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!
We’re really excited to share the new independent review of Hugoton Hosting from ReviewsPilot.
ReviewPilot’s Pranay walks through our various offerings from WordPress to VPS’ to Reseller Hosting and analyses how we stack up to the competition in many different ways!
With quotes such as “I don’t think there is a chance of disappointment.” and “I don’t think you should give it a second thought.” we invite you to take a look at the full review here >>
As we continue to grow our business and more consumers start to become aware of us, we’ve been asked the same question a few times recently: “How can you offer low pricing while maintaining quality?”, so we thought we’d take some time to explain our pricing and infrastructure here.
We want to start by reaffirming stability and customer satisfaction are always at the heart of everything we do, we’d never sacrifice either one to allow for cheaper product pricing. We understand your website is one of the most important assets to your business. So whilst enabling you to secure web hosting from 99p a month is, of course, a great achievement and headline for us, if you signed up only to find your website becomes intermittently unavailable, slow to load and our support unresponsive we will lose your business and receive a (justified) negative reputation within days.
One perceived reason for our low pricing seems to be an idea that we use underpowered and/or non-professional hardware to host our customers content, devices such as personal specification machines running from a residential location etc. The opposite is true of Hugoton Hosting. We host all of our web infrastructure within Amazons EC2 cloud. Each of our nodes (we currently operate nodes within Europe – Ireland and the USA – North Virginia) consist of an Amazon EC2 server (plus EBS volume & elastic IP), a WHM/cPanel license, a CloudLinux license, and a Softacolous premium license. We monitor the server load calculation closely using automated monitoring software (namely Munin, Monit, and AWS CloudWatch) to aid our decision on when to launch new nodes once one reaches capacity, we never oversell or overload our nodes.
Migrating to EC2 was a strategic decision that we took a little over two years ago now for a number of reasons, the primary ones being; uptime & resiliency, security and the ease of launching new instances across the globe (scalability). Amazon allows us to create storage (EBS) volumes that attach to our nodes which can vary in size depending on our needs. So for nodes with more content heavy customers, we can have a larger sized EBS volume attached, and on a less content heavy node we can have a smaller sized EBS volume. This approach allows us to maintain tight control over our costs by not paying to provision under-utilized disk space. In addition, committing to a long-term contract with Amazon decreases the cost of EC2 instances – Hugoton Hosting recently signed a 3-year contract with Amazon for all of our current instances.
Another perceived reason for low pricing being possible is that we are a ‘short-term’ or ‘summer’ hosting company. In short, such a host appears and starts to offer low pricing for web hosting in the form of limited time offers etc. Only to disappear completely a few weeks or months later leaving their clients websites down and the clients themselves frustrated & out of pocket. Hugoton Hosting was established in 2005 and has been hosting, designing and developing websites ever since – we’re not going anywhere.
One final perception is that we offer little or no support, so once a client signs up for services they are left with a potentially broken, or at the very least challenging to navigate, hosting platform that they struggle to use. Again, contrary to the perception, Hugoton Hosting uses the latest version of WHM & cPanel to host our customers’ websites & e-mail services. We also use WHMCS to ensure billing and support tickets are managed appropriately, have a full knowledgebase to help along the way and offer 24/7 support via e-mail and live chat (plus telephone support for specific premium packages).
To conclude while there are a number of hosts out there that, unfortunately, have one goal – to provide super low priced web hosting, make as much money as possible in a short space of time then drop offline soon afterward – Hugoton Hosting is here to stay for many more years to come. We are able to offer low pricing due to the volume of sales we process and maintaining our own, carefully cost controlled, infrastructure.
Video marketing can be a challenge for web hosting providers, but we think we’ve cracked it with our brand new video.
Over the past week, we’ve been working with a fantastic creative artist to produce the video above which showcases all of our offerings from website hosting to web design services to VPS hosting.
We’d love to hear your thoughts! … Don’t forget you can get 20% off all our website hosting packages by using coupon code HUGOTONVIDEO for a limited time!
Today has been a very busy & exciting day for us with the launch of our new domain marketplace website HugotonDomains.com and now the launch of Softaculous apps installer on all our web hosting and reseller hosting packages!
New and existing customers can now, with just one click, install any web software from the list of 290+ apps available in the Softaculous installer located within their Hugoton Hosting cPanel, just by clicking on the “Softaculous Apps Installer” option once logged in:
The best part? It’s completely free. Yes, you read that correct, we have decided to include all 290+ apps within the Softaculous installer for all of our customers & resellers at absolutely no cost!
Once inside the Softaculous installer customers can choose any of the apps to install onto their domains, some of the most popular apps available to choose are:
- WordPress – Web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.
- Joomla – An award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available.
- Drupal – An open-source platform and content management system for building dynamic web sites offering a broad range of features and services including user administration, publishing workflow, discussion capabilities, news aggregation, metadata functionalities using controlled vocabularies and XML publishing for content sharing purposes.
- phpBB – Used by millions of people on a daily basis, making it the most widely used opensource bulletin board system in the world. Whether you want to stay in touch with a small group of friends or are looking to set up a large multi-category board for a corporate website, phpBB has the features you need built in.
- WHMCS – An all-in-one client management, billing and support solution for online businesses. WHMCS handles everything from signup to termination, with automated billing, provisioning and management. With WHMCS, you’re in control with a very powerful business automation tool.
- OpenCart – An open source PHP-based online shopping cart system. A robust e-commerce solution for Internet merchants with the ability to create their own online business and participate in e-commerce at a minimal cost.
- osCommerce – An online shop e-commerce solution that offers a wide range of out-of-the-box features that allows online stores to be setup fairly quickly with ease, and is available for free as an Open Source based solution.
- SugarCRM – The world’s leading provider of commercial open source customer relationship management (CRM) software. Founded as an open source project in 2004, SugarCRM applications have been downloaded over five million times and currently serve over 500,000 users in 75 languages.
- MyBB – A lot of thought has gone into the MyBB interface to make it easy to use. MyBB uses a standard discussion board structure, so your visitors will feel familiar with the way MyBB works. Your visitors can use the MyBB user control panel to change the way they view discussions. They can also easily start and reply to discussions and markup their posts.
- Zenphoto – A CMS for selfhosted, gallery focused websites. Our focus lies on being easy to use and having all the features there when you need them. Zenphoto features support for various media formats and integrated blog and custom pages. Zenphoto is the ideal CMS for personal websites of illustrators, artists, designers, photographers, film makers and musicians.
- Dolphin – The world’s most advanced community software. Open-source, independent, downloadable, scalable, customizable, full-featured, free software for building social networks, dating sites and web-communities.
- Roundcube – A browser-based multilingual IMAP client with an application-like user interface. It provides full functionality you expect from an e-mail client, including MIME support, address book, folder manipulation, message searching and spell checking.
- osTicket – A widely-used open source support ticket system. It seamlessly integrates inquiries created via email and web-based forms into a simple easy to use multi-user web interface. Easily manage, organize and archive all your support requests and responses in one place while providing your clients with accountability and responsiveness they deserve.
So, if you’re an existing customer login to your cPanel today and start browsing through all of the apps now available for one click install.
We are really excited to announce the launch of our brand new premium domain name marketplace HugotonDomains.com!
Over time we accumulate domain names and will now list them for sale on our new Hugoton Domains website, Hugoton Domains offers all of our available domain names at competitive prices for purchase or rent!
Take a look now and secure your premium domain name at a one time fixed price or pay monthly to rent the domain from us.