Why Hosting Your Website in the US May Not Be the Best Choice for Asians

Hosting website in us or europe

Hosting Your Website: United States(US) is the place where the largest datacenters exist in the world. Not only large, they have very large number of datacenters situated in the US(mainly in North America) and also has good connectivity providers like Level3, Cogent and HE(Hurricane Electric).

It is said that HE maintains a good connectivity to Asia. And I believe it is true. But my suggestion is to avoid hosting your websites in US if your main audience is from Asia. Why is that?
I would post you some ping results rather than explaining it first.

Ping Results from USA and UK


This is ping results to my server in Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA.

ping 216.189.8.***

Pinging 216.189.8.*** with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 216.189.8.***: bytes=32 time=275ms TTL=49
Reply from 216.189.8.***: bytes=32 time=276ms TTL=49
Reply from 216.189.8.***: bytes=32 time=275ms TTL=49
Reply from 216.189.8.***: bytes=32 time=276ms TTL=49

Ping statistics for 216.189.8.***:
Packets: Sent = 4 , Received = 4 , Lost = 0 (0% loss) ,
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 274ms , Maximum = 276ms , Average = 275ms

Here is the results when I use my UK server .

ping 46.37.179.***

Pinging 46.37.179.*** with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 46.37.179.***: bytes=32 time=194ms TTL=47
Reply from 46.37.179.***: bytes=32 time=189ms TTL=47
Reply from 46.37.179.***: bytes=32 time=189ms TTL=47
Reply from 46.37.179.***: bytes=32 time=191ms TTL=47

Ping statistics for 46.37.179.***:
Packets: Sent = 4 , Received = 4 , Lost = 0 (0% loss) ,
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 189ms , Maximum = 194ms , Average = 190ms

You see the difference? It took me some time to figure the things out. But it wasn’t too hard to understand if you do some tracert‘s to both servers.

tracert to find route to the server

When we request a page from the internet, it goes from the nearest country to reach the web server. And doing a tracert shows us the route to that server from our PC.
In here, when we request a page from US, the route is like,

Asia -> Europe -> US

When we request a page from Europe, it simply stops at,

Asia -> Europe

Hosting Your Website – What is the best server location

And that’s why we get better ping times to Europe than the US. And that’s a good reason to avoid US web hosting if majority of your audience is from Asia. Though web hosting in Europe is somewhat expensive that US hosting, it worth every penny if your audience is complaining about slow load times of your website.

But if you cannot leave US and you have considerable amount of visitors from US as well, then you have an option.
Get hosting from West Coast. Like Los Angeles, Seattle or San Jose. Asia has good speeds to West Coast and all your audience is safe from connectivity issues.