The clever boffins over at Free Virtual Server head quarters have managed to land a fantastic deal for people just like you! New to the FVS portfolio is hosted Microsoft Exchange mailboxes! FVS have teamed up with a well known company in their field MessageStream to bring you a 50GB mailbox which offers 24/7 accessibility on any platform. Served from the ‘cloud’ the service is fully resilient, which almost guarantees absolutely no time spent without your mail, contacts and calendar items..
A hosted exchange account is much more powerful then an IMAP or POP3 mailbox solution, which most hosting companies offer by default. Exchange mailboxes sync across a myriad of devices using Microsoft standards.
The FVS solution offers you:
Reduced IT infrastructure costs
Massive 50GB per mailbox
Mobile email ‘push’ technology
No upgrades or repairs
Shared calendars and contacts
Easy mailbox control
Public folders and subfolders
Multiple UK Based Data Centres
All that starting from just £4.99 a month… You’d be crazy not to really! Whats more for only an extra £1 a month you bag yourself a licensed copy of Microsoft Outlook, which is by far the best application for keeping your mail and calendars organised.
FVS have been my (MikeSel.info) hosting provider since day of inception 8+ years ago.. They are always on hand to help out, knowledgeable, friendly and genuine guys.. I can’t go far enough in my recommendation of them. Worlds apart from other hosts in my opinion!
For as long as I can remember, I (much like many others) have suffered at the hands of a dead battery in my tech. More so now since smartphones have been such a large part of my life.
I’m no way going to blame manufacturers for the capacity or drain of device batteries… I’m a heavy user… In that I doubt 10 minutes go by when I’m not using it! Unless I’m asleep of course!
This has obviously created a gap in the market. When that has steadily filled up with all manner of devices, in all shapes and sizes. Each device is not without its pitfalls, equally each device suits a certain type of user more.
I think over the last 4 years I’ve pretty much tried every type on the market; from AA battery-powered key rings to solar panels. I’ve also endured my fair share of smart phone case batteries… Non of these devices has proved successful in truly giving me that extra charge I need when I’m out and about..
That was until this year (2013) … When in the excited build up the yearly Gadget Show at the NEC, I can across a manufacturer’s name on the programme. Energenie… It’s one I’d never heard of, and never seen any products from before. So I made my way over to their website, and was amazed by the variety and the spec of some of the devices!
This is when I spotted the Energenie ChargeGenie 50, a 5,000 MaH external battery pack.. My school boy maths suggested I should get at least 2 full charges of my iPhone 4S from this, and what’s more it would even give my iPad (thanks to FreeVirtualServers) a boost. So I got in touch with Energenie, and excitedly asked them to reserve me a fully charged ChargeGenie 50 at the Gadget Show.
Once I’d made my way around the show, battery now flagging at 20% I headed over to their stand, and collected what was soon to become my phones new best friend! I carefully opened the packaging and plugged in my phone.. Slowly but surely my device made its way back up to 100%
But wait… It didn’t stop there!! As I was taking many pictures at the show, my device was soon back at 10%.. So of it went again, and charged straight back up to 100!!! Perfect! Just what I needed…
Now, I know external batteries arent to everyone’s taste, and some people prefer cases.. But until someone comes up with a case that can pack the punch of the Energenie 50 whilst adding little to no bulk I’m happy!
Nearly a full month on since purchasing it, and it still travels faithfully in my laptop bag.. In its own compartment no less, and I can rest in the knowledge that this little unit has got my back!
So…. Thanks Energenie, for your fantastic ChargeGenie 50! Here’s looking forward to the future, when my Energenie ChargeGenie ?100? Drops through the letterbox!
I’d like to take this special opportunity to thank some pretty special people.. Without these people my life would not be as easy, my evenings would not be as free and my hair would be lost!
My first thank you goes to Mark Esho, a true visionary – who has created something spectacular. Something that fulfils all of my web hosting needs.
My other thank you’s go to the following list of people, all of which have been there for me through thick and thin, and have supported me at the most ungodly of hours!
Kate A, John P, Liz S, Tom I, Liz, Scott, Kat, Tom, Ashton, Alex, Roger, Robert and last but not least Liam
All of these very special people have helped to keep one of the 12 domains I administrator! Not only do they really know there stuff, they truly excel at customer support and service. Talking me down from often frustrated heights, and helping me get the site back up and running with the least possible delay.
I would also like to give Tom an extra ‘thanks’ – Tom took it upon him self to work closely with me and my monster of a website, to help me figure out why it was eating into valuable CPU time. An rather then just landing a bill on my door mat, we finally managed to rain it in and get it back under control! Thank you Tom, you efforts certainly did not go unnoticed!
