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More than 98% of Web
hosting companies in
Nigeria host their
customer’s websites on servers overseas or
resell services of other
foreign webhosting
companies. They should
not be mistaken for local Webhosting companies, as their servers are domiciled outside the country.
Local Web Hosting in a
nutshell, means servers
are resident locally in
Nigeria and support is
local. Here are some
reasons why you should consider hosting locally:
Local hosting enables
your website run about 3 times faster than hosting overseas because of ultralow latency. It is vital for you to pinpoint your business' needs before settling on a decision between hosting your website locally or overseas. Latency is
better and faster when
you host locally because
local traffic is routed locally through the Internet Exchange Point
of Nigeria.
One of the drawbacks of hosting overseas in this current economic
situation is due to the
current devaluation of
the Naira i.e. the ridiculous increase in
exchange rate, you find
out you are paying up to 4 times more now for the same service as opposed to 12 months ago. Hosting locally beats this issue and you pay less because local hosting is not influenced by FX.
Knowing where your information and client data resides is vital, and the data privacy laws of the country where your data is being hosted. To
avoid the complexity of
international Laws, once important information is being hosted outside the
country the Laws of the land no longer apply; for example, if you host your data with an international service provider and they were to be involved in a case of national security and had to shut down because of a motion
against them, you might lose access to your data because the laws of the hosting country will be applied against you.
It is said that Nigeria
loses billions annually
from hosting abroad.
Hosting locally enables
you grow the economy
and also enables local
hosting companies to
export services and in
turn generate revenue
for the country.
When hosting locally you will also notice a better quality of support when you need it the most. For example, time difference and language will not be an issue. Using a reputable local company to host your website means you have easier access to quality support.
24/7/365 telephone,
email, and/or chat support and could
resolve any issue for
you on the spot, where
possible. One phone call
connects the small business owner to a customer care rep
instead of an automated phone tree.
Finally, it is advisable
that you host locally
rather than overseas, if
your target market is
local. Hosting your
website locally will ensure more uptime for your website, high speed loading time for your web pages, and faster browsing for your local visitors, along with greater access to expert support and optimum access for your target market, creating great user experience.
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