on offer

 Web Design 
With decades of experience, we know that getting a right web presence and we work close from start to finish to provide what is expected. 

 Ecommerce
If you have products on your shelf, you should also have them on-line. We can provide very cost effective solutions for you.

 Social Presence
Do not be ripped of by so called <social media> experts. Most just just pre "programme" your tweets and others, and spew out regurgitated tweets. We can help you with this, and show you how to administrate your self. Or we can recommend one of our partners to help you. 

 Photography
Photography is a key element to make you stand out. Be it products or corporate we can provided what you are looking for. 

 24/7 Web Hosting
Reliable web hosting is vital for any business, and we provide this. From shared to dedicated servers, we have a solution for you. 

 Solutions
With our partners we can find solutions for you, web design,hosting, photography,video, graphics and design. 

 Computer sales/support/help 
Do let us help you, and if we are not able to supply of fix our selves, we can pass on details of one of our partners.

 Graphic Design/Artwork
We can help you with this, or for more complex needs can give you recommendations to our partners.

 

 

Web Hosting Control Panel

Our web hosting control panel has been created to provide you with all the tools you need to make the most of your website. This guide will provide you with an over view of the great features available to our web hosting customers in their web hosting control.

Web Hosting Control Panel home page

Once you log in you will be presented with our web hosting control panel home page. From here you can access all the various tools and features to manage your website. 

You can also quickly access details about your account (e.g. hosting package name, server type, and your FTP details) and how much of your account's allowance you have used (web space, bandwidth, Email accounts etc).

eXtend Control Panel

Files

We provide you with full access to upload and download your website's files with our easy to use file manager.

Files

To ensure you never lose any of your work, backing up and restoring your website is all done in just a few clicks with the files stored on your local machine.?

Email

We offer one of the most powerful and flexible WebMail systems, features include your own address book, search features, customisable interface and scheduling.

Email

You can also set up new mail boxes and delete any that you no longer need all in just a few clicks. In keeping with our ethos of giving you control you can decide how aggressive you want your junk filter to be and which email addresses it applies to on a box by box case or choose all emails attached to a domain name. You can also add specific addresses to your white list and to your black list.

Web stats & Logs

Check the performance and data usage of your website with our extensive analysis tools.

Web stats & Logs

We have also automated the creation of a Google Site Map for your website to increase the likelihood of being found by their spiders. So you don't have to manually submit your site multiple times you can submit to the major search engines (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft etc) from here with just a couple of clicks.

Web tools

The ‘Web Tools' area provides you with access to a raft of great features for those with a bit more technical knowledge than the average user.

Web tools

MySQL Databases: From this area you can also manage your database by using phpMyAdmin, an easy to use web based interface for managing MySQL databases.

Password Protection: Website Password Protection allows you to password protect a directory on your website. Only people who have the password will be able to access the area.

Scheduled Tasks: Scheduled tasks allows you to enable programs to run automatically on the server at specific intervals.

Sub domains: Have a new web address for separate areas of your website e.g. news.bbc.co.uk

IP Address blocking: IP blocking allows you to block certain IP addresses or ranges from accessing your website. For example, you may wish to prevent a competitor from viewing your site or a known threat.

Switch PHP Version: Switch to PHP5 with just one click

Website help & diagnostics

Make sure your website is performing at optimal levels with our free diagnostic tools.

Website help & diagnostics

Ecommerce

Your web hosting is fully ecommerce enabled and comes packed with advanced ecommerce features and scripts.

Ecommerce

You can provide your customer with a secure online shopping experience by using our free secure server (SSL) which allows you to accept data securely via your website. Choose from a collection of the most advanced ecommerce solutions available including Zen Shopping Cart, osCommerce Shopping Cart, CubeCart and Agora Shooping Cart.

CGI scripts

Our customers can choose to install as many scripts they want from one of the UKs most compressive list of one click install scripts.

