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Top 3 China Optimized Web Hosting Providers in 2016: A Quick Review

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

For many years, the great firewall program in China has made it rare for businesses with operations or sales in China to market their services in the middle Kingdom, due to the various restrictions when it comes to hosting a website locally. Many global providers in the United States or Europe have their servers blocked or extremely slow to access from China. Due to that reason, it is of critical importance for big businesses as well as entrepreneurs of all sizes to find a web hosting firm that has services targeting web traffic from China, especially when such businesses do not have the local presence in China to obtain the various licenses for hosting content locally.

At MyChinaHosting, we have reviewed the existing solutions available in the market today and have come up with a shortlist of 3 great web hosts that can provide China targeted web hosting for global businesses, but also local companies in China that do not want to go through all the paperwork. Some of them have already been mentioned on our blog in the past.

#1: China Hoster

Among the three hosts selected, ChinaHoster is the newest. It comes with the crown however due to the fact that it has been developped with China Optimization in mind. ChinaHoster effectively solves the problem of not being able to host in China while most of one’s clients are based there. Operating from servers at China Telecom datacenters in Hong Kong, ChinaHoster has built a custom solution that combines using dedicated China bandwidth from Hong Kong with the use of DNS servers by Aliyun in China. Even the IP addresses used are registered in China so this is especially useful for Baidu SEO or optimizing websites for Chinese search engines. Ping times from China are excellent and very close to native China hosting in Shanghai or Beijing. The fact that ChinaHoster has among its clients foreign companies operating in China as well as local Chinese firms is a testimonial to the excellence of their service.

ChinaHoster is a Weebly Authorized Partner so if you are used to using this worldclass Sitebuilder platform, this will give you the opportunity to host your weebly-built website in Hong Kong and ensure fast access for your website visitors based in China or elsewhere in Asia.

ChinaHoster offers Personal Hosting, Business Hosting, Cloud Hosting and Dedicated Hosting all using the same model. The cloud and dedicated hosting servers all come with cPanel included.

This link on ChinaHoster website helps you to compare this company with the other alternatives in China, Hong Kong and the US.

-Pros: low pings+fast speed from China, SLA Guarantee, Weebly Support, 21 Days moneyback guarantee, 10-Day Free trial

-Cons: More expensive than alternative hosts

#2: Sino Hosting

SinoHosting has been around since 2007 and is considered the go-to-company when it comes to hosting for foreign companies operating in China. It is a true multi-location web hosts as it has servers in mainland China (Shanghai & Beijing), Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, the United States and Europe.

SinoHosting offers shared hosting, VPS, dedicated servers and server locations at various locations.

Companies registered in China can apply for an ICP license and host their websites on Chinese servers through SinoHosting. During the ICP license application, SinoHosting can host your website temporarily on their Hong Kong servers.

-Pros: Affordable, Multiple locations, Niche market leaders

-Cons: No free trial

#3: Aliyun

Aliyun (or Ali Cloud) is Alibaba’s cloud and hosting arm. If you are looking for a cloud server this is probably your best option. Aliyun offers cloud servers at various locations in mainland China, Hong Kong and the USA, among others.

-Pros: Large, Self-Owned Infrastructure, International Company

-Cons: No free trial, Targets primarily Chinese companies, Lack of English Support

We hope you will find this review useful. If you have other companies that you would like to recommend, please do so in the comments.

 

Introducing Aliyun, Alibaba’s cloud service

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Aliyun (www.aliyun.com) is the Alibaba’s response to Amazon Web Services (aws.amazon.com) for the Chinese market. Some would call it a clone, however Aliyun has not just copied the features and services of AWS, but rather developed a full product range that meet the requirements of the Chinese marketplace.

While Aliyun is mostly known for its cloud servers, it is in fact more than just that. The mean products include;

-Cloud servers (ECS)

-Cloud Server Loads Balancers (SLB)

-Elastic Scaling Services (ESS)

-Cloud Load Balancers

-Open Storage Service (OSS)

-Content Delivery Networks (CDN)

-Open Archive Service (OAS)

-Open Table Service (OTS)

-Open Cache Service (OCS)

-Relational Database Service (RDS)

-Analytic Database Service (ADS)

Aliyun flagship cloud servers are available at 5 datacenters locations: Hangzhou (where Alibaba headquarters are located), Beijing, Qingdao, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Multiple Linux and Windows operating systems are available: CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, OpenSuse, Aliyun Linux, Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2012. Activation is done automatically online after purchase without any human interaction. Pricing is definitely competitive even when compared to local competition.

