All of our hosting solutions offer the latest high-performance servers and hardware combined with our server set up to ensure reliability and uptime is always first class.

Starting out in business or running a small business can be hard work. With everything to manage from accounts to sales and admin, you’re constantly on the go trying to cope with the daily working struggles faced as an SME.


So what’s the best hosting available?

What type of Web Hosting you choose is important because you want it to be fast and reliable for your website and email service.

Today, there are many different types of website hosting available to choose from including Shared Web Hosting, Cloud-Based Web Hosting, Virtual Private Server (VPS) and Dedicated Web Server. But which is the most suitable option will depend on the type of site you’re wanting to host.

The most basic of these options is called Shared Hosting where you effectively share a server, which could be with several hundred or even thousands of other sites. Here at Design & Online Promotions, we host our client’s sites on our own dedicated server for ultimate performance. With a dedicated server, you don’t have to worry about other websites on a shared server taking up your resources and slowing your website down.

In a digitally connected world speed matters, so for the ultimate user experience, your site must load fast and on any device, it’s being served from. It’s no surprise to hear either that Search Engines such as Google will also penalise your site in search listings if it doesn’t deliver the content quickly to the user.


Risks of shared hosting

Shared hosting which is usually considered a ‘cheap and cheerful’ option offers the lowest cost hosting available because the cost of running a server can be spread across a greater number of websites. However, it can also be the riskiest type of hosting for the following reasons:

  • You have no idea what the others site’s hosted on the server do – the sites could be resource intensive and starve your site of processing power.
  • Poor coding on just one site could leave the rest of the server vulnerable. This can lead to an attack or compromise and no one likes the knock-on domino effect of a hacked website!
  • A surge in traffic to another site can block access to your own site, leading to slow delivery of your content to the user’s browser.
  • Bulk emails sent from poor coding or an email account breach can blacklist the server IP address. This means any email will be undesirable until the IP is whitelisted or removed from the blacklist.

Shared hosting is also considered a setup for the average user, so if you find you need to modify the server to configure something to do with your website, or need any form of control over the hosting environment, it probably won’t be possible in a shared hosting environment.


The cheapest will rarely be the best

In our experience, cheap hosting can work out be expensive hosting, not to mention damaging to your business reputation when it goes offline! Performance, uptime, reliability and security should be high up on your list (especially for a typical business or commercial site). Settling for a low cost shared hosting platform as a business simply won’t cut the mustard.

Dedicated Server Hosting


Move hosts seamlessly

If you already host with another company but want to save money and get a better service, we offer a way to transfer your website free of charge with minimal or no downtime guaranteed. There are many reasons why individuals or companies may want to change to a new web hosting provider. It could be as simple as not enough storage space or bandwidth, or it could be due to its customer service, or lack of help and support thereof.

We understand you want your hosting transfer to go smoothly with little to zero downtime. You want your customers to have a seamless transition so your site and emails are not disrupted. Moving your site’s business hosting to us is a breeze as we do all the hard work for you, from backing up and migrating your site to pointing your domains name servers to our server.


Conclusion

When researching for a new provider to manage your sites hosting look out for things like virtual dedicated, or if you’re really after a high performance and reliable hosting solution, dedicated servers are the better option and the only option you’ll find we offer you for your business website.

Included with our business hosting as standard is a fully managed backup service, enterprise-grade performance and security, unlimited quotas, email accounts and guaranteed uptime. All of our Web Hosting plans are packed full of free features which most other companies would charge the earth for.

Our aim is to make your life less stressful by taking care of one of the most important things on your to-do list – making sure your website is secure and running smoothly! Learn more about our hosting solutions for your website or click here to get a quote.

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Emma McDonald Contributor
Emma has over 23 years digital expertise. With an eye for clean and intuitive design, she produces beautifully designed websites. As lead Web Designer, Developer and SEO strategist, her knowledge is translated through carefully managed marketing campaigns to help businesses accomplish their goals online.