Should I use Hostgator or UK hosting?

Profile picture of the author dmister by dmister Posted: 03/29/2012
Hi, guys I have been a long term browser of the forum but this is my first post.

I am going to be registering a .co.uk site and I am based in the UK and want to rank high in Google UK.

I always hear that Hostgator/Bluehost are great hosts but thought I read someone the host servers location can affect ranking. Is this that big a deal?

Also, if it is a problem what UK hosting company would recommend - it has to be relatively cheap too!

I am tempted to use Hostgator and buy a co.uk domain but wondered what is best and particularly if any UK guys have any experience of this.

Thanks.
#.co.uk #hostgator #hosting

  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
    Alexa Smith
    Originally Posted by dmister View Post

    I am going to be registering a .co.uk site and I am based in the UK and want to rank high in Google UK.
    Then you need UK hosting. It's about as simple as that. (I always recommend "Heart Internet", whose customer service is brilliant).

    And welcome to the forum!

    And here's Matt Cutts, from Google, explaining why you need UK hosting.


    Originally Posted by dmister View Post

    wondered what is best and particularly if any UK guys have any experience of this.
    Nope ... only girls: sorry about that.
  • Profile picture of the author dmister
    dmister
    Thanks very much for the quick reply Alexa (and yes girls can answer too!)
    The video was also helpful.

    What package of theirs would you recommend for quite a small websites?
    Also, do you use them to register domains?
  • Profile picture of the author Tim3
    Tim3
    You might also consider Just Host for the UK too, very secure, well priced and good support. Great cPanel
    only 1 downtime blip (10 minutes) in over 2 years
  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
    Alexa Smith
    Originally Posted by dmister View Post

    Thanks very much for the quick reply Alexa (and yes girls can answer too!)
    The video was also helpful.

    What package of theirs would you recommend for quite a small websites?
    I would think that "Starter Pro" will be enough? (You can always upgrade, if you need to).

    I didn't know, when I replied above, that JustHost also offers UK hosting. JustHost also has a good reputation.

    Originally Posted by dmister View Post

    Also, do you use them to register domains?
    I don't, not because I don't trust them as registrars, but simply because one should never register a domain-name where one's going to host the domain. This can sometimes lead to easily avoided problems. Explained in more detail here: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5118308
  • Profile picture of the author dmister
    dmister
    Will look at Just Host as well Tim. Do you host more than one website with Justhost?
  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Davis
    Andrew Davis
    Originally Posted by Alexa Smith

    Then you need UK hosting. It's about as simple as that.

    And here's Matt Cutts, from Google, explaining why you need UK hosting.
    Thanks for sharing Alexa.
    I never knew about this, never actually stopped to consider that.

    Very interesting, I'll look into this some more, as I have several businesses that are 95%+ European Traffic.
  • Profile picture of the author dmister
    dmister
    Thanks for the advice Tim and Alexa. I will definitely go with a UK Host and will try to decide whether Heart or Justhost after your recommendations and will go with a different domain registrar.
  • Profile picture of the author Tim3
    Tim3
    Originally Posted by dmister View Post

    Will look at Just Host as well Tim. Do you host more than one website with Justhost?

    Hello again,
    Yes I do I actually have seven small sites on this account, but here is a thing to bear in mind, although all the big hosting companies extol the virtues of everything being unlimited on shared hosting it isn't.

    What you need to worry about are the amount of files (called inodes) you have on your account in total, for most hosts the limit is 50,000 on shared accounts, this sounds like a lot but when you set up several Wordpress installations and then start hossin' in the plug-ins it very quickly puts up the inode count, add in email accounts too and you reach the limit pretty quickly if you do not keep it under control, if everything keep growing you made need to switch up to VPS hosting, which can be upgraded as you grow, or you could open another shared account with a different hosting company, think eggs and baskets!

    Hope this helps
  • Profile picture of the author dmister
    dmister
    Originally Posted by Tim3 View Post

    although all the big hosting companies extol the virtues of everything being unlimited on shared hosting it isn't.
    Yes, I had noticed that they all seem keen to shout unlimited and guessed they probably were not!

    I am sure it won`t be too much of an issue at the start anyway and it is reassuring to hear you have had seven sites with no real issues. I will also try to keep the inodes down.

    Thanks for all your advice and for sharing your personal experiences
  • Profile picture of the author slc4us
    slc4us
    Yes Dear You can get hostgator in UK as well and though there are many best hosting providers in the world VPS is also the best hosting to get..
  • Profile picture of the author Tim3
    Tim3
    Great stuff.

    If you are with JustHost you can check your inodes by using...

    yoursite.com/inodes.php

    If you do go over the limit they will likely notify you to take remedial action to get below the limit, if you don't they may well suspend your account temporarily.
  • Profile picture of the author webcheapservices
    webcheapservices
    I think if you use hostgator or any other hosting it will be the same for ranking
    its all about the SEO
  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
    Alexa Smith
    Originally Posted by webcheapservices View Post

    I think if you use hostgator or any other hosting it will be the same for ranking
    You didn't click to play the little 90-second video above, then, to see that Google is telling the people the opposite? :rolleyes:
  • Profile picture of the author Devjeet
    Devjeet
    As I know, Hostgator use to transfer your website to their UK based server (Ref.:- Hostgator Official Forum). You need to raise a ticket for it.
  • Profile picture of the author sureshots
    sureshots
    Hi, I prefer Hostgator because I like having the option pay on month to month basis! Another thing I'd like to mention is that in my opinion it's a much better idea to purchase your domain name and "Namecheap"
  • Profile picture of the author Devjeet
    Devjeet
    @Sureshots Namecheap could be good alternate of Hostgator. Don't know either they provide UK based web hosting or not.
  • Profile picture of the author sureshots
    sureshots
    I mention Namecheap for purchasing a domain name. However at the moment I prefer using a hosting company called TMD Hosting. The reason I use them is because they provide tech support for me and my websites! HostGator doesn't provide tech support and I don't like purchasing domains and hosting domains at the same company! because if I leave it becomes problematic. Namecheap makes it easy to switch and also I can have a site up and running in minutes when I purchase my domains at name cheap!
  • Profile picture of the author micksss
    micksss
    Originally Posted by Devjeet View Post

    As I know, Hostgator use to transfer your website to their UK based server (Ref.:- Hostgator Official Forum). You need to raise a ticket for it.
    It's worth asking Hostgator about this but from what I understand they were doing a beta program a couple years ago with this so they might not still offer it.
  • Profile picture of the author seogoa
    seogoa
    I was a very happy hostgator customer with normal traffic to my websites. But when the traffic went up - hostgator sucks Right now a couple of my sites (wordpress ones) are disabled and am planning to move to a vps. Its very expensive though..
  • Profile picture of the author jaiganeshv
    jaiganeshv
    I did this exactly and ranked my UK targeting site seotraininglondon.org which is for sale in another thread here.

    It works...

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