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6 things to consider when changing hosting providers

One of the most important steps in corporate website design is finding the right hosting company, because this can make a huge difference to the success of your website. If you have already engaged the help of professional corporate web design services for your new website, you will need to ask them if they offer hosting services themselves or can they recommend a hosting service for your website?

To be honest, one of the best decisions you can make for your company is to actually engage a website management team in Brisbane, because they can organise your website’s hosting and deal with any IT problems that might occur in the future.

Many corporate web design services also offer hosting and website management services as well, giving you only one firm to deal with when something goes wrong. If you are investigating corporate web design services or hosting companies at the moment, here are a few thoughts to consider, before making your final decision.

  1. Costs: What are the hosting company’s upfront and ongoing costs? Cost is not always reflective of value, so whilst it is important, don’t just hinge your decision on cost alone.
  2. Passwords: Before another hosting company can take over hosting your website, they will need all of the passwords to access your website. These include more than just your WordPress passwords, so you will need to obtain these passwords from the corporate web design services who built your site.
  3. Location of servers: If your customers are in Australia, then you need an Australian server, as this improves the loading times of your website; unfortunately not all hosting companies offer Australian servers.
  4. Support: When something goes wrong you need customer support fast, making access to technical help an important consideration when selecting hosting companies. This is where a company that specialises in website management and technical support can be invaluable — especially if their support staff are based in Australia.
  5. Speed: You want your website loaded on fast servers, because this improves the speed of your website. Older servers can be very slow, resulting in lost customers and lower conversions.
  6. Trust: You don’t want a fly-by-night overseas hosting company with no experience, instead you want a company that has been around for many years with a good reputation in the industry.

At GO Creative we offer web design, web hosting and web management in Brisbane, so why not give us a call on (07) 3333 2932 and see what we can do for your business?

What is the “cloud”, and how will it benefit my business?

When companies search for business web hosting in Australia, they’re faced with all the hype about “cloud computing”, “cloud hosting”, “cloud emails” etc. This is a buzzword that tends to confuse many people, however all it really means is that you are storing your information on the Internet.

People seemed to have adopted the term “cloud” to cover all things online, and now it is used by just about everyone. For example, Adobe now offers Photoshop only via the cloud, Amazon offers cloud storage and hosting, while Google, Fed X, Cisco, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Dropbox and other major players are all moving to cloud-based software solutions. This means that more and more software is being managed or used through web browsers or dedicated apps rather than traditional desktop program installations.

Local versus cloud storage

Storing a file “locally” means that the file is physically saved to your device, whether that be a computer, tablet, phone, USB flash drive, or external hard drive. If the file is uploaded to the Internet in some way — such as by posting a photo on social media, creating a document in Google Drive, or backing up files to Dropbox — then that file is now in the cloud.

Online backup solutions such as Dropbox.com or OneDrive (part of Office 365) will allow you to keep a copy in both locations, and keep those files synchronised, so if you create a new file locally, it stores it in the cloud as well (though you can pick and choose which files this applies to).

Is the cloud secure?

Some people have concerns about the security of the cloud. But in reality, while there is a risk of your online data being compromised, the same can be said about the data stored on your computer or any other device which connects to the Internet.

Hackers are always trying to find passwords and other private information, and they don’t restrict those activities to online data; data is frequently stolen from personal devices because there’s often not much security in place.

So in some ways, the cloud can actually be a safer way to store your information — if you choose a software provider who places great emphasis on security and privacy.

What are the benefits?

In a nutshell:

  • Multiple people can access to the same files/resources, even at the same time.
  • Large files can be sent between users much more quickly and securely than via email or in the post.
  • It’s relatively inexpensive for some software purposes (such as backups), compared to in-house servers.
  • Your data can be restored quickly from online backups, if you had a disaster at your office, such as a fire.
  • It’s easy to scale your resources (such as storage space) up and down as your needs change, compared to physically installing/removing hardware locally.
  • It’s much more cost effective to host your website with a reputable local hosting provider than running your own dedicated in-house web server.

Are you making the most of the cloud?

Whether it be online backups, web hosting, file editing, software, or anything in between, the cloud offers countless ways to make your business more secure, profitable, and efficient than ever before.

For more information on business web hosting in Australia, or details on what other business solutions we can offer, call GO Creative on 07 3333 2932 or get a free online quote.