Best Hosting for UK Sites?

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I'm looking to setup a website that is targeted towards UK traffic. I've bought the .co.uk domain name for the niche and now I'm looking to get a hosting package over there as well to match.

Can anyone tell me what the best UK hosting company is? A reseller account would be best and I'm addicted to cPanel, so it needs to have cPanel.
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  • Profile picture of the author subhub-mark
    Check out 123reseller.co.uk

    I've used them for personal projects for over 3 years. They use cPanel.
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  • Profile picture of the author Katie Rich
    I always use Hostgator, never had a problem with any of the sites I have there, and yes, I have a reseller account too. Cpanel included (which one day I will understand) and the support is instant.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ross Kenny
      Hostgator all the way...
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    You can also check out Host in Motion.
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  • Profile picture of the author waloosh
    I'm a webhost and would like to offer space at a cheap price. I can guarantee excellent customer service and I'm always available if you need help.
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  • Profile picture of the author BrenOHara
    I second HostGator, used them since I first came online, their support has always been first class when needed.

    I also recommend Liquid Web, whom I recently joined, and once again their support is fantastic!
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      • Profile picture of the author The Expert
        alexa_s,

        I read an article that said that if you're targeting traffic from a different country, it's best to have your server hosted in that country for SEO purposes.

        Not a MAJOR SEO keystone or anything...but another small piece of the puzzle.
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  • Profile picture of the author subhub-mark
    Liquidweb are also excellent.

    From a ranking perspective Google looks at your domain first (ie. is it a .co.uk?), then the ip location (if it turns out not to be a .co.uk) before making the decision on which Google to rank you in. You can also use the geotargeting function in Google Webmaster Tools to select which Google you show up in.

    Here's an article i've written on how geotargeting works:

    Making the Most of Your Google Search Rankings with Geotargeting

    Hope this helps,
    mark
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  • Profile picture of the author Adrian Cooper
    Originally Posted by The Expert View Post

    I'm looking to setup a website that is targeted towards UK traffic. I've bought the .co.uk domain name for the niche and now I'm looking to get a hosting package over there as well to match.

    Can anyone tell me what the best UK hosting company is? A reseller account would be best and I'm addicted to cPanel, so it needs to have cPanel.
    You do not need a UK host.

    Datacenters in the US have far greater resources and connectivity, and with today's hardware - routers, switches etc - together with broadband connections that are generally faster than most PC to server connections over the entire route, I personally would only have servers in the US - and I have three of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author burtie
    streamline.net are cheap - they give the first three months for free too so it doesn't cost a penny to check them out.
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  • Profile picture of the author pearsonbrown
    If you are targeting the UK, there is a slight SEO advantage to hosting in the UK and using a .co.uk domain. However, given the expensive and ramshackle service I experienced with UK providers (admittedly several years ago) I prefer to give up this SEO advantage and use Hostgator.

    Pearson
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    • Profile picture of the author Adrian Cooper
      Originally Posted by pearsonbrown View Post

      If you are targeting the UK, there is a slight SEO advantage to hosting in the UK and using a .co.uk domain. However, given the expensive and ramshackle service I experienced with UK providers (admittedly several years ago) I prefer to give up this SEO advantage and use Hostgator.

      Pearson
      You can host a .co.uk on Hostgator or anywhere else.

      Domain and host are completely independent.

      I would say for a single site Hostgator is the best option for your .co.uk.

      BTW, I personally do not think a .co.uk has any real benefits for the uk market, although I have never tested it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Platinum Matt
    The last UK host I used tried to take me to court for an unpaid bandwidth bill which was MASSIVELY over what I could have ever used and wouldn't provide me any proof of where the traffic had come from, where it had gone to etc etc...

    I'm based in the Uk and I really don't see any need to use UK hosting.

    U.S. hosting all the way.
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    • Profile picture of the author donhutchinson
      Originally Posted by Platinum Matt View Post

      U.S. hosting all the way.
      ^^
      what he said
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  • Profile picture of the author pearsonbrown
    "BTW, I personally do not think a .co.uk has any real benefits for the uk market, although I have never tested it."

    It's quite easy to test. All you have to do is to compare Google's US and UK rankings for different keywords.

    There is an advantage to be gained but it's only usually a question of a few slots up on the page. I really don't think it's something to spend a lot of time on.

    Pearson
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Milburn
    Hi,

    I live in the UK, and I use Host Gator............................. So far they have been good and have been using them years. I use a reseller account with so each site is set up on it's own.

    Host Gator use Cpanel too.

    I have used UK based hosting companies and found them not as good and was using one who offered same service as Host Gator and they cgarged 5 times as much.

    You are best to go with your gut feeling and see who the main big IM people use.

    Hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author whoismarktaylor
    Hostgator for me excellent live chat for support has been a godsend.

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  • Profile picture of the author dnka
    There are many UK based companies who advertise at Webhosting forums. I have been using them for 3-4 months and their rates and service is value for money.
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  • Profile picture of the author TelegramSam
    Listen up!

    If you are targeting UK traffic, google does look for the best source for its visitors.

    So, get a .co.uk and host it on a server in the UK.

    Forget the people that say it doesn't make a difference it does. Just search on google.co.uk and compare the search results with google.com

    They do differ. Fact!

    Regarding what hosting company to use, I have used approximately 7 in the last 10 years and definitely the best is UNITEDHOSTINGdotCOdotUK

    Their service is really fantastic. For me that is the most important thing. Most queries get answered in minutes and their servers are very reliable.

    They also have servers in the USA too.

    NEVER go with Webfusion or PIPEX in the UK.

    EUhosts ok
    Ehosting ok

    I hope this helps.

    If you want crap but cheap and nasty, go with 1and1 but I do not recommend them.

    Sam
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    • Profile picture of the author Platinum Matt
      Originally Posted by TelegramSam View Post


      NEVER go with Webfusion or PIPEX in the UK.
      I second that!


      And....

      .co.uk domain might have advantages (say you are promoting a geographically specific product or service, for example a local sandwich shop), but you can use U.S. hosts for that.
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  • Profile picture of the author mita
    I live in the U.K and host my sites with Hostgator. If I target the U.K then I buy a co.uk domain from a U.K provider. I have never had a problem with Google rankings.
    Some of my sites actually hold the no1 slot in Google for their targeted search term.
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  • Profile picture of the author Geopentagon
    Dear
    Use these sites for UK Sites
    ByteHouse.com
    Hostway.com
    GoDaddy.com
    Regards.
    Geopentagon
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