Are you confused between Hostgator India & Hostgator U.S. hosting? Wondering which one to buy for your website?
In this tutorial, I will be sharing all the conditions that you need to consider before making the hosting purchase. I will share all the insights that would help to pick the right server location & henceforth will help in your website or WordPress blog success.
How to select best Hostgator site for your Website?
Hostgator launched their Indian version of the site (Hostgator India) in 2011 & since then they have made a lot of changes to improve the hardware configuration & after support. I have one site right now hosted on Hostgator India & which is a WordPress based blog. At the same time, I’m hosting few of my WordPress sites on Hostgator U.S. since 2009 & I know the inside out of their server, support, & overall quality of the hosting.
Hostgator is most popular hosting for entry level & intermediate webmasters due to their low price & superior hardware configuration. Their shared hosting let you handle up to 20K/page views a day if you have optimized your site carefully using cache plugin & free DNS based tool call CloudFlare. (More on optimization tips below).
To make the decision easy for you, I’m jotting down reasons: when you should buy hosting from Hostgator India & if this condition doesn’t meet your criteria, you should buy hosting from Hostgator U.S.
When should you buy hosting from Hostgator India?
#1: Payment option:
If you don’t have a credit card or PayPal account to make an international payment, don’t stress yourself & buy hosting from Hostgator India. They offer various options like payment via Netbanking, PayUmoney, Cheque & direct cash deposit at the bank. This is perfect for millions of Indians who are under 18 or don’t have a credit card or PayPal.
I know many youngsters who couldn’t start their online journey in time due to lack of international payment option and Hostgator India solves the problem for you.
#2 Server location:
If #1 is not an issue for you, in that case, you should move to the second option and that is server location. The location of your server plays a major role in the ranking of your site. If you are creating a website or a blog for Indian users, you should host your website in India. Hostgator India let you do that, where as Hostgator U.S host your website in their U.S. datacenter.
Especially for users who have a .in domain name, they should buy hosting from Indian server as .in is a geo targeted domain extension for India. So, if you have a .in domain extension & hosting your site outside India, you are missing the oppurtunity of ranking higher.
Note: At times, it’s ok to host your website in U.S., Europe or any other location as long as you are using any CDN network that have a server location in Singapore or India.
Eventually, you are safe to have your site hosted in India rather than U.S when your target audience is in India.
Hostgator India pricing is cheaper than the HostGator U.S. Though, I won’t recommend you to keep this as a deciding factor, as the difference is nominal (about $1- INR62) which is not much.
You should use discount coupon code “ShoutMeLoud” at Hostgator India to get maximum possible 25% off, which will help you to save an extra 5% than usual 20%.
When to buy hosting from Hostgator U.S:
If payment, servre location is not a concern for you, you should right away buy hosting from Hostgator U.S. Even though Hostgator India & U.S. have different server architect, but you will have no issues as their after sales support will take care of your need.
Tip: I would suggest integrating your website with Cloudflare. It’s a free CDN & also helps you to stop traffic from spambots. At the top of it, ensure you are using a Cache plugin to take down the load from your server & it would help in faster loading of your site. Here is a video guide on setting up CloudFlare:
If you are using WordPress for building your blog or website, you can use WP Super Cache plugin which is easy to configure & instantly improve the loading time of your WordPress website.
Do let me know if you have query regarding Hostgator U.S. Vs. Hostgator India? Which hosting you are selecting & why?