Website Hosting

We do our own hosting for the sites we design and build, because we want it done right. We work hard to keep your site online and able to be seen.

While it's not as glamorous as how your site looks and operates, having your site hosted by a provider who knows how to achieve the best performance and security can make or break the success of your site.

Studies have shown that if a website loads in more than five seconds, visitors will go elsewhere to find what they're looking for. And the speed of a website has a large impact on search engine rankings. Obviously, performance is important!

In addition to performance, your site's visitors are concerned about security. Not only can malware slow your site down, it can infect your visitors' computers, causing great damage to your reputation. Google Chrome, Firefox, and other modern browsers will show a warning if your site isn't secure - which can cause your visitors to leave.

And, of course, if your website itself is not available because of a hosting issue, you won't even be seen. That's like having your doors shut - and why pay for a 24/7 presence if it's not actually going to be available 24 hours per day, seven days per week?

Finally, spam is something no one likes. Not only do we hate to see it in our email inbox, but improperly secured servers can be compromised and used to send out spam. Eventually, the server is blocked in numerous blacklists, which means your critical emails - newsletters to your customers, orders, and other essential business communication - don't make it to where you sent it.

There are a lot of places you can have your site hosted. But the "big guys" whose names come immediately to mind might not be your best option. Because they have to accommodate a wide variety of customers with a large range of needs, they can't fine tune their servers to host the specific applications we work with. On the other hand, we spend a great deal of time honing the performance of our servers for Joomla and WordPress hosting, so that your site will load quickly. We monitor the performance of our servers, to make sure that they're running, and running as efficiently as possible.

And we're absolutely fanatical about making sure our servers are as secure as possible. We use enterprise-class software to manage and secure our servers - and your sites - from malware. And we keep up with current best practices, so we stay ahead of the bad guys. We monitor for spam on a continuous basis, and respond quickly to security and other threats.

Included at no additional cost - ever - in every hosting package is an SSL certificate. Using an SSL certificate means that the data being send to or from your site is encrypted, so no one can steal your passwords or other confidential information.

We also provide regular updates to the Content Management System software we use to build your site at no additional cost. By keeping your site's software up-to-date, you increase the security and stability of your site.

Each of the sites we build comes with one free year of hosting; after the first year, you can renew your hosting agreement at our standard hosting rates.