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What is Web Hosting Exactly?

Web hosting is a service which we provide and covers a multitude of different areas. In basic terms, web hosting services include a) providing a storage area where your website files actually reside (on a computer) and b) sending those files (your website) to a visitors browser when a surfer or internet user requests to see them. These files are your websites pages, images, videos and other media.

Why Choose Us for Your Web Hosting Needs?

We can choose the correct level of server performance you will need from a website host computer. We have literally decades of experience in selecting the correct host for the business task to be performed. This is important as needs vary, and as such, so do costs. By allowing us here at Photon Flux to look at your requirements, we can establish the technical setup which is appropriate for your business.

What Performance Factors Need Consideration for Hosting?

Factors which determine your configuration include the hosting disk space your website will need, for its current status and any potential future business growth. Monthly bandwidth allowance - just how much data is sent to the vistors due to the requests made to your site? Not only is this determined by the size of a given element of data or media (such as a video or high quality image), but anticipated monthly visitor totals dramatically effect the overall usage and are given careful consideration. Hosting can be upgraded at any time should web traffic increase, and likewise downgraded should the need arise.

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Web Hosting Checklist.

Here is a small checklist of topics which are relevant to your web hosting decision making process.

List of 20 Ideas and Tips to Help with hosted site choices.

  • Identify how many web domains you want to host - one or more
  • Estimate how many unique visitors you might get each month
  • How big in bytes is your website and are hosting limits in place?
  • Will you be wanting to serve videos or other high bandwidth media to your users
  • Get an IP address which is in your country
  • Double check pricing as costs can vary wildly
  • Ensure you have unlimited email space and addresses
  • Get an SSL certificate (free) from us
  • Ensure the host is compatible with any software such as Wordpress
  • Write down any passwords and user names you are given
  • Check how long the hosting company been providing services
  • Support is essential - websites can and do go down from time to time
  • Ensure you can move away if needed
  • Make room in your account for growth and confirm this is the case
  • Establish any database requirements, you may need multiple databases
  • The server must be fast enough to process data - not just serve pages
  • Often its best to have the hosting and design from the same company
  • Double check the best domain registration costs
  • Parking domains is sometimes a good idea if you are not ready to publish a website
  • Statistics are a must, choose your packages in advance and confirm they are acceptable

What Other Internet Services do we Provide?

Databases

Whether you are looking at hosting a personal or business website, it may be that you require a database or a data driven templated internet based system. We can provide MySQL databases to serve data from Wordpress blogs, standard off the shelf CMS (content management systems) and other packages. In addition to this, custom written applications developed in php can also be hosted and gain access to database services.

Hosting Analytics

We provide our own statistics direct from our web server on your hosting account which can play an important role in monitoring how your website is performing in terms of the number of visitors. Additionally, we can install Google Analytics scripts on the pages of your site which provide state of the art and industry wide standard details of how your website is being used. These include figures for keywords, visitor actions, entry pages, exit pages and how your user found your website (via a search engine for example).

Other third party analytics can be provided on request.

There are many tools and utilities available for the website owner which allow varying levels of monitoring from marketing tools through to cookies and re-marketing through platforms such as facebook. Any of these can be implemented on request, or if you need help in deciding what is best for your business, we are more than happy to give advice and offer a range of solutions.

Services for Business or Personal Hosting.

The Cost of a Hosted Business or Personal Website

How Much is Web Hosting and What are you Personally or is your Business Paying for?

Our standard web hosting packages for personal and business use start at just £3.99 per month payable yearly. It should be noted that the services this is paying for include the hosting, email, backups and support along with SSL secured servers for encrypted data transfer and security when taking customer details or online payments.

Higher Costs

For those clients who outgrow the standard service - we can taylor a hosting package to suit. The amount we charge will vary depending on the usage, but realistically, unless you are burning the bandwidth or slowing down the servers to a dramatic extent - the costs should not go that much higher. There are exceptions to this, whereby extremely heavy traffic websites have to be metered, but this is actually very rare.

Never Pay Over The Odds.

If you have been with your hosting provider for a long time, you may find they are overcharging you relative to todays rates. For example we often see people charging £20 a month for hosting a standard website - but realistically in the vast majority of cases this is over the odds. Feel free to contact us and ask for a quote if you find yourself in this position - we will be happy to take on your website and host it at a more reasonable monthly price. Also consider your domain renewal costs and who you are using for your registrar as we can often beat registration fees where they are being over charged.

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