Hi. I am about to sign up with a new webhost, and I'm wondering if I should take their physical location into consideration. I am in California, and my top pick of hosts is in North Carolina. Most of my users will be in California; would it have a negative affect on the user experience (ie: longer load times, etc) if the server is on the other side of the country? Also, I will have some downloadable and streaming media on the site... would this be better off on a more local server? Thanks! Corey
Thanks! It is a commercial site, although I really don't expect huge numbers of users for a while. I suppose I should get someone local, just to be safe. It shouldn't be too hard, considering I'm in the San Francisco area!
Theoretically (?) distance to server should not matter too much. Remember, even though you say the majority of your visitors will be from California, they actually could come from anywhere.
However, perhaps one thing to consider is how easy it is to get technical help. For example, I live in Sydney Australia, my host comapny is in Canberra Australia, almost a local phone call, but the servers are in the US. This seems to work well for me.