Hosting and scaling
Hosting is where your website lives online.
Once you have your new website ready to go, it's important to consider where it resides on the internet to get the best results.
Choosing a suitable hosting provider can be a minefield as the market is fiercely competitive and there are a lot of options available. You'll often be confronted with a lot of technical information which is difficult to make sense of if you're unacquainted with the concepts.
The key is to selecting the correct hosting provider is to know ahead of time what your technical requirements are. Not an easy task - especially if you're new to the process.
Never fear - we can help...
How we can help you get the right deal:
- We've built a range of websites - some are basic, only requiring the minimum options, and others need us to ramp up resources to make sure your website stays fast and responsive.
- We're able to help you pick the right hosting solution to ensure to you're not overpaying for what you need, but are prepared for an uptick in visitor engagement.
- Our core technical team can be your first line of support, giving you peace of mind that when issues arise we're here to help right away.
- We can monitor the performance of your website and alert you when you need to increase the hosting you have.
- Our primary business is not to make money from hosting, so we often pass on the baseline costs directly to you or advise you how to set up a hosting account so everything is under your control.
What types of hosting are there?
Broadly speaking there are 4 types of hosting you can choose* to use:
- Shared hosting - we maintain own shared servers for our clients for the smallest websites. This is the cheapest option to get going with, but your website will share the same resources as other clients and you may quickly outgrow shared hosting.
- Dedicated hosting - this is essential for eCommerce and larger websites. Although the cost is higher than shared servers, dedicated servers give you total control over how everything is tuned and configured.
- VPS hosting - A "Virtual Private Server" (VPS) is a good middle-ground between shared and dedicated hosting. VPS servers have security and speed benefits over shared hosting without having the cost associated with a dedicated server. VPS hosting is what we usually suggest for 80% of our clients as they are the best value for money.
- Full suite web development enviroments - these allow the best solution for working with large projects where continuous delivery is required - in other words: you expect incremental updates to your website. This option allows quicker time to market and a reliable way to keep new website functionality rolled out to your live website. You also get many "environments" meaning you have other development areas online where you can test and verify new functionality before it goes live.
* In reality, there are more options like Cloud Hosting, although the details get more technical at this point. If you're interested in Cloud, Geographicaly Distributed Hosting or Content Delivery Networks, just ask.
What about security?
Online security is essential. In order to stay steps ahead of potential attacks, we strongly recommend signing up to a support retainer with us, so we ensure any security updates that are available are installed to continue protecting your website.
We can also take further steps to enhance your security online, from how your content is handled to how your website is structured and coded. Ask us more about how this impacts your project and what we can do for you.
Depending on your prior knowledge we can walk you through options in detail, or if you just want things to work we can look after everything for you and provide you with a quote after we know your business and website requirements.