If one thing has become clear during the global pandemic, it is that nothing is more important to your business’ success than your online presence. Being online is far more important than you can ever imagine, particularly as it is increasingly becoming the main place of your sales. Whether you’re just starting out as a business owner or you’ve been running a business for a number of years and you’re interested in increasing your online presence, the first step is to create your very own website.

Your website is the face of your business, the first thing that your customers will see when they visit and you will be judged heavily on the way that your website looks. It’s important to remember that online shopping is still a risk for your customers, who don’t want to find themselves being the victim of a scam. You’ll want to make sure that your website is professional and reliable, something that your customers can trust. This is easily said, but can seem overwhelming and difficult to navigate, but we’re here to help. 

Here at catalyst2, we make sure that you’ve got that ideal little corner of the internet. We specialise in web hosting, offering you the support and care that you need to keep your website up and running for as long as you need it. Still a little confused? Allow us to guide you through what web hosting is and how it can really help you. 

What is Web Hosting?

Web hosting is, fundamentally, where your website lives on the internet. Your website is your own little bit of space and web hosting is the foundations and the structure of your website. Your website can’t be stored on a USB stick or on a computer, which is why you’ll want to make sure that you work with one of our team. We can host your website on a specialist server that will keep it on the website on the internet and open to your customers for as long as you need it. 

What Do We Mean By a Server?

So, where do we host your website? Well, we use a server, which is a computer that is designed to store and transfer data between your site and the other users all over the internet. Every website is hosted on servers like ours, whether you have a blog or an e-commerce store. As your web host, we act like a landlord, keeping yourself as secure and safe as possible. Not only will we ensure that you keep your website easily accessible to your customers and potential customers, but we will also work to maintain the website, so it will load quickly. This is especially important because your customers will become frustrated if your site takes too long to load and will ultimately click off your domain and onto a competitor.

How Can We Help?

  • We Provide Website Security

Like everything with your business, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve arranged for the right security. The same as when you protect your home or your business premises, you’ll want to make sure that your website is protected from unwanted hackers and data breaches. The last thing that you want is for a hacker to gain access to your website. They can change prices on your website, causing you huge losses, they can lock you out of your own website so you can’t try to fix the situation, they can even extort the website out of you. Your website security is paramount and you’ll find no better security than with our web hosting. 

We will offer you substantial firewalls and malware scanners, which work like virtual fences and intruder alarms, helping to petrol your website to keep unwanted visitors out. But we don’t just stop with keeping people out, we also make sure that our customers are protected from mistakes. We do this by making sure that your website is regularly backed up. This is a key step into protecting your website, particularly as it can help to reset your website should something go wrong. There are a variety of different reasons why you might need to reset your website, some are because of malicious attacks and sometimes your staff might just make a mistake, either way, it is reassuring to know that you are protected. 

Additionally, we also offer our layer of encryption, which comes as standard with all of our web hosting packages. As a result, all of your data is properly encrypted, so in the slim chance that a hacker should get through the first two layers of security, they won’t be able to do too much damage. This layer of security is more than just about protecting your business, it’s also about protecting your customers. The encryption layer makes sure that the data your customers share with you is not going to be intercepted and stolen from your website. As a result, this security will keep your customers safe and keep your reputation intact. Having an encryption layer will be recognised by search engines and more likely to be ranked higher.

  • We Make Sure Your Website is Running Faster

Everyone knows the frustration of trying to access a slow website. Slow websites will affect your reputation, which can be costly and stunt your business growth. Instead, you want a website that loads quickly and moves your customers from page to page in a timely manner. Our web hosting service can help you to avoid slow websites because we make sure that you have the right server space. 

If you don’t have the right amount of space, you’ll end up with a slow site because you’ll be trying to fit too much information into a very small space. To avoid this, our team can talk you through all the web hosting packages that we can offer you, making sure that you have the right space for your business. We can guarantee that you’ll never be spending too much on the package, while also making sure your website loads quickly.

  • We Can Prevent Your Website Going Down Unexpectedly

Sometimes, your website does need to be taken down for a moment to revamp the look but you should keep this to a minimum but the last thing that you want is for this to happen when you don’t expect it. We help to avoid unexpected downtime by keeping our servers running smoothly and avoiding security breaches. So you can keep your website up and running on a daily basis.

Is a Domain Name the same as a Web Host?

It is easy to confuse a domain name and a web host, especially because you need to have both. But they are different. Going back to the analogy that your website is a house. Your web host is the foundation and structure of your house, the place where your website actually resides. On the other hand, your domain name is your address. Your customers need it to visit your website, but without your web host, the address will just take you to an empty space. 

Your domain name does need to be a unique option to make it easy for your customers to find and if you’re struggling to find a domain name, then we can help. Not only do we offer an exceptional web hosting service, but we can also help you find your address too. Our domain name checker can let you know what is still available and our team would love to help you find the ideal space on the internet.

While you can purchase both of these things from our team at catalyst2, they are two separate things that you can purchase from different spaces. So, if you’ve already purchased a domain name, you can transfer it into our web host at no extra cost. So, whether you’re unhappy with the web host you have at the moment or you purchased a domain name a while ago, you’ll be able to find the ideal service from our specialists.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our web hosting services, then you can chat with our team today by giving us a call on 0800 107 7979. We are committed to getting our customers online and making sure that they are comfortable with their online presence. Whether you’re looking for web hosting, domain names, email hosting, all of the above or something else entirely, we’re here for you. We are your one-stop shop for all of your website needs and we know that our excellent servers can keep your business protected and running smoothly.