The internet has opened up the world of Web Hosting to companies from all around the world. There are companies that offer domain registration and web hosting in the United States from nearly every country. Some people have concerns about working with a web hosting company that is in another country and there may be some valid reasons to be concerned. If you keep yourself informed and make wise decisions about who you sign a service contract with for your web hosting needs you can make a smart investment that will work well with your company.
There are several main concerns for United States online business owners that are considering using a web hosting service that is outside of the United States. One of the main concerns is the currency transfers. Be careful that the company that you are agreeing to do business with provides their charges in US dollars. If you are being charged in foreign currency you could find that you are paying much more than you expected because of the fluctuation in the value of the dollar. You will have no real way to budget for a specific amount of money going towards your web hosting services.
The time zones that the web hosting company is located in should be another concern. You need to find a company that will have representatives available during your business hours. If they are in another country you could run into problems if you are open for business when it is in the middle of the night in their location. If you can find a service for your domain registration needs and your web hosting needs that has a twenty four hour hotline for assistance then you are much more likely to get the excellent service that you need.
You should also be on the lookout for web-hosting companies that do not have a toll free number to contact them at. When you have to pay for international phone calls to get some help you are increasing your business costs to an amount that may shock you. It can also be very confusing to make an international phone call if you are not familiar with using country codes. Some issues that arise with web hosting services or domain registration can take a substantial amount of time on the phone to get resolved. The phone bill for that international call can really put you into shock when it arrives at your business.
You should do some research about the area that the web-hosting company is located. You will be depending on them to provide you service so that your web based business can be successful. If they are in an area of the world that has known problems with connectivity or that has very spotty phone or electrical services, you may find that you are paying for a service that is not beneficial to you because it is nonfunctional more often than it is functioning. This can be bad for your business and could create a very negative opinion of your site from your customers. All of this can be avoided if you do your research prior to entering into an agreement with the web hosting company that is in these areas of the world.
As you do your research about the parts of the world that the web-hosting and domain registration services are being operated from, you are sure to find that there are several areas across the world that have very reliable services available and that can provide better services than what you can find right here in the United States. As long as you do your research before you choose who your web hosting provider will be you should find that you can operate your website successfully and can get the help that you need in a reasonable amount of time.
Many international web hosting companies have overcome the challenges that come with doing business on an international basis and are able to give you the assistance that you need. So to answer the question, does location really matter when it comes to selecting your web hosting service, the answer is yes. Yes it is important but if you do your homework you are sure to team up with a web-hosting service that will meet all of your needs.