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    Location of host

    Hey all,

    I was wondering how important server location in respect of visitor location is. I'm in Ireland and am planning to develop a website that's target audience will solely (for now at any rate) be based in Ireland.

    There are several hosting companies here (and of course the UK), but I am interested in several options in the US (due to the Euro's weakness against Sterling and strength against the Dollar).

    The majority of the time the visitors will most likely be on high-speed connections, but I don't want to neglect anyone visiting on a dialup connection.

    So, how important is server location? Are we looking at slower response times and slower downloads? Or will the difference even be notable?

    Comments appreciated.

    Thanks,

    J.

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    I have heard claims that location matters, and of course it does, to some extent. But my personal experience with having sites hosted in the US, when I live in Europe, is very positive. For instance, I have an account with Micfo.
    - Their servers are in Texas, and I typically get a ping response time of less than 25 ms. I think that's good enough for me.
    (Besides, my audience is primarily in the US.)
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    I don't think the location of the host will make too much of a difference on speed of page load. I wouldn't worry about it.
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    However, don't give the test too much weight. In "natural browsing" few people will realise that the site is in the US or complain about slowness.

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    I wouldnt worry about it. As Dan said, during regular browsing most people will never even notice a difference. For gaming servers the difference may be noticable, but other than that, don't sweat it.
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    Downloads will not be slower at all, probably the only diffirence that you will see is the initial lookup between a local host and one thats oversees (~70 ms or so)
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    Not noticeable. Most sites you visit or more than likely based in the US so theres not much speed difference.
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    The actual download speed depends on many factors and location is really only one of them. If there is any difference then it would most likely be more noticable on a dial up system.
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    Originally posted by primostar
    The actual download speed depends on many factors and location is really only one of them. If there is any difference then it would most likely be more noticable on a dial up system.
    Up until recently I used dial-up, and even then the difference wasn't very noticable.
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    Thanks everyone for your replies. Much appreciated!

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    Originally posted by Moni-Q
    Up until recently I used dial-up, and even then the difference wasn't very noticable.
    The difference should be less noticeable on dial-up, because the limiting factor is usually the dial-up link.

    Your throughput on large transfers will be less when the round-trip time to the remote server is larger. It's the nature of TCP. For typical surfing, not a huge problem; you're more likely to have trouble due to links being saturated, lossy, or down. Of course, the further away the server is, the more links and networks that are usually involved.

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    Go Local. If your site is a .com and hosted on US servers, it will not be rated that highly when people in Ireland are using the "pages from Ireland" search option.

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    loading speed won't vary much. But keep in mind that some search engines like google will not list your site in the .uk google if the server is in the US! Even if your domain is .co.uk they will still refuse until your IP is UK based. So if this is important for you, you will want to take it into consideration.

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    Thanks everyone for your comments,

    I've decided to stay local on the advice given in the last two posts. Thanks to everyone who responded, I feel I have made an informed decision now!

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