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How Important Is It To Host In Your Market Area?


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#1 Nanzilela Obejane

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 02:26 AM

How important is it to host in the UK? I've a .co.uk domain and my market is UK.

I was thinking of using Volusion but they insist on hosting in USA.

My current provider has gone bust so have to make changes.

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 04:23 AM

Very much secondary to the ccTLD

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 05:51 AM

I have had .co.uk sites hosted in both USA and UK, both perform equally well as far as I have measured.
I do however if given the choice, host my .co.uk sites in the UK just in case some SE somewhere either differentiates or changes their Algo.

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 06:14 AM

Thanx very much, I've also had comments that US hosted sites are slower than those hosted in the UK when viewed in the UK?

Any comments?

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 10:26 AM

QUOTE(Nanzilela Obejane @ Mar 18 2011, 03:26 AM) View Post
How important is it to host in the UK? I've a .co.uk domain and my market is UK.

I was thinking of using Volusion but they insist on hosting in USA.

My current provider has gone bust so have to make changes.



It really makes no difference on the hardware and software side. There is most
likely some psychological issues with having a resource close to your base.

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 08:06 AM

QUOTE(Nanzilela Obejane @ Mar 19 2011, 11:14 AM) View Post
Thanx very much, I've also had comments that US hosted sites are slower than those hosted in the UK when viewed in the UK?

Any comments?


There can be some latency which is dependant on host and ISP connections, but realistically only people still using dial-up conncetions are going to be affected.

TEN YEARS AGO where your site was hosted could be a "speed" issue, and of course to the "experts" who think it is 1995, it still is.





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