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Uptime report for May 2010

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Our web hosting uptime figures are in for May 2010 and we’re pleased to say that, once again, we’ve smashed our uptime guarantee to give an average uptime across all our web servers of 99.96% with most of our servers achieving a full 100% uptime.

Although we’re pleased that we’ve been able to exceed our uptime guarantee, we’ll be aiming for much more than this in June.

Why Your Business Really Needs a Website

Monday, May 24th, 2010

In these current times of huge technological advance, it is becoming increasingly important for businesses to have a presence on the internet. A recent study from the UK Online Measurement company (UKOM) showed that British people spend 65% more time online now than they did three years ago. This surely shows that the online market is the best way to get in touch with and persuade your potential customers.

There is absolutely no limit to the amount of people that you can access by having a website. In theory, anyone in the world can access your website and so that is a pretty much bottomless pool of customers that you have the potential to impress.

Compared to the costs of setting up an advertising campaign to target various people, simply making a website is amazingly cheap. The costs of web hosting and domain names (especially those that we provide) is competitively low and the running costs of the average website are absolutely tiny compared to running a large advertising campaign.

Advertising on the internet is equally cheap and easy. The same study from UKOM showed that around a quarter of the time spent online is spent on social networking websites. These websites are an absolutely perfect way to reach customers. Even simply posting a link to your page every now and then in a relevant location generates a bit of a buzz around your content and can get people visiting your site who would never have even thought about it otherwise. And all of this is completely free of charge.

Another advantage of a website is that it provides you with a place to provide a depth of extra information on your products. On promotional material, where space costs money, being able to simply add a web address for further information is a valuable concept and can save you a tonne of money in the long run, particularly if you print and distribute promotional material a lot.

A website also gives your company a personal edge, with email providing a far more personable means of contact than the traditional idea of writing a letter to a company that you wish to contact. This sense of humanity goes further if your business sets up a presence on social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter as this gives an even more informal means of contact between customer and trader.

Websites have a huge number of potential advantages for a business, as stated above. The results of the UKOM study show that internet use in Britain is more prevalent than ever before, meaning that the use of the internet as a marketing tool is likely to increase as well. It has reached the point now where almost every company has some form of presence online and those that don’t have one are being left behind in the dark.

So don’t let your business be one of those that are left behind. Set up your website today with the help of us at simplewebhosting.co.uk.

Did You Know … simplewebhosting.co.uk offers freephone telephone support

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The most common feedback we get from customers is how impressed they are that we offer UK based, freephone telephone support with any of our web hosting plans.

So if you’re stuck with something and need a helping hand or just fancy a chat, give us a call FREE on 0800 619 1970.

Did You Know … simplewebhosting.co.uk sells SSL certificates?

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Our SSL certificates allow you to conduct business online – safer and faster. An SSL certificate is represented by the ‘lock’ symbol appearing in the corner of your browser. It contains your name, a serial number, expiration dates, a key for encrypting and decrypting information and the digital signature of the issuing authority that customers can use to verify that the certificate is real.

Regardless of how secure you make your hosting environment, any sensitive information traveling over the web can be intercepted – unless you have a digital certificate.

simplewebhosting.co.uk is pleased to offer a full range of SSL certificates from the three leading SSL brands in the world – GeoTrust, thawte and VeriSign. Find out more about our SSL certificates.

This educational video from Common Craft, LLC and VeriSign explains the broad strokes of web site security in a way that anyone can understand.

SSL in Plain English

Did You Know … the simplewebhosting.co.uk business directory can improve your search engine ranking?

Friday, May 7th, 2010

If you’ve not added your website to the simplewebhosting.co.uk business directory at www.simplewebhosting.co.uk/directory then get yourself over there now!

Our business directory is a celebration of all things simplewebhosting.co.uk! We’ve been providing web hosting, domain name registration and web design to thousands of satisfied customers for nearly a decade and any customer, past or present, can be included in our business directory.

There are also added SEO (search engine optimisation) benefits in having a link to your website from the simplewebhosting.co.uk business directory so add your business now and don’t forget to return the favour by telling your website visitors that you are powered by simplewebhosting.co.uk.

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