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  Reply # 358665 29-Jul-2010 18:57

kaljames79: Ive had issues with New Zealand based hosts in the past; ive noticed the speed difference isnt worth the extra price you pay for local.

Host Gator all the way.

As with everything you get what you pay for. It sounds like you probably went for the cheaper NZ web hosts, as all the NZ hosting providers I have used in NZ have been excellent, and their support has been comprehesive. However I am prepared to pay a reasonable price. I have found with these cheap international hosts, their email replies tend to be single liners, or a few words, that are unhelpful to say the least. The level of support is one of the most important things, as is reliability. Price usually comes 3rd. ALso choose one that has been around for at least 3 years, as they can disappear overnight, especially these ones that just popup from nowhere.

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  Reply # 364672 7-Aug-2010 15:05
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I would definitely recommend an NZ host if most of your visitors are from NZ. People get frustrated with slow speeds which can be especially problematic during evenings with international running slow on most ISPs.

As has been stated you get what you pay for. If you want a crappy but cheap NZ host you could try hosting direct. If you want unlimited you could try Orcon/Iserve's unlimited for $80 a month plan or alternatively you could get a VPS from say Sitehost for $30 a month and do whatever you want with it.

I can tell you, if I'm visiting a NZ intended audience website and it loads slow because someone was too cheapskate to host in NZ I usually just leave.

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