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Jul 17, 2008
One would hardly argue against the fact that in a business context, the term 'offshore' denotes a kind of tax avoidance and sketchy business policy. Offshore Web hosting is, at times, an integral part of business world. North America is an ideal example where it is preferred because of the issue of privacy and security standards, which can be delivered outside of American soil only.

Some of the advantages of these offshore hosting services are features like confidentiality, security, secrecy of work, more profits, taxing benefits, advantageous business activities, lower government constraints etc. Due to just these features today, lots of offshore Web Hosting services have taken birth to cater to its ever increasing demands. These services have mushroomed up mostly in the Caribbean, parts of Asia and Central America as well.

Further the service along with being highly advantageous is also quite inexpensive but this cannot be the only reason why you would like to use it. Remember that if it is of no use to you then this minimum cost can also increase expenses for you. In fact if it is useful to you then only will its low cost be an advantage for you. So think before you take any action and never misuse your hard earned money.

Offshore Hosting Costs- According to me, one can't cross sword with the fact that a large share of popularity of offshore web hosting rests on the fact that it is something that saves your money. If you talk about offshore web hosting, development, and design, it is usually 3-5 less compared to anywhere else. An intensive research of the hourly rate of offshore outsourcing services for web development in the United States, in the United Kingdom, and in Ukraine speaks volume in favor of this fact. In the United States, it varies from $35- $75 and it is $25- $50 in the United Kingdom. Astonishingly enough, it comes down to the range of $5- $20 in Ukraine. So, this is truly an ideal choice for you in order to save money.

The following factors may encourage you to think of hosting a provider outside of your home country-

1. The companies of well repute can block your site with the aid of money and lawyers due to the issue of controversial content published by you.

2. The advantage of guaranteeing yourself multiple mirror locations in order to have protection from natural disasters and blackouts.

3. This endows you with protection from restrictive censorship.

4. You will enjoy proper delivery of content to your offshore audiences who are at quite a distance from your hosting source.

5. Against the hackers, it provides you with greater security.

Here I would like to add another small thing which even if it is small will bring a sea change to the offshore web hosting world. Soon hosting services will also be available from even the most remote part of the world. Services from non-traditional places will no longer stay a dream but will be transformed into reality. This will be made possible if labor costs are controlled along with minimal competition in the field. Also if beginners get to enter at a lower entrance fee then the dream will very soon true.

One thing that you can be sure about in this matter of offshore hosting is your privacy. Your privacy is the topmost priority of your service provider. In fact to protect your identity they allow you to buy your packages as an unnamed person. While most providers follow this scheme some will ask for minimum information so that receipt of your payment can be properly channeled. This security thus enables you to buy anything or upload anything that will not compromise the service provider's use policy.

In order to be sure if your uploaded document is illegal or not, you need to read the AUP carefully and this is applicable to any hosting purchase. Child pornography, terrorist-related sites, fake banking or investment sites are universally illegal and thereby strictly banned. But, you need to keep yourself aloof from projects like online sportsbooks because notwithstanding being illegal in some places, it is found on offshore hosting services.

As mentioned above, perfect Internet access and minimum natural disasters are ideal conditions for offshore web hosting and HostingPanama (hostingpanama.com) declares that these conditions and tax friendly policies and strict confidentiality laws make the country perfect for e-commerce. This gets clarified as I mention that here shared hosting packages begin with $9.95 per month and dedicated servers with $149.00 per month.

Hong Kong on the other hand is absolutely free of any bondage for trade and this statement can be authenticated very easily from the Fraser Institute of Canada and Heritage Foundation. You get all advantages like repatriation of earnings, free entry, and easy business starting procedures. The government too interferes much less making setup of all types of businesses really easy and profitable. Hong Kong seems like Zentek with plans of $14/month and 1GB bandwith, 50MB storage. In fact Zentek will provide you with a confidential sign up service along with a private domain registration which will give you access to offshore hosting, collocation and really dedicated servers.

You can also go for services like www.securehost.com or www.shinjiru.com which provide facilities in Jamaica, Bahamas and Kingston and Nassaau and is the largest offshore web host provider in Malaysia.

Let me put it in this way that offshore hosting lets you keep your data private and it also endows you with an international coverage. The clients do like it.

Why is regular offshore hosting not as good as anonymous offshore hosting?

My confession is that even now offshore hosting companies prefer to have information regarding you intruding in your privacy. By this, you are also forced to use your credit card. The solution to this problem is Anonymous Hosting (Anonymous + Offshore = Total Freedom!).

What about the speed?

The factors influencing the varying speeds are level of Internet congestion and the place you are in. you can decide to add local bandwidth for local audience in addition to International bandwidth for the international audience (normal plan). Thus, you can initiate a sales channel in a particular region in its local language. If the clients are closer to the service, then the speed significantly increases and the vice versa.

Offshore Hosting Outsourcing Company Services

Quality is what you need to consider importantly notwithstanding the inexpensive quality of offshore web hosting as much as offshore dedicated servers. Usually, one prefers an offshore web hosting company endowing with all the needed services, not a part of the services at lower price. The customer service (24 hours a day) of such companies is definitely an advantage. Such service is needed in order to deal with clients all over the world. It also lets you put forward all your queries being a newcomer in the world of web hosting.

Conclusions on offshore hosting companies

If we put it in an order, the benefits of offshore web hosting companies are high-quality customer service and lower price. Next, think about the separating and distinguishing the line between cultures. Other significant aspects are the work ethics and mode of communication. Let me assure you that the communication has to be good for the future development of your website. If you are able to properly convey your needs and they can live up to your needs with a proper understanding, then only will success come to your business. So, you have to intensely think about the issue of work ethic and communication. It is primarily your responsibility to manage and run your website swiftly.

Having taken everything into account, it can be said that the aspect of offshore outsourcing your web hosting, design and development needs can be beneficial for you only if it can provide you with all the services that you are in need of from the cheaper service. You also have to assure that you cover your bases.
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