We know that choosing a web host can be daunting, whether you’re looking to host a website for the first time or you’re looking to transfer your existing website, with so many web hosting companies around the world to choose from the decision on who to host your website with can be a challenge.
With this in mind we set out to make the process a little easier and started to build comparison pages for both our UK & Europe customers and our USA based customers. The new pages make it easy for you to make an informed decision by comparing our offerings with our competition, no personal opinions or other bias are included just the facts to compare Hugoton Hosting to other big names in the market.
Head over to our UK & Europe Comparison and USA Comparison pages now, we hope you will see that our value paired with our excellent commitment to quality & outstanding features makes it easy to see why more people are switching to Hugoton Hosting!
Today, Hugoton Hosting is excited to announce our partnership with Cloudflare, the website performance and security company!
Cloudflare is a content delivery network (CDN) that increases the performance and security of every website on its network, protecting from a broad range of threats and attacks. Over 13,000,000 websites run on the Cloudflare network—ranging from individual blogs to e-commerce sites to the websites of Fortune 500 companies to national governments. Cloudflare powers almost a trillion monthly page views—more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined—and over 25% of the Internet’s population regularly passes through the Cloudflare network.
Faster web performance
Cloudflare was designed to take a hosting platform like Hugoton Hosting and make it faster, more secure, and even more reliable.
Cloudflare runs 165 data centers strategically located around the world. When you sign up for Cloudflare through Hugoton Hosting, we begin routing traffic to the nearest data center.
As your traffic passes through the data centers, Cloudflare intelligently determine what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached on Cloudflare servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before they check to see if they’ve been updated. By automatically moving the static parts of your site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves significantly.
Cloudflare’s intelligent caching system also means you save bandwidth, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently than ever. On average, Cloudflare customers see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% in total requests to their servers. The overall effect is that Cloudflare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors.
Broad web security
At the beginning of 2016, Cloudflare experienced and mitigated against some of the largest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks ever seen. As attacks like these increase, Cloudflare is stepping up to protect websites.
Cloudflare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is powerful about our Cloudflare’s is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are part of the Cloudflare community. Cloudflare analyze the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and adapt the security systems to ensure good traffic gets through and bad traffic is stopped.
In time, Cloudflare’s goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history. And, given Cloudflare’s scale and the billions of different attacks they see and adapt to every year, they’re well on our way to achieving that for sites on the Cloudflare network.
As a CloudFlare Optimized Partner, we are thrilled to offer the CloudFlare Railgun™ technology to all our customers completely free for all new & existing customers!
Railgun is CloudFlare’s latest performance optimization technology that gives you significant improvements in site load times. To activate Railgun, log into your cPanel, select the Cloudflare option, enable Cloudflare and then select Railgun “On”. If you don’t have the toggle to enable Railgun just open a support ticket and will get you up & running in now time.
Railgun ensures that the connection between our network and the CloudFlare network is as fast as possible. Railgun achieves a 99.6% compression ratio for previously uncacheable web objects by using techniques similar to those used in the compression of high-quality video. The average website can expect a 1.43x performance increase.
When a request is made to a CloudFlare server for a web page that is not in cache CloudFlare makes an HTTP connection to the origin server to request the page. It’s that HTTP connection that Railgun accelerates and secures.
Railgun consists of two components: the sender and the listener. The sender is installed at every CloudFlare data center around the world. The listener is a software component that Hugoton Hosting has installed on our network for customers, on all of our nodes.
The sender and listener establish a permanent TCP connection that’s secured by TLS. This TCP connection is used for the Railgun protocol. It’s an all binary multiplexing protocol that allows multiple HTTP requests to be run simultaneously and asynchronously across the link. Or in other words, a persistent connection is opened between CloudFlare’s network and ours and eliminates the overhead of TCP.
Activating Cloudflare and Railgun™
Any website can deploy Cloudflare and Railgun, regardless of your hosting package or hosting location with us. By integrating closely with Hugoton Hosting, Cloudflare make the process of setting up “1 click” through your existing Hugoton Hosting control panel (cPanel). Just look for the Cloudflare icon, choose the domain you want to enable, and click the orange cloud, you can then enable Railgun straight after!
We’ve kept the price as low as possible, and the basic plan offered through Hugoton Hosting are free. Moreover, we never charge you for bandwidth or storage, therefore saving you tons via reduced bandwidth costs.
For site owners who would like to take advantage of Cloudflare’s advanced offerings, we also offer a ‘Pro’ tier of service for $20/month. The ‘Pro’ tier includes all of the ‘Free’ tier’s offerings, as well as extra features like image optimization, mobile acceleration, basic web application firewall (WAF), and 3 page rules.
If you have any questions about our new partnership ands the benefits it brings our customers check out our new CloudFlare dedicated page, CloudFlare & Railgun knowledge base articles or let us know via our contact us page!
Trust and uptime are at the heart of everything we do. Unfortunately, over the past 2 months, our previous status page was reporting issues when service was completely stable, painting a false picture of our availability.
Our new status page, powered by Uptime.com, is now much more reliable than the old one so you’ll always see the accurate status of all our components 24/7. The URL remains the same – status.hugotonhosting.co.uk – so there’s no need to update your bookmarks.
You’ll also notice that our uptime is now displayed in the footer on every page of our website making it more accessible than ever!
Please note – we changed the provider of our status page on January 29th 2019 so you only see data from then onwards.
2018 has been a wonderful year for Hugoton Hosting, we’ve seen so many new customers join us and have continued to expand our services worldwide! It’s been busy, fun & exciting and we wouldn’t change a thing! None of this would have been possible without our valued customers – we thank them all for their business!