CGI scripts

WordPress, BuddyPress, Joomla, phpBB, Drupal, OpenAds and much more are all available in a just a matter of clicks.

WordPress

WordPress is arguably the most popular blogging software available today! It's easy to install and use and will allow you to have a great looking blog in minutes.

BuddyPress

BuddyPress is a suite of WordPressMU social networking plugins and themes to empower you to create your own social network.

Joomla

Joomla! is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications. Joomla! is easy to install, simple to manage, and reliable.

phpBB

phpBB is a high powered, fully scalable, and highly customisable open-source bulletin board package. phpBB3 has a user-friendly interface, simple and straightforward administration panel, and helpful FAQ.

Drupal

Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users easily to publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website.

Openads

Openads is a hugely popular advert server designed for web publishers. It gives you the tools you need to make the most from online advertising. With Openads you will be able to manage sophisticated advertising programs and stay in control of all the advertising on your websites.

Other features

Our control panel is one of the world's most advanced web hosting control panels, here is a quick summary of the other great features available...

eXtend
  • £300 free software
  • 50 premium web templates
  • 500 extra web templates
  • 22,500 images
  • Tracewatch
  • Website redirection
  • FrontPage extensions
  • Banner templates
  • Photo gallery
  • Form to Email
  • JavaScript maker
  • And much more!

Manage your website on the go

100% free for all our customers our iPhone control panel provides exactly the same level of functionality as the normal control panel, but optimized for internet enabled mobile phones.

iPhone Control Panel
  • Manage your domain names
  • Manage all your web hosting accounts
  • Log in to your webmail
  • View the system status updates
  • View your Webalizer analytics statistics
  • One click install CGI scripts such as WordPress
  • View your invoices
  • Backup & restore your website
  • Conduct a WHOIS search for a domain name
  • Set up scheduled tasks
  • ...and much more!

Web Hosting

We believe that web hosting is more than just providing web space and FTP access. Our aim is to provide individuals and businesses with everything they need to express themselves on the internet, be that through an idea or selling goods and services. Whatever you want to create a website for, be it a small family photo album or a full powered data base driven ecommerce website, your choice of web host is essential. The right web host will make the difference between a slow clunky site that has regular down time and a site that is always available and blisteringly fast!

6 reasons to choose us for your web hosting

Quality hosting

1. Quality hosting

Our purpose built web hosting infrastructure is unrivalled in the UK for stability and reliability.

Excellent customer service

2. Excellent customer service

Our support database provides the answers to the majority of web hosting related questions and if you need to get in touch we are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Value for money

3. Value for money

Because all of our hosting technology has been developed by us in-house we don't have any expensive licensing fees to pass on to our customers. That means we can offer you more for less!

We put you in control

4. We put you in control

We believe in developing highly automated systems giving customers complete control of their web hosting. Our web hosting control panel is one of the most advanced available today.

You can grow with us

5. You can grow with us

Our web hosting is ideal for a beginner starting their first website through to SME's demanding their own powerful ecommerce solution.

Constant Monitoring and Security Upgrades

6. Constant Monitoring and Security Upgrades

We take our customer's security very seriously and all software is upgraded within 24 hours of new patches being released.

Our hosting technology

Platform

Platform

We only use Dell servers in our web hosting platform. Our platform is designed to be highly redundant and all data is stored in network disk arrays. 

Data is automatically synchronised between the arrays so that in the event of an array failing the remaining array continues to serve data to the servers with no downtime. Each array is also backed up each night to a separate backup cluster which is then written to tape and stored offsite.

Data centre

Data centre

We utilise uninterruptable power supplies and an n+1 generator setup to ensure constant and clean energy to our infrastructure. The data centre is protected by fire suppression, monitored by CCTV both externally and internally, has 24x7x365 onsite security and the building is surrounded by an 8ft perimeter fence.

