What is Hosting?

hosting

Hosting is where your website lives. Websites are made from software and run on a computer called a server which is housed in a secure facility with high speed connection to the Internet.

But hosting is hosting, right? We wish it were, but just like oils ain’t oils there are a myriad of choices and differences.

The analogy we talked about in our website development page also holds true for hosting.

There are thousands of places to host your site, so why host with ours?

Again, we think it boils down to values of trust, experience, passion and commitment.

You need to trust your web developer, and they need to trust their hosting company intimately. After all, it’s where your data lives. How many companies don’t know where their (and their customer’s data) resides? Are you an Australian company with a website in the US? If your website is hosted with one of the many large WordPress hosting companies, you might be surprised that it’s probably hosted in the US. If you’re in the US, would you host it in Australia? Probably not unless your customers are mainly in Australia.

Data sovereignty regulations aside, why have web traffic from your local customers go across the ocean to then only come back? Response times from your website are slower and it causes network congestion. It’s just e-vironmentally wrong!

We are passionate about great hosting. That’s why we’ve teamed with Lightning Base, a 100% WordPress dedicated hosting company with servers in the US, Europe and Australia. As most of our business is Australian based, we obviously host here for Australian businesses. But we’re a global business and this gives us flexibility to host in the US and Europe too. If you’re a non Australian business and have read this far, we’d love to work with you too.

By the way, the Australian data centre that our websites are hosted on is in Melbourne, and powered by IBM Cloud, previously known as IBM Softlayer. This is serious infrastructure.

If you just require your WordPress website hosted and don’t need any help with that, please get in touch with Lightning Base. Their support is second to none and one of the main reasons we’re with them.

If you’re still not sure, have a read of this review by News47ell.

Reliability is paramount, but it has to be fast, too!

Our WordPress websites perform super fast using Litespeed, one of the fastest WordPress caching systems available, running on Litespeed servers with Lightning Base.

So what’s this all cost?

We pass on the cost of hosting that Lightning Base charge which is typically USD$9.95 per month or USD$99.95 if paid yearly.

WordPress themes and plugins are regularly updated by vendors and these need to be updated on your site. You can do this yourself, but we do this on a regular basis. Firstly, we test the updates on our test site to ensure they work together as often one update can break another plugin, so care needs to be taken. For a small cost of AUD$99 per year we do all that for you. It’s cost effective peace of mind.

Full disclosure: We receive a small kick back from Lightning Base for any sites we host with them as part of their affiliate program.

Hosting
$150Australian Dollars yearly inc GST
  • Personal Plan. This is a great plan for small business websites up to 10,000 page views per month. Please ask us if unsure about your requirements.
Domain name
$25Australian Dollars yearly inc GST
  • Domain Types:
  • .com (Billed every year)
  • .com.au (Billed every 2 years)
  • For all other domain types, please ask us but .com and .com.au are our most common.
  • Add $15 for Privacy option for .com domains per year.
WordPress Maintenance
$99Australian Dollars yearly inc GST
  • Let us take care of all the tedious back end maintenance and plugin updates. We test theme and plugin upgrades on our test server then update all customers on this plan.