What is Web Hosting?
Simply put, Web Hosting is a service that essentially provides space on the Internet for websites. Anyone can make a website, but in order for that website to be seen by others online it will need to be published (or uploaded) by a web hosting service.
Web hosting services fundamentally provide storage for your website files on high-powered computers called Web Servers. Web Servers are typically connected to an extremely fast network that links your website information to the internet allowing people online that type in your web address to access your website. Simple, right? Well, this modest definition can turn into a complex labyrinth when entrusted to an inexperienced Web Host, or when you attempt to host your website yourself.
Web Hosting entails having a safe location for expensive equipment, a web server with a permanent connection to the Internet, and an Internet service provider (ISP) that allows hosting usage. As if all of that isn’t enough, web hosting requires a website administrator with the skillset to manage & configure a web server, patch management, firewalls, virus protection, and the list goes on…
Understandably, most businesses elect a third party Web Host because even if with the skilled staff or the required equipment, it often makes more sense to hand this task to a third party who can monitor the website 24 hour a day, 7 days a week. Not to mention, you have a business to run, and maintaining a website would mean spending hours optimizing your server and battling security threats at best.
As you comparison shop for a Web Host you’ll notice that most seem identical on the surface; offering disk space, bandwidth email, site builders and 24×7 support. However, in reality many web hosting agencies are unable to actually sustain the clientele they lure in with the promise of cheap pricing plans. Once your business has signed on their bottom-line, either by inexperience or by overbooking, your business is often neglected and furthermore encouraged to “upgrade” your pricing plan to get the bare minimum. Unacceptable. An experience like that can lead your business to go with a bigger, more popular web hosting agency such as Godaddy.com or Squarespace.com as they spend millions of dollars per year on advertising. Still, after signing the contract you find they’ve only leveraged their popularity to lure and lock your business into endless overseas call centers, and countless unanswered tech tickets. Save your business the trouble and elect a Web Host you can rely on.
What makes Portland Web Design different?
At Portland Web Design we never overbook. We practice workload balance and only take on new businesses when we are able to meet obligations and exceed expectations. Our clients are happy and we prefer it that way! Partner with Portland Web Design and we’ll handle everything related to managing the server and its software, security, support, bandwidth, speed and more. We work with your staff directly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you’ll never be transferred overseas because we have a local data center built from the ground up to serve the purpose of web hosting.
Our team meticulously monitors your site for suspicious activity such as robot traffic (Bot Traffic) and offers you built-in performance that includes automatic security & software updates, data backups, personalized Web Apps, Spam scrubs, and Malware scans & removal. Additionally, we are able to offer your business training should you appoint an internal member of your staff as the Administrator.