Our sister brand Neptune Hosting is the provider for all our web hosting and the new website will be up and running shortly.
For now this should answer a few questions.
What is Web Hosting / Email Hosting
Once you have made a website and you want people on the web to see it, you will need to publish (or upload) it with a web service provider.
Web hosting services work by storing your website files in high-powered computers (web servers) connected to a very fast global network. When someone types in your web address (like www.neptunemedia.co.uk), from their web browser they connect to the internet to the web server holding your website files and then transfers your website information back to their computer. From there they can surf and view the pages of your website.
The web server is also responsible for storing your email before you retrieve it.
Neptune Media have their own web servers with one of largest web hosting providers in the UK, Heart Internet, and in 2013 voted the Best Service Provider in the PC Pro Awards. We lease servers based in the UK, built on the latest technology by Dell and Intel. The hardware and network is monitored 24×7 and the servers are arranged in strategic clusters for superior reliability.
Our web hosting is far superior to most other hosting companies as we provide cloud based hosting as opposed to shared hosting. You can find out more about the different types of hosting below.
Here are some of the standard features of our web and email hosting.
- Award winning hosting (Winners of the 2013 PC Pro Excellence award for hosting)
- UK Based Servers
- UK Technical support and a direct phone number (almost unheard of these days)
- Unlimited web space
- Unlimited data transfer
- Unlimited email accounts
- Email forwarding
- Email auto-replies
- Webmail access
- Smart phone and Tablet email access
- 400MB Standard Mailboxes (upgradeable to 2GB)
- No contract tie-in
How much does web and email hosting cost?
Our most popular hosting package is only £6.25 per month (£1.56 a week)
At present we charge this fee annually at £75, however our new system will allow our clients to pay monthly, however there will be a small increase if paying monthly to account for the 12 transaction fees and accounting required to process this.
Are there different types of web hosting?
Absolutely, here are the main types of hosting
- Shared Hosting: Is the most common type of hosting on the planet and is the cheapest type of hosting are you are sharing the resources of the web server with many other neighbours. If one site becomes really slow then it may affect the performance of its neighbours temporarily. It’s control panel is easy to use and comes with pre-configured software and the hosting company takes care of the security and maintenance for you.
- Cloud Hosting: This is new technology and is pretty cool stuff, if you like that sort of thing. It’s a halfway meeting place between Shared Hosting and Dedicated Hosting. Cloud servers still share the physical server hardware with other cloud servers, but special virtualization technology partitions split the physical hardware so that each cloud server has its own dedicated resources and can be configured almost like a fully dedicated server. Reliability is greatly increased with this type of hosting and the best benefit is that as performance resources are dedicated to your website, your neighbours won’t be stealing your performance resources away if they have a problem.
- Dedicated Hosting: This is the ultimate in hosting. You get your own server and the resources such as disk space, CPU, memory and bandwidth are all yours. It’s the difference between living in a block of flats sharing the heating and water system and living in your own detached house where you share nothing. That all sounds great but the downside is you will pay much much more for a dedicated server and also have to employ someone to keep the security up to date and deal with the routine maintenance.
What are domain names
A domain name, like www.neptunemedia.co.uk, is a lot like a street address for a house or business. Let’s use the Scotland Yard as an example. The street address, 8-10 Broadway,London SW1H 0BG is an exact location. You might not know the exact street address, but when you visit London, you can tell your cabbie that you want to visit the Scotland Yard and still get there. This is how a domain name is used: It’s an easy way to reach the exact location of a website without having to remember its hidden numeric address called an IP address, which we won’t go into and bore you any more.
It’s also worth noting that you never really truly own a domain name. You are simply leasing it for a specified amount of time from the in-country domain registrar.
How much does a domain name cost
.co.uk domain names cost £10 every two years.
.com domain names cost £15 every year or £25 every 2 years