Security

Security

We are automatically informed of new security patches via our vendor. Patches are applied within 24 hours. Our own platform is scanned each month for application vulnerabilities and we use a network scanner to identify weaknesses in our network.

Managing your website

Our control panel is one of the world's most advanced web hosting control panels currently available. Here is a quick summary of the great features available to our web hosting customers...

eXtend
  • Easy to use file manager
  • File backup & restore
  • Webmail and POP3/IMAP
  • Web stats & logs
  • Google SiteMap generator
  • MySQL and phpMyAdmin
  • Schedules tasks
  • Full Ecommerce software
  • One click install scripts including WordPress
  • Check your account performance at a glance
  • Download log files
  • More than we can list here!

iPhone control panel

Customers can also manage their websites and hosting accounts on the move with our exclusive iPhone control panel which has all the same functionality of the standard control panel. This is free for all our web hosting customers.

iPhone Control Panel
  • Manage your domain names
  • Manage all your web hosting accounts
  • Log in to your webmail
  • View the system status updates
  • View your Webalizer analytics statistics
  • One click install CGI scripts such as WordPress
  • View your invoices
  • Backup & restore your website
  • Conduct a WHOIS search for a domain name
  • Set up scheduled tasks
  • ...and much more!

We give you more!

We want our hosting customer's websites to be a success and with this in mind we also provide our hosting customers with one of the biggest CGI script libraries in the UK including one click install WordPress, Joomla, phpBB, BuddyPress, OpenX & Drupal.

WordPress

WordPress is arguably the most popular blogging software available today! It's easy to install and use and will allow you to have a great looking blog in minutes.

BuddyPress

BuddyPress is a suite of WordPressMU social networking plugins and themes to empower you to create your own social network.

Joomla

Joomla! is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications. Joomla! is easy to install, simple to manage, and reliable.

phpBB

phpBB is a high powered, fully scalable, and highly customisable open-source bulletin board package. phpBB3 has a user-friendly interface, simple and straightforward administration panel, and helpful FAQ.

Drupal

Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users easily to publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website.

Openads

Openads is a hugely popular advert server designed for web publishers. It gives you the tools you need to make the most from online advertising. With Openads you will be able to manage sophisticated advertising programs and stay in control of all the advertising on your websites.

 

& much more!

Web hosting terminology

New to web hosting? Here are some of the most common terms used...

Bandwidth

A term used by web hosts to describe how much data can pass from the server your website is hosted on to people visiting your web site. This includes the files that make up your website as well as any data downloaded from databases or media files.

ccTLD

A country code top level domain name. These domain names are associated with a country or geographic location e.g. .co.uk (UK), .fr (France and .cn (China). The ability to register these domain names from another country depends on the registrar's rules. For example, co.uk has no restrictions whereas .it (Italy) demands you are based in Europe.

Domain Name System

The system that maps domain names to the corresponding machine's IP addresses. This system is essentially a phone book that translates human friendly names into computer friendly numbers. Because this information is stored across multiple computers any updates to a domain (including registration and ownership details) can take up to 48 hours to work its way across all of them.

File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

Once you are ready to see what your website looks like online, uploading the files to your web space is really easy and is often as simple as clicking, dragging and dropping. The method you will use to get your website online is called File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Don't be put off by the name, all this does is take the files from your computer and put them on to the web host's server for people to access. Simple!

In order to do this your web host may offer an upload function though your account with them, but that means you have to log in every time. A quicker alternative that most people use is FTP software. Some HTML editors come with this built in (e.g. Dreamweaver & Microsoft Expression Web) but even if yours doesn't there is the industry standard stand alone (which is free) to download called FileZilla.

HTML

HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language) is the first layer of a web page and deals with the content (the text, any lists, tables, quotes...).

LAMP

LAMP is an acronym used to describe a set of open source software used by many people and businesses to save money and to prevent platform lock-in. Linux: Operating system
Apache: Web server
MySQL: Database
PHP: Program

MySQL

MySQL (owned and developed by Sun Microsystems) is the world's most popular open source database. It is also part of the open source software stack known as LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP).

