Toucan Internet LLP requires accomplished freelance web developers with impeccable MySQL and PHP skills to join the team. Full understanding of jQuery and standards compliance is essential. If you're interested and want to find out more please contact us. In the first instance please email us details plus some impressive URL's, detailing your involvement in the project.
"Spoiling the ship for an 'apeth of tar"
How many great websites do you see that fail to deliver because they're slow or dysfunctional? Maybe you've got one and don't know about it as all you see is a lower return from your site than expected because website visitors are not patient people, if they don't see what they want quickly they move on to another site that does deliver and your business opportunity is lost, possibly for ever.
As developers we work on a range of servers that deliver people's websites, both here and abroad and we see vast differences in performance.
Take an example of a UK company wanting to market to a UK audience and therefore require a reasonable performance from Google, however they host abroad. Anecdotally, and backed by thousands of web developers' past experiences, Google knows where your server is by its IP address and therefore makes an assumption about the location of your market. (tech note: as shortage of available IPv4 addresses becomes a major issue we believe Google will ultimately pay less attention to the geo location of your server). The bottom line is choose a host provider within the geographic location of your market.
You get what you pay for and you can pay next to nothing for hosting at one end of the scale and significantly more for a fully provisioned host. Coming back to the prime business criteria of why businesses need hosting is to deliver their online message and customer facilities fast and efficiently so as to gain maximum advantage - you want to be the best performer over your competition. At the lower end of the market servers are max'ed for profit, they have to be so that the host provider can make a profit. This means that, by our standards, the servers are overworking. Monitoring these we see server processors running between 95% and 100% during the working day. They struggle to deliver their clients' websites and online resources.
Toucan Internet's servers are dual processor and barely get above 15% capacity. They're deliberately oversized to give maximum performance with resilience as they are hosted right on the Internet back bone in London's Docklands. Cost'wise Toucan is comparable with all business class host providers and the added bonus you get is that you can readily talk to someone who knows you and also is involved and passionate about your online success.
Good Hosting = Well connected quality hardware + right location + readily available personal support
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