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With a significant percentage of UK websites hosted outside the UK, this geolocation thing is going to cause a lot of problems. For Ireland, the non Irish sites is running at about 50%+. For the UK, I'd guess, based on research, it was in the region of 15-30%. From what I rem this early in the morning, I had identified about 1.6 Million UK websites, so the percentages for the missing webspace are significant, especially if it is your website that it is wrongly categorised by the SEs. With US Dollar/STG/Euro differentials, it makes more sense to host in the US.
I wonder if Inktomi would be interested in my research? All I got from Google was a canned reply e-mail :)
Having found an excellent US host, I can't see myself swapping back any time soon.
The only problem that we encountered relating to the geography of hosting was an old .com site hosted in the US, which has never been identified as a UK specific site. Since that time, we have only ever used .co.uk for UK sites, and we haven't had any problems with geo-filtering.
[edited by: engine at 2:58 pm (utc) on Mar. 26, 2003]
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I am a webmaster who has lived and worked in the US on web projects.
I returned to the UK after 10 years in the US and was shocked by how "left behind" the UK was. UK hosting companies are arrogant and sometimes downright rude! This would never happen in the US which is customer service oriented. Being British gives me a unique view of the state of play here and the brits seem to be experts at fooling themslves that they are "ahead of the curve" and technically superior - HA!. Kids in America have powerful computers with robust, fast internet connections in their bedrooms that would put some UK hosting companies to shame.
It would also help if the brits spent more time resolving technical problerms instead of trying to blame you for the problem!
Having said all that - I have found a good hosting company here that is value for money. but give me good old American customer service anytime.