Sub-Domain

Sub-domain names are domains that are part of the parent domain name. They are free to set up and can be useful if you have areas of your site you want to categorise e.g. dictionary.domain.com, thesaurus.domain.com

TLD

Top Level Domain Names have no association with any countries and were amongst the first to be created. E.g. .com, .net, .org.

Web Space

The amount of space allocated to your website by a web host to store all your files and data. The more web space you have the more information you can store.

NICE Domain Names

Amazing value domain names

Buy your domain name in confidence with our low prices and free features. Our domain registration system is highly automated so we register your domain names quickly with no fuss.

Hundreds of new TLD - Top Level domains are now available and we can provide them.  

Our fees are low all the time not just for special offers!

DomainsPrices from
.co.uk, org.uk, me.uk £ask
.com .net .org .biz £ask
.cc .uk.net .uk.com .tv £ask

Free with every domain name

We make domain name search and registration easy and all our domain names come with useful free features, such as web forwarding and unlimited email forwarding. Get these great features free with every domain name...

  • Web Forwarding (multiple types)
  • Unlimited Email Forwarding
  • Catch-All Email Forwarding
  • Change Name Servers
  • No Fee For Changing Nominet Tag
  • Easily Change Contact Information
  • Full DNS Management
  • Nominet Whois Opt Out
  • Manage Everything Online Easily
  • No Hidden Fees
  • Upgrade to Web Hosting Instantly
  • And Much More!

Tips on choosing a domain name

Keep it short, keep it simple

To find your site people need to be able to remember your address and easily type it into their browser. Aim to register the shortest name that your customers and visitors will associate with your website.

co.uk, com, eu, net, org...?

It is a good idea to register several similar domain names, particularly if you own a trademark for a certain name. If possible register the .co.uk, .com, .eu and .net. These are the most popular domain names and by registering all of them you can help to prevent cyber squatters and losing traffic.

Consider common typos

If you have a domain name that can easily by pluralised or miss-spelled consider registering those as well to stop traffic going elsewhere.

Don't shell out large amounts of money

Some companies still sell domain names for as much as £100 per year. Make sure you are getting a good deal!

Register your domain now!

You must register as soon as possible, or risk getting stuck with "the-domain-name-that-no-one-wanted.net". You do not have to have a Webmaster or an ecommerce department or a web design consultant... you don't even need a web page. Simply search for your domain name and register it yourself. Simple!

FAQs

How long will it take for my new domain name to become active?

Domains are registered as soon as you order them, however it can take between 24 and 72 hours for a domain name to become visible on the Internet as each DNS updates its database of domain names..

Can I buy a domain name, but not buy web hosting?

Yes, you do not have to buy the web hosting when you buy a domain name. If you decide to add web hosting in the future you can easily upgrade with one of our feature rich hosting packages.

Do I own the domain name?

Yes - unlike some companies we always register the domain in your name or in your customer's name if you are working on someone's behalf.

Can I transfer the domain at any time?

Yes, you can, and we provide a control panel so that you can make these changes yourself at any time and that's all included in the price.

Do I get a certificate of ownership for the domain I purchase?

In the past Nominet issued certificates as confirmation of the contract that exists between Nominet and the registrant and this continued until August 2003. Paper certificates and reply Forms have now been replaced by an online system called Registrants Online.

 

Domain Names

Amazing value domain names

Buy your domain name in confidence with our low prices and free features. Our domain registration system is highly automated so we register your domain names quickly with no fuss.

Our fees are low all the time not just for special offers!

DomainsPrices from
.co.uk, org.uk, me.uk £15.00 for two years
.com .net .org .biz £25.00 for two years
.cc .uk.net .uk.com .tv £--.-- CHECK PRICE

Free with every domain name

We make domain name search and registration easy and all our domain names come with useful free features, such as web forwarding and unlimited email forwarding. Get these great features free with every domain name...

