Hi, could anyone please tell me if it would be okay to use a host from the UK or US for multiple country websites or would it be best to find a host in each country? The websites will have simiilar content apart from pricing and will each have their own domain name according to that country.
with respect to website speed -> Yes, host in every country. But it's not necessary. I am from India, and my websites are hosted in US. Some of my websites load in 1-3 seconds.
with respect to SEO -> can't say exactly. May be any SEO expert can comment on this.
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It is (usually) true that a website will load fastest when the server is in the same country as the visitor. (Usually, rather than always, because in a few countries with a less well-developed internet infrastructure, it's just possible that you might get a better link to a neighbouring country than another computer in the same country. You can forget that possibility).
However this is often overstated, especially where the UK and the US are concerned. I'm in the UK, and I get a ping of under 80ms to data centres on the US east coast. I get under 200ms to the west coast. That's tiny. A poor or overloaded server can add over a second to the load time of a web page, so this slight latency is going to be a small factor for an ordinary visitor to a website. (It's different for gaming and other uses). It's certainly not worth going to cheaper / inferior hosting in 3 locations - better to use one solid host.
However, if you were talking about visitors from parts of Asia, Africa or Australia, it may make a bigger difference. (Edit: I just pinged an IP in the Philippines from the UK - 345ms.)
So basically .uk on a United Kingdom host and a .us on a United States host.
If I was you I'd start with one server in based where you are getting most website views from such as I am currently in the United States even though I live in the United Kingdom. But nothing is saying you can't get more servers later on when you need to.
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It does not make sense to go and purchase a Shared Account (or any other type of hosting account) in any country/market you want to serve unless: a) these websites make enough money; b) it is very important to offer low latency to the website visitors.
Other than that, having a number of Shared Accounts will increase the management effort. As others said, using a CDN is a good option, you need to consider. You'd also go host in any region where you get the best average latency to all markets of yours.
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