What Is Website Hosting?
When you save something on your home computer (files, photos, music etc) it is stored on your computer’s hard-drive. Your website also needs to be stored somewhere, and this is called hosting.
Your website’s files will be stored on a hosting server which is like a computer hard-drive, but on a giant scale. Web hosting servers are kept in huge datacentres which are highly secure buildings.
All website hosting carries a monthly fee, and this varies by the type of hosting you choose and the amount of resources you need available to your website. Small websites with a moderate amount of daily visitors will require far less resources than large websites which attract millions of views per day.
What We Offer Our Clients
Like our website designs, our website hosting environment is designed for optimum performance. We include advanced page-caching to make sure your website loads super-fast (loading speed is a factor for how your website will rank in Google’s search index).
Our web hosting also includes comprehensive security to protect your website from malicious attack, and daily back-ups so that in the unlikely event of an attack we can quickly roll-back your website to a clean version.
Our website hosting costs £20/mth for most websites.
Can I Choose My Own Hosting?
If you decide to use our hosting you will have no worries with your website, safe in the knowledge that we’re taking care of everything.
You are free to arrange your own hosting if you prefer though, and we are happy to advise you on your options.
- WP Engine: We have never had a problem with any of the websites we have hosted on WP Engine. It is simple to set up your website on WP Engine and they have caching and daily backups baked-in as standard. Packages start from $29/month.
- Hostgator: We used Hostgator many years ago and never had a problem while we were with them, but decided to move to a more premium solution. Hostgator is still a good option for people on a very low budget as their plans start from around $6/month, but there is no inbuilt caching or backup solution, and in our opinion it is less secure than WP Engine.
If we built your website and you also choose to host your website with us, we can also take care of maintaining it and keeping software up to date. This will not usually attract any extra fees.
If we didn’t build your website and you just choose to host your existing website with us, we will need to examine your website to establish whether we will need to charge a maintenance fee.
If you choose to host your website elsewhere we can still offer a maintenance service but because maintaining your website on another server will require extra work on our part, there will be a fee for this service. Read about our website maintenance.