- Can I host a website for free?
- What is the cheapest and best web hosting service?
- Which hosting is best for websites?
- Where can I host my WordPress website?
- Does it matter where I host my website?
- How to choose a good web host
- How we test web hosts for singapore
- Learn more about a2 hosting
- Learn more about dreamhost
- Learn more about hostinger
- Learn more about siteground
- Why good web hosting is important in singapore
Can I host a website for free?
Yes. There are plenty of free web hosting services around that you can utilize for your website. However, they come with performance restrictions, handicaps, and ads displayed on your website (which you have no control over). If you’re looking to actually build traffic and generate revenue through your site, we would strongly advise against going for these free services.
What is the cheapest and best web hosting service?
Hostinger is the best cheap web hosting you can get at a budget. At only $0.99 a month (with their 48-mo plan), you’ll enjoy a free domain and SSL, unlimited bandwidth, 100GB SSD – more than enough for small or personal websites.
Which hosting is best for websites?
Figure out the purpose of your website, and find out which kind of web hosting would be best to fulfil that purpose. For small business or personal sites, shared web hosting is usually enough to cover all the bases. If it’s for a large to medium website, best not cheap out – go for something that provides you with more resources like VPS hosting.
Where can I host my WordPress website?
We recommend going with Hostinger – they offer optimized WordPress hosting environment, with LiteSpeed WebServer, accelerator, and 24/7 dedicated WordPress team as support.
Does it matter where I host my website?
Yes. Websites are hosted on data centers – physical servers that are used to house all your website data. The location of these data centers affect how fast your website loads for your visitors in certain regions. The closer the data center is to your visitors, the quicker your site will load for them.
How to choose a good web host
Just pick the cheapest one and run with it! It’s just a website, who cares right?
Selecting the wrong web host can be downright detrimental to your business and web presence. A web host is like a foundation to a building – without the right base, everything is eventually gonna fall apart. Ideally, you’ll want your foundation to be strong, fast and reliable.
Let’s have a look at the factors and features every good web host should have.
- SpeedNeedless to say, this is of utmost importance. In this world of fast moving tech and instant gratification, your potential customers will just click ‘x’ if your site doesn’t load up fast enough. At Bitcatcha, we measure server speeds and give every host a score from A to E.
- Speed where your audience isIdeally, you’ll want your server to perform fastest at your targeted audience’s location. Having really fast server speeds in London isn’t really relevant when you’re targeting Singaporeans!
- Uptime Nobody likes paying for a web hosting service and having downtime on their sites. Look for a webhost that can commit to at least 99.8% uptime.
- SecurityYour site is an extension of your brand, and it may hold all of your precious data. You wouldn’t want a host that is easily hackable! Make sure your host has strong security credentials and automatic malware scanning.
- Customer ServiceMurphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong at the worst possible time. This applies to servers and websites too. When it does happen, it’ll be nice to have people you can depend on to help you out, so having 24/7/365 customer service support is essential.
- BackupsAlways have a backup plan. In this case a good host should always have automatic backups of your data, just in case anything goes wrong.
- Storage & BandwidthYou’ll want as much of this as possible, as it directly affects how much data you can load to the servers (images, content, etc). It also controls how much traffic per month you’re allowed.
- PriceYou know that old adage that goes “nothing good is cheap, nothing cheap is good”? Yeah you’re gonna want to take heed. However, get something that suits your needs – you don’t need a super expensive webhost if you’re just running a small website. Just be a little careful with the uber cheap ones.
How we test web hosts for singapore
In order for us to rank and review the web hosts fairly, we purchased their hosting plans and set up test sites for each of the web hosts. We then test them for uptime, customer support, and most importantly, server speed.
We made sure that our test sites were physically hosted on the companies’ Singaporean datacenters, so that we could run our server speed test on all 5 brands using the same parameters.
Using Bitcatcha’s very own Server Speed Checker, we sent pings from 10 different locations around the world, measuring the time it takes for the servers to respond to each one of those pings. We then rank the web hosts from A to E, depending on how well they perform against Core Web Vitals.
These Web Vitals are measured using 3 metrics: Visual stability, Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) and First Input Delay (FID). 2 out of these 3 metrics are highly dependent on loading speed, so the quicker the server’s response time is, the better they’ll be ranked.
This is actually quite important because if you pick a host with slow response times, it’ll take longer for your site to load up, causing your customers to lose interest, which loses you the sale.
Fun fact – according to thinkwithgoogle, websites should load under 1 second.
Learn more about a2 hosting
Next, we tested one of Singapore’s finest, combed through their features and sweet talked their customer service team, just to help you decide which host to go with.
Surprisingly, for a brand as prominent as them, their customer service is… to put it in milder terms, not great. It took them 12 hours to respond to an issue we encountered while setting up the test site. 12 hours! That’s 3 and a half days in dog years! Fortunately, when they DID respond, the issue was resolved quickly and professionally.
