As a general rule, the larger the physical distance between you and the server where a website is hosted, the longer response time you may expect. Therefore, it is recommended to choose a server location for your hosting plan that is closest to your users.
When to Change Your Server Location
Before changing your server location, make sure to consider the following:
Select a location that is the closest to your website visitors. You can use the detailed information on the Analytics page to verify it. If most of them are located far from your current server – perform a server transfer
If you have visitors from all over the world, a better solution is a CDN. It will store multiple copies of your website in proxy servers worldwide, improving your website speed regardless of physical location. This will also help improve SEO and provide additional DDoS protection
How to Initiate a Server Transfer
You can select the server location after purchase while setting up your order. If your hosting plan is already activated, you can change your server location by navigating to Websites → Manage, searching for Plan details on the sidebar, and clicking on it:
In the Server Details section, click on the edit button:
Next, select the desired location from the drop-down list of available locations:
Click on Next, double-check all the transfer details, and press Start to initiate the transfer.
How to Change the Location of a VPS
To change the location of your virtual private server, go to the VPS section and click on the server in question.
On the left, select Overview, open the VPS information tab, and click on the pen icon to change the server location:
Select the preferred server location from the dropdown and click on Next. Double-check all the transfer details, and press Start to initiate the transfer.
What Happens During Server Transfer?
Server transfer can take up to 4 hours to complete. During that time, your hosting panel will be locked to prevent any changes.
In addition, your hosting IP will change – you will receive an email after the transfer is completed indicating the new IP value. You can also check it on the Plan details page:
If your domain is pointed to Hostinger by A record, you will need to update the IP manually
If your domain is pointed to Hostinger by nameservers, the change is automatic
You will also need to manually update to the new IP any remote connections, APIs, or scripts that require the use of your IP
Since this change will be applied to your domain's DNS records, your website and email may temporarily stop working during propagation – it requires a few hours to complete.