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I have an ecommerce web site hosted in the US and I want to take it to the next level internationally.

I plan on registering multiple country specific domain versions
mycompany.com.au
mycompany.com.ca etc..

Should the web sites be hosted in the that country?
So, instead of hosting the Australian version of the web site in the US, we we would host it in Australia.

I would prefer to not have different Sql Servers and replicate data all around the world.
Would it make sense to expose web services on the US dedicated server and consume them from the different web sites?
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Should the web sites be hosted in the that country? - That is not necessary, you can buy the domain names through your hosting provider.

Would it make sense to expose web services on the US dedicated server and consume them from the different web sites? - Are you planning to make different websites or each country or same website for each country with different domain names?

Have a read through this : http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=182192 

Hope this helps.
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by:JRockFL
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I was planning on creating a separate web site for each country. I was thinking about having them all hosted from the dedicated server, but if I hosted in the web site in that part of the world the response times would be faster for images, etc.

The data however would be called from the database server in the United States.
No, I have not. I will read that now.
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you can have different sites but if you want better response times for the images then you should probably look at implementing CDN for images and other resources.  Something like the Amazon EC2. The images will be better served that way.
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I was considering having different web sites hosted in that country, I would not need the CDN if I went that way.

Australia is going to be the first market I test. I plan on registering a com.au domain name.

So now, I need decided if I should host the web site separately in Australia or have it hosted on the same dedicated server.

I'm leaning toward hosting it separately in that country. However, there would only be 1 centralized database.

So I would create a web service that would expose the products, for example GetProducts() and this would be consumed by the Australian web site.
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sounds like a plan if you do not want CDN. I would also strongly suggest that you consider scalability when you are going down this path and also think whether you would able to balance the load on just one centralized database and a single webservice. Again , this question will come to play when your site get a reasonable amount of hits.
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