Should I use Hostgator or UK hosting?

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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.
#internet marketing #.co.uk #hostgator #hosting
  • Profile picture of the author 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
      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
    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 jackall
      Originally Posted by Tim3 View Post

      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
      Same problem here - I've been trying to locate a reliable hosting company comparable with USA offerings (HostGator and BrainHost). Just had a chat with support at JustHost.com and can reliably confirm that they do not have UK servers or data centers - as of October 2012.

      The search continues...
  • Profile picture of the author dmister
    Will look at Just Host as well Tim. Do you host more than one website with Justhost?
    • Profile picture of the author 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 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
      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 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 susansaunders
      Hmm I didn't realize that, it may be the better choice to go with hostgators uk hosting then as they do a great job with their Us servers.
      Originally Posted by slc4us View Post

      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 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
      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
    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 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 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
    @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
    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 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
    I did this exactly and ranked my UK targeting site seotraininglondon.org which is for sale in another thread here.

    It works...
  • Profile picture of the author ultimates
    Host in the UK for a .co.UK domain. Many benefits as to why and I see that people have already posted as to why above.
  • Profile picture of the author jasono
    I'd host in the UK since you want your domain to have .co.uk. Also, I think you'd have better chances of getting a good rank in UK for hosting it in UK hosting.
  • Profile picture of the author Godhand
    hello Dmister,.
    If you targeting UK site, its better to host in UK hosting,.
  • Profile picture of the author Bomtik
    Marblehost provides quality hosting in UK.
    Prices are quite affordable and services are resourceful.
    Why not trying them?
  • Profile picture of the author dmister
    Thanks for all the replies, will go with a UK host.
  • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
    I recommended Vidahost in another thread asking for UK hosting...
  • Profile picture of the author Resale Rights Ninja
    use both - then you won't have all your bags in one basket. I actually have 4 hosting companies. I keep wanting to switch to a dedicated server with one company instead, but have never had the time - besides it does give me some diversity.
  • Profile picture of the author AndyLaws
    I would suggest you to use UK host, as the closer the servers are to your potential audience, the faster the page will load. The faster the page loads - the more happy your clients will be. You can check my free hosting for speed on the USA based server, you will find it good, but you will always find local provider better.

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