Have you heard of Umbraco Cloud? It’s an unusually high quality hosting solution run by one of the world’s most trusted Content Management System developers. So what is the Umbraco cloud? It gives business owners all the features of the respected Umbraco CMS along with secure hosting on Microsoft Azure. Umbraco Cloud handles the installation, infrastructure, and security of your site, and you benefit from fresh security features and bug fixes the moment they’re released.
‘What is hosting’ must be one of the most frequently asked questions in website development. It helps to understand the basics.
Hosting provides several services underpinning various aspects of website performance. A good host offers enough storage space for your website, taking into account the fact you might grow, may experience surges in traffic, and need extra bandwidth available quickly just in case. Reliability is also vital. As you can imagine it’s disturbing to come across a site that has gone down or is unavailable. An experience like that makes it unlikely you’ll try again. Your site should be up and available 24/7/365 with no breaks.
Performance speed matters a lot, too. When your site loads slowly, Google notices and suppresses its search visibility, putting faster competing websites above yours. People don’t like slow-loading websites either, it gives them a good reason to click away and stay away. And support is one of the most important aspects of all. A host with poor or no support may be cheap but if things go wrong cheap can easily become nasty.
What you’re looking for is responsive, dedicated hosting support. Umbraco Cloud covers the standard requirements then goes further for customers. In addition to standard website hosting requirements Umbraco comes with extra benefits based partly on the version.
Last but never least, there’s site security. In a world where cyber attacks are booming and hackers are always on the look-out for new opportunities to exploit, super-secure UK based hosting matters more than ever. In security terms cheap hosting can never really be secure hosting.
Umbraco offers these hosting options:
What is the Umbraco cloud? Umbraco cloud offers top quality hosting. It takes care of installation so you don’t have to. It offers safe website deployment and never hosts websites on single physical servers. Instead it taps into a rock solid cloud based network. This means you can work on your site either in the cloud or locally.
A no-limits approach is the name of the game here. If you can do something in Umbraco and web technology, you can do it with Umbraco Cloud. As well as installation it handles the infrastructure and security side of hosting, and gives you the tools you need to work in the cloud or locally via cloned projects on PC or Mac. A safe deployment mechanism makes publishing to the web simple, and the same goes for site changes and updates. You can even add multiple sites to the same account, and team members, from one place.
The Microsoft Azure Cloud service, the platform on which Umbraco Cloud runs, offers over 200 products and essential cloud services to help developers create exciting new sites and solutions. It lets you build, run and manage applications across multiple clouds, on-premises and at the edge, using a choice of tools and frameworks.
Umbraco Cloud Hosting comes with many benefits. Cloud hosting means minimal to zero downtime, which keeps your visitors happy and saves Google from worry. It balances load automatically, working quietly in the background to keep your site up and running.
A highly scalable hosting solution, it is created to cope with increased bandwidth and storage demands without a fuss. Microsoft Azure is widely recognised as one of the best and most innovative cloud platform currently available, which speaks for itself. And the brilliant ContentFlow function enables multiple people, editors and developers to work on websites at the same time, saving time and hassle and improving communications.
Updates are remarkably safe and easy with one click. You can reuse website project components like baselines to build new sites in record time, efficiently and effectively, and the user-friendly Cloud Portal lets you manage everything in one place.
The Umbraco Cloud pricing structure kicks off with a generous ‘get started’ price of £29 per month, ideal for simple sites with no need for support or SLAs. You get unlimited team members, Automated Upgrades, ContentFlow, SQL database, Automatic TLS and HTTPS, Baselines, Umbraco Deploy and Umbraco Forms. Umbraco Learning Base is also included, Umbraco’s dedicated YouTube channel packed with videos and tutorials.
The more the package costs, the more functionality and advanced features you get. Take the Umbraco Development Environment, an extra £29 per month but included with the ‘standard’ package that costs £169 per month. Your choice depends on the kind of site you’ll be running, the resources you need, the expected visitor numbers, the rate you’ll be growing, your technical support needs, and the size of your website. The starter package basically only has community support. For full 24/7 Umbraco CMS support you’ll need the enterprise package.
When quality hosting matters to your future, it’s worth investing in something solid, reliable, trusted and able to pitch in with help at a moment’s notice. Your business deserves superb hosting, and that’s exactly what we provide.
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