Currently Aliyun website is available in Chinese only and does not seem to support international payment options. Clearly it is a service that is targeting business and individual customers in mainland China at the time.

Alibaba also operates Hichina/Net.cn, one of the largest Chinese domain registrars and web hosting companies. Combined with Aliyun, Alibaba is a player to take into account in the IT service industry. The Alibaba Group has now well diversified beyond the original B2B platform to include today e-commerce (B2C, C2C and wholesale platforms), financial services, online marketing and cloud computing.

Top 5 Web Hosting Companies in China with English Support

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

When it comes to hosting a website targeted to the Chinese audience, size is not everything. Finding a company that provides decent technical support and understands international clients requirements, and also has secure, powerful and well-maintained server infrastructure is essential. Below five companies that are clearly leading the rest of the pack when it comes to hosting international customers in the greater China region.

1. SinoHosting

SinoHosting (www.sinohosting.net) is probably the most known among Chinese hosting companies providing English support. With offices in Shanghai and Shenzhen, SinoHosting hosts its customers on servers in mainland China (Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Jiangsu), Hong Kong, Singapore, the US and the UK. Its customers include all size of foreign-invested companies in China, ecommerce websites, foreign embassies and consulates in China, Chinese companies going international etc. Its services include Linux and Windows shared hosting, virtual private servers, dedicated servers, web design and email marketing.

2. KowloonHosting

KowloonHosting (www.kowloonhosting.com) aims at providing Hong Kong web hosting with American charateristics and level of service. While its office and servers are in Hong Kong, most of its customers are in mainland China, Japan and South East Asia. Its shared hosting services,. using a LAMP architecture and cPanel, boost a 24h support in English. It is also the leading reseller hosting company in Hong Kong. KowloonHosting also offers Hong Kong dedicated servers and SSL certificates.

3. ABCHK

ABCHK (www.abchk.com) is one of the oldest web hosting companies in Hong Kong, boosting over 2,000 small and medium size business clients in the special economic region. It is now expanding its customer base accross mainland China.

4-HostMacau

HostMacau (www.hostmacau.com) is the newest among the companies in our list and comes from Macau, a city most known for its casinos and tourism. HostMacau targets business clients and is quickly becoming a leader in this field. In mainland China, HostMacau has both foreign and local Chinese clients, and works in partnership with tens of web designers in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Beijing. HostMacau has servers in Macau, the US, Europe (Netherlands) and Brazil

5-HiChina

HiChina (en.hichina.com) is a well established Chinese web host serving millions of customers nationwide. Its English language division targets foreign invested medium to large businesses operating in China. The division is relatively new and support can be a hit or miss as it is operated with Chinese business mentality. Nevertheless HiChina is recommended for joint ventures or if people managing your websites are mostly Chinese.

If you are looking to host your website in China or have a website catering to Chinese visitors, we hope this list would be helpful and you will be able to find a suitable host among the companies listed above.

HostMacau, first cPanel host in Macau

Monday, July 18th, 2011

We would all agree that Macau is more known for its casinos than being an IT hub. Things might start to change now with HostMacau.com, which provides cPanel hosting for companies and entrepreneurs in Macau.

HostMacau.com is a brand of Cycom Hong Kong Limited , a web hosting group which owns 11 hosting brands accross the Asia Pacific  region. It is however the first time the company is offering shared hosting in Macau. Using the standard LAMP architecture, with cPanel control panel, Hostmacau targests businesses not only in Macau but in the greater China region, but also international companies targeting the Chinese customer base. Macau is well connected to Hong Kong and the neighboring Guangdong provinces, and can be a great alternative for websites catering to cities such as Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan etc.

HostMacau offers Macau hosting, USA Hosting, Brazil Hosting and European hosting (Netherlands).

For details on pricing please check for yourself at www.hostmacau.com

KowloonHosting, new host in Hong Kong

Friday, August 13th, 2010

If you are looking for a host in Hong Kong/China you can take a look at www.kowloonhosting.com ; although relatively new, this company appears to be professional, and their offerings are definitely competitive as compared to what you can get from the usual competition. This is not a review as we have not got an account with them to test the service. We will however do a review later this year.

KowloonHosting provides shared hosting (Linux only), reseller hosting (cPanel+WHM) and dedicated servers in Hong Kong.

Company Reviews

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

In this new section, we will be reviewing from time to time hosting companies, domain registrars, VPS, dedicated servers and colocation providers in China.

If you are one of such companies, please contact us for a free review.