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We believe that web hosting is more than just providing web space and FTP access. Our aim is to provide individuals and businesses with everything they need to express themselves on the Internet. Whatever you want to create a website for, be it a small family photo album or a full powered database-driven e-commerce website, your choice of web host is essential. The right web host will make the difference between a slow clunky site that has regular downtime and a site that is always available and blisteringly fast!
Six reasons to choose us for your web hosting
Our purpose built web hosting infrastructure is unrivalled in the UK for stability and reliability.
You can grow with us
Our web hosting is ideal for a beginner starting their first website through to SMEs demanding their own powerful ecommerce solution.
Constant monitoring and security upgrades
We take our customers’ security very seriously and all software is upgraded within 24 hours of new patches being released.
Excellent customer service
Our support database provides the answers to the majority of web hosting related questions and if you need to get in touch we are on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Value for money
Because all our hosting technology has been developed by us in-house we don’t have any expensive licensing fees to pass on to our customers. That means we can offer you more for less!
We put you in control
We believe in developing highly automated systems to give customers complete control of their web hosting. Our web hosting control panel is one of the most advanced available today.
Web hosting terminology
New to web hosting? Here are some of the most common terms used:
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.
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 (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 machines’ 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 or Microsoft Expression Web) but even if yours doesn’t, there is an industry standard standalone free software program called FileZilla you can download.”
HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language) is the first layer of a web page and deals with the content, such as the text, any lists, tables, quotes, and more.
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: Programming code
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).
Subdomain 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.
Top Level Domain Names have no association with any countries and were amongst the first to be created, e.g. .com, .net, and .org.
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.
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