Best Host for an SEO'd Photo Gallery?

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Post 3+ Months Ago

I've no idea what host to go for, so any advice from you guys would be greatly appreciated.

My planned website will be based around SEO'd travel images. Website and keyword stats will be crucial.

As for the hosting it, as far as I'm aware I will need to look for high disk space and a dedicated IP, but what else should i be looking for?

Any specific suggestions, please PM me. General guidance please post.

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Well, the host you use really won't affect your SEO, but go for one that's running on a Linux (or other *nix) box, not Windows/IIS.
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Look for the maximum http upload limit. And the ability to use .htaacess to increase the max upload limit. This will help you if you are uploading images of larger size (MB's) through form base upload or http applet for uploading.

Also check the following checklist :
http://www.web-hosting-world.com/web-ho ... cklist.php

You can look for hosts at http://www.web-hosting-world.com/top-10-web-hosts.php
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As a photographer using hundreds of GB's of diskspace for images I can assure you that any host you choose is not likely to have a problem with http uploading. Generally when hosts start micromanaging these settings they have crowded and/or overcrowded the servers and need to deploy these measures to prevent crashes and other problems. These type of hosts are often spotted by their low cost and vast resource allocations. In other words they promise you things like 15GB's of disk space and 300GB's of transfer for $10/mo or less.

Furthermore a dedicated IP is not necessary however your host may require you be on one if you are using alot of bandwidth. Tracking is more accurate when you're on a dedicated IP. However as far as SEO is concerned it's not necessary. More important to SEO will be the number of unique and relevant inbound links to your site from other sites with better PR...

You should also take care to read the hosts TOS. Pay particular attention to resource consumption limits. Eg: many of these pie in the sky hosts will limit the amount of bandwidth you can use in one day even though they promised you 300GB/mo. Stay away from these types of hosts because when your site becomes popular and/or traffic spikes you will be offline unitl the next day.

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