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Your Web Hosting Options

Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to unveil their website to the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored servers so when users view your website, their browser connects to the server and your webpage is delivered. There several types of web hosting: Shared, Managed, Dedicated, VPS & others. If you currently have web hosting we can usually use that. We can also help Southwest Florida Businesses who don’t currently have their own hosting.

Shared was the most common but it’s usage is falling. With shared you sit on a server with 1000+ other sites and sharing the server’s resources. This leads to slow hosting and less reliable hosting. Managed is a pricer version of shared where you share the server with far less websites. Dedicated is one of the most expensive options where you have the full server to yourself.

Last but our favorite is VPS (Virtual Private Server). With a VPS the hosting company takes one server and breaks it up into isolated “virtual” servers. VPS come with reasonable pricing as your cost is offset by other sites. As for performance, VPS’s resources are dedicated and unaffected by other sites.

Why Use Shared Hosting Over A VPS?

Sometime we feel shared hosting is more appropriate for a client then a VPS. If your website is a simple 4 page business website and has no dynamic content; a VPS is overkill. Shared hosting and VPS start at the same monthly price but shared has no setup costs. For website that require little resources and do not include dynamic features or contain undemanding dynamic features; the savings on the setup costs outway the benefits. The only exception to this would be if you are planning in the near future on deploying cloud apps, growing your sites features, planning to have multiple site for locations or other changes that would require VPS hosting in the near future.

Primary

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  • 10,000MB SSD Disk Space
  • UNLIMITED Bandwidth
  • UNLIMITED Databases
  • UNLIMITED Domains
  • FREE Unlimited SSL Certificates
  • FREE Migrations
  • FREE Memcached Server
  • FREE Weebly Site Builder
  • Proactive Malware Scanning and Defense

Starting at: $2.99/ Mo

Professional

logo for HawkHost shared webhosting
  • UNLIMITED SSD Disk Space
  • UNLIMITED Bandwidth
  • UNLIMITED Databases
  • UNLIMITED Domains
  • FREE Unlimited SSL Certificates
  • FREE Migrations
  • FREE Memcached Server
  • FREE Weebly Site Builder
  • Proactive Malware Scanning and Defense

Starting at: $7.99/ Mo

Why Use A VPS For Hosting over Shared?

The web has become a more interactive place. The option for high ranking simple HTML sites is not there. With most websites built on dynamic platforms and frameworks like WordPress ( 0% of websites), shared hosting is not as optional as it used to be.Shared hosting puts you on a managed server with thousands of other sites. This makes you more vulnerable to hackers and allows the reputation of unknown hosting sites to affect your reputation. Also stretch shared resources. The average shared hosting can only accommodate 10 visitors at a time. This makes it impossible for you to server the search engines’ crawlers, as most of them have multiple connections. While $5 a month sounds great, it can make your website underperform.

The other option is Managed WordPress or other framework and platform specific hosting. Managed hosting starts at $30 and averages $50 a month. At $600 a year that isn’t affordable for most. Our recommended option is Virtual Private Servers. The average website can run off a $5 plan and server over 250k visitors a day. The catch is VPS hosting is a blank server with no software and as such carries an initial setup fee. At $450 one time plus $5/mo. A VPS first year is $510 and then $60 a year after that. Small savings at first but major long term.

With a dedicated IP your virtual private server isn’t affected by others’ reputations. As well as opening other opportunities for your business such as cloud apps. A VPS can run many types of online tools, apps and services for your business or customers. From help ticket systems, file sharing, advanced email, mailing list, and more. Plus when it comes to heavier calculating sites like eCommerce, a VPS is the best way to go.

Unlike other types of hosting a Virtual Private Server gives us full control of the software. We can deploy better security and optimizations. Since the server is not shared we can run the most up to date and secure versions of software unlike other types of hoisting that are slow to upgrade in an attempt to keep more users software compatible. Virtual private servers can grow with your business. You can run several sites and apps easily, but as your business and traffic grows so can your VPS. Inseconds the RAM, CPU and Storage can be increased  (or decreased) to fill demand. Increasing your VPS capacity costs only a few dollars more a month. Shared and managed hosting can’t usually be expanded requiring you to open a second account and have your site moved, both a costly and time consuming project at times.

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Email, Groupware And Communications

Virtual private servers can run more advanced software options then shared hosting. This allows for full groupware and advanced email solutions. Email, calendar, contacts, newsletters, file sharing and more can be run allowing you to save money by cutting out many services with monthly fees.

Website chat, support platforms, support tickets, and other customer service options can be run off a VPS. Our favorite being client relationship managers, allowing you to run your business from one place. Finances, email, projects, customer service and more supplied in one app you can access anywhere.

The Necessity Of VPS Hosting With E-Commerce 

With shipping calculations, package tracking, and credit card processing, e-commerce requires a little more power and stability than a VPS can provide. Customers will experience fewer errors, driving more sales and more payments are made. Virtual Private Servers allow for more automation of your e-commerce, saving you time and money.The better security offered also means less chance of becoming a source of data leaks or credit card leaks. Virtual private servers can be configured with anti-virus software and other security solutions to help prevent these problems. Many shared and managed hosting servers share an encryption certificate with all the websites hosted on the server. This and other problems can allow vulnerabilities in someone else’s website to allow hackers to gain access to you and your customers. There is nothing like a data breach to kill customer trust. With a VPS, you are not susceptible to other security issues because you are hosted privately and isolated from others.