Feature-wise, Vodien did quite well.
Not bad right? Everything seems comparable to the top ranking web hosts so far. Everything except for the price. You see, for us to get an accurate apple-to-apple comparison data, we had to use Vodien’s bizValue plan.
In other words, this is their super expensive, premium package, which costs a whopping SGD29 a month. I don’t know about you guys, but to me, that seems mighty expensive.
Thankfully, Vodien seems to justify their prices when it comes to server speed. With a worldwide average ranking of 177.6 ms, 95.5 ms in Asia, and 6 ms in Singapore, you know that your customers aren’t waiting long to load up your site.
Numbers-wise, they are slightly slower compared to the other 4 hosts above but at 177.6 ms, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Learn more about dreamhost
A2 Hosting is an international web hosting provider, and their services are expected to meet a certain international level of standards. We’re very happy to say that from our experience, A2 Hosting easily surpasses our expectations.
When we ran our server speed test on A2 Hosting, we didn’t expect much from them but we were pleasantly surprised at the results – A worldwide average of 173.2 ms, and an average of 94.25 ms in Asia.
|US (W)||US (E)||London||Singapore||Sao Paulo|
|172 ms||212 ms||278 ms||6 ms||316 ms|
|163 ms||141 ms||67 ms||218 ms||159 ms|
With a data center right here in Singapore, A2 managed to produce a response time of only 6 ms locally. Pretty damn fast!
On paper, their numbers may not perform as well as our #1 web host Hostinger, but with global speed averaging at 173.2 ms, loading up your page is practically instantaneous! We also appreciate the fact that we didn’t encounter any issues whatsoever, and we think that they are pretty damn reliable.
Let’s talk about features!
Their A2-Optimised feature is swell and it works really well with different CMS. Their proprietary tech also gets along really well with WordPress, Joomla, Magento and others, pushing the system to give you the fastest speed possible at all times!
Now, take in everything you’ve read about A2 hosting, all the features, the speed, everything – how much would you pay for service like this?
SGD15 a month? SGD20?
This package will only cost you a mere SGD12.35 a month. If that’s not good value, I don’t know what is.
The only thing we had to complain about (and really, we’re nitpicking here) is the speed of the live chat. It took us longer than usual to connect to someone, but once we did, we found their support staff to be very experienced and helpful. So yeah, live chat is a little slow to respond but when it comes to speed and reliability, we can safely say that A2 Hosting is A-Okay.
Learn more about hostinger
SiteGround is a strong contender – especially when it comes to customer service. They’ll respond to any of your issues quickly, and they are a tremendously knowledgeable bunch. If you ask nicely, they’ll even tell you where to find the best chilli crab in Singapore (OKAY I’M KIDDING!).
Our problems were solved without transferring us to different departments, saving us the hassle of repeating our issues over and over again until somebody can help us, which is a major time saver.
Feature wise, SiteGround didn’t disappoint:
All for a measly SGD10.80 a month (I eat snacks more expensive than that!).
Learn more about siteground
If we’re talking about international players, it’s only natural to also mention DreamHost! Headquartered in California, DreamHost has served over 400,000 customers and 1.5 million sites.
Speed-wise, DreamHost doesn’t joke around. Thanks to their use of speed-boosting SSD servers, DreamHost scored a solid A ranking on our speed tests, with an impressive worldwide average of 118.4 ms.
|US (W)||US (E)||London||Singapore||São Paulo|
|70 ms||2 ms||77 ms||242 ms||117 ms|
|194 ms||210 ms||169 ms||16 ms||87 ms|
To recap, here is our top 3 web hosting for Singapore:
We had a lovely time reviewing these 5 brands, but it also made it super difficult for us to pick a winner.
It boils down to a matter of preference (some people might prefer local Singaporean hosts, some might prefer international ones) because each one of these brands are excellent, with impressive features and numbers to back them up.
However, the main deciding factor for us would be value. The international brands gave us everything we needed with their entry-level packages, which costs below SGD14 per month.
The local brands could compete, but only with their premium packages which can cost up to SGD50 per month.
Their entry level packages come with only HDD storage options, which isn’t ideal especially as we’re dealing with speed and load times. They also seem to lack 24/7 support, something which is quite important to us.
Thanks to their speed, features and excellent customer support, I’d have to say that Hostinger is the BEST web hosting in Singapore for us.
They offer true-blue, well-balanced hosting. You’ll enjoy great server speeds, regardless of where your audience is based – plus world-grade tech at a price that’s WAY cheaper than local providers!
However, if you prefer to go with any of the other brands, don’t sweat it. All the ones on this list perform really well locally and internationally, as verified by our server speed checker.
Why good web hosting is important in singapore
Our Sweet Singapore is the obvious choice for a digital hub for South East Asia.
Aside from having the resources to attract the brightest talents from all over the world, we’ve cemented ourselves as a digital R&D hub, ranked as #1 in Asia in 2022’s Global Innovation Index.