Archive for December, 2009

Merry Christmas from all at AGL-Host.co.uk

We would like to wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thank you for all your business over the last 12 months, we hope that we can continue to support you or your businesses further in the new year.

Support Over This Christmas Period

Over the Christmas period, we will not be able to provide constant phone support, If you have any problems customers are advised to use our ticket system. – We will have staff answering tickets every day over xmas.  Over the Christmas period, all servers will be constantly monitored to ensure they stay online as normal.

Coming in the new year…

Early next year we will be releasing a email marketing solution for businesses. The new project, named Mail Manager UK will enable you to easily send our rich html email messages to thousands of subscribers at once. This new project is being worked on in conjunction with our sister company JC Peters. Mail Manager UK is being designed and built in-house on our mac suite. – Watch this space for updates!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas from all at AGL-Host

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web hosting calendar Posted: December 23rd, 2009

Phone Support due to snow

Unfortunately due to the snow today (and because our office is in the middle of the country) we are unable to get into work.

Because of this, we are unable to provide phone support during office hours today. In order to compensate for this, we have extra staff answering support tickets today. If you need to contact us, please open a support ticket, we will pickup all tickets as soon as they arrive (there will be no queue to answer).

If you need to open a support ticket, please click on the link below:

web hosting & email hosting support

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web hosting calendar Posted: December 18th, 2009

Should you buy domains in bulk?

Many of the large domain registrars are now offering incentives to purchase your domain names in bulk.  Of-course they will want you to buy more domain names, so the registrar can make more money out of you! So what is in it for you? Should you consider buying bulk domains?

Cheaper in volume

Buying several domains at once is going to be more expensive, rather than simply buying just the one you need. However if you do need several domains, buying them all together in bulk can result in saving you money. The average .co.uk domain name cost £7-10 for 2 years registration. When buying in bulk, the cost per domain can be substantially lower.

Get the names before they are gone

When you are buying domain names in bulk, you can also secure all variations of the domain name you want i.e. yourcompany.com, yourcompany.co.uk. When you setup your business, it is a good idea to secure your company name in all major domain name extensions. If you choose to buy extra extensions over a period of time, other people may take them. So register all your domain names in bulk in one go to stop your competitors stealing your name with another extension.

Easier Management

If you buy all your domain names in bulk, in one go with one provider they should all expire on one day (assuming you register them all for the same period). Doing this i will make your domain management much easier, you will no longer have to worry about loosing domains via not being notified when they expire. All your domains will be due for re-new on the same date – much easier to remember!

Summary

As discussed, buying domain names in bulk can offer several advantages. For your business, it might be worth considering buying a bulk load of keyword rich domain names and point them all to your website. Since many registrars are offering discounts on bulk, in the long term this could result in cost savings.


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web hosting calendar Posted: December 17th, 2009

DNS updates completed

Our planned DNS maintenance was carried out successfully last night. We are pleased to announce that there was no downtime during this maintenance.

Since the upgrades you may notice some performance increases to your service.

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web hosting calendar Posted: December 11th, 2009

Emergency DNS Maintenance (10pm)

At 10pm tonight we will be conducing emergency dns maintenance on our network. During this update there may be some downtime.

This update will be conducted out of working hours to help minimise any inconveniences.

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web hosting calendar Posted: December 10th, 2009

cPanel on marvin server

We have noticed that some cPanel pages on marvin server are loading slowly. This issue is currently being looked into.

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UPDATE

This issue has now been resolved.

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web hosting calendar Posted: December 10th, 2009

Marvin Server Reboot

Marvin server has just been rebooted after some system updates. The server would have been offline for a few moments at 9.35am (10th Dec) during this reboot.

All services will now be back to normal.

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web hosting calendar Posted: December 10th, 2009

Fast Happy Web Servers

The key to providing a reliable web hosting service is simple.

Premium high quality branded hardware should be used.

At AGL Host, all our web servers consist of Dell PowerEdge servers. We dont use converted desktops or shuttle PC’s. Our imail email servers we build ourselves, only using high quality hardware; Hyper PSU’s, Corsair Ram, Intel dual core CPU’s.

… but even if you have high quality hardware, it is always crucial to constantly monitor server load. If a server becomes overloaded this can result in your website running slowly and tripping over. At AGL Host, we constantly monitor all servers to ensure that overloading does not occur.  At the time of writing this blog post i made a quick query on our two most heavily used servers. The web server (marvin) was at 18% CPU load and 34% ram usage  - this is at peak traffic time. This means that all customers on our servers will be guaranteed a fast reliable service.

The second server queried was our main imail server (apache). CPU load was at 15% with ram usage of 24%.

If your website plays a key role in your business, it is well worth investing in a web hosting service that can provide a fast reliable service. With web hosting, you defiantly get what you pay for. When looking for a web host, the monthly cost should not be the only thing you consider.

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web hosting calendar Posted: December 9th, 2009

Wouldn’t the world be a better place without windows?

Microsoft’s windows operating system has dominated the market in recent years. However recent market analysis is starting to indicate that Mac is catching up – but still a long long way to go!

It can be argued that people are starting to move over towards macs. The daily mail recently reported that macs are seen by the middle classes as a ‘must have’ brand.  Apple argue that the appeal of a mac is that ‘it just works’. At AGL Host, we are big mac fans. In our office we are a Microsoft free zone, all computers are macs and our internal file servers are linux. The only Microsoft product in use is their latest edition of Microsoft office, which is currently being used a a drinks coaster by our graphics designer. The argument that a mac just works from our experience is true. We find that you can work more productively on a mac since you dont have worries about crashing, viruses and spyware.

So this raises the argument. Would the would be a better place without windows?

Yes …

People would have much more stable computers.

and servers? Linux has already won the data centre war, with offers of lower costs and increased stability.

But on a positive, Microsoft have managed to finally fix the blue screen of death crashing issue. BBC radio 1 last week reported that the company have now replaced it with a completely different ‘black screen of death’ – a issues many windows 7 users have been complaining about.

If you have 5 mins free, its well worth checking out the youtube video of when Microsoft first showed the world windows 98:

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web hosting calendar Posted: December 8th, 2009

20% Off All Web Hosting

At AGL Host, we are pleased to announce our new winter savings. If you are starting a new website this winter or plan to move over to us for your web hosting, we will give you a 20% discount off your initial payment.

To receive  your 20% discount, please enter the word “sun” as the coupon code when you sign up.


At AGL Host we pride ourselves on providing fast, reliable hosting solutions for both business or personal use. With an additional 20% off, now has never been a better time to start a website.

Have any questions? Give us a call on 01327 352124 (monday-friday) or contact us online 24/7.


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web hosting calendar Posted: December 4th, 2009
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