One of the beautiful things about building your own site is that you can choose where you want to host it and what you want the domain to be. On that front, the Web provides nearly limitless choices with hosts in nearly every corner of the earth and hundreds of domain extensions. The room for opportunity and creativity is incredible.
However, where you host and where what you choose for your domain has a large bearing on your site and there are many factors that you need to consider.
Many of the factors are actually technical. Your server’s proximity to your visitors affects its speed and not all countries are as well connected as you would like for hosting a site. For example, you wouldn’t want to host a site aimed at an Asian audience somewhere in rural South America.
But on top of the technical considerations are legal ones. Whenever you sign up for a hosting account in another country, you’re doing more than moving your site there, you are, in many regards, subjecting yourself to the laws of that nation.
That can have some dire consequences for your site if you aren’t careful and, in extreme cases, can even result in your arrest and possible extradition.
In short, thinking about these issues is an important consideration when choosing a host, but one that few actually weigh. [Read more…]