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Topic # 150878 6-Aug-2014 15:01
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Hi all,

Is it possible to have one website hosted at multiple locations (e.g. one in NZ another one in Germany) with same domain name? 

Details: (currently)
-website hosted with openhost (NZ) (WordPress website)
-website is loading really slow in Europe (20+ seconds) 


Details: (if possible)
-website hosted with openhost as well as with a European hosting company
-changes are updating automatic between the two hosts 
-client will choose best quickest host when accessing the website via IE (behind the scene)


I am pretty sure this is possible but not sure with WordPress and different hosting providers. 
Also this is only for a small company which does business in NZ and Europe, the solution can't be to costly.

Looking forward to your ideas.

Thank you.

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  Reply # 1103389 6-Aug-2014 15:08
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What you're probably wanting is a CDN instead of multiple hosts. Cloudflare is the easiest option - they have a fairly simple wizard to walk you through the set up.

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  Reply # 1103399 6-Aug-2014 15:20
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Like the Vodafone site when you access it from a certain country it will take you to the right one?




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  Reply # 1103416 6-Aug-2014 15:41
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Or you could host it on a host that has US based servers. Websites seem to load fairly well from US hosted servers no matter where they are viewed from. Hosting a website that has an overseas audience on low cost shared hosting on NZ servers isn't really the best idea if you want good permance around the world. The other way to do it is to do what Tim alluded to above, and that is have different websites under different domains for different location, where each website is hosted in a different location, and use a script which detects which part of the world you are in based on you IP. CDNs also may help, but if the main website is located in NZ then the speed it reads from the database in NZ each time the page loads, is still going to be slow unless the content is being cached.

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  Reply # 1103418 6-Aug-2014 15:46
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Instead of having two hosts you might want to have a CDN, which will cache the assets in your site (images, scripts, css) and deliver from their local nodes. Start with Cloudflare and use http://www.webpagetest.org/ to test speed from different locations.






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  Reply # 1103440 6-Aug-2014 16:14
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freitasm: Instead of having two hosts you might want to have a CDN, which will cache the assets in your site (images, scripts, css) and deliver from their local nodes. Start with Cloudflare and use http://www.webpagetest.org/ to test speed from different locations.




That is true, however often the speed of a dynamic web site is slowed down by the speed accessing the database. Some shared hosting is very slow with hosting database driven websites, as they have thousands of sites on a single server. So setting up caching on the site, so it isn't loading from the database each time should help speed it up a lot.



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  Reply # 1103443 6-Aug-2014 16:17
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Hi guys cheers for the quick responses. I will have a look and research on the options you provided and see for myself what would suit my client and if they would like to go ahead with either one. Also they have decided to get their entire website redesigned anyway, perhaps the web developer has some ideas as well. Currently the client is on a business trip in Europe hence they have told me the website is loading embarrassing slow when showing it to their partners and clients.

Thanks again and if anyone has more ideas I would appreciate your help. Perhaps someone can recommend a good honest web developer preferably worked on travel agency websites before.

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  Reply # 1103448 6-Aug-2014 16:21
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mattwnz:
freitasm: Instead of having two hosts you might want to have a CDN, which will cache the assets in your site (images, scripts, css) and deliver from their local nodes. Start with Cloudflare and use http://www.webpagetest.org/ to test speed from different locations.




That is true, however often the speed of a dynamic web site is slowed down by the speed accessing the database. Some shared hosting is very slow with hosting database driven websites, as they have thousands of sites on a single server. So setting up caching on the site, so it isn't loading from the database each time should help speed it up a lot.


We don't know the whole picture but website speed is 80/20 - 20% backend / 80% client side (downloading assets, rendering, executing scripts). There are many ways of making things faster andthey have to be attacked in separate.

Database has to be VERY slow to impact - if response from server is more than 1.5 seconds then it's all wrong to begin with. In the meantime, using a CDN is just one step that can be taken.





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  Reply # 1104034 7-Aug-2014 13:19
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If you're using wordpress there's a few plugins that work with CDNs like Cloudflare to allow pages to be cached. This would mean that someone in Europe will be getting the page from Europe and should be super fast. A lot of the time the server in NZ will never be hit.

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  Reply # 1104052 7-Aug-2014 13:48
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Noodles: If you're using wordpress there's a few plugins that work with CDNs like Cloudflare to allow pages to be cached. This would mean that someone in Europe will be getting the page from Europe and should be super fast. A lot of the time the server in NZ will never be hit.

 

If I was going to that trouble I probably wouldn't use shared hosting for a start. Probably best to use a VPS to get the website loading as quickly as it can, so it doesn't get impacted by other users on the server. But a CDN is probably the place to start to see how that helps.

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