  • Web Forwarding (multiple types)
  • Unlimited Email Forwarding
  • Catch-All Email Forwarding
  • Change Name Servers
  • No Fee For Changing Nominet Tag
  • Easily Change Contact Information
  • Full DNS Management
  • Nominet Whois Opt Out
  • Manage Everything Online Easily
  • No Hidden Fees
  • Upgrade to Web Hosting Instantly
  • And Much More!

Tips on choosing a domain name

Keep it short, keep it simple

To find your site people need to be able to remember your address and easily type it into their browser. Aim to register the shortest name that your customers and visitors will associate with your website.

co.uk, com, eu, net, org...?

It is a good idea to register several similar domain names, particularly if you own a trademark for a certain name. If possible register the .co.uk, .com, .eu and .net. These are the most popular domain names and by registering all of them you can help to prevent cyber squatters and losing traffic.

Consider common typos

If you have a domain name that can easily by pluralised or miss-spelled consider registering those as well to stop traffic going elsewhere.

Don't shell out large amounts of money

Some companies still sell domain names for as much as £100 per year. Make sure you are getting a good deal!

Register your domain now!

You must register as soon as possible, or risk getting stuck with "the-domain-name-that-no-one-wanted.net". You do not have to have a Webmaster or an ecommerce department or a web design consultant... you don't even need a web page. Simply search for your domain name and register it yourself. Simple!

FAQs

How long will it take for my new domain name to become active?

Domains are registered as soon as you order them, however it can take between 24 and 72 hours for a domain name to become visible on the Internet as each DNS updates its database of domain names..

Can I buy a domain name, but not buy web hosting?

Yes, you do not have to buy the web hosting when you buy a domain name. If you decide to add web hosting in the future you can easily upgrade with one of our feature rich hosting packages.

Do I own the domain name?

Yes - unlike some companies we always register the domain in your name or in your customer's name if you are working on someone's behalf.

Can I transfer the domain at any time?

Yes, you can, and we provide a control panel so that you can make these changes yourself at any time and that's all included in the price.

Do I get a certificate of ownership for the domain I purchase?

In the past Nominet issued certificates as confirmation of the contract that exists between Nominet and the registrant and this continued until August 2003. Paper certificates and reply Forms have now been replaced by an online system called Registrants Online.

One click install software

Get your website online in minutes

Get your website up and running in minutes

Choose from our huge range of one click install scripts to get your website online in just a few clicks of your mouse. Whether you are building a brochure website, ecommerce store, blog, forum, or even a social network, you will find software to create a professional looking site using the latest technology. 

With our one click install software you don’t need to worry about Zip files, programing or setting up databases. All you have to do is click on the relevant icon and you are done. It is as easy as that!

Choose from our huge range of one click install scripts, ideal for any type of website...

WordPress

WordPress is the world’s most popular open source blogging platform, perfect for both commercial and personal use. Thanks to a massive community of designers and developers there are literally tens of thousands of themes, widgets and plugins available to download, meaning no two websites are ever the same.

WordPress can be easily adapted for use as a standard CMS (content management system), so even if you don't need a blog, you can use WordPress to power your e-shop, photo gallery, video webpage, article-based site, directory or any other type of website you can think of.
Wordpress

Joomla

Joomla is a user-friendly content management system with a huge range of features ready to use. The software is database-driven and ideal for web masters looking to develop, manage and edit web content without much technical knowledge.

With a wide range of modules, components, plugins and languages available for free, you can customise and enhance your Joomla CMS to your specific requirements.
Joomla

Drupal

Drupal is a highly customisable content management system with thousands of modules, themes and plugins to extend and alter its capabilities. Winner of multiple Open Source CMS awards Drupal is ideal for those wanting a versatile and expandable web content solution. 