I’d also like to thank the guys behind the @FVSWebhost twitter account and the people behind the @FVSTech twitter account!
Now finally – I would also like to thank East Internet’s Marketing Exec, for breaking the good news to me.. Thank you Timo!
Before you all accuse me of posting a ‘bafta-esque’ blog post, I’d like to remind people that you could win the competition you keep thinking about entering, it does actually happen to normal people! Not just staff at the company offering the competition.. An how do I know this you ask? Well I was very lucky enough to qualify for FreeVirtualServers recent competition. If you missed it, please make sure you check out the new competition! You have till November the 29th to enter, you can find out more here
Thank you once again.. Here’s to many more years of partnership!
If you’ve checked out the looooong long list of web hosting providers across the planet, you may have noticed there’s nothing much that differs between their offerings; massively competitive pricing models, easily accessible control panels, unlimited space and bandwidth (on some offerings), 24/7 support, 99.99% uptime, super fast servers and many many more…
However, much like any service provider it soon becomes apparent who offers the best customer service, who views you as a small fish in a big pond and those few who view each of their fish as equal sized fish.. Offering unparalleled support and advice no matter how much money you spend with them.
Some of the biggestglobal firms truly offer dreadful customer service support. I won’t start naming them here as without the full context it would be unfair.
At the opposite end of that scale, are those few who go the extra mile.. Those with the correct vision, morels and goals.. The ones who treat each customer in just the same way, regardless of your hosting package or your site’s traffic.
One that has truly stood out the crowd for me, and has stepped up on many occasion over the last 7 years of my blog posting and ‘web development’ career, is one who I make sure I recommend to anyone who asks when they are just starting out or when their hosts are consistently disappointing them.
This company proved to me that my business means a lot to them, and nothing is ever too much to ask. During which time my site has gone from strength to strength and my hosting package has rapidly worked its way up to where it is now.
6 years hosting with them would make you think I must have paid an absolute fortune for such service. Well you couldn’t be further from the truth. Although I am enjoying the benefits of a pro package today, I once was a very small fish in a somewhat large pond. Back in the day when I’d post every few weeks, and the only visitors where my friends and family. At that time I was more than happily using their free hosting offering. Giving me all the power I needed to really get my teeth into web development, allowing me to dabble with many a CMS, forum, e-commerce solution, development language and more.
For all the time I was a small fish in a big pond I never once felt that way, the cPanel made me feel like I had control over every aspect of my personal space.. Sometimes too much control! To which the helpful team came to my rescue to rectify my mistakes. With never a derogatory comment passed!
From there my site has gone from strength to strength and today has 60+ unique hits in a month, from all corners of the globe. Serving up downloads, blog posts, media content and more… Non of which have ever been an issue on my super fast web host.
Since then I have migrated several of my friends sites over to the host, and can often be found plugging them during mind map stages of young entrepreneurs.
Now to put you all out of your misery…. The host who has looked after me since day one, and will continue to do so until something better than the internet comes up, is FreeVirtualServers
I chose FreeVirtualServers on the back of a recommendation from another one of their customers. All I can say is, I am so pleased I did. They’re pricing model is extremely competitive, and where most in the market scrimp and save on the customer friendly side of the business FreeVirtualServers really beat expectations.. Not many hosts would aid getting your site back online over the christmas period, one year FreeVirtualServers did that, just for me… Just for a blog that received few visitors and had little content. All that from their UK-based support centre!
I seriously can’t recommend them enough, and urge you to check them out. Even if you just want to dabble, you’ve nothing to lose with their completely free hosting packages, and for those of you who are more serious about your online presence…. I’d highly recommend you check our their Pro hosting packages.
I see my relationship with FreeVirtualServers and who knows, maybe one day I will be on their reseller package! If you do decide to sign up with them, be sure to mention my name Mike Hudson, and the URL of my blog!
Why put up with the rest, sign up with the best…..
Just wanted to post a quick message of congratulations to my web hosts managing director Mark Esho, for his shortlisted entry into the ‘Entrepreneurs of Excellence’ award …
Recognises individuals who have best demonstrated managerial expertise in assembling resources, creating an organisation, decision making under uncertainty, being forward looking, and creatively solving problems.
I have been working with FreeVirtualServers for several years now, and I find there passion for customer service unmatchable by their competition!
I am yet to come across a member of the FreeVirtualServers team who are either unprofessional or unable to solve my problems. I don’t regret the day I registered with FVS and I am pretty sure I will be working with them for many years to come..