Web hosting basics
Website hosting is essential for any website. It’s also entirely inexpensive, and from the point of view of the majority of website owners, completely interchangeable: one website hosting service is essentially the same as another. Yet when people call us with questions about a major website project, we’re often amazed by how much time they spend asking questions about hosting plans that only cost a few dollars a month. This tells us that it’s necessary to say more about web hosting.
The industry standard is 99.9% uptime. This is not a differentiator: it’s a point of parity. Everyone offers it, and any hosting company that’s been in business for very long has a method for meeting or exceeding that standard.
At Mardesco, we are web hosting resellers. Outsourcing our IT functions allows us to focus on marketing and design. Our web servers are owned and managed by a third party with a high standard for professionalism and reliability.
Green web hosting
We now offer a Green Value Package that includes unlimited data storage and unlimited monthly bandwidth allowance for your website, as well as up to 50 e-mail accounts and a variety of other valuable features. This package is available exclusively to Mardesco’s web design clients; it is not presently available as a stand-alone offer.
Our upstream provider powers their data center with “green” energy: they purchase wind power credits to cover three times the amount of their actual energy usage.
Our servers run the popular cPanel account management interface on a LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP). This is the same user-friendly software setup as most of the biggest names in web hosting today; and the hardware we use to run this software is at least as good as theirs, if not better.
If you order website design or website management services from us, these services often come bundled with web hosting, where we provide the first year of website hosting as a convenience to you. After the first year, we bill on an annual basis at a rate of just $6.50 a month.
Website hosting alternatives
If you prefer to use a different website hosting provider, that’s no problem! Just remember that you will need to provide us with your account password in order for us to make changes to your website’s files.
A variety of website hosting services are available. Many offer low prices and even “eco-friendly” data center practices, like buying wind energy or carbon offsets. There is even a data center powered by renewable energy in nearby Portland, where your server’s proximity will eliminate network latency. You can probably find a decent host for somewhere around $7.50 a month.
If you want to be sure that your new web host will provide a service that’s compatible with Mardesco’s web technologies and standards, please contact us.