Drupal CMS can be used for a wide range of sites, including single and multiple user blogs, forums, communities, magazines, e-commerce solutions, photography showcases, galleries and much more.
Drupal

Concrete5

Concrete5 is a powerful CMS built with every level of web design experience in mind. The easy to use WYSIWYG style editing features make it easy for site owners to make changes on the fly with no previous web design experience. The software is also perfect for web designers and developers looking for a purpose built CMS designed to be as flexible as you need it to be.

Concrete5 can be used for a wide range of sites, including personal and business websites, forums, communities, magazines, e-commerce solutions, photography showcases, galleries and much more.
Concrete5

OpenCart

OpenCart is a powerful and feature rich ecommerce solution, built to appeal to all experience levels and allow anyone to create and manage an online store. OpenCart comes with a range of features you would associate with high end enterprise level software such as multiple currency support, comprehensive sales reports and integrated search engine optimisation tools.
OpenCart

phpBB

Create your online community using the market leading forum software. With an extensive community of designers and developers creating and sharing modifications and styles to customise your forum, you can create a unique forum quickly and easily.
phpBB

bbPress

Using WordPress as its platform, bbPress is open source forum software focused on speed and security, meaning you don’t have to worry about slow loading pages or the risk of being hacked. The streamlined software is also lightweight and efficient for better use of space and bandwidth. bbPress enjoys many similar customisation elements to WordPress so you can develop and install themes and plugins (e.g. for ratings, video and private forums) to customise your forums.
bbPress

Vanilla Forums

Vanilla Forums is an easy to use and powerful solution for webmasters looking to add discussion functionality to their website. Simple copy and paste code and integrated WordPress installation features make getting started a breeze.
Vanilla Forums

Open Web Analytics

Open Web Analytics (OWA) is a comprehensive web analytics software package that you can use to track and analyze how people use your web sites and applications.
Open Web Analytics

Other one click install software we offer include:

PrestaShop: PrestaShop is one of the fastest and lightest Open Source e-commerce solutions available. PrestaShop comes with a wealth of features allowing you to create a e-commerce website customised to meet all your needs.

TomatoCart: TomatoCart was a finalist in the 2010 Open Source awards, and has built a reputation as a user-friendly and lightweight framework.

Simple Invoices: Simple Invoices is an open source, web based invoicing system for business of all sizes. Even if you trade exclusively offline, you can use Simple Invoices to bill customers, track payments and much more. This browser based application can be used from any PC, anywhere.

Pligg: Use Pligg to start your own social bookmarking and publishing community in minutes. Add the bookmarking and voting functionality to your existing website or create a new one just for this purpose in the same vain as Digg.

Piwik: Piwik is an open source web analytics software program showing real time data and statistics. It will provide you with detailed reports on your website’s performance and help you monitor visitor data.

Simple Machines Forum: Simple Machines Forum is a free, professional grade software package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes.

LimeSurvey: LimeSurvey is an online web application designed to help you develop, publish and collect responses to online (and offline) surveys you are running.

Elgg: Elgg is an award-winning social networking engine, giving you the tools to create your own fully-featured social networks and applications. Elgg allows you to take full advantage of the power of social technology with elegant, flexible solutions for organisations, groups and individuals.

Nucleus: The building blocks you need to create a web presence. Whether you want to create a personal blog, a family page, or an online business site, Nucleus CMS can help you achieve your goals.

Geeklog: Allows you to create your own virtual community area, complete with user administration, story posting, messaging, comments, polls, calendar, weblinks, and more.

SugarCRM: Lets a business keep track of its relationships with its customers. Users can manage customer accounts, contacts, sales leads, calls, meetings etc. A dashboard showing the most successful leads, the sales pipeline, and the month-by-month outcomes for opportunities in the pipeline can be displayed.

MediaWiki: A collaborative technology for organizing information on Web sites. Work with others to maintain information. For example if you run a business you can share information with your colleagues at the same time as documenting it for yourself.

And many, many more...