Best country in which to host mirror sites

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May 20, 2009 at 22:37:47
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I'm looking at setting up a website hosted in the UK, however, the site needs to be viewed Worldwide in places such as Angola, Cambodia and other remoter spots as well as the larger countries, US, Australia, Europe, etc.

My question is where is it best to set up mirror sites to give the best all round service?

Obviously there are places where connectivity will be via low bandwidth means and therefore the site content has to reflect this but I think mirroring will help.

Does anyone have any advice on this subject? I have done some testing with pinging various sites hosted in US, UK and Singapore and I have come to the conclusion that for good download speeds in most of Europe, UK hosting is fine. For India, Japan and China, Singapore might be a good bet, but what about Africa? Pings from US, UK and Singapore are pretty bad for Johannesburg. Would a mirror in Africa be a good idea?

Any advice would be gratefully received.

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May 24, 2009 at 15:49:35
Your mirror should be as close to the majority of either users or the amount of data needed.

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May 24, 2009 at 17:54:51
Thanks for responding, although I'm not sure that helps me. What I was trying to establish is what is the best connected country to the main bulk of Africa? From ping testing I have come to the conclusion that I am going to host in UK to cover Europe and US (speeds don't significantly change for US viewing from UK to make a mirror necessary) and mirror in Singpore to gain best coverage for Asia, but that still leaves Africa which is a pretty important marketplace for this company. Is it worth hosting a mirror in Johannesburg, for example or is the internet connectivity in Africa not brilliant anyway that it's better to produce a low bandwidth version of the site for those connecting via dialup and satellite connections?

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