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Our hosting service is fully managed, so you don't have to worry about a thing. We'll buy the domain, keep it renewed, organise DNS, set up email, make sure you've got enough disk space and bandwidth, and we're always there on the end of a phone to answer any questions or sort out any problems you may have.

Beetlebrow web sites are generally hosted in our dedicated hosting environment. However, we can deploy sites on your own servers if you prefer.

Our web sites are hosted on our own dedicated multiprocessor server cluster to provide high levels of availability and performance. This environment is located a Pulsant data centre which is a modern purpose-built carrier-grade, secure environment, manned 24 hours a day with excellent levels of uptime and performance. Beetlebrow web sites are showing 99.99% availability over the last 24 months, so you can rest assured that your web site will always be up and running.

Hosting Options

All hosting includes DNS services, email routing, primary domain hosting, a generous web space allocation and monthly bandwidth allowance.

Hosting SME

As the name suggests, this is ideal for sole traders and SMEs. With it you get Domain Name Server administration and domain management (including renewal), email routing, plus full and incremental data backups, a 48 hour response to enquiries and requests, 500MB of disk space and 5GB of bandwidth per month.

Cost: £200 per annum

Hosting Corporate

This is ideal for larger companies, corporations and organisations, or anyone who wants more from their hosting contract. With the corporate package, you get everything in the SME package, 24 hour response time (generally within 3 working hours), our site statistics package, a secure FTP account (if required), plus 5000MB (5GB) of disk space and 10GB of bandwidth per month.

Cost: £500 per annum

Hosting Bespoke

Where there are additional requirements, such as up-time guarantees, offsite backups, faster response times etc. we can put together a package to suit. The cost for this will vary, but let us know your needs, and we'll give you a very competitive quote.

Virtual Hosting

If you would prefer to retain your own domain hosting and manage your DNS records elsewhere (pointing them to our server cluster) then we can set up virtual hosting for your web site.

Additional disk space

Disk space is calculated on the size of your data in the Zope database, plus the size of files and templates used to display the data.

Cost: £25 per 250MB per annum

Additional bandwidth

If you have heavy traffic on your site, it may become necessary to buy additional bandwidth to cover the amount of data being transferred across our network.

Cost: £50 per 2GB/month per annum

Beetlebrow uses the Apache web server as the front end server for all our web sites. For maximum speed, our content managed Plone web sites are cached and served as static HTML pages by the caching server Squid. Both Apache and Squid are recognized as industry leaders in terms of web site reliability and performance.

Our CMS solutions are based on the award winning portal software, Plone. Plone is layered is layered on the Zope Application server, a highly scalable product that uses the market leading object oriented language Python and ZoDB, a high performance object oriented database.


Beetlebrow can set up email redirects to your web mail, host POP3 mailboxes for you, set up MX records to point to your Exchange Server or do whatever is needed dependant on how your email is arranged.

When you have a new web site built with its own domain, you'll probably want email addresses for that domain. If your web site is, then people will expect to be able to contact you through or

There are many ways to set up email on a domain. If you're a sole trader or an SME, you may opt for your employees to use web-based email accounts such as gmail or perhaps you prefer to set up a POP3 mailbox for each person instead. We will then create the email addresses with your domain, and make sure they point to the right place.

If you're a larger organisation, POP3 mailboxes might still be the best solution, but often a separate mailserver (running Exchange or some other backoffice software) is better. We can then point the mail records for your domain to that mailserver, which delivers the mail to the right internal mailboxes.

If you previously had a web site at the same address, you may well already have your email set up. Alternatively you might need it to be redone, if it was run by your previous web design company.

Whatever your previous or existing email set-up, or if you have no email set up yet, we can advise you as to the best, most robust and cheapest solution, which will fulfill the email needs of your company.

BB DIAMONDThe cost of a website is perfectly reflected in the amount of time it takes to create.

Therefore it will often be difficult to estimate this without knowing the full brief. We do however, produce very competitively priced solutions and can usually find a solution that will suit most budgets. We pride ourselves in making every one of our sites a true beetlebrow site with CMS, responsiveness and experience to match.

To help us, we develop new gadgets and bespoke components that enable us to continue to work competitively and produce great looking sites.