Website hosting options

Website Hosting is a type of Internet hosting service that provides the platform which makes a website accessible via the World Wide Web.

Hosting is available in many forms - it can be in-house (internal), with a hosting provider or in the Cloud. It can be on shared servers, VPS servers, dedicated servers or use IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) options.

And then, once hosted, websites can be online (available to visitors) or offline (unavailable to website visitors). 

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Karen Gilmore

Project Manager

Cloud hosting explained

Cloud hosting refers to the use of numerous servers, linked together to provide a 'cloud' of computers - rather than a single computer. In the cloud hosting model, the assets and/or applications utilised by your business do not reside within the business, nor are they directly controlled by the enterprise at the infrastructure layer. 

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Karen Gilmore

Project Manager

In-house hosting explained

In-house or Internal hosting refers to the model where the assets and applications used by an organisation are managed and hosted by the organisation itself. Management of these assets is typically provided by the internal IT department, on servers and hardware owned by the enterprise.

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Karen Gilmore

Project Manager

The physical location of a website visitor is sensitive information and a security risk

Geolocation and privacy

The addition of geolocation features, also known as location-based services, to your website provides great benefits to your business and your website visitors. They allow you to provide information directly based on location (e.g. events or service offerings in a particular region) or send messages about promotions and specials. These services have great marketing potential and are an effective way of keeping your customers updated with your latest products and information. 

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Karen Gilmore

Project Manager

DNS Hosting

DNS stands for Domain Name System, which is a system of servers that provides the infrastructure which allows browsing of the World Wide Web. This is the infrastructure that takes the human-readable domain names and the numerical IP addresses used by servers and tells them about each other. 

To do this you need DNS Hosting.

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Karen Gilmore

Project Manager

Let's Encrypt now issuing free SSL certificates

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit. By automating the validation and renewal process you can procure a certificate instantly and never have to worry about renewing it. And since it’s free you can install it on all of your websites without racking up a huge credit card bill.

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Michael Strelan

Senior Developer & Drupal Strategist

IP addresses in the spotlight

An IP, or Internet Protocol, address is just like a house address - except for computers, printers, servers, etc across the globe.
Most of us know them as unique strings of numbers separated by full stops. e.g. 126.54.9.70. This version is often referred to as a 32 bit address.

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Karen Gilmore

Project Manager

Consolidating domain registrations

We often have clients with more than one domain name that have been registered with one or more registrars. Maybe their original developers purchased it years ago, maybe a long gone member of their IT Department. Maybe they expanded,. needed new domain name and used the cheaper registrar options as competition increased.

The problems that arise is the ongoing management of these domains

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Karen Gilmore

Project Manager

Unmasking PHP

There has been a lot of questions from our clients recently regarding PHP and notifications they have been receiving from various vendors of PHP upgrades, PHP being discontinued and what they need to do.

To start with, lets establish what PHP is and where is it used. Then we can look at what the upgrades mean.

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Karen Gilmore

Project Manager