The FASTEST WordPress Hosting in MALAYSIA - (Updated for 2020!)

You know it yourself, when a website is slow to load you quickly lose patience and click away. Your own site is no different, right?

We've tried 100s over different hosting providers over the years. In this post I’ll share the fastest WordPress hosts we've found for Malaysian clients and why we use them.

Since we started in 2008, we have worked with over 2000 businesses and used a huge number of different hosting companies over the years. These are the few we use ourselves, trust and recommend to clients on a daily basis.

The Best WordPress Hosting Providers in Malaysia

Most people choose a hosting provider based on price but when you care about performance, SEO, Facebook and Google Ads, that’s a bad idea. If you’re on this page I’m guessing you’re not looking for the cheapest you’re looking for the best right?

A VERY common mistake Malaysian business owners make is choosing hosting based out of the US or internationally when their target audience is Malaysia or South East Asia (SEA). If website speed is important to you (which it should be!) you ideally want a hosting provider located in the same country as your visitors or target market.

You’ll find our preferred hosts for Malaysia in the table below. Here’s a one liner summary of each one:

  1. Cloudways - this is a new-ish provider and has multiple options hosted in South East Asia and is by far the fastest because of their speed optimized server stack where you get the power of a dedicated server without the complexity.If you want the fastest choose this one.Usually we'll host Malaysian client sites in Singapore as international connectivity is best there.

    **They have a 3 day free trial BUT if you use the coupon code FASTHOSTING they'll give you $25 credit so nearly 3 months free on the base plans!**

     

  2. Siteground - the fastest Cpanel host and only marginally more expensive that the rubbish $3-5/month hosts! ...their data centre is located in Singapore which will give you identical speeds to hosting directly in Malaysia. This option is best if you have a handful of small sites, have a tight budget and also need email hosting with cPanel.
  3. Kinsta - a premium managed WP hosting provider running on Google Cloud Platform again out of Singapore. For some types of sites they may be a better choice than Cloudways especially if you're running a large or complex site. If you're considering Cloudways it'd be worth looking at Kinsta too.
  4. WPEngine - is one of the original Managed WP Hosts so worth a mention here. Right now the locations they have in Asia are Taiwan, Tokyo & Australia. Go with WPE if you have Woocommerce or a complex site that needs high quality backups and a staging environment and you're targeting a broader Asian market OR looking to target the UK, Europe or the US (they have several locations there). Not the cheapest BUT you’ll save money on web developers and support.
  5. WPX Hosting - WPX does NOT have an SEA location BUT if you're targeting an international US or UK market they're worth a look. They're an amazingly priced Managed WordPress Host with great balance of price and performance with excellent support, email hosting too!

Why is speed important?

If you’ve done any searching around the web around website speed or fast WordPress hosting you’ll see a bunch of scary stats thrown around. You’ll see things like “every 1 second of speed equates to 1% less conversion rate” and similar.

I don’t know how correct these numbers are, or the testing methodology being used but I’m guessing we can both agree faster websites=better, right?

There’s really no argument about whether speed is important, it’s even part of Google’s search algorithm, faster loading sites rank higher!

Web Hosting CompanyCoupon CodePrice Per MonthWhy Recommended?Website Link
Cloudways HostingFASTHOSTING ($25 FREE Credit)From $10/monthCheapest, Fastest & Best Performance, Dedicated Server Power With Easy Interface, Multiple Singapore Options w/HUGE Number Of LocationsVisit Site
siteground2Get $10 Off Month 1 using our linkFrom $14.95/monthBest All Rounder & Fastest Cpanel Host Worldwide, Singapore Data Centre, Not Recommended For High Traffic SitesVisit Site
From $30/monthHighly Scalable, Managed WP Host, Great For Mid Size Sites, BEST Managed Wordpress Host in SingaporeVisit Site
WPSPEEDFIX(50% OFF Month 1)From $24.99/monthGreat Value Managed WP Host, Good For Small to Mid Size Sites, UK & US Locations only thoughVisit Site
WPE20OFF(20% OFF Month 1)From $35/monthBest & World's Leading Fully Managed WP Host ,Fantastic For Complex Sites & Woocommerce Although A Little More Expensive. Tokyo, Australia & Taiwan locations onlyVisit Site
From $25/monthManaged WP Hosting, Great For Small SitesVisit Site

How To Choose A Provider

Unfortunately most people choose a hosting provider based on price which is not really the best way to do it.

Ultimately with hosting you get what you pay for. Cost is obviously one of the considerations to look at when choosing a provider but that's really only one element of many. Below I’ve summarized the key features or things we look for when choosing a hosting provider.

Click play below to hear an audio walk-through and more in depth explanation of what you consider when choosing a provider. Alternatively click here for an MP3 audio or scroll down for a Youtube powered embed.

Server Location - Asia-Based Hosting for Visitors from SEA

Server location is key and poor location choice is a common problem we see. It's really important that you host in the geographic location that is closest to the majority of your visitors.

That means if you're a Malaysian company serving mostly Malay customers you need to host at a location in South East Asia. If you're a US company, then host in the US and a Europe based business then host in Europe.

Generally the site will run 0.5-1 second SLOWER when the visitor traffic has to cross an ocean so this is really important!

South East Asia is a little different to most other locations in that countries are located close together and generally all connected with high speed, land based fibre optic - this means that you can safely host in nearby countries and not experience any speed loss.

For example for most of our SEA customers in Malaysia, Thailand, Burma and Vietnam, we recommend hosting in Singapore as their internet infrastructure is the best in SEA and many international fibre links route through there.

Not all providers offer hosting in all locations so before committing to a provider make sure the servers are located in the right location for your business.

**NOTE if you're serving an international audience then it's really important you use a content delivery network (CDN). A CDN is a distributed network of servers around the world that host your content that will reduce the impact geographic location has on speed. Most top tier hosts have CDN services built in.

Speed, Reliability and Uptime

Obviously if you're on this page you know that site speed is really important but most people overlook uptime and reliability which are arguably even more important, after all, if your site is down is effectively has zero speed!

Your hosting needs to be well matched to the number of visitors you’re expecting and the order volume you’re catering for. If your store revenue is in the millions then you’ll need a much larger server to suit.

Don't expect to run a high traffic site or a database heavy site on cheap hosting or a low end plan. Make sure the plan is matches to the traffic level you're expect.

Sidenote: we use SiteSpeedBot.com to test website speed. In a perfect world your site should be loading in under 1 second (where the load begins to feel instant). We also use uptimerobot.com to monitor site uptime.

Support

What is your support expectation?

At some point you’re going to need support. Do you expect to be able to call your provider when the site is down? Do you expect them to be able to help with