What is Web Hosting?
In order for a website to be accessible through the internet, it must be ‘hosted’ on a web server. Hosting includes the physical space for your website to be stored, email accounts using your domain name (ie firstname.lastname@example.org), website statistics and optional features such as databases, shopping carts and security.
We offer and utilise top-tier web hosting providers for superior service, speed, support and features.
How much space do I need
The average small business website is less than 100MB!
E-commerce and larger sites require more space but often not significantly. Images and emails usually take up the most data space.
Reliable hosting infrastructure
We prefer to use web hosts in Australia and the United States with proven track records of high up-time, minimal outages and secure backup facilities.
Our hosts typically offer 99.9% uptime on their hosting services and secure offsite backups.
Additionally, we can deploy sites across ‘Content Delivery Networks’ (CDNs) to decrease page load times and add greater security.
CDN’s work by mirroring your content across multiple servers around the world and when a threat to any site on the network is identified, it can be blocked from all other sites.
Shared, VPS, Dedicated Hosting – What does it all mean?
The majority of websites around the world are hosted on Shared hosting. Shared hosting simply means multiple websites are hosted together on a server, ensuring reasonable pricing and service. Shared hosting can be likened to an apartment building where each apartment is individually maintained but part of a shared structure overseen by the hosting company.
Cons: Sharing resources with other companies. Less customisable.
VPS (Virtual Private Servers) can be likened to reserving a whole floor of the apartment building. A dedicated portion of the server resources (CPU/RAM/Space) are reserved for the VPS. They cope much better with higher traffic, data and memory requirements, they are much more customisable and provide more control over specific features. The cost difference between shared and VPS has reduced and is well worth considering.
Pros: A great balance of cost/features
Cons: Slightly more expensive
Dedicated servers are stand-alone servers and all server resources/CPU/RAM/data space are 100% reserved for your exclusive use. Much like owning a whole apartment building, they are brilliant at providing plenty of room and features, are fully customisable and have great backup options with blisteringly fast access rates for site visitors.
Pros: Lots of available options. Plenty of room for growth.
Cons: Much more expensive
We use managed hosting services to ensure high support levels and uptime.
Please CONTACT US to discuss your hosting requirements or explain any features in layman’s terms.