Website Hosting

Website Hosting

I believe that website hosting is more than just providing web space and FTP access. My aim is to provide individuals and businesses with everything they need to express themselves on the internet, be that through an idea or selling goods and services. Whatever you want to create a website for, be it a small family photo album or a full powered data base driven ecommerce website, your choice of web host is essential. The right web host will make the difference between a slow clunky site that has regular down time and a site that is always available and blisteringly fast! My web hosting services are up there with the best.

6 reasons to choose me for your web hosting

Quality hosting

1. Quality hosting

The purpose built web hosting infrastructure I use is unrivalled in the UK for stability and reliability.

Excellent customer service

2. Excellent customer service

The support database provides the answers to the majority of web hosting related questions and if you need to get in touch I am on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Value for money

3. Value for money

Because all of the hosting technology has been properly developed there aren’t expensive licensing fees to pass on to my customers. That means I can offer you more for less!

We put you in control

4. I can put you in control

I believe in developing highly automated systems giving customers complete control of their web hosting. My web hosting control panel is one of the most advanced available today. You can manage a lot of features yourself!

You can grow with us

5. A scalable solution

My web hosting is ideal for a beginner starting their first website through to SME’s demanding their own powerful ecommerce web solution.

Constant Monitoring and Security Upgrades

6. Constant Monitoring and Security Upgrades

I take my customer’s security very seriously and all software is upgraded within 24 hours of new patches being released.

Managing your website hosting

The control panel I use is one of the most advanced web hosting control panels currently available. Here is a quick summary of the great features available.

eXtend
  • Easy to use file manager
  • File backup & restore
  • Webmail and POP3/IMAP
  • Web stats & logs
  • Google SiteMap generator
  • MySQL and phpMyAdmin
  • Schedules tasks
  • Full Ecommerce software
  • One click install scripts including WordPress
  • Check your account performance at a glance
  • Download log files
  • More than we can list here!

iPhone control panel

You can also manage your websites and hosting accounts on the move with an exclusive iPhone control panel which has all the same functionality of the standard control panel. This is free for all of my web hosting customers.

iPhone Control Panel
  • Manage your domain names
  • Manage all your web hosting accounts
  • Log in to your webmail
  • View the system status updates
  • View your invoices
  • Conduct a WHOIS search for a domain name
  • Set up scheduled tasks
  • …and much more!

Web hosting terminology

New to web hosting? Here are some of the most common terms used…

Bandwidth

A term used by web hosts to describe how much data can pass from the server your website is hosted on to people visiting your web site. This includes the files that make up your website as well as any data downloaded from databases or media files.

ccTLD

A country code top level domain name. These domain names are associated with a country or geographic location e.g. .co.uk (UK), .fr (France and .cn (China). The ability to register these domain names from another country depends on the registrar’s rules. For example, co.uk has no restrictions whereas .it (Italy) demands you are based in Europe.

Domain Name System

The system that maps domain names to the corresponding machine’s IP addresses. This system is essentially a phone book that translates human friendly names into computer friendly numbers. Because this information is stored across multiple computers any updates to a domain (including registration and ownership details) can take up to 48 hours to work its way across all of them.

File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

Once you are ready to see what your website looks like online, uploading the files to your web space is really easy and is often as simple as clicking, dragging and dropping. The method you will use to get your website online is called File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Don’t be put off by the name, all this does is take the files from your computer and put them on to the web host’s server for people to access. Simple!

In order to do this your web host may offer an upload function though your account with them, but that means you have to log in every time. A quicker alternative that most people use is FTP software. Some HTML editors come with this built in (e.g. Dreamweaver & Microsoft Expression Web) but even if yours doesn’t there is the industry standard stand alone (which is free) to download called FileZilla.

HTML

HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language) is the first layer of a web page and deals with the content (the text, any lists, tables, quotes…).

LAMP

LAMP is an acronym used to describe a set of open source software used by many people and businesses to save money and to prevent platform lock-in. Linux: Operating system
Apache: Web server
MySQL: Database
PHP: Program

MySQL

MySQL (owned and developed by Sun Microsystems) is the world’s most popular open source database. It is also part of the open source software stack known as LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP).

Sub-Domain

Sub-domain names are domains that are part of the parent domain name. They are free to set up and can be useful if you have areas of your site you want to categorise e.g. dictionary.domain.com, thesaurus.domain.com

TLD

Top Level Domain Names have no association with any countries and were amongst the first to be created. E.g. .com, .net, .org.

Web Space

The amount of space allocated to your website by a web host to store all your files and data. The more web space you have the more information you can store.