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host locally or in the USA?
10-20-2010, 06:48 AM
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RE: host locally or in the USA?
(09-18-2010 03:41 AM)sajal Wrote:  
(09-14-2010 03:14 AM)yzerfontein Wrote:  My site (http://www.southafrica.to) has about 60% of its visitors coming from South Africa.

The site's currently hosted in the USA, but I'm thinking of moving the hosting to South Africa to improve the user experience.

Will this improve rendering speed from a Google perspective? What I'm wondering is whether Google measures page load speed from the USA, or does it measure speed locally (in my case in South Africa).

For page load issues, Google uses data from users that visit your site and have google toolbar installed. So google measures speed from where your users are Smile (you can see this data by logging into Google Webmaster tools click on the site in question, on the left side choose labs > site performance)

However another issue is with crawl speed. If your response to Googlebot is fast, Googlebot will crawl more pages at a faster rate... which improves indexability. Unless your site is making 1000s of new pages daily, i wouldnt worry about it and host locally.

But as Patrick said best option is to use CDN...

Hi, I'm in Australia and host my sites in the USA and I've always been concerned about page speed for my local visitors.

I'v always hosted my images on an Australian Server with the thought that most of my customers are Australian and the shorter distance would speed things up.

After reading this thread, I thought I'd do a quick test

The page I tested was www.jadremtoys.com.au/mobilo/

I set up a test page using
1. local images (sydney)
2. images using cname
3. images using the direct link to Amazon cloud

I only tested twice so its not very definitive but here are the results for the first pass

1. 5.099 then 5.301
2. 5.632 then 5.1
3. 5.67 then 5.8

So on look, you would have to say use local images or cname

I'll do a few more tests over the coming days and see what happens

cheers
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host locally or in the USA? - yzerfontein - 09-14-2010, 03:14 AM
RE: host locally or in the USA? - pmeenan - 09-14-2010, 03:20 AM
RE: host locally or in the USA? - pmeenan - 09-14-2010, 10:02 PM
RE: host locally or in the USA? - sajal - 09-18-2010, 03:41 AM
RE: host locally or in the USA? - namon96 - 10-20-2010 06:48 AM
RE: host locally or in the USA? - pmeenan - 10-20-2010, 07:25 AM
RE: host locally or in the USA? - namon96 - 10-20-2010, 08:44 AM
RE: host locally or in the USA? - pmeenan - 10-20-2010, 09:05 PM
RE: host locally or in the USA? - namon96 - 10-24-2010, 05:56 AM
RE: host locally or in the USA? - pmeenan - 10-26-2010, 12:56 AM
RE: host locally or in the USA? - leonid - 11-02-2010, 11:57 PM

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