Hunting for the best website 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:
- Customer service
Understanding Bitcatcha’s Speed Ratings
- 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.
- 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
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:
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 10GB SSD storage
- 10,000 visits /mo
- cPanel & SSH access
- Free Cloudflare CDN
- Free daily backup
"The best all-rounder on the list. Fast (especially in Malaysia) and affordable."
SiteGround is our number one choice for its combination of speed and price.
Better yet, you won’t sacrifice speed globally. 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!
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!
What’s not good with SiteGround
- Relatively high renewal price for the following year’s contract.
SiteGround in action
We have set up a test site on SiteGround’s Singapore server. We track the server uptime as well as the response speed. As our #1 host, SiteGround performs perfectly.
- Free domain name
- Unlimited storage
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Localised support
"Maximum value for the features you’ll receive. Great price too!"
Hostinger is one of the faster web hosting companies out there, regardless of where your customers are situated. Their worldwide averages (taken from their Singaporean data center) gave them a solid A+, and they’ve scored a very snappy 88.7 ms in Asia.
Best part in our opinion is that in Singapore, Hostinger scored an amazing 5 ms, which means that your customers in Malaysia will get to experience their snappy response times as well!
With unlimited storage, bandwidth, and email, you’ll never have to worry about paying more for resources you might need. You’ll also rest easy with their 99.9% uptime guarantee, and you’ll save even more as they offer you 1 free domain name.
Their customer support is one of the best we’ve experienced, serving over 20 countries in their native languages. They’ve even got plans to add in more!
What’s not good with Hostinger
- No Free SSL
- No Daily Backups
Hostinger in action
- Unlimited SSD
- Unlimited bandwidth
- A2 optimised WP
- Free site migration
- Anytime money back
"Best for small businesses and personal sites that run on WordPress."
An environmentally friendly web host, with blazing fast speeds in Asia (thanks to its Singapore data center) and plenty of quality-of-life features, A2 really rocked our world when we were testing their speeds.
If you’re looking to cater to customers around the southeast Asian region, A2 is actually one of the best web hosts you can get (6 ms pinged from Singapore!).
However, if you decide to target a more global audience, you can do so without worries; A2’s average worldwide speed of 173.2 ms will ensure snappy loading speeds for your site, no matter where your target customers are.
The Swift plan came with a list of luxurious speed-enhancing features such as SSD storage, PHP7 and their exclusive A2 Optimized WordPress app. The app optimizes your WordPress site for you, saving you a whole load of time and ensuring you’ll get the best speeds possible.
While the Swift plan is good as-is, we recommend the Turbo plan if you can afford to splurge a little. This gives you access to their Turbo servers (20X faster than regular servers)!
A highly recommended web host for the region (and beyond!)
What’s not good with A2 Hosting
- If you’re unlucky, it can take quite a while to connect to their live chat team.
A2 Hosting in action
- 50GB Disk Space
- 100GB Disk Transfer
- 99.5% Uptime Guar.
- WordPress, Joomla
- 24×7 E-mail Support
"Great for local Malaysian audiences, but lacks the reliability of larger hosts."
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.
What’s not good with Exabytes
- Uptime guarantee is lower than our benchmark of 99.8%.
- Not as fast globally.
- Free domain name
- Max Speed Zones™
- Unlimited transfer
- SSH access
- 24×7 US support
"Inmotion is another powerful global web host. In fact, I use Inmotion to host my own sites."
If you’re aiming for a global audience, this is one of the fastest hosts out there. It scores A+ across the world.
At 147 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.
What’s not good with Inmotion Hosting
- Slightly slower response times in Asia compared to some hosts.
- 25GB Disk Space
- 100GB Disk Transfer
- 99% Uptime Guar.
- 1 Free Domain
- 340+ Script
"Another fast and affordable Malaysian web host."
ServerFreak is our second local Malaysia web host on the list. It’s only a fraction slower than Exabytes in the Malaysian region, and it ranks 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.
What’s not good with ServerFreak
- Uptime guarantee is lower than our benchmark 99.8%.
- Slower in the rest of the world than most larger hosts.
- 100GB Disk Space
- Unmetered Transfer
- 1Gbps Anti-DDoS Protection
- R1Soft Backup
- Bitcoin Accepted
"A secure, anonymous web host at a relatively low cost."
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.
What’s not good with Shinjiru
- Not as fast in Malaysia as other local hosts.
- 10GB Disk Space
- 100GB Transfer
- Unlimited Domains
- cPanel & Softaculous
- Daily Backup
"A Malaysian web host that’s great if you have a US or global audience."
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 tests 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.
What’s not good with Sempoi
- Poor response time for Malaysian audiences.
- More expensive than many other plans on the list.
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:
AVG. SPEED IN ASIA
Host hunting is a tricky business, so if you have further questions, please feel free to drop us a message.