Category: Web hosting and email

We offer a range of website hosting products aimed at U.K. web site owners. Find the latest news on our web hosting and email products in this section.

WordPress platform performance updates

While our WordPress Hosting performs very well for most users, every site is not built the same; as such we’re always working hard to improve performance for every use case, whatever it might be. When we do see performance issues on the platform it’s nearly always due to poorly coded plugins or themes. In these cases, we can often help...

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WordPress Hosting speed boost

Over the last few weeks you might have noticed that your WordPress Hosting account has become a bit speedier, particularly in the admin area. As ever, we’re always tinkering away behind the scenes in an effort to make the platform better; and most recently we’ve made some subtle adjustments and improvements to the caching we employ. For the uninitiated –...

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Let’s Encrypt vulnerability

Overnight, Let’s Encrypt announced that they had a potential vulnerability and disabled part of their SSL certificate issuing infrastructure.  At 09:35, further details were made available, revealing that the vulnerability affected shared hosting providers with a particular setup.  Unfortunately, our Professional Hosting services matched that configuration, so we immediately set about taking steps to mitigate the vulnerability, ahead of being...

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Update to new Professional Hosting accounts

As of today the price to purchase a new Professional Hosting account is £7.95 per month. This only affects new purchases at this time. We’re increasing the price due to the substantial investment we’ve made into both the Professional Hosting platform and the overall company during the past 24 months. Moving forward, the pricing change will help us to keep...

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Featured domain name: .scot

With our recent addition of nearly 200 new domain name selections, the options for a new site address can be fairly intimidating. Even within a single niche there can be several tough choices; .design or .agency? .marketing or .consulting? While our new domain name search tool tries to make the process simpler with intelligent suggestions – the choice is still...

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End of the line for non SSL sites

If you use Google Search Console and haven’t yet made the leap to SSL, you’ve probably received a warning email from the service by now. The warning emails have been reported widely in tech circles: Security warning Chrome 62: SSL certificate for URLs without text/input fields? Google emails warnings to webmasters that Chrome will mark http pages with forms as...

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Better email performance with SPF

Over the past few weeks we’ve detected an uptick of issues for users sending email to Gmail mailboxes. Increasingly, non SPF backed email accounts are being tagged as spam by Gmail, and ending up in recipients spam folders. As of this we’re advising users to add SPF records to their accounts if they haven’t already done so. What is SPF...

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Let’s Encrypt one year later

It’s been roughly a year since we debuted our Let’s Encrypt support and in suitably timely fashion, we’ve just surged past 1,500 active installations of Let’s Encrypt SSL across our hosting platforms. Why SSL and HTTPS matter You’ve probably seen us talking a lot about SSL and a common question we’re asked is simply why? As this Google post sums...

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Business Hosting upates

Today sees a long planned update to our Business Hosting platform. Most importantly we’re increasing the resource limits of all plans immediately. Website demands have increased dramatically since the platform launched in 2011. We’ve spent the last 12 month deploying new hardware, and are now able to quadruple our base package in terms of RAM. The base plan previously offered...

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How to enable PHP 7

As the tech press coverage of PHP7 ramps up we’re fielding an increasing number of queries on how to enable PHP 7 for hosted sites. PHP 7 is the latest version of this most popular server side scripting language and can provide upto a 25% speed boost for some websites. And who doesn’t want a faster website? Exactly, no one....

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