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Old 27-03-2012, 10:51   #1
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local vs overseas server

hi,

Im planning to setup an e-commerce website with client based in singapore. Would it be recommended to use a local hosting company or overseas hosting company. What are the pros and cons?


Im keen to use osCommerce but seems like not alot of local hosting company offers it. Any recommendation? I have used xlinternet few years ago so I wrote to them on some queries but they are not responding at all...so Im planning to look for another hosting company.

Also, I saw some hosting company offer osCommerce installation via a installer (soft???) so is there any differences to me?

Any advice is appreciated. THanks so much.
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Old 27-03-2012, 22:46   #2
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hi,
if you are looking for local based users, it's recommended to go for singapore server, but it's not necessary.. this is because singapore server port speed is considerably lower than US ones.

OSCommerce can be found at softaculous..

what is your budget ?
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Old 29-03-2012, 14:05   #3
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Most web hosting companies now use cPanel so most of them will have softacalous where OScommerce can be found.
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Old 03-04-2012, 16:10   #4
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Hi OP,

Since you are looking to serve users in Singapore, hosting in Singapore is probably a good idea from a latency perspective.

Few other points to consider:
  • Are you looking to expand your business in the future? Will you be servicing other regions? If so, it may be a good idea to find a hosting company with multiple global locations.
  • cPanel should have an auto-installer that will install OSCommerce and other popular web applications, but you may also be interested in looking at hosting companies which include server management. Since it sounds like you are starting alone (or with a small team), this service could prove useful to you for things like server maintenance and monitoring.
  • Cloud hosting, like AWS EC2 or our VoxCLOUD platform may be a good way for you to "start small" and scale as your site becomes more popular. This is a good way to get the most for your money, especially if your budget is tight to begin with.
  • Look for a hosting company with 24x7x365 support coverage and a 100% uptime SLA. After all, if you are running a business, it's good to know that your host is available to help (even if you're experiencing problems at 3am!)

Hope that helps.
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Old 03-04-2012, 16:25   #5
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Originally Posted by bennykusman View Post
hi,
if you are looking for local based users, it's recommended to go for singapore server, but it's not necessary.. this is because singapore server port speed is considerably lower than US ones.
I'd say it depends on the host. Voxel, for example, uses fully uncapped ports and we're right here in Singapore.
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Old 09-04-2012, 23:15   #6
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As your targeted audience is in Singapore, so I will suggest you to look for a server in Singapore. Hosting a server in the same country will decrease the lacency, so the sites will load quickly and you will get a advantage in local search engines. Opt for Softaculous with regards to aut-installer. It supports the maximum number of E-commerce applications, so you get a wide range of application so select your preferred one.
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Old 08-12-2012, 17:41   #7
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depends on what you want actually.
If you target worldwide audience, anywhere should no impact to you. If you target SE region, Malaysia, Singapore or Indonesia should be your options.
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