Fasthosts Unveils Scaled-Up Hosting Packages

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Fasthosts Internet Ltd, a leading web hosting provider, today revealed dramatic enhancements to its shared web hosting which results in greatly scaled-up packages across the range.  From today, key technical allowances, databases and applications as well as the email platform provided have all been enhanced.  Whilst web hosts will frequently adjust their quotas, Fasthosts has implemented high-value upgrades specifically designed for businesses and IT professionals to optimise elements that will deliver most impact to their online success.

As the use of hosted solutions by UK firms continues to grow apace, Fasthosts launches a scaled-up shared web hosting range intended to make a real difference to the effectiveness of the web for business users.  Fasthosts has increased web space by up to four times the amount in order to better enable firms to upload additional content to their websites and create a richer online experience.  The introduction of unlimited web space to the flagship Business Premium package means that larger scale web projects can grow without any limitation.

For businesses and professional users alike, MySQL databases have also been identified and scaled-up as a key feature.  MySQL databases allow a user to store and search data held within tables (such as product specs, customers, orders, blogs etc).  With access to an increased number of inclusive databases, Fasthosts customers are able to hold large amounts of data for multiple websites.  A significant boost in FTP accounts allows all types of website owner the ability to effectively upload material to many more web pages across their web space.

The issue of online visibility is an everyday challenge for all website owners from professional web designers to personal bloggers.  A study this year of nearly 500 small firms commissioned by Fasthosts found that 1 in 3 small businesses are stressed by their online visibility.  However, a remarkable 41 per cent of firms are currently unable to optimise their positions within Search Engines.  From a professional perspective, a further study of 300 web designers revealed that dissatisfaction with search engine positions is the biggest pain-point for their small business customers, with 49 per cent of web design firms receiving related complaints.

With this in mind, Fasthosts has added its latest TrafficDriver SEO tool to the majority of its hosting packages.  Fasthosts TrafficDriver SEO enhances online visibility by submitting a business website to hundreds of search engines worldwide and effectively managing meta tags and monthly submissions.  The solution also generates detailed monthly reports that can provide excellent insights when defining an online marketing strategy.

A critical issue for businesses is the effective use of email communication.  Fasthosts has greatly enhanced the inclusive email platform for its hosting customers.  Microsoft Exchange 2010 is now standard on all packages, and delivers the very latest functionality for email and can improve productivity with shared calendars, tasks and contacts accessible from any computer.  With the use of an efficient mobile email system, firms are better placed to raise efficiencies and provide better response times for handling customer enquiries.

Fasthosts’ new scaled-up 2011 range of Personal Hosting packages comprises of the Standard package (15GB web space), which is currently half price for 12 months from £2.49/month+VAT, and the Premium package (100GB web space) currently priced from £4.49/month+VAT.  From today, the Personal Standard package features 1 MySQL database, 5 FTP accounts, MS Exchange 2010 email and free SiteBuilder tool.  The Personal Premium package now offers 1 free .uk domain, 50 FTP accounts, 25 page SiteBuilder, MS Exchange 2010 email and Fasthosts TrafficDriver SEO.

Fasthosts new Business Hosting packages, also currently half price for 12 months, are the Business Standard package (now a massive 100GB), priced from £4.49/month+VAT, and Business Premium package (Unlimited web space), priced from £7.99/month+VAT.  As well as 50 FTP accounts and Fasthosts TrafficDriver, the Business Standard also benefits from £105 of Google Ad Vouchers.

The new flagship Business Premium offers advanced functionality and robust performance ideal for the web professional.  The package now offers the freedom of unlimited web space and FTP accounts, up to 10 MySQL databases and Fasthosts TrafficDriver SEO High – an advanced version which guarantees a Google listing for 12 months and submission to 400 search engines.  The package also features Load Balancing – which shares visitors over multiple web servers to maximise the uptime and speed of a website.  All Fasthosts hosting solutions are available in either Linux or Windows configurations at no additional cost, and feature free set-up, unlimited bandwidth, 24/7 customer support and virus and spam protection for email.

Stephen Holford, Marketing Director, Fasthosts Internet, said: “Our new scaled-up shared hosting range shows our approach to encouraging business users to leverage the best hosted technologies available to them.  By providing them with more resources, Fasthosts aims to support firms in constantly evolving their online activities.  The high-end quality of our Premium web hosting continues to reflect why Fasthosts is often the IT professional’s choice”.

Fasthosts recently won Microsoft’s Hosting Partner of the Year Award.  Fasthosts and its state-of-the-art DataCenter on Demand (DCoD) service, was recognised for providing outstanding virtualised solutions and service.  The award further recognises Fasthosts’ ability to address end customers’ business challenges and utilise technology innovation to address these.

As a leading web hosting provider, and Technology Sponsor of The Great Exhibition 2012, Fasthosts offers a comprehensive range of web solutions including domain name registrations, web hosting, dedicated and virtual servers, secure online storage and back-up, online payment services, reseller web hosting and feature-rich broadband packages.  Fasthosts is well placed to deliver a high quality service.

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