When you are looking for a web hosting provider, you might only look at how much
bandwidth you are given, your storage capacity, and the price of the hosting plans that
they offer, but you might not look at one of the most important things: the location of
A datacenter, for those of you who do not know, is the facility that a web hosting
company operates. It is a facility where their servers are placed as it is primed for
making sure that such computers work all of the time at 100% efficiency.
Most of the providers that you see online operate on the U.S. and most likely, their
datacenters are also located in the said country as well. So, the question is: does
datacenter location really matter or not? Let’s find out the answer in this article.
The Location of the Data Center- Does It Matter or Not?
As previously mentioned, a datacenter is a facility that houses all of the servers of a
web hosting company. It is a highly-secure facility that has fast internet connections and
stable electricity because you want their servers to operate 100% of the time.
That being said, since most hosting companies operate in the U.S., it is also likely that
they do only have their datacenters in the said country as well.
The location of the datacenter, to put it simply, does affect page loading speeds, but not
as much as you think it is.
Let’s take this for example: Suppose that a datacenter is located in Atlanta and the
person who is trying to access a website that is run by a certain hosting company’s
servers inputs the URL to access such website, it will still load relatively fast (this is
assuming if the datacenter indeed has fast connections, to begin with).
If we are going to get technical, the difference in page loading speeds will only be by the
milliseconds which is not perceivable to the human eye. If anything, the slowest page
loading speed will be just 1 second slower than people who are near the datacenter.
Routing Could Be a Problem
Now, the example above presupposes that everything is in order, but you have to also
take into consideration network routing. If someone tries to access a website from a
different country, their connection will be routed through a certain channel and that is
why page loading speeds could be slower than others.
For instance, if you are playing an online game and you happen to be in Australia and
let’s assume that your game has their server in America, it will take quite a bit of time to
route your connection toward their server, hence the speed penalty.
In order to remedy this, the hosting company would have to create a server near your
location and then route the connection from there.
That is also precisely the reason why cloud hosting solutions have been quite popular in
this day and age solely to address the problem of location from the server itself.
In closing, the location does affect network speed, but you also have to take into
consideration network routing and how your web hosting company addresses the