We are a Dutch company planning on hosting a new website in the US. With this new website we will be targeting on the Chinese market (mainland). My question is: how is the connection of US webhosting companies with mainland China? Or should I host in China?
We run scripts which needs/makes cronjobs. Is this possible on Chinese servers?
Encoding: on our Dutch web server we installed UTF-8 and a Chinese character set. What do Chinese Server use for Asian characters?
[edited by: Woz at 2:50 am (utc) on Nov. 6, 2007] [edit reason] Tidying Up [/edit]
The biggest issue you're going to run into is speed and accessibility. The Internet in China is quite a bit different than what you find in the West. It can be quite difficult to access sites outside China. I've been moving my bigger sites to servers in China.
Our aim is to host in China mainland but not immediately because we are aware of all the hassles that brings along. When our visitor rate is sufficient enough, we're going there.
We are now about to sign up a contract with a HK company for a test period of one month but we also want to check up some US companies. Try to do some research but it's difficult to find a good and reliable party.
Any other useful tips are welcome within this thread!
[edited by: Woz at 8:12 am (utc) on Nov. 6, 2007] [edit reason] Tidying up. [/edit]
I've read that Baidu factors page/site loading time into their relevance rankings. I haven't bothered testing this from outside China, but I do notice that some of the top SERPs I follow are mostly (if not all) hosted in China.
You would seriously be surprised at how slow pages hosted outside China load from behind the Great Firewall. It makes most sites nearly unusable.