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Advice needed: Choosing a suitable Webhost

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10-20-2012, 05:53 PM
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Hi guys,

I'm building a website for a personal trainer in Australia. It would be a blog, with an online store for selling business merchandise, and an active online community. I'll also need a .com.au domain name.

1) Would you guys suggest I get an Australian webhost? Or will anyone do?
2) Would I be needing an SSL certificate and a dedicated IP? Even if payments are conducted through a third-party like PayPal?
3) Any suitable webhosts in mind? My main preference is quick and reliable customer support.
4) Is there anything else you guys think I should be keeping in mind, considering the nature of my website?

Thanks a lot

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10-22-2012, 01:48 AM
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Hello Abidon,

Welcome to TalkFreelance.

Unless the personal trainer is a celebrity coach, I wouldn't anticipate major traffic to the site, so a regular Linux shared hosting account would be more than plenty for your needs.

Yes, I would recommend an Australian-based provider due to faster connectivity/response time and speed with which the website is going to load for your target audience - Australian residents.

I am not sure how exactly you would like to setup your online store, but I would recommend to outsource the e-commerce part to hosted solutions that allow you to relax and focus on marketing and let them handle the payment processing part of your business.

Reliable domain registrars are: Namecheap.com, GoDaddy.com and enom.com that people tend to like the most.

It is hard to recommend a hosting provider without direct first hand experience (and I'd shy away from such recommendations). I suggest reading reviews and asking on web hosting forums such as HostingDiscussion.com and WebHostingTalk.com for advice.

Hope this helps a bit.

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10-22-2012, 10:26 PM
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Hi Abidon,

I used to run a web agency in Sydney and when we shut down, we moved all of our clients to Anchor.net.au. They have excellent customer service and are really patient in terms of setting things up.

Artashes in right in saying you're better to host in Australia - this will make the site load much faster and also show up in local searches which will be great for you.

And yes - go with the cheapest possible account. You will need a dedicated IP for SSL, but as Astashes says - outsourcing this end of town might help if it is your first time.

Chris Sharkey

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If you plan to get an SSL then a Dedicated IP is required..That isn't need though if you only plan on using Paypal..

Since your in Australia you may wanna consider an Australian host..or maybe a European host as that way you would be about halfway between the US and AUS..probably the top two countries your site will be seeing.

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1) Australian Web Host is probably more expensive. If this is a probably, looking for something in Los Angeles etc - with lower latency to Australia being the key. USA sites tend to fare quite well here anyhow.

2) You will need SSL and dedicated IP as long as you store some sensitive information, such as passwords etc. SSL protects the transit of data. Basically any e-commerce type of application should have SSL. It also gives users better trust in purchasing from you even if you will be using Paypal.

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Yeah, I recommend you to choose a hosting provider who's datacenter is geographically close to your target audience.

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yes, host where your audience is. Australian hosting does tend to be more expensive but if your audience is there then that's where you should host.

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I can recommend you to choose a hosting provider who's datacenter is geographically close to your target audience.

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Visit an offer section to find the right host for your needs.

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At the OP, have you solved your issues already?

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