Web hosting Offered Here too!
What good is a web designer if they can’t host the new website for you too? That’s like buying a house without any land to place it on.
I am happy to say that I offer web & email hosting (not just web design) for you and your business.
Features... all included!
No need to worry about picking the right plan, the right plan is the only plan I offer to my clients! My Web Hosting package includes all the essentials plus the add-ons that competitors often charge extra for. Who wants to pay extra just to have a backup of your website in case of catastrophe? Exactly – I don’t think anyone should, so I don’t charge you for it either.
Hosting in Canada
For various reasons, I proudly conduct my business while hosting and maintaining data on Canadian soil. Three of these reasons include…
- Supporting other Canadian businesses
- Data stored in Canada is subject only to Canadian law
- Compliance with various privacy regulations in Canada such as the following:
Most data centre providers in Canada also offer ethical use of our resources, such as programs for using mostly or even running entirely on renewable energy (or generating renewable energy itself and possibly even selling some back to the power authority in the location to help residents and businesses on that power grid), planting trees to offset any carbon emissions, as just two examples.
While there are not a lot of Canadian data centre providers around, most of them are thinking of the environment and have policies in place to make them an attractive choice if you care about the environment – and these are the options I choose as well – making a conscious choice to caring for our environment.
F.A.Q. on Hosting in Canada
As of the time of this writing, my servers are located in a data centre in Toronto.
The above is subject to change. I aim to keep this FAQ updated when/if that happens.
While the exact datacentre location may change from time to time, I remain committed to always operating my servers in Canada.
There are unfortunately very few companies that host in the Vancouver area, and of those companies they cater to larger corporate businesses, so the rates are astronomical. It just isn’t financially feasible, nor is it currently justifiable as there is no real performance gain (time saved might be maybe 40 milliseconds on page load, nothing noticeable). When it becomes financially feasible though, it will certainly be in the cards.
If you have a larger project that requires your data to reside inside the province of British Columbia, please reach out to me and I will provide you with the accommodations.
The Important Stuff
SSL certificates are essentially a requirement for any online activities, especially if you are running a site that collects personal data or handles payment transactions such as on an e-commerce site.
All of the websites I design (and email servers I host) are secured using strong SSL/TLS certificates signed by Let’s Encrypt. Their mission is to “give people the digital certificates they need in order to enable HTTPS (SSL/TLS) for websites”, and they do this “because [they] want to create a more secure and privacy-respecting Web.” And I am in full support of their mission and support them how I can, one such way is by using them as the certificate authority for securing websites.
One of the largest providers in the last years is a company called Let’s Encrypt, who’s mission it is to allow any website to have the protection it needs. Let’s Encrypt is trusted all over the world, issuing certificates for very large companies, and is invested in by many of the world’s most respected companies such as Shopify, GitHub, Mozilla, the EFF, VMware, Red Hat, and many more. So as you can see, Let’s Encrypt has a lot of credibility and the backing of many large companies.
All certificates provided achieve an A+ rating on the SSL Server Test by Qualys.
Have you ever had a contact form on your website, and did you get a lot of spam from it? Spammers and scammers use robots to hunt through websites just as a search engine crawler works, but the robots of spammers will specifically hunt down contact forms, and will send spam to you through it. To combat this, I use additional tools such as “honeypots”, Google reCaptcha, and more.
It is well known in the industry that visitors to any website will tend to abandon it if the pages take longer than 3 seconds to load. And of course – time is money.
Fully understanding the above, I have a laser-like focus on performance of the servers I manage, from the top to the bottom. This means that websites load quickly (less than 2 seconds, often much quicker) which provides for a better visitor/user experience. This translates to happier customers for your business, which in-turn can lead to additional revenue.
Updates & Testing
Disaster Recovery Plan
The Additional Features
Want to keep your calendars, reminders, and contacts private as well, hosted in Canada? I am happy to offer you the ability to host your own contacts and calendars/reminders, while syncing them across all of your devices. This feature is included in your Web Hosting & Email-Only plans – no extra fees!
This is possible using the open standard protocols CardDAV and CalDAV. These protocols are fully supported in macOS and iOS, and through third-party apps will work on Android and Windows devices as well.
What good is a website without analytics to review? You need these analytics to make effective choices and decisions and have needed insight into your visitors browsing your site. I email reports monthly (first of every month) which compile a list of the most used data types for your website.
It’s customizable so if you wish to have less or more information on it, I can definitely do that for you.
You will have insight into important data such as the following:
- “Hits” / visitor counts, and related totals:
- Total hits for the website
- Total hits per web page
- Hits per day, and by day of the week
- Visitor data (amalgamated):
- Region (i.e. Province or State)
- Time spent on website, can be broken down by page too
- Referrals to your site – this includes how many came:
- via other Websites
- via Search Engines
- via Social Networks
- Devices used, including:
- Screen size
- Web browser
Roadmap / Coming Soon
Improved caching coming soon, allowing websites to load even faster than they already do.