Regardless of what business you run I would argue that a web site is essential. It's a shop window for you to advertise what you sell or what you do.
Some businesses start off with just a Google Business listing of a Facebook page. The problem with this is that you must conform to those platforms and their rules. With your own web site you can add whatever content you want, when you want and do extra things that other platforms won't allow.
Sometimes making the leap and setting up your web site is seen as a set it up and forget job. You set up the web site and that's it, you don't do anything with it for a few years. That's the problem we came across with a new customer.
Steve has had a web site hosted with someone else for three years and like many people although he's not that technical, he realises that he does need a web site. He set up the site and forgot about it until he discovered there was a problem.
All of a sudden Steve noticed that he wasn't getting any enquiries from new customers through his web site. After many e-mails and phone calls to his hosting company the reason became clear - his web site was infected with a virus.
Unfortunately Steve's hosting company took the approach of 'the hosting is fine, it's the web site that's the problem and so there's nothing we can do'. This is the typical response from web hosting companies because they do not want to get involved with fixing issues with web sites but we see it differently.
We took over the hosting of Steve's site and immediately cleared up the infected files (we found 37!), updated the site to the latest version of Joomla and then added extra layers of protection to prevent the site from being infected again.
Your web site is one of, if not the biggest, ways that customers find you. If your web site isn't working for some reason that can have a huge impact on your business. That's why we are now offering extra protection on all Joomla and WordPress web sites that we host for our customers.
At no extra cost, we will add an extra layer of protection to your sites which includes:
- Regular manual virus scanning
- Additional firewall at site level
- Continuous monitoring for changes to site files
- Regular updates to Joomla / WordPress to ensure that the site and all of its plugins are kept up-to-date
This is combined with our standard hosting features which ensure your site stays safe, including:
- 24/7 monitoring of the server hardware
- 99.999% guaranteed uptime
- 4x daily backups of your site and e-mails
At the beginning of December we finished our server farm upgrade and one of the benefits is that we are now able to offer free SSL certificates to all of our customers.
A SSL certificate offers a number of benefits to our customers. You can now secure your web site and your readers will see the little padlock icon in the address bar of their browser.
To make things even easier, certificates are installed automatically so there's no need to generate, copy and paste certificate requests. This is all done for you. We will even help you enable SSL on your web site so you do not need to worry.
Interested? Just get in touch and we will take care of it all for you.
If you aren't a Hosting Matters customer yet, sign up to one of our web hosting packages. We will take care of migrating your site over and then set up your SSL certificiate for you.
We are extremely pleased to announce that we are merging with hostlatch.com - as UK and US hosting company founded in 2013 and has grown steadily to host hundreds of web sites for various customers.
Existing hostlatch.com customers will be merged into our system over the next couple of weeks and will benefit from increased server performance, four daily backups of your web sites / e-mails and a new support system. Our support system includes live chat, through our web site, as well as UK-based telephone support.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Please be aware that we have noticed a couple of e-mails like the one in the screenshot below, come into customer accounts over the last few days.
These are spam messages and we suggest that you immediately delete them if you receive one.
We are updating our spam filters to attempt to catch any future messages that are of a similar nature but if you have any concerns, please let us know by getting in touch.
We are all aware that there are plenty of unscrupulous people out there happy to try and con us out of our hard earned cash. The most commonly known computer scam is 'technicians' claiming to work for Microsoft, calling and telling us that there is a problem with our computer. They then proceed to talk you through some steps on your computer which ends up with them infecting it with a virus and then can only be removed if you hand over some cash.
It seems that the scammers have a new trick.