||At SHEERConnection we take a little
different approach to the complex issue of website hosting. We dont just host
websites, we host domains. The difference is that we can and do handle all of the
necessary components to reliably hosting your domain.
We offer a simple, combined
package price that includes all of the little pieces that you need (even if you dont
think that you need them) instead of breaking the costs down into smaller, less expensive
pieces that end up costing you more when you add them all back together.
Our standard hosting package includes DNS server, unlimited email addresses under your
own domain, unlimited email aliases, and 100 Megabytes of storage space for your website
and email. We provide you with both standard POP3/SMTP access to your mail, as well
as web-based email, as part of the standard package.
We have a variety of web servers with various capabilities, such as FrontPage
extensions, Cold Fusion, PHP, Perl, MySQL and even steaming audio and video from both
RealMedia and Microsoft Media. We can provide you with access to interactive
statistics of your website traffic enabling you to track how your site is being utilized.
Our servers are equipped with redundant features such as mirrored or RAID hard drives
and redundant power supplies. We back up your website and email to protect against
catastrophic failures, and we even provide "Secondary MX" (also called backup
mail spool) service to our customers.
For all of this we charge only $50/month, whereas most other local ISPs charge
It is, of course, always possible to find someone who will host a domain for less.
Weve seen prices out there for under $10/month but they always seem to
lack one or more major components of the required services. For example one of our
local competitors advertised a lower rate for web hosting, but didnt include DNS
service with their quoted price. Without DNS services you could only get to the web
site by IP address, not by name, and they charged an extra $15/month for DNS (which put
their costs above ours). Others advertise lower rates, but limit you to a handful of
email addresses then charge you another $5 or more a month for each address.
However, the biggest thing missing from a company that tries to sell on price alone is the
complete lack of service. The only way for someone to stay afloat financially if
they are charging $10 or $20 a month for hosting is to do it based on volume alone and to
completely do away with customer service. It becomes cheaper for them to ignore you
or be unresponsive to your questions until you transfer your business somewhere else than
it does to take the time to provide quality service.
Little items such as DNS and email auto-responders arent so little if they
arent configured correctly. At SHEERConnection we know what
we are doing, and get it right the first time.
We operate our own local data center, equipped with features such as anti-static
flooring, redundant cooling systems, uninterruptible battery-backed power systems, and
even an automatic generator backup to the battery-backed units. We utilize multiple,
redundant DS3 connections to the Internet delivered over a redundant fiber optic loop, and
our servers, routers, switches, and circuits are under constant Quality of Service (QOS)
monitoring, allowing us to address issues that may arise before they can even become
Of course you arent limited to using local Internet Service Providers for your
domain hosting, and we host sites for many companies and organizations which are not local
to us, but there are advantages. A primary advantage with us is that local hosting
includes local support (One local hosting competitor has actually farmed their telephone
support to a foreign country). Any questions or concerns you may have can be handled
with a local telephone call, or complex issues can be resolved with face-to-face meetings
in our office or yours. SHEERConnection is an Internet Service Provider,
with the emphasis on Service.