Posted: 6th December 2013

Author: Kate

Tagged: Products & services

Website hosting at QWeb

One of the more difficult tasks for non-technical people is choosing a good hosting service for their website, and setting it up correctly. There are so many options available, and it can be difficult to understand what they all do and which is the most appropriate for your website.

Some of the options to choose from are:

  • Shared hosting - This is where several websites are hosted together on the same server for different hosting customers. You have little control over how the server runs, but it's cost effective.

  • VPS hosting - A virtual private server is like having a slice of a computer. You share the hardware with other customers, but you get your own operating system which gives you a lot of control over how the server is set up. It costs a bit more than shared hosting, but much less than a dedicated server.

  • Dedicated server - If you have a lot of sites to host, a dedicated server might be a good choice. You get the whole server to yourself, so you can choose how it is set up and you have complete control.

With all of these options, you need a certain amount of technical know-how. Shared hosting is the easiest to work with as most of the hard work is taken care of for you, but if the way it's set up isn't optimal for your website you could be wasting your money. A VPS or dedicated server puts more power in your hands, but if you configure something incorrectly it's up to you to figure out how to fix it. That's no good unless you really know what you're doing.

Some hosting services offer managed servers, where you get the server to yourself but someone maintains it for you. This could be helpful, but it is often more expensive. For a small website it's probably overkill.

There is another option though, which could be just what you've been looking for.

At QWeb, we offer website hosting that's a little different to the usual options. We rent our servers from Rackspace, the leading and most reliable supplier, and manage them ourselves. We choose both the hardware and software, we optimise resource usage for every individual website we host, and we work with Rackspace technicians to ensure everything is working efficiently and securely, all of the time. We also ensure software updates are applied promptly and that we meet PCI-DSS regulations - something that's very important for our eCommerce clients.

What this means is that you don't even have to worry about what kind of server your website needs, let alone how to set it all up. Even if we didn't build it, we're still able to determine what sort of technologies you require and what resources are needed for optimal performance. We'll set everything up and keep an eye on things for you, so you can go back to running your business. Furthermore, because we host multiple websites on each server, we're able to offer a price that's more comparable to VPS services so you really do get a lot for your money.

If you decide to let us host your website for you, we will take care of the transfer, make sure everything is running smoothly, and continue to maintain the server so that your website is always online, loads quickly and stays secure and protected. We can also host your email addresses. In fact, we'll host as many email addresses as you want. We'll talk you through setting up your favourite email client and make sure everything is working as it should. If you have any problems, we're here to help.

Another benefit of choosing our hosting service is that if you want to update, improve or redesign your website, there's no need to go back and forth between your hosting provider and your web developer. We already have the access we need to work on your website. This often saves a huge amount of time for both you and us, and the less time we both spend communicating back and forth, the more money you save.

If you're looking for stress free, high quality hosting without the headaches, give us a call.

Blog posts written by former QWeb employees are not necessarily an accurate indication of the current opinions of QWeb Ltd and the information provided in tutorials might be biased or subjective, or might become out of date.

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