Benefits of Hosting your Website Locally
We live in an era of robust network connectivity and high speed internet. Thus ideally it is possible to host your Website from any location in the world. Lets say that your business is in Australia and have opted to host your website in the USA, the benefits of hosting your website locally is no longer related to accessibility. There are far more severe issues in hand.
Let’s have a look at the major considerations when choosing a local or international host for your website. It has always been a debatable query as to hosting a website locally delivers you the added advantage. The clear answer is, it all depends on multiple factors.
Performance of your Website
How well your website performs is often measured by how seamless the user experience is. Technically, the transition between pages. The request and response time is all that matters. If you are hosting locally you are sure to get a better speed. A local server will render website content faster than an overseas service provider.
Better Search Engine Rankings
Better search engine rankings can be achieved by targeting the area of your business. Lets say that you have set up a business in Melbourne, it’s better to host your website with a host that is based in Melbourne, Victoria. Google usually traces the IP address and returns search results based on the location of the search and also considers the hosts location in their algorithm.
One of the most important benefits of hosting with a local provider will be their support and availability. If you host your website in another state or country, and something goes wrong with your website or server, trying to get in contact with an international supplier at 3am while trying to resolve issues can be tedious. In most cases an international hosting provider will ask you to submit an online support ticket and in most cases it can take 24-48 hours before you receive a response. Hosting locally allows you to call the host, in most cases hosts they are there for you 24/7 to take your call and where possible resolve the issue for you on the spot.
Service Failure Increased Risks
Many overseas website hosting providers are reliable though choosing a reliable host does not necessarily guarantee good service. By setting up your website with an overseas service provider, there are an increased number of possible points of failure. When more exchanges and connections are set up in the chain of hosting, more breakdowns could possibly occur. Utilising a local host will eliminate the prospect of these breakdowns by keeping all exchanges contained on the same land form.
Getting the Best Deal
In most cases we find that clients host their websites with international service providers due to cost savings. You can expect to pay as low as $5.00 (USD) per month for a low end hosting account, this is for a base package. You can also host many websites for around $30.00 (USD) though when considering, the overall performance of your website, page load time, search engine rankings and support, it’s not worth the saving, You can find local hosting packages for as little as $10.00 per month and you can rest assured that there will not be any penalties and support will be there for you when you need it. Pay a little exra to save a lot more.