 ms

Price (MYR)

412/year

Key Features

  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited Disk Transfer
  • 2x Faster Load Time
  • Easily Scalable
  • cPanel Included
"HostGator Cloud is perfect if you want the very best in speed and reliability."
VISIT HOST

 

HostGator Cloud is the single fastest web host on our list. Across the world, it scores an A+ rating and the average response time is better than all others.

 

However, it’s also the most expensive host on our list.

 

You do get a lot for your money. Super speed, unlimited storage and bandwidth, and unmatched reliability.

 

As the name suggests, HostGator Cloud uses cloud technology. It’s naturally more reliable because you’re sharing the load across multiple servers. It’s scalable too. If your site gets bigger, the host naturally expands to give you more.

 

Downsides:

 

  • Cost – it’s the most expensive web host on the list.

 

 

World Speed Score

B

Speed In Asia

113 ms

Price (MYR)

265/year

Key Features

  • 100GB Disk Sspace
  • Unmetered Disk Transfer
  • 1Gbps Anti-DDoS Protection
  • R1Soft Backup
  • Bitcoin Accepted
"A secure, anonymous web host at a relatively low cost."
VISIT HOST

 

ShinJiru is a solid local Malaysian web host. It comes with generous storage and bandwidth, as well as decent speeds in the Asian region and worldwide.

 

But ShinJiru’s unique selling point is its privacy and confidentiality. In fact, you can set up your web host anonymously to give you an extra layer of security. You can even pay using Bitcoin.

 

Downsides:

 

  • Not as fast in Malaysia as other local hosts.

 

 

World Speed Score

A

Speed In Asia

226 ms

Price (MYR)

500/year

Key Features

  • 10GB Disk Sspace
  • 100GB Disk Transfer
  • Unlimited Add-on Domains
  • cPanel & Softaculous
  • Daily Backup Included
"A Malaysian web host that’s great if you have a US or global audience."
VISIT HOST

 

Sempoi is a worthy option if your website has a worldwide audience. It scores an A across the globe, and it’s particularly speedy in the US.

 

But please note that Sempoi’s servers are located in Canada (according to our testes on their sample websites). So if your website only has a Malaysian audience, it’s not a great choice. The response times in the Malaysia region are slower than all others on this list. At 226 ms, it’s outside Google’s benchmark of 200 ms.

 

Downsides:

 

  • Poor response time for Malaysian audiences.
  • More expensive than many other plans on the list.

 

 

World Speed Score

C+

Speed In Asia

72 ms

Price (MYR)

399/year

Key Features

  • 50GB Disk Sspace
  • Unlimited Disk Transfer
  • 100,000 Inode Limit
  • 99.9% Uptime Guar.
  • 30-day Money Back
"A fast and reliable web host for Malaysian audiences."
VISIT HOST

 

IP Server One is a Malaysian web host that is best suited to Malaysian audiences. It has a fast response time in the Asian region, but it falls short across the rest of the globe. According to Bitcatcha’s worldwide speed test, it scores just a C+.

 

It does, however, boast impressive uptime with a 99.9% guarantee, and generous unlimited bandwidth.

 

Downsides:

 

  • It scored the lowest in Bitcatcha’s worldwide speed score.
  • It’s comparatively expensive.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

If you’re looking for a web host that will handle traffic from all over the world, opt for SiteGround. It’s an established, global host with impeccable uptime and fast response times across the planet.

 

For even faster speeds in Malaysia, choose the Singapore database when signing up with SiteGround (you’ll be prompted to choose the location).

 

And if you want another glance at our top five web hosts for Malaysia, here’s our handy table once again:

 
 

WORLDWIDE SPEED RATING

AVG. SPEED IN ASIA

PRICE (MYR/YEAR)

SiteGround

A

60 ms

213.30

Inmotion Hosting

A+

199 ms

215.70

Exabytes

B

68 ms

269

ServerFreak

B

78 ms

299

HostGator Cloud

A+

189 ms

413

 

Host hunting is a tricky business, so if you have further questions, please feel free to drop us a message.