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Benefits of Our New Web Hosting Servers


October 12, 2018


HTTPS security
We recently upgraded our web and email hosting servers. Here's how the upgrade will improve your website and your business.

Reliability
Private Servers

All of our hosted websites are now firewalled in their own private server space. This provides more protection from traffic spikes, crashes, lagging, blacklisting, hacking, and a range of other issues that can arise from sharing resources on a public server. Think 'VIP Luxury Box' versus General Admission.

High Availability

Multiple real-time redundancy is now in place to ensure your website and email stays up and running. In the event of a server failure, all of your data and files will be safeguarded, and your website will spin up instantaneously on a different server. We're shooting for 99.99% uptime - that's better than even the elite hosting providers in the industry.

DDoS Attack Protection

You've likely heard of DDoS attacks against major websites like Walmart and Amazon. And while our small size means we're unlikely targets for direct DDoS attacks, we are still part of a larger network. Our servers employ SmartWall™ Threat Defense Systems. This technology provides real-time defense against DDoS attacks (attempts to bring down a website by flooding it with traffic).


Security
HTTPS/TLS/SSL
Qualys SSL Test results screenshot

All websites and email on our servers are secured with TLS/SSL. This means that all traffic to your website and interactions on your website are encrypted and private.

Our email servers now also use an encrypted connection to ensure privacy. Individual emails are not encrypted, but the path itself is hidden to ensure messages remain private. Think of it as a hidden tunnel for sending messages secretly from one person to another.

Our servers also now support the highest level security (HSTS), which is preferred by Google.


Speed
Solid-State Drives (SSD)

We are now using premium Dell PowerEdge servers equipped with Samsung solid-state drives. SSD is up to 20x faster than traditional spinning hard drives. And speed matters. Studies show that most users will leave a website if it does not load within 5 seconds. We are routinely measuring client website load times under 1.5 seconds.

Optimized Configuration

Our server software has been professionally customized to provide optimal performance for small business websites. We also use a CDN (Content Delivery Network) for image loading which further improves website speed and image load times.


So what does all this really mean?
A great first impression

In a nutshell, your web hosting service is now among the fastest and most secure hosting available on the planet - truly A+ level security, reliability, and speed. Beyond just 'keeping your website running', our hosting ensures your website is trusted, reliable, and provides a fantastic user experience. These are attributes smart businesses and organizations strive for in every interaction.

Better Google rankings

As an added benefit, Google - who rarely reveals details about their secret ranking formula - has been emphatic in stating they are officially rewarding fast-loading, secure websites with better rankings in search results. So this isn't just a performance upgrade - it's likely to improve your Google rankings as well.

You're in good company, and good hands

Did you know we host our own website on these same servers with you? And you better believe that we expect our website to be lightning fast, secure, and up all the time. To that end, we fully manage and monitor our servers 24x7. So if you ever experience an issue, certainly let us know, but rest assured that we're probably already on it!