I am setting up an ecommerce store for a client and we're about to make a decision on which company to purchase a dedicated server from.
What I would like to know, is how important is it to have a sever located locally? The site is for New Zealand customers. We've got a shared hosting account on hostgator already, and we're considering using them for a dedicated server for this site. However, their servers are physically located in the US, which is approximately on the other side of the globe.
Speed is a massive factor and that's why we've decided to invest in a dedicated server. Is the speed difference big enough to justify buying locally in the target country? And factoring in a CDN?
Thanks in advance