M89 Web Design
has changed to searle.design

Recently a raft of new domains have been released, you may have noticed some of them in your online adventures examples include .online, .global, .website etc. These new domains are very popular and hare being snapped up quickly (if you’re interested in registering some talk to us).

One of the new domain names now available is .design and we were given the opportunity to purchase the domain ’searle.design’. Most people know Mike (Searle) as our brand, he faces up our business and does 90% of our customer meetings, they know him and recommend him personally, so we thought it made sense for us to reflect this in our business name.

What is happening to M89 Web Design?

The name M89 Web Design will simply cease to exist, we’re still the same business, the same team, no one has left, Mike still owns the business and is still running the show, we just have a new business name.

Is anything else changing?

We’re taking the opportunity during this rebranding phase to improve some key aspects of the business, as well as a new website, brand and feel we’re upgrading our hosting (which is detailed below) and we’re also working on improving our response & build times by adding some new personnel to our team.

cloud.m89.uk
is changing to searle.hosting

A few years ago we setup our own server after multiple requests from our customers for us to find a good reliable hosting solution that we could manage and look after all in house. We set about finding the best high end server we could and our cloud hosting has been a resounding success – it’s proved very popular. As we’re all aware technology moves at a fast pace so during our rebranding phase and to keep up with current website demands we’re upgrading our hosting to new high-end, super-fast open stack hosting, our new hosting will operate under the name of searle.hosting.

When is the upgrade happening?

The upgrade has already started – we’ve moved over some of our teams personal websites and have been testing these for the last few months, our new website searle.design is already running on the new system. We’ll be upgrading all customers gradually, one at a time, making sure that there are no issues, testing everything thoroughly over the course of the next two months.

Will there be any downtime?

No. Neither you or your customers will experience any downtime, your website and emails (as long as your settings are correct) will remain active throughout the process, the switch will be completely seamless.

Will I need to update any settings?

If we look after your domain name as well as your hosting we will do all of the changes for you, you won’t need to do anything. If your domain name is with a third party e.g. 123-Reg then some changes will need to be made on your domain account. If you’re not sure who looks after your domain, don’t worry, we will contact you individually if we need you to make any changes.

Will I need to make any changes to my email settings?

The majority of customers will not need to make any changes, however some customers who use cloud.m89.uk as their mail server will need to update their settings, if you do use cloud.m89.uk as your mail server and you’d like to update it in preparation of the upgrade please contact us, but we will contact customers individually to make sure they’re ready nearer the time.

What is OpenStack hosting?

Basically it’s a really good high end reliable hosting platform, and we’ll handle all of the tech stuff, so you don’t need to worry, but if you want to get really nerdy here are the details:

“OpenStack is an open-source server platform originally developed by NASA in 2010. As of 2016, it is managed by the OpenStack Foundation, a non-profit corporate entity. The software platform consists of interrelated components that control diverse, multi-vendor hardware pools of processing, storage, and networking resources throughout a data center.”

We look forward to continuing to work with you as we move into this exciting new chapter of our business. As always if you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

© searle.design 2018