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Not Quite In Practical Terms
From MacMatŠ on 1 Sept '99
replying to Re: American Servers versus Outer Mongolia's posted by Jim

>If you don't want American business then you might as well not have
>a Web site at all.

What kind of bs is that? The internet is worldwide. Lets say you have a local flower shop in Australia that only delivers to Australians, it still may be great to have a website that appeals to Australians only. It serves as an excellent marketing tool regardless. Here's a tip: Not only Americans exist in this world and enjoy the internet.

>In a nutshell, you want to have your server as close (physically) to
>your potential customers as possible. The closer the server is, the
>faster it'll be. For example, if you live in the USA, generally
>speaking, a Web site on a server located in China will be slower for
>you than the same Web site on the same server located in the USA,
>wouldn't you agree?

Perhaps by a few milliseconds, which means absolutely nothing in practical terms. I live in Canada, and I used to go to an interactive site in the UK a lot, which at many times seemed to run faster than a lot of other sites on the web which are American based. It has more to do with resources of the server than actual physical location. I know, because I've used local ISP's before in my province that produced slow responses of my website, even though I only live a few blocks away from it.

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