Security, Performance And Optimization

We build virtual private servers on Debian or it’s Debian based counterpart Ubuntu based on software needs. Setup with automatic security patches to make sure your website, apps and data are safe. Advanced firewall setups, as well as restricting sensitive administration services to specific IPs. This means that your server will be like a online fortress. We also employ intrusion protection software to to block the IPs attempting to repeatedly access administration, email or other sensitive services.

In case of WordPress site the guaranteed resources of a VPS allows us to setup a second web application firewall to block attempts to access WordPress admin areas, as well as constantly monitor WordPress’s files against the official repository to make sure nothing has been changed or corrupted by hackers, and in the case of such an event immediately revert the files and hack back to the correct code.

Being able to run any software on a virtual private server also allows us a wide variety of optimisations. We setup server image optimization software to run regularly and shrink the size of images without changing the quality, making for faster load times. The average load time of our sites on VPS hosting is 500 milliseconds vs shared hostings 3 to 5 seconds to load. This can boost conversions and traffic by 60% to 80%.

Mattering on your site and/or cloud apps running on your server we can employ many different optimizations and security solutions that best fit the situation. With cyber crime since 2020 becoming more profitable then the global drug trade, your digital security is more important than ever. Boost you security, SEO and conversions with virtual private server hosting.

Private VPS Web Hosting

Cloud hosting with Digital Ocean

Get performance and flexibility with Private VPS Hosting. Best for businesses & individuals with complex/high traffic sites, cloud apps, or multiple projects/sites. For Private VPS Hosting we set our clients up with a Digital Ocean account and build your VPS. With Digital Ocean’s tiered pricing starting at $4/mo and the ability to add-on/remove resources on the fly your VPS can grow with your needs. Along with fast flexible hosting you also get emails@yourdomain.com, modern webmail, daily local + remote site backups and daily full server snapshots. Optimized for WordPress/Woocommerce but flexible enough to run any cloud app(s). Our VPS servers are powered by:

  • Debian Linux 11
  • Apache2 with NGINX Reverse Proxy with PHP-FPM
  • Multiple PHP versions (5.6 – 8.1, 8.0 as default)
  • POP/IMAP/SMTP mail services with Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam, and Webmail (ClamAV, SpamAssassin, Sieve, Roundcube)
  • MariaDB and/or PostgreSQL databases
  • Let’s Encrypt SSL support with wildcard certificates
  • Firewall with brute-force attack detection and IP lists (iptables, fail2ban, and ipset).

Our Virtual Private Servers are secured and optimized for WordPress/WooCommerce with NGINX Reverse Proxy + Micro Caching. NGINX sits on the server in front of the Apache2 answering visitor requests from its cache when possible. This cuts out the need for WordPress/WooCommerce or other CMS based sites to process dynamic requests allowing more traffic at nearly instant loading speeds. We also employee Redis Object Cache to lower WP database usage and OPcache to accelerate PHP achieving 200ms loading times on average. We also integrate WP with server side software to optimize image file size for faster loading.

By setting up your VPS on Digital Ocean, we can take advantage of a 3rd location for daily backups with snapshots. This means your site will backup to both the server it is on as well our backup server and your server will backup daily to DO incase of a critical issue.

Starts at $5/mo + one time server programing and setup fee of $450.

Managed VPS Web Hosting

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Vontainment is now offering a Managed VPS Hosting plan for clients. Our Managed VPS Hosting plan is designed for clients who do not need a private full VPS hosting. This helps you to eliminate the costs of initial VPS setup but without having to settle for low performance shared hosting. Our Managed VPS Hosting is optimized for WordPress/Woocommerce. Along with fast hosting you also get emails@yourdomain.com, modern webmail, daily local + remote backups, and free WordPress/Woocommerce updates. Our VPS servers are powered by:

  • Debian Linux 11
  • Apache2 with NGINX Reverse Proxy with PHP-FPM
  • Multiple PHP versions (5.6 – 8.1, 8.0 as default)
  • POP/IMAP/SMTP mail services with Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam, and Webmail (ClamAV, SpamAssassin, Sieve, Roundcube)
  • MariaDB and/or PostgreSQL databases
  • Let’s Encrypt SSL support with wildcard certificates
  • Firewall with brute-force attack detection and IP lists (iptables, fail2ban, and ipset).

Our Virtual Private Servers are secured and optimized for WordPress/WooCommerce with NGINX Reverse Proxy + Micro Caching. NGINX sits on the server in front of the Apache2 answering visitor requests from its cache when possible. This cuts out the need for WordPress/WooCommerce to process dynamic requests allowing more traffic as nearly instant loading speeds. We also employee Redis Object Cache to lower WP database usage and OPcache to accelerate PHP achieving 200ms loading times on average. We also integrate WP with server side software to optimize image file size for faster loading.

With our hosting plan server and website updates come included. Saving on the expense of a service plan for simpler small business websites. With our hosting plan your site will be located on a VPS server running our optimized web servers for WordPress. Our VPS server host upto 10 sites max as compared to thousands on standard shared hosting. With each VPS capable of server 750,000 visitors daily, each site will perform at full speed.

Starts at $50/yr for websites and $75/yr for e-commerce.