We’re really looking forward to 2019 and have some very exciting plans for the year which we will share as we go.
For now, all that’s left to say from all of the teams at Hugoton Hosting is that we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!
Here it is, our best Black Friday deal ever! …
Use coupon code “HHFRIDAY” at checkout for 50% off all of our services!!
The offer will be valid until midnight on Friday 23rd November 2018 only.
Oh, here are some fun facts about Black Friday:
It Attracts More People Than Disneyland
Americans spend more time shopping on Thanksgiving weekend than they do visiting Disney hot spots.
More People Die While Shopping Than in Shark Attacks
Seven people have died and 98 have been injured in the U.S. while Black Friday shopping since 2006, according to news reports compiled by Black Friday Death Count.
You Don’t Have to Set Foot in a Store at All
Thanks to Internet shoppers can take advantage of Black Friday deals without leaving their homes. Adobe reports that Americans spent $1.33 billion online during Thanksgiving last year, along with $2.4 billion on Black Friday. Online shopping increased by approximately 25% during both of those days compared with 2013, according to the study
Pyjamas Are a Big Seller
The shopping holiday is famous for people looking for deals on inexpensive technology or gadgets like TVs or Xbox game consoles, but low-cost items and household basics are big sellers during Black Friday.
Black Friday Has Gone Global
Retailers in other countries have watched U.S. stores generate huge sales on Black Friday and have started offering their own deals the day after Thanksgiving — even if they don’t celebrate turkey day.
With just 42 days to go until Christmas is here, we’ve dusted off our holiday-themed logo and let in the snow on our website.
Oh, and in the festive spirit, we’re offering 20% off all our services when you use coupon code HUGOTONCHRISTMAS at checkout!
With just days until the start of November, now is the perfect time to get your website ready for the Holiday traffic surge. Nearly half of an average retailer’s sales for 2017 occurred in November & December according to Deloitte, so preparing for this critical sales period has never been so important.
From making sure your website can handle the extra seasonal traffic to checking the payment options you offer, our blog post will ensure your site is fit for the season ahead.
Evaluate your site
Many e-commerce stores start small and grow over time, this is an excellent way of minimizing risk and keeping start-up costs low – but before the peak traffic season kicks in take some time to check if you’ve evaluated your website against your competitors in terms of functionality, some key questions to consider:
- Is your layout intuitive for your visitors? Think names of menu items & position of your site search bar.
- Does your website load perfectly on mobile devices? Grab a mobile and tablet to take your site for a test drive. A lot of your visitors will be using mobile devices so be sure to cater for them on every page.
- Are all of your images present and high resolution? Seeing is believing, your visitors will want to take a close look at your products before purchasing so be sure to check that all your products have images uploaded and look crystal clear.
Make sure you can handle traffic spikes
Check your hosting plan, look at key figures such as bandwidth allowance and resource limits. A good host will surface your usage statistics with you from their control panel, take a moment to look over your usage and ensure you have at least three times the headroom before the holiday season takes hold. For example, if you have a limit of 15GB of bandwidth but see you’ve used 9GB this month already, then it’s time to upgrade your package or change hosting provider if you’re considering the latter be sure to take a look at our generously allocated Europe and USA located website hosting plans!
Check your payment options
Having a wide range of payment options is key to ensuring your customers can complete their purchase once they’ve decided what to add into their carts. Alongside offering industry standard payment processors such as Stripe, be sure to offer a backup processor in case your primary has any service issues – you don’t want to stop your online register ringing due to a technical glitch outside of your control. Consider partnering with another processor like Due and Square.
In addition to your main card processors like those mentioned above, we strongly recommend offering PayPal as a payment option on your website’s checkout. PayPal allows its users to pay for your products without having to enter their credit/debit card details on your site, something that appeals to many of its users.
If you’ve already implemented the above and are looking for something a little more unique, why not consider accepting Crypto Currency as a method of payment? CoinGate is a great way to get started.
Secure your site
Take a few minutes to check your Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is applied correctly and expires well beyond the holiday season if it expires soon consider an early renewal so you can be sure your visitors will always see your website as secure. If you don’t have an SSL right now then get one right away, an insecure website will drive visitors away. All Hugoton Hosting web hosting plans come with free SSL!
Securing your website also goes further than an SSL, head over to our ‘How to secure your WordPress website’ blog post to be sure your online store is secure.
Implement a review system
So your website has an array of products with high-resolution images and perfectly crafted descriptions for each – but can your visitors see what others who’ve purchased from you in the past thought of the products they received?
Reviews on their products are something every e-commerce store owner should offer, but you should also host reviews of your website as a whole, TrustPilot and Bazaar Voice are leading the way in this space.
Hopefully, the above tips have given you some food for thought on how to get your website holiday ready! We love to hear from our visitors, why not drop us a message and let us know what you’d like to see us blog about next?
Following on from our very first Infographic published earlier this week (Launching Your First Website) we’re pleased to share a brand new one, this time focusing on how to speed up your WordPress website. No one likes waiting for websites to load, so our 6 simple steps will help ensure your WordPress website loads quickly for all of your visitors, from CDNs and Image Optimization to Lazy Loading and Database Optimization, we cover it all!
As always, if you have a specific topic you’d like us to cover on an Infographic please let us know via our Contact Us page!
You can also download a high-resolution PDF version of our infographic here.
We’re excited to share our new infographic below to help you launch your first website!
We will be producing many more of these in the coming weeks. If you have a specific topic you’d like us to cover please let us know via our Contact Us page!
You can also download a high-resolution PDF version of our infographic here.