Domain Registration & Website Hosting

Domain Registration

All businesses need their own domain name as much as they need business cards and positive word of mouth. A domain name for your business is more than just your website.  It gives you professional email addresses, rather than a web based email account & provides protection for your business name in the online world.

Guy Designs is an authorised re-seller of Australia’s largest domain name registrars and we can secure your domain name needs at very competitive prices.

Registering variations of your business name, products or services in the way of a domain name is advantageous & relatively cost effective in helping your website with the search engines.

Talk to us about how you can do this today!

Website Hosting

Guy Designs operate our own fully redundant dedicated primary & back-up servers, giving you the security to know that we have full control of your website functionality.

Our primary servers are located in multiple secure data centres in Sydney & our back-up server gives geographic redundancy by being located in data centres in Montreal Canada and Dallas TX, USA. Having our main servers in Sydney and backup servers in different continents allows us to minimise downtime in the event of any server or network issue.

We use web hosting software called cPanel, which allows you to easily maintain your own email accounts, setup email redirection, etc.

Our current uptime exceeds 99.95%.

As part of our hosting services, we include;

 Unlimited email accounts:  Give your business the professional appearance with email accounts using your domain (info@yourwebsite.com.au).  Create the accounts yourself by logging into Cpanel or we can create them for you.  Have them delivered to your preferred email program on your PC &/or mobile device via POP3 or IMAP or forward them on to your web based email account (gmail, yahoo, live).  We include instructions on our website for most of the programs & devices.

 Maintenance to your website*:  In addition to the services offered below, we include 5 hours per year of maintenance to your website.  This allows for anything you may wish to do to your website but either don’t have the skills or time to do.  These hours are in addition to any security updates and are available any time within the year of hosting.  We also offer very attractive packages for any additional work you need for your website.

* Only included when you have a website design & hosting package with Guy Designs.  This service can be added to hosting only packages for an additional fee.

 Scheduled full database and file backups: Backups are completed daily, weekly and monthly, as well as replicating all data every day to our backup server. Daily backups are retained for 14 days, weekly backups for 5 weeks, and monthly backups for 12 months. These backups are automated and doesn’t count towards your maintenance hours. You can read more about our backup regime at this link.

 Software security updates as required: Security updates to your CMS & E-Commerce software as well as their extensions are included in our hosting package in addition to the maintenance hours.

 Site check for malware, loading performance, broken links and more: We use automated software to do this, (for example: WordFence for WordPress monitoring), and csf/csxwatch for monitoring your account on the server (which will prevent malware/spam and notify us of any performance issues). If there are issues that need correcting, this is part of the hosting package.

 Database optimisation: Most websites runs on the MySQL database system, and our MySQL database server is fully optimised for CMS & E-commerce websites. It is also monitored by our cloudlinux system for performance issues.

Uptime monitoring (if your site goes down, we’ll be instantly notified): We use HostTracker & Uptime Robot to provide real time monitoring of our servers.  We are notified instantly of any interruption to service, and can switch to our backup server within a matter of hours if required.

Cloudflare –“Always On” CDN: Cloudflare is primarily a content distribution network (CDN), so static content from the website (images/text/javascript) is stored in multiple locations around the world and served to visitors from their nearest location, speeding up the display of the website, and reducing the load on our server.

Providing an “Always On” feature, so even if our server is unavailable, the static content of your website will continue to be displayed.  In addition, Cloudflare also filters out a number of common attacks and distributed denial of service attacks against websites, so they never reach the website.

 

So, Why choose Guy Designs to host your website?

Unlike the majority of hosting providers out there, we run our own servers (most hosts have “reseller” accounts with a larger provider) because we have the prerequisite skills to be able to do this.

 

Andrew has over 20 years experience in running Linux servers (which is the operating system that most web servers run on), a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, is a member of the Australian Computer Society and a Certified Professional (CP), which provides limited liability coverage backed by federal government legislation (in the same way that Certified Practising Accountants, solicitors and doctors are provided government coverage).

 

 

In short, we’re able to provide a highly professional service at an extremely competitive price.

 

Green Hosting

Our servers support carbon neutral hosting.

You can read more about this by clicking here

Web Domain Registration & Hosting Packages

Whether you need one or more domain registrations, hosting for your website and email, or wanting to transfer from an existing provider, talk to us about our packages today.