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Search online for a web hosting or server hosting service and there will literally be thousands of listings. Spread out across the world, at various price points, it is almost impossible to choose one from another, especially when they all promise the same thing. How do you differentiate? The first criteria should be location, and that location should be somewhere in the United States. Here is why.
The first and most important reason is price. Bandwidth is much cheaper in the US than Europe for example. If you take two providers in each location and compare prices for excess bandwidth or even for the base package, the prices will vary wildly. If a non-US provider does offer the same prices, then they are overselling, and it is likely to be an issue down the road. If you need confirmation, ignore the offer itself, and look at the legal fine print.
Another reason is that for global coverage of external applications, there are CDN services which will improve speed, latency, at much lower cost than a local point of presence. This way, you can host where you will get the best coverage for US visitors, and get local caches set for other locations. Also, remember that the US is unmatched in submarine cable connectivity and will provide excellent global coverage.
No matter which option you choose, be sure to find a reliable data center that can make sure you have as much uptime as you need. If you’re looking for a Los Angeles web hosting provider, be sure to visit Electric Kitten, a trusted hosting company that has served Southern California for almost two decades.