It took a lot of preparation but I’m happy to announce that we are now offering hosting in Europe (in Amsterdam to be exact). If your websites’ visitors are mostly in Europe then you might want to consider putting your sites on our European servers rather than our American servers.

When you sign up for an account you can now choose between USA or Europe for the server location (note that the Europe location is not available for our managed dedicated servers just yet).

If you’re an existing customer you can also go to Account->Upgrade/downgrade in the panel and order an extra plan in Europe if you want one.

Plans on our European servers are the same price as on our American servers.

As an indication of the overhead difference here is the output of ping from London, UK to one of our servers in Texas (first server) and another one in Amsterdam (second server):

$ ping web207.webfaction.com
[...]
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 153ms, Maximum = 189ms, Average = 163ms

$ ping web208.webfaction.com
[...]
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 34ms, Maximum = 52ms, Average = 43ms