Posts Tagged ‘sinohosting’

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.

 

How to host a website in China, as a non-resident?

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

China is bound to become the largest economy in the world, and companies of all sizes from around the world have or are planning to sell their products or offer their services to Chinese consumers and businesses. The Great Firewall severely restricts access to overseas websites in China, either by blocking them, or by making the access speed extremely slow. In order to provide the best user experience to Chinese users visiting their websites, overseas companies therefore would preferably host their websites within the firewall, on a mainland China server.

The problem in doing so is the ICP license requirement which  the Chinese government has put in place and basically restricts hosting in China to companies incorporated within the country.

What options are there to host your contents in China?

First, you can consider teaming up with a Chinese company which will serve as your marketing partner in China. The ICP license can be applied under their name which allows you to host your website in China. Make sure to keep control over the domain name you have registered for this venture, to prevent it to be stolen by the partner.

Second, if you have a Chinese individual which you trust, you can apply for a personal ICP license under their personal name. This option is not 100% legit if you are running a business site, furthermore in case of audit the ICP license will be revoked and your website blacklisted.

Third, depending of your investment capabilities, you can set up a new company in China. Registered capital requirements are been waived in multiple Chinese cities which make it easier to set up an operation in the country, even with a limited presence.

Finally, you may consider instead hosting at a nearby location for a relatively faster access (as compared to sites hosted on US or European servers). Such locations include Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. One host that we regularly recommend on this blog is SinoHosting which offers both China and multiple nearby countries hosting at affordable prices.

We hope this post has been useful. If you have more suggestions in terms of hosting in China for non-China residents, please feel free to post a comment.

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.