You have a website but it doesn’t mean it’s accessible world wide. China has a very strict rule towards the internet censorship, it has blocked most major internet service provides to access in China such as Google,  Facebook, Twitter, etc. Reason? It needs to ensure that the China government has the control and surveillance in the content of the internet for any reasons such as security, safety, but most importantly the control in power. The Great Firewall is not only blocking the big players, of course it serve the purpose of blocking “illegal” content like pornograhpy, gambling site, unauthorised finance company etc. The blocking method is target on IP address. Unfortunately, some of these site used shared hosting, which is a same IP that service hundred or thousand of site. To check if your website’s IP is one of the blocked site in China, try this,

What if you are the unlucky one? What are the solutions?

  1. You can change your hosting provider.
    If you need to make sure that your website will not be affect by the rest of the website, you can always get your own dedicated server. If you are looking for cheaper server provider, you can always try with cloud server. You will own a dedicated IP address & powerful server specs with as low as 5USD per month. We highly recommend Linode if you are going for cloud server.
  2. What if switching to another server is hard for you?
    Content Delivery Network (CDN) will be the option in this case. A CDN refers to a geographically distributed group of servers which work together to provide fast delivery of Internet content. It allows for the quick transfer of assets needed for loading Internet content including HTML pages, javascript files, stylesheets, images, and videos.

    The current famous CDN service provider is Cloudflare. Part of the reason is because of their FREE version. Many of the website use Cloudflare in order to maximise their loading speed and of course the accessibility of the website in the world in different country. The CDN makes a copy of your website to their local server, if the CDN providers has a “approved” server in the China, it can help you website load faster in the China and bypass the firewall.

Are you having issue accessing your website in China? We can help you.