I am looking to host my latest site in the country i expect most of the traffic to originate from (USA in this case). i would expect less lag for most of my customers. than if i sqeezed my content over the trans-atlantic pipes if i hosted here in the UK. I dont know how valid this comparison is, but it is interesting... USA rackspace: ========================================== C:\>ping rackspace.com Pinging rackspace.com [184.108.40.206] with 32 bytes of data: Reply from 220.127.116.11: bytes=32 time=140ms TTL=230 Reply from 18.104.22.168: bytes=32 time=140ms TTL=230 Reply from 22.214.171.124: bytes=32 time=156ms TTL=233 Reply from 126.96.36.199: bytes=32 time=156ms TTL=233 Ping statistics for 188.8.131.52: Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss), Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds: Minimum = 140ms, Maximum = 156ms, Average = 148ms ========================================== UK rackspace: ========================================== C:\>ping rackspace.co.uk Pinging rackspace.co.uk [184.108.40.206] with 32 bytes of dat Reply from 220.127.116.11: bytes=32 time=31ms TTL=54 Reply from 18.104.22.168: bytes=32 time=63ms TTL=54 Reply from 22.214.171.124: bytes=32 time=31ms TTL=54 Reply from 126.96.36.199: bytes=32 time=78ms TTL=54 Ping statistics for 188.8.131.52: Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss), Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds: Minimum = 31ms, Maximum = 78ms, Average = 50ms ========================================== UK pings look to be twice as fast. I recommend choosing your hosting provider in a country that A) has good international links, and B) is home to most of your customer base. You can always mirror your site in a couple of different continents if need be. Jamie Burns (www.dynamicexpression.co.uk). ----- Original Message ----- From: "William Anderson" <neuro at well.com> To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org> Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2001 6:42 PM Subject: Re: [thelist] "Local" Hosting - why? > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Ben Henick" <persist1 at io.com> > To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org> > Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2001 4:03 PM > Subject: Re: [thelist] "Local" Hosting - why? > > > > [snippage] > > > > 2. While it's true that the com/net/org are total free-for-all TLD > > spaces, the same is not necessarily true for country TLD's. As a > > result, if I wanted to build a site in the .co.uk space I would almost > > certainly want to go through a British hosting provider, since > > they'd be able to interface much more efficiently with the registrar > > for .co.uk when compared to providers in other countries. > > But every third party .uk reseller has to go through Nominet, so > realistically the only barrier is different currencies (which most banks > don't have a problem with), and time differences (but Nominet members > register through an automated system so again, not much of a problem for the > domain registrar). > > > 3. Domestic bandwidth usually has less lag than international bandwidth. > > > Not always true ... some UK ISPs have better peering arrangements to the > States and Europe than to the rest of the UK :) > > -- > ___ ___ __ _________ @well.com William Anderson - www.well.com/~neuro > / _ \/ -_) // / __/ _ \| "All your base are belong to us. You are on > /_//_/\__/\_,_/_/ \___/| the way to destruction." -- CATS, Zero Wing > > > > > --------------------------------------- > For unsubscribe and other options, including > the Tip Harvester and archive of TheList go to: > http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !