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Awesome Stickers for SwiftHost Customers

Love Stickers and Web Hosting?

We're putting together an awesome SwiftHost/Hosting themed sticker pack just for you, here's a little taster. They're going fast!

Fill out the form by clicking the link here and enter the word 'Blog' in the 'Where did you hear about us?' field to claim yours. We'll pop you some stickers in the post along with some other cool swag.

Don’t worry, we won’t spam you, resell your information, or contact you for any other reason. Promise! If you opt out of our mailing list we wont contact you at all :)

Huge SwiftHost Black Friday Coupon

Hey, guys!

Black Friday is almost upon us and since it's our first we simply couldn't wait. We have decided to start our Black Friday sale a little early.

We run several coupons throughout the year but non as big as this, and it just went live! You have exactly two days to get your hands on any SwiftHost plan at 40% off (includes monthly and annual plans).

Do not miss this one, guys! By joining SwiftHost you'll experience the greatest support the hosting industry has to offer, 100% uptime guarantee and top notch features to help you run your website efficiently.

Get it now right now! or you could miss out - We only have a limited supply at this price.

Just to be clear, the following plans are included:

Whats the catch?

There's no catch, new and existing customers can use this coupon. Although, please remember that this is a one time coupon. Using it does not grant you 40% off for life. Instead, it will be applied to a single bill. As such, I highly recommend opting for the yearly plan. It is already discounted so you will be getting over 50% off overall.

How do I get this amazing offer?

Simply enter code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout before midnight on the 25th November.

No domain love?

Okay, okay. Here's a coupon for a domain name too. Enter code DOTCOM1 at checkout to register a .com domain for £8.99 for the first year.

Happy shopping!

 

 

Why Xtmhost changed its name to SwiftHost

On 6th October 2016, Xtmhost changed it's name to SwiftHost.

Before we go any further, please note that there has been absolutely no ownership change, no support team changes, pricing changes or operational changes what so ever.

There is no need for Nameserver (DNS) or settings changes at your end and your bill will be exactly the same - Just with our shiny new logo.

If you do want to keep your settings up to date you can change your Nameservers to:

ns1.swifthost.uk
ns2.swifthost.uk

However, this is not necessary as ns1.xtmhost.com and ns2.xtmhost.com will continue to work as normal.

All technical wizardry has been handled at our end, just make sure you now visit us at our new domain https://www.swifthost.uk rather than Xtmhost.

Why SwiftHost?

Xtmhost was awesome and it helped us get off the ground, but we wanted a brand we could be proud of, a brand that represents what we are all about.

Speed and reliability is very important to us so it took a major roll in our thought process.

We hope you love SwiftHost just as much as we do, however if you have any concerns or are unsure about any aspects of the brand change, don't hesitate to reach out to us to discuss it further.

Unlimited Web Hosting is not really unlimited

If you're reading this post you're probably looking for unlimited web hosting. Well here's the tldr;

It doesn't exist!

Sorry to break it to you, but it's true. Unlimited Web Hosting is just marketing fluff to give you the illusion that you are getting more for your money, when in actual fact you are probably getting less.

We're seeing an increase in web hosts offering unlimited bandwidth & web space and you might be wondering why you don’t see that here at SwiftHost. Quite simply, unlimited web hosting does not exist!

Don't believe me?

Recently, I was browsing popular hosting community Web Hosting Talk and come across a member struggling to upload files to his 'unlimited' account on Scala Hosting. The disk appears to be 99% full, preventing the user from uploading anymore files even though only 100mb is in use.

Unlimited Hosting Fail

Your website is essentially a bunch of files stored on the hard drive of a glorified PC (a web server) along with 100s of other websites sharing the same resources... The hard drive inside this PC will have a physical limit, whether it be 1TB. 2TB or higher. If all customers decided to make use of their unlimited disk space, It wouldn't be long before the real limits started to become apparent.

If you find yourself in this situation you could find your web host trying to get more money out of you or worse, suspend your account (you read their TOS, right?).

The same principal applies to bandwidth. Your hosting company will be buying bandwidth off a data centre or ISP to share with their customer base. How can they offer all of it to every customer?

If you have a small website you may not be concerned, but what if your website grows?

We prefer not to mislead our customers, our plans are fair and cater for websites of all sizes. Most importantly, we will never take your website offline if an account runs the risk of hitting it's limits.

Our technical team is notified when an account is low on disk space or bandwidth allowing us to apply additional resources to get you through to your next billing cycle, and we'll never charge you for it.

If you do opt for an unlimited web hosting provider be sure to read their Terms of Service so that you know where you stand.

Do you have any unlimited hosting horror stories? Let us know in the comments.

Apple Pay is now available for purchases

Typing your address and credit card details each time you pay your invoice will soon be a thing of the past.

We are excited to announce you are now able to buy from SwiftHost using just your Apple Pay enabled iOS device and fingerprint.

Simply click the Apple Pay button at checkout and authorise the transaction on your iOS device by using the TouchID finger print sensor or passcode. Please note you must have a debit/credit card linked to your iOS device.

Apple Pay on desktop

In September Apple released macOS Sierra, a major update to the Mac operating system. Sierra includes Apple's 'Continuity' feature that allows Apple Pay to be used to make purchased on the web (in Safari) giving Apple users a quick and easy way to make purchases, it is even quicker than PayPal.

How secure is Apple Pay?

Apple Pay is one of the most secure methods of making payments online or in store.

When making a purchase online, Apple Pay uses a unique transaction code so that your card number is never stored on your devices or Apple's servers, and when you pay, your card number is never shared by Apple with merchants.

How do I know if I can use Apple Pay?

Apple Pay is now widely support with most major credit and debit card providers from nearly all UK banks.

Apple Pay is available on iPhone 6 or 6s Plus (with iOS 8.1 or later), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 or later, or iPhone 5s when used with the Apple Watch.

How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site

This is a guest post written and contributed by CloudFlare. CloudFlare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants.

CloudFlare, a web performance and security company, is excited to announce our partnership with SwiftHost! If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, our value proposition is simple: we’ll make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats.

We power more than 400 billion monthly page views - more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined - and over 1.2 billion monthly users regularly pass through our network. We’re really glad SwiftHost has partnered with CloudFlare.

Faster Web Performance

CloudFlare is designed to take a great hosting platform like SwiftHost and make it even better.

We run 100 data centres strategically located around the world. When you sign up for CloudFlare, we begin routing your traffic to the nearest data centre.

As your traffic passes through the data centres, we intelligently determine what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached on our servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before we check to see if they’ve been updated. By automatically moving the static parts of your site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves significantly.

CloudFlare’s intelligent caching system also means you save bandwidth, which means saving money, and decreases the load on your servers, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently than ever. On average, CloudFlare customers see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% in total requests to their servers. The overall effect is that CloudFlare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors.

Broad Web Security

Over the course of 2011, CloudFlare identified a 700% increase in the number of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) we track on the Internet (see the chart below). As attacks like these increase, CloudFlare is stepping up to protect sites.

CloudFlare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is powerful about our approach is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are part of the CloudFlare community. We analyse the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and adapt the security systems to ensure good traffic gets through and bad traffic is stopped.

In time, our goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history. And, given our scale and the billions of different attacks we see and adapt to every year, we’re well on our way to achieving that for sites on the CloudFlare network.

Signing Up

Any website can deploy CloudFlare, regardless of your underlying platform. By integrating closely with SwiftHost, we make the process of setting up CloudFlare "1 click easy" through your existing SwiftHost cPanel dashboard. Just look for the CloudFlare icon, choose the domain you want to enable, and click the orange cloud. That's it!

We’ve kept the price as low as possible and plans offered through SwiftHost are free. Moreover, we never charge you for bandwidth or storage, therefore saving you tons via reduced bandwidth costs.

For site owners who would like to take advantage of CloudFlare's advanced offerings, we also offer a 'Pro' tier of service for $20/month (per domain). The 'Pro' tier includes all of the 'Free' tier's offerings, as well as extra features like full web application firewall, image optimisation, faster analytics and mobile optimisation.

Interested in getting started with CloudFlare? Activate it today from your cPanel account or contact SwiftHost for further assistance.

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