• MS hosting specialist reaches out to UK web professionals
  • Designers offered significant savings on software licences

13 October 2009, Gloucester, UK: Fasthosts Internet Ltd (www.fasthosts.co.uk), a leading web hosting provider, today announced its work with Microsoft to promote the new Microsoft WebsiteSpark program for web professionals. The initiative assists smaller web design and development companies in launching or growing their business by providing better access to the Microsoft web platform. The scheme delivers free Microsoft Server OS, free licenses for Microsoft Expression® and Visual Studio® software, as well as training and access to MSDN newsgroups. Eligible Fasthosts customers can save over £240 a year in server licensing costs as well as valuable software licences direct from Microsoft. The scheme is an example of how businesses can gain significantly from discussing their technical requirements and business needs with Fasthosts. Fasthosts has been selected by Microsoft to promote the program benefits and guide eligible Windows Server customers through enrolment.

Microsoft’s WebsiteSpark program offers new support for web design and development agencies with up to 10 employees. Eligible Fasthosts customers gain an immediate financial benefit – saving £240 per year with a free Windows Server license and saving even more with a free MSSQL license. Upon enrolment, members gain access to free Windows Expression® Studio 2 (1 user license), Expression® Web 2 (2 user licenses), Visual Studio® 2008 Professional Edition (3 user licenses) and DotNetPanel control panel.

A great number of professionals and enterprises can achieve cost savings by discussing their server and software needs with a long-standing expert like Fasthosts. The company’s advisers are trained to identify and leverage the efficiencies that hosted technologies can deliver. By working-through requirements with Fasthosts, synergies between software and hardware can often be identified.

Steve Holford, CMO Fasthosts Internet Ltd, said, "WebsiteSpark is an excellent opportunity for smaller web agencies - it delivers exactly what they need most – free tools and practical help. As hosting partner to thousands of web pros, Fasthosts is well qualified to advise participants on how to apply Windows hardware and development tools to best effect”.

Simon Pryce, Director of Skylight Media (www.skylightmedia.co.uk), is a Fasthosts customer who enrolled in the WebsiteSpark program to help boost the web design side of the business. Pryce comments, “We had discovered WebsiteSpark through our business network, and our successful enrolment in the scheme led to us setting up additional dedicated servers with Fasthosts at the same time. The WebsiteSpark scheme is an ideal way for us to update our use of Windows Server technology, enabling us to save a significant sum of money on license fees. We were also delighted to find during our consultation with the ever-reliable Fasthosts, that these new server resources will save us money too, so we're very pleased all round”.

As a long-standing expert for MS web hosting, Fasthosts is a trusted partner to thousands of web professionals. Combined with Fasthosts’ current price reductions on Windows Server packages, now is an opportune time for users to refresh their access to Microsoft web development solutions. Free support and training opportunities from the WebsiteSpark program include unlimited access to technical newsgroups on MSDN, unlimited program support and two technical support consultations per membership, as well as relevant events and activities. More details can be found at www.fasthosts.co.uk/dedicatedservers/microsoft-websitespark-program or by calling 0844 583 0777.

Fasthosts' range of Windows Server packages for the WebsiteSpark program comprises the DS250 (80GB disk space), currently priced from £39/month+VAT, DS450 (250GB disk space), priced from £59/month+VAT, the DS650 (500GB disk space), now priced from £89/month+VAT and the powerful DS850 (1000GB disk space), priced from an impressive £149/month+VAT. All servers feature root admin access and remote KVM connection.

Holford added, "Getting the right platform in place frees up creative professionals to focus on creating amazing campaigns. Microsoft technology offers some of the most exciting functionality on the market”.

As a leading web host, Fasthosts offers a comprehensive range of web solutions including domain name registrations, email solutions (including mobile email services), shared web hosting, dedicated servers, online payment services, reseller web hosting and feature-rich broadband packages.

For more information on Fasthosts Windows Servers, see the website at http://www.fasthosts.co.uk/dedicatedservers/windows-servers or the WebsiteSpark program at www.fasthosts.co.uk/dedicatedservers/microsoft-websitespark-program/

About Fasthosts
Fasthosts is the UK's number one web hosting company. Based in the UK and operating 24x7 from their dedicated UK data centres, Fasthosts keeps over 1 million domains running smoothly and ensures over 6 million emails are delivered safely each day. All Fasthosts services can be self-managed through the award winning Fasthosts web-based control panel that provides customers with unparalleled online control, enabling them to manage hosted services including domain registrations, shared web hosting, business-class email, dedicated servers, software-as-a-service, internet merchant accounts and unlimited broadband. Fasthosts' highly successful reseller channel has recently been rated Number 1 for reseller hosting by industry portal Web Host Directory.

For further information please contact:

Richard Stevenson or Thomas Pluennecke
Tel: +44 (0)1452 561 857
press@fasthosts.co.uk