We just wanted to give you a quick message regarding our current status given the current global crisis which may be impacting our existing clients or prospective new clients. We are all now working from home and 100% fully operational, we are one of the fortunate businesses that can operate 100% remotely, we have put in place security for all existing clients to ensure your websites and services remain up no matter what.

We understand there will be difficult times ahead for many businesses. If you sell physical goods and are worrying about footfall in your store and do not currently sell online we would like to help get your store online and up and running asap.

We would be able to help work with you get an eCommerce website up or add eCommerce to your website (WordPress websites ideally).

We are offering:
Free website hosting for 1 year
Free WordPress installation
Free Website template*
Free eCommerce website addon to allow you to sell your products online straight away

All you need to do:
Contact us via contact@designforonline.com
Have a website address (if you do not have one it is roughly £5 for a year on websites such as www.123-reg.co.uk
Add your products to the site – we can show you how to do this
Ship orders using delivery companies such as Royal Mail, DPD etc

We are not trying to benefit from these times at all and will not charge you anything for the above, we would just like to help if you are in a difficult position.

This is on a first come first serve basis and based on our capacity.

*the majority of our websites are bespoke, we will add a template to the website for you to provide you with a design theme, however we won’t be able to customise this but can give you the tools to get you up and running.

We hope you all stay safe during these difficult times, if we can help in any other way we will do our best to do so.

Thanks and regards

Noel Lees

CEO

Design For Online® Ltd

Is your Web Hosting Provider GDPR Compliant? UK Hosting

WEB HOSTING – Under new GDPR regulations, IT hosting providers and cloud hosters will have more responsibility to better protect data. Customers will need to start questioning their current cloud & hosting providers or potential new suppliers more thoroughly about whether they are GDPR compliant and how they can demonstrate that they are GDPR compliant.

It’s also critical to understand where cloud providers are storing your data – they might have UK or EU datacentres but does your contract prevent data being transferred between their datacentres outside of the EU? And are you aware when it is being transferred? You can still host your IT with providers outside of the EU, but you will need to ensure that these providers have safeguards and security measures in place that meet the GDPR standards in order to remain compliant if you are handling EU citizen data.

There are also questions over whether customers should host with non-UK cloud providers, but the crucial point is more about whether your provider is adhering to GDPR standards.

Design For Online Hosting offers Hosting that is based in London and has data centres that are only in the UK, meaning that you can be assured that GDPR standards are enforced from end to end and future rules & regulations when the UK leaves the EU are also enforced.

If you host with companies such as HostGator, JustHost, GoDaddy & Bluehost, you should check with them now. Moving over to our UK hosting will also offer a marked improvement in website speed & security.

Get in touch and see how we can help move your website to its new home. Contact us here

How often do you or your hosting provider backup your websites?  It is a tricky question and also one that needs some thought given to it.  It depends on what it is you are looking for and whether or not you want redundancy should anything happen to the hosting provider, or worse, you accidently delete files from your website.  It is a pain and also a relief to know that your provider can return them, as they were, just moments later.

We always recommend a provider that can offer backups in real-time so that everything is protected 24/7.  we also advocate an off-site storage method for your website, should anything happen to the hosting provider or if they go down for long periods of time.

We have a separate NAS here at our Bedford office along with our hosting servers based in the UK that provided a complete backup solution.  We tend to backup our clients hosting once a day to our offsite storage facility here in Bedford.  This is a great solution should you have any problems with your hosting provider, as you can also do this yourself and it provides you with a backup of your website if they go down.  Or even if you come into issues with the provider and they are unwilling to help provide you with the service required to migrate your hosting to a different provider.

Our backup and migration service:

We offer a full migration service and will also provide a full off-site backup of your website on either a weekly, daily or hourly schedule, find out more in our hosting section.   All of our NAS uses only WD RED hard drives and are also hooked up to a full UPS (uninterruptable power supply) so if the power goes out, we can keep running your backups around the clock, until power is restored.