Seriously, Netlify’s network is a joke from South Africa and many other countries mentioned around these forums (for YEARS).
“But it’s expensive/complicated/not profitable to reach some parts of the world,” Netlify might say.
Ok, sure. But then why, for the love of internet, does every site hosted with Netlify route me (in South Africa) to the South America (São Paulo) Amazon data center? Does the Netlify CDN think that anywhere starting with “South” is in fact the same place? I’ve seen some rushed coding in my time, but damn…
Now let’s pretend Jeff at Netlify just straight up dropped the ball and didn’t realise there’s an Amazon data center in South Africa. That’s ok Jeff, none of your co-workers would be able to point it out on a map either.
But how do you explain that there are 10+ other Amazon data centers with significantly better latency that I could be routed to instead? Even US West is faster, and that’s geographically much further away. Yet I’m routed to South America and as a result the entire southern hemisphere of Africa has a sh!tty experience with any and every Netlify hosted site or app in the world.
By comparison, sites on GitHub Pages (also Amazon) are a dream to use. I don’t even think they’re using the South Africa data center yet. But what they are doing is routing me to Europe, which if you’ve been following along, has the next lowest latency from my location. It’s almost like the people over at GitHub/Microsoft actually know what they’re doing.
Now, if you’re not in one of the countries Netlify has conveniently decided doesn’t exist, try loading up proxx.app by Google Chrome Labs. Pretty quick right? Well it took more than 4 seconds for me. Here’s the proof.
Oh and just in case you think I must just have sh!tty internet, here’s a quick Speedtest.
Now let me be the first to acknowledge that this is 80% rant, since I don’t expect anything to be done about this. It’s not the first time it’s been brought up. But if Netlify was as great as they so often claim to be, this would never have been an issue to start with.
In summation, if you’re not in or near a country largely comprised of folks with strong opinions about what they wear on the face, do yourself (and the rest of the world) a favour and DON’T buy into the Netlify hype. You’ll be single-handedly fulfilling Netlify’s goal and making the internet a faster place for everyone.