Our web hosting services feature a virtual private server (VPS) running on the speedy LiteSpeed platform. The benefits of a VPS over the more common shared server are:
- Security – With a virtual private server your file system is much more secure than a shared environment, where thousands of other site owners with shell access can browse through your files. In a shared hosting environment you are susceptible to system crashes and vulnerabilities created by the actions of others. If another shared account runs a script that crashes the server or opens up vulnerabilities, your site will go offline or be hacked as well. With a VPS account, the server administrator (Clearwater Web) chooses which sites share the VPS – presently only 10 trusted, local sites are on our VPS.
- Data Integrity – We back up each site on the VPS regularly: weekly database and file system backups are uploaded to our storage account at Amazon S3.
- Management – We handle all internal server configurations.
- Functionality – A VPS provides the same functionally as a dedicated server.
- Resource Efficient – The high level of server resources are instantly scaled to the needs of your site. In a shared environment, resources are allocated to all websites in an unequal manner, meaning a large site can drain all resources and leave yours performing sluggishly. In a virtual private server environment, you are guaranteed a set of resources to ensure your site always performs at full speed.
- Site Speed – Our server runs on the super speedy and resource efficient LiteSpeed platform, a huge upgrade over Apache. Google loves sites that load swiftly.
We take an active part in the success of each of our hosted sites
We are not merely resellers of hosting services. In addition to our VPS, we provide essential site management for your website:
- Weekly updates to main core, themes and plugins
- Weekly scan for any security risks
- Site Analytics
- Weekly backup of all site files and databases to Amazon S3
- Mass removal of spam comments and post revisions
- Traffic change alerts
- Occasional minor tweaks – i.e. add a link, change wording, etc.
VPS hosting and website management starts at $325/year.