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Thursday, September 20, 2018

My Web Hosting Business

I have been hosting my own (about a dozen) and many of my clients' websites for many years now (since the last millennium, to be precise!) Initially, I hosted on my own Linux box that was co-hosted with an ISP in Auckland, New Zealand. I then moved my operation to my own business premises, at which time I also decided to change from Linux to Windows Server.

Initially all my sites (both on the Linux server and on the Windows server) were pure HTML, CSS, Javascript and flat text database, and I used Dreamweaver as my design tool of choice. In about 2005 I started to look into CMS systems as their popularity was growing quite quickly by then and decided (after a lot of research!) on DotNetNuke, to which I have (mostly) been dedicated since (although it is called DNN now!) I have, of course, worked with (and hosted) many of the other more common (although less functional, IMHO!) CMSs, such as WordPress and Joomla!

Upon moving to England in 2009, my New Zealand servers were transferred to the capable hands of my cousin, who is an IT and networking aficionado, while I set up operations in the UK through a dedicated server hosting solution (the server was not my own hardware, but it was my own in the sense that I had full control of it through RDP, etc.—it was IAAS, I suppose.) Anyway, after a little over a year under contract to that company, and not being happy with the service they were providing, I researched and found a cloud-based (SAAS) solution that has served my purposes admirably for the last couple of years.

My New Zealand servers have now finally been shut down and I am hosting all of my sites (my own and my clients') via my cloud-based platform. Although it is Windows-based (with MS SQL), I can host any platform, even CMSs that are designed for PHP and MySQL, so if you need a good, fast, cloud-based, UK-based hosting service (web and email) that won't cost you the earth, contact me. On the right (unless you are on a mobile, then it will likely be below!) you can see a selection of the packages and platforms that I can support, and on the far right an indication of what sort of physical services you will get if you host through me.

For my benefit, and the benefit of my clients who wish to access their own website control panels, here's the link:

 

I support the Kwa Mkono Disabled Children's Trust by providing them with free web and email hosting. They are doing a wonderful work with young polio victims in Tanzania and would welcome monetary assistance or perhaps even donation of required items from time to time. Visit their site at kwamkono.org.uk and help if you can!

Web Apps

DNN Platform – DNN makes designing, building and managing feature-rich websites and social communities fast, easy and cost-effective. Thousands of organizations like Bank of America, Aetna, True Value Hardware, Whirlpool, the National Football League (NFL), the US Department of Defense (DoD) and Sports Direct have leveraged DNN to deploy highly engaging online experiences. Standard sites hosted for only £36 per annum.

TNG Genealogy – TNG (The Next Generation) is the most powerful online genealogy package available. Use it to store and manage your entire family tree in the cloud with no need for any local PC software. As it is entirely web browser based, you can access your site from anywhere and on any computer, both the public areas and the admin areas, for editing, managing members, etc. Your site hosted for only £36 per annum.

Also...

WordPress – WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.

Joomla! – Joomla! is a popular content management system (CMS), commonly promoted by hosting providers using Unix/Linux-based platforms.

Acquia Drupal 7 – Acquia Drupal 7 provides the fastest on-ramp to build dynamic and social web sites featuring both editorial and user-generated content. Includes Drupal core and popular modules.

Gallery Server – Powerful, open source digital asset management and web gallery. Share and manage photos, video, audio, and other files over the web.

Moodle – Moodle is a Learning Management System (LMS) that provides educators with a comprehensive toolbox to create dynamic online courses. Moodle is open source and produced by a huge global community.

Shopping Cart .NET – Shopping Cart .NET is a complete E Commerce portal written in ASP.NET. It offers many CMS features such as customized pages, themes and navigation menu. The commerce features include a complete shopping cart complete with custom images, view history, product reviews, coupons and discounts, subscription and downloadable products, customer control panel and store owner admin panel.

Umbraco CMS – The modern, robust, developer and designer friendly CMS used by more than 250,000 sites. Easy to use and simple to extend. Getting started is simple, adding features flexible, and customizing is without limits.

And more, such as...

  • .NET CMS
  • .NET Forge CMS
  • BlogEngine.NET
  • DasBlog
  • Django CMS
  • Kentico
  • mojoPortal
  • Orchard CMS
  • phpBB
  • YetAnotherForum.NET

And even more...

Contact me if you have a specific requirement!

Services

Our Windows hosting runs on a high availability cloud platform built on a redundant hardware and network architecture. With no single point of failure and enterprise grade servers, we have a high performance network that can grow as demanded. Your website and database data is backed up daily and can be restored on request free of charge. Here are some more features...

High Availability Cloud Hosting – The latest Windows Server hosting running on our high availability cloud platform based in London, UK. A fully redundant network utilising enterprise class hardware powers your website and related services.

Personal Control Panel – You can control every aspect of your Windows hosting account with our advanced control panel. Fully manage your website, database and email settings directly from your browser.

Website Statistics – All accounts come with comprehensive statistics allowing you to track every aspect of your website traffic including all visitor stats, search engine referrals, search terms used and much more.

Enterprise Class Email – Full POP3, IMAP and SMTP Email facilities with all accounts. Setup your accounts in real time and access them from your desktop software, smartphone or webmail.

Advanced Webmail – Our webmail system includes a huge amount of features and functionality including address book, content filtering, spell checker, calendar, tasks, notes, signatures, RSS feeds viewer, usage reports and much more.

Email Anti-Virus and Anti-Spam Protection – All Email accounts include Anti-Virus protection at the server level for your protection. Anti-Spam protection is also included. You can add and edit custom filter rules for your mail from the webmail interface.

FTP Accounts – An FTP account included with all hosting plans, and more are available on request, should you need them. You can set these up and configure read/write access and locations within your control panel.

Website Authoring Tools – Full support for website authoring tools including Expression Web, Visual Studio, WebMatrix, Dreamweaver, Visual Web Developer, Lightswitch, Silverlight, Flash, Web Deploy and much more.

Advanced Scripting Support – Specialising in website scripting technologies, our Windows hosting plans are ideal for web developers and all the latest website applications. We support ASP, ASP.NET, PHP, CGI, MySQL, MS SQL Server and more.

MS SQL Server, MySQL 5 and Microsoft Access – MySQL and MS SQL Server are available, depending on your requirements, or host unlimited MS Access databases. Unlimited DSN's and Data Sources. We support all versions of MS SQL including the latest MS SQL 2014.

Task Scheduler – Our control panel includes a task scheduler that allows running various tasks in the specified period of times. Ideal for running scripts automatically or calling webpages for ASP.NET keepalive etc.

Quality Technical Support – Full technical support provided by engineers and developers is included for free with all accounts with fast response times. Also a comprehensive support area and knowledge base.

Daily Data Backups – All website and database data is backed up on a daily basis with various schedules kept in case of data loss. Clients may request restores of website or database data at no additional cost. Don't rely on this only, though... your control panel has the facility to backup manually, and we recommend you set up a regular regime to do this!

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