What is Web Hosting?
A web site is a collection of files, usually HTML text and images. In order for people
to visit a web site on the internet, the files have to be stored on a computer that
is running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This computer is called a "server"
because it "serves" web pages to anyone browsing the internet. Although anyone can set
up a server at home, serious web servers are connected directly to the internet, not
through dialup, DSL, or cable. These servers can handle thousands of visitors every hour
and are usually part of a large network of servers in a data center.
Because we bring product photography and web design together for a complete solution,
we also offer web hosting for our clients. We lease dedicated servers in a secure facility
in the midwest with 24-hour monitoring, redundant connections, and backup power.
Why Design215 should host your web site:
- Reasonable rate, $198.00/year.
We don't have the lowest prices in town but we aren't the most expensive either. Our basic
plan is designed to fit the needs of average sized companies. We bill $198.00 once per year,
which works out to $16.50 a month. This rate includes:
- FreeBSD Unix, Apache 2, PHP 5
- Up to 1GB of storage
- 1 mySQL database
- Backup server in a second location
- Google Apps Email
- Premier customer support
- We are not in the "high volume" hosting business.
We don't sell hosting to the general public and we have strict policies on what web sites
we will host. This means more personalized customer support for you and better security
for your site.
- A secure environment for professionals only.
Most large hosting companies don't have any idea what people are doing on their servers.
Nobody cares until the server crashes and every site on that server is down because some kid
was sharing his pirated video game collection with 200 other kids. We know every person who
hosts their site with us and we know how much traffic their site generates. Generally, we only want to host
our own clients but if you would like to host your site on a server shared by a limited
number of professional businesses, please contact us.
- We've handled tough hosting challenges.
We've hosted PULPchat since 2001. Hosting a chat application is
not easy. Most hosting companies won't even allow chat applications on their servers. Think of
an average web site that might have a new visitor every few minutes. The demand on the server
is not great because each person only stays a few minutes and might stay on each page for
a couple of minutes. If the server goes down for a minute, either no one notices or one
person who is trying to visit a site at that moment might get a "server not found" message.
Now think of a chat server with hundreds of people having simultaneous conversations. If the
server goes down for a minute, hundreds of people have just had their dialog cut off. The fact
that PULPchat is a great application wouldn't mean a thing if we couldn't provide reliable
hosting for it.
Tips for a successful web site
Whether you are new to the web or not, here are a few things that will help you
achieve the best results when you are promoting yourself or your products on a
- Buy a good domain name.
Keep it short, easy to remember, and easy to spell.
If you don't, your customer will end up at someone else's site. We recommend that
you purchase your domain name yourself from a company that specializes in domain
names, not your hosting company. If you ever want to switch hosts, it will be
much easier! We use 000domains.com.
- Don't pay for more than you need
This goes for hosting as well as web design. Get a few estimates, then come talk to
us. If you select a "cookie cutter" web design package, you'll most likely be
paying for more than you need or you won't get all the features you want. A good web
designer should work with you to determine the needs of your particular business and
provide only the features and services that are necessary.
- Keep it simple
Stay away from flashing text, animated logos, and intro pages. People try to find
what they are looking for as quickly as they can. If you make them sit through a
long intro, they might go somewhere else. If your site is clean, easy to navigate, and
loads quickly, your customers will thank you and keep coming back.
Just because you have a web site doesn't mean that people will automatically flock
to it. If you are selling products, you have to advertise your web site. Different
products require different types of advertising. We can talk to you about what
we've found works best and what doesn't.
- Use your site's email address
If you want to look professional, your business email address should be firstname.lastname@example.org,
not your AOL, Yahoo, or Hotmail address. Keep your other email address for staying
in touch with friends and family. Put your business email address on all of your business
cards. Also, we have techniques for making your email address visible to your customers
while keeping it hidden from spammers.