Which UK Companies Can Host Your Website?
So you have a website, or are planning one, and you need to host it somewhere? You might be lucky enough to host it yourself on a fast Internet connection but is that really likely? If, like me, you are not lucky enough to have your own infrastructure then you have a few options. Most of these options involved you effectively renting computer time (or physical space) from a service provider.
With shared hosting you share the computer your website runs on with many other website owners (possibly hundreds of them) and hope they do not swallow up all of the processor and memory utilisation. There are often strict limits on what services you can use on a shared hosting plan.
The benefit of shared hosting is its usually very low price. This is often a method selected when starting out and testing the water with web hosting.
Typical costs for shared hosting can often be from free to just tens of pounds per year.
Virtual Private Server (VPS)
In this scenario you typically share a hosting computer with a smaller number of other website owners (can often be as low as ten), and you have your own virtual partition which means if something happens to one of the other sites hosted on the system – yours is likely to be ok. At this point you may get to choose between a Windows or Linux computer. You should expect a fixed amount of dedicated memory and a range of burst-able memory (which means your site may get more memory when it needs it but it is not guaranteed).
Typical costs for virtual private servers can hundreds of pounds per year.
The next step up from VPS is a dedicated hosting solution. The Internet service provider will provide a machine just for your website, lucky you. The specification of the machine can range from an entry level machine costing several hundreds of pounds per year to a much higher specified computer costing considerably more. However, you probably will not have to worry about memory issues, bandwidth caps, or many other problems that frustrate many website owners on a day to day basis.
This can often set you back a thousand pounds per year – or more.
In this scenario you specify, build and provide your own server. Your server is stored in (hopefully) secure location within the Internet service providers data centre and you access it much the same as dedicated hosting.
The price for a co-location mechanism will often be negotiated based upon how much physical space your computer takes up in the data centre.
Companies Providing Hosting Services In The UK
Webfusion (GX Networks Ltd)
Velox Internet Limited (Interhost)
BlueSquare Data (Co-location)
“Preferred wholesale Communications Service Provider for business voice and data connectivity. ADSL, ADSL2+, VoIP, leased lines, managed solutions, hosting, colocation and more…”
Bespoke Computing Limited
“Computer Services in Telford & Shrewsbury, Shropshire & the Midlands from Bespoke Computing Ltd. Systems, IT support contracts, networks”
“UK Managed Hosting, single site or reseller Windows ASP, ASP.net and Linux PHP web hosting. High availability dedicated servers in Telehouse Docklands. SQL 2005 and MySQL database hosting.”
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