I have a client who wants to commission a website around a large body of consultancy data he's built up over the years. I'd like to build the website to run off a MySQL database (which will probably grow quite large); the emphasis will be on crunching and transforming data, rather than presenting rich media (IE it's about searches and numbers, not pictures).
I think the site will be best hosted on a dedicated server, BUT: we're in the UK, and the first territory we want to serve is Australia. My client's already thinking about local employees if/when the business takes off, but to start with it'll be him managing the site content.
My question is, with a site like this, that's very important to his business, although not mind-bending in terms of the average size of HTTP request or even web page served back to the user... should we host in the UK or Australia? Is the link between the two sides of the world fat and resilient enough that it doesn't matter?
Many thanks, I hope that makes sense as a question!
Bandwidth in Australia is pretty expensive, so to get a good price as well as decent speed from both Europe and Australia you may want to host it in the USA. You can also further accelerate the delivery of static content through a global content delivery network if you can afford one, so as to reduce the number of requests to the server and increase the load speed of your website.
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