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Topic # 204671 12-Oct-2016 14:02
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I know this is an ongoing argument but I thought I'd try and get some opinions on my predicament.




We have a Magento ecommerce site hosted in NZ for NZers but the performance is horrible. We are on shared hosting and my developers are saying we need better performing servers to host magento i.e at least a VPS. In my opinion for the quality of the product it doesn't seem worth it to host in NZ. Take Nexcess hosts for example. They offer a Magento Optimized Hosting environment for under $30NZD/month severs in AUS UK US. Combine that with a CDN like Cloudfare which has servers in Auckland and we should get good performance shouldn't we?




Nexcess will also migrate the site completely free.




Does anyone have any experience in this and can shed some light on it? Or suggest a good Host in NZ that can provide the same sort of product for the price??





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  Reply # 1649769 12-Oct-2016 14:05
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NZ hosting will always be better due to lower latency but previous issues like constraints on international bandwidth for the ISPs aren't so much an issue these days. Australia has low latency too so would be a good option.


There are good hosts in NZ, just they won't be the same price but a little bit more expensive. Not much in the scheme of things of running an average online business...


The other advantage is then you have local support too. Take a look at Sitehost.

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  Reply # 1649825 12-Oct-2016 15:36
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Shared hosting has resource limitations. When I moved my websites from shared hosting (HostGator in the USA) to an AWS virtual service (VPS) in the west USA the performance went up HEAPS. I was able to put in much more caching. Both used Cloudflare, but I had more control over caching headers so I could optimise delivery much more. My customer base is mostly the USA though for one business, and NZ for another.


I would say if your customers are all in NZ then NZ hosting is best, followed very closely behind by Australia, then anywhere else. A CDN mitigates the latency difference, if your caching headers are set up right.

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  Reply # 1649843 12-Oct-2016 16:18
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Personally I use Linode to host a few sites (check the speed of which is hosted via Linode + Cloudflare) and find them very good at $10.00US for their most basic plan. I also use Sitehost and AWS for a couple of things.


The visitors of Charli's blog come all over the world so it made sense to host this in the US near a Cloudflare POP so it depends where your visitors are located. If they're located in NZ then I'd strongly recommend checking out Sitehost.

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