Hosting and Administration

Website Hosting and Administration

When you begin looking into running a website you will probably notice that there are great variations in the cost of hosting – an annual charge for having your website located and run from a server. The host company you select to run your website can literally make or break it. A lot of people end up buying upon price alone, often with alarming results.

Generally, there are two main types of web hosting: Shared and Virtual Private Server (VPS).

i4design hosted websites are situated on a managed VPS at NetVirtue – based in Melbourne, Australia. NetVirtue provides excellent service and reliable, ultra-modern, high quality systems and infrastructure. Hosting your site on the i4design VPS means that your website will run faster than on standard shared hosting. Another advantage is that there’s no need for you to know how to set up your hosting account – you can leave everything to us.

All i4design hosted websites run on PHP 7.0+, MySQL 5.6+ and have SSL enabled.

Managed WordPress Hosting

When you host with i4design we take care of the technical nitty-gritty stuff, so you can get on with growing your business.

Managed caching and performance: We handle caching for you at the server level, using super fast servers to begin with, and further optimise your site for the best performance.

Managed security: We pro-actively scan and block malware and hacking attempts. And in the unlikely event that your site is hacked, We’ll fix it free of charge.

Managed software updates: We make sure your site is always running the latest software.

About the i4design VPS

The i4design VPS utilises CloudLinux, which is is a must-have for any web host who cares about stability, security, and churn. Web hosts that use CloudLinux report higher uptime, significant improvements in density (as much as 5x), 4x decrease in number of reboots, and 10x decrease in number of account suspensions they have to perform.

The i4design VPS runs LiteSpeed. With its streamlined event-driven architecture, LiteSpeed Web Server can serve thousands of clients concurrently with minimal memory consumption and CPU usage. LSWS’s highly optimized code serves static content faster, taking advantage of high-performance kernel syscalls, while LSAPI maximizes PHP performance. LiteSpeed Web Server is also mod_security compatible and has a host of built-in anti-DDoS features, like bandwidth and connection throttling.

The i4design VPS has 6 CPUs, 4GB Memory and 2TB Bandwidth.

cPanel + CloudLinux + LiteSpeed = improved performance, stability, advanced security and increased server efficiency.

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The biggest difference between a shared and VPS hosting is how server resources are being shared. Note that dedicated server resources (such as RAM and CPU power) are allocated to each VPS slice.

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Shared Hosting (self-hosted site)

With shared hosting, your website is placed on the same server as many other sites, ranging from a few to hundreds or thousands. Typically, all domains may share a common pool of server resources, such as RAM and the CPU. As cost is extremely low, most websites with moderate traffic levels running standard software are hosted on this type of server. Shared hosting is also widely accepted as the entry level option as it requires minimum technical knowledge.

If you decide that Shared Hosting is for you, and you are located in Australia or New Zealand, our recommendation is https://netvirtue.com.au/web-hosting/business

The location of the server is one if the main factors that affect website speed and in general websites load faster when they are being accessed in a place geographically closer the physical location of the server.

For an excellent overview of VPS hosting and what it entails we recommend you visit this site: Web Hosting Secrets Revealed

The Server Location is Important

Your host server location is very important, especially if you are serving visitors in a very specific geographical location.

Network latency refers to the time and or delay that is involved in the transmission of data over a network. In other words, how long it takes for a packet of data to go from one point to another. To ensure fast website load times, make sure to choose a server with a host that is close to your visitors and customers.

For example, you have an e-commerce shop in Sydney, and 90% of your customers are from Australia. Your business would definitely benefit from placing your site on a server in Australia, vs hosting it in Europe or the United States.

Latency is not only affected by distance, but also by the number of hops the data makes via routers and servers in between.

Location matters!

Domains and Hosting FAQs

Transferring a Domain Name – What is the Process?
To get things started, the first thing we need from you is the UDAI or EPP code for your domain. You can get this number from your current registrar, usually by logging onto your account and clicking the ‘Request UDAI’ link, or by emailing them directly to request the code.
How Long Does it Take to Transfer a Domain Name?
.com.au and .nz domain names do not require approval, and transfers will take only an hour or so.

.com or other global domains transfers can take up to a week once confirmed. Once we have received the code, the domain transfer is initiated. The registrar will then send you an approval email. This usually happens between 12-24 hrs after transfer process is initiated. You have 5 days to approve the transfer. If you do not approve it, the transfer process is cancelled. Processing time can vary on each registrar. A transfer usually takes around 3 to 5 days, although it can take up to 7 days.

What about hosting?
We offer web hosting on a managed VPS at NetVirtue – based in Melbourne, Australia. NetVirtue provides excellent service and reliable, ultra-modern, high quality systems and infrastructure.

We can take care of all of the administration for you, including domain registration, website hosting, security, updates and maintenance.

Can I use my own web host?
This is one of those “it depends” questions. If you have an existing host we’ll review them to see if their service is up to the standard of service we like my clients to be receiving. If not, we have a couple of hosting providers we highly recommend.
What does Managed WordPress Hosting Mean?
When you host with i4design we take care of the technical nitty-gritty stuff, so you can get on with growing your business.

Managed caching and performance: We handle caching for you at the server level, using super fast servers to begin with, and further optimize your site for the best performance.

Managed security: We proactively scan and block malware and hacking attempts. And in the unlikely event that your site is hacked, we’ll fix it free of charge.

Managed software updates: I make sure your site is always running the latest and greatest WordPress software.

Will i4design help me migrate my WordPress site?
Absolutely!

We know how painful it can be to move a WordPress site from one server to another, and that’s why we help my customers migrate their sites – FOR FREE. We can typically get this completed for you within 24 – 48 hours.

Simply get in touch, supply us with some details about your previous hosting account, and we’ll get your site transferred.

Is Email Included With Your Web Hosting?
No. Our focus is websites so we have deliberately stayed away from services that extend beyond web hosting, such as email hosting. For more information read this post about why combining your web and email hosting is not a good idea.

 

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