Website Express Ltd.

Drupal 9 cloud hosting

Website Express' Cloud Drupal Hosting service offers you all the benefits of a secure, fully managed, high performance, always available hosted Drupal solution without needing any infrastructure or a dedicated technical team.
A robust Service Level Agreement is underpinned by guaranteed response times and provided by highly experienced Drupal engineers.


  • Drupal 9 compatible
  • Apache Solr powered search engine
  • Worldwide Content Delivery Network
  • Web Application Firewall
  • Web-based control panel
  • Auto-scaling to demand and load spikes
  • Zero configuration (optimal performance & security pre-configured)
  • Open Source, since 2009, complete high performance Drupal server stack
  • High performance with redis cache, PHP-FPM, Nginx and CDN
  • High security with server guard, WAF and IDS


  • Fast page load times keep users engaged
  • High performance hosting ranks well in search engines
  • High security gives peace of mind
  • Robust, proven Drupal functionality, tried and tested by governments worldwide
  • Drupal 6, Drupal 7 and Drupal 8/9 public sector experience
  • UK based agency, Drupal team and hosting location
  • Open source excellent value for money
  • Future proof with millions of sites already using
  • Fast implementation and deployment
  • No management headaches


£525 to £1,800 a unit a month

  • Education pricing available

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Website Express Ltd. William Velasco
Telephone: 029 2000 4547

Service scope

Service constraints
If you'd like us to migrate or support an existing Drupal CMS, website or online application that has been built by another provider, we will first need to validate existing GDPR compliance, security, accessibility, usability and compatibility with a site audit.
System requirements

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
Response time are agreed as part of an SLA.

Typical response times are:
Priority 1 - 1 hour
Priority 2 - 4 hours
Priority 3 - 8 hours
Priority 4 - 16 hours
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Online ticketing support accessibility
Phone support
Phone support availability
24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support
Yes, at an extra cost
Web chat support availability
24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support accessibility standard
Web chat accessibility testing
Our open source web chat technology meets WCAG 2.1 AAA accessibility guidelines and the code has been written so that the chat box is navigable by keyboard using screen reader software, which has undergone community testing by the Drupal project.
Onsite support
Yes, at extra cost
Support levels
Together with our fully managed hosting platform, we offer two support options. Your Website Express project manager will be your single point of contact for the duration of your support contract.

• Standard Support - Work is billed to the nearest 30 minutes and charged at our standard rates with no surcharges - £600 a day. Support will be provided during office hours, Monday to Friday, 9.00 to 5.30pm. For additional cover, see our 24/7/365 support offering below.
Support time is flexible and can be used for support or ad-hoc development requests.

• 24/7/365 Support - for clients who demand the highest level of service. This is 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and available as an addition to our Standard Support above. This level of support costs an additional £650 a month.

In the unlikely event of your website or application becoming totally unavailable, our support team will be notified and take immediate action 24/7 to identify and resolve the issue regardless of the support level.
Support available to third parties

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
We provide onsite training, user documentation and telephone support for client onboarding.

For complex onboarding, we also offer a paid bespoke service where we will perform the onboarding for you.
Service documentation
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • ODF
  • PDF
End-of-contract data extraction
We will provide full access to the CMS or application software code. We will also provide full access to the database and files on your server environment. We can also help with extracting this for you if required.
End-of-contract process
We will provide full access to the CMS or application software code. We will also provide full access to the database and files on your server environment. We can also help with extracting this for you if required.

This is all included as standard within the price of the contract. Additional support would be chargeable.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Using the web interface
Full site administration is provided, including the ability to:
- Create, clone, and migrate Drupal instances.
- Verity sites.
- Reset passwords.
- Run scheduled tasks.
- Create and restore backups on demand.
- Disable or delete a site.
- Run database updates.

These options may be limited by role.
Web interface accessibility standard
Web interface accessibility testing
Our open source web technology meets WCAG 2.1 AAA accessibility guidelines and the code has been written so that the chat box is navigable by keyboard using screen reader software, which has undergone community testing by the Drupal project.
What users can and can't do using the API
Drupal has many available open-source, off the shelf configurable APIs.

These include APIs for Authentication, Cache, Configuration, Database, Entity, Filter, Form, Javascript, Layout, Logging, Menu, Migrate, REST, Render, Routing, Services, State, Translation and Update management.

Full details can be found at:
API automation tools
  • Ansible
  • Chef
  • OpenStack
  • SaltStack
  • Terraform
  • Puppet
API documentation
API documentation formats
  • Open API (also known as Swagger)
  • HTML
  • ODF
  • PDF
Command line interface
Command line interface compatibility
  • Linux or Unix
  • Windows
  • MacOS
  • Other
Using the command line interface
Drupal supports two major command line interfaces, Drush and the Drupal Console. In addition, Composer is also supported to manage platform and site dependencies.

Drush core ships with lots of useful commands for interacting with code like modules/themes/profiles. Similarly, it runs update.php, executes sql queries and DB migrations, and misc utilities like run cron or clear cache.

All key platform and site management tasks may, therefore, be performed on the command line.


Scaling available
Scaling type
  • Automatic
  • Manual
Independence of resources
Each hosting unit is able to auto-scaling up to 128 GB RAM and 24 CPU Real Threads. Fast SSD plus SAS 15K in RAID6 provide high speed and best reliability.

For large applications, any number of hosting units may be purchased to cover usual levels of demand, with automatic scaling of RAM and CPU for short load peaks beyond these limits.
Usage notifications
Usage reporting


Infrastructure or application metrics
Metrics types
  • CPU
  • Disk
  • HTTP request and response status
  • Memory
  • Network
  • Number of active instances
  • Other
Other metrics
  • Bandwidth
  • Threats
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Tag Manager
  • Google Optimize
  • Google Data Studio
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Real-time dashboards
  • Regular reports
  • Reports on request


Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Other security clearance
Government security clearance
Up to Developed Vetting (DV)

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Data storage and processing locations
United Kingdom
User control over data storage and processing locations
Datacentre security standards
Complies with a recognised standard (for example CSA CCM version 3.0)
Penetration testing frequency
At least once a year
Penetration testing approach
‘IT Health Check’ performed by a CHECK service provider
Protecting data at rest
  • Physical access control, complying with SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
  • Encryption of all physical media
Data sanitisation process
Data sanitisation type
  • Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
  • Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
Equipment disposal approach
In-house destruction process

Backup and recovery

Backup and recovery
What’s backed up
  • Application and platform code
  • Databases
  • Configuration
  • Private files
  • Public files
Backup controls
All facets of a hosted environment are backed up automatically either every 24 hours or hourly depending upon customer requirements.

Backups are stored locally on the hosting platform, in the same datacentre on different equipment for redundancy and also in another datacentre for disaster recovery purposes.
Datacentre setup
Multiple datacentres with disaster recovery
Scheduling backups
Supplier controls the whole backup schedule
Backup recovery
  • Users can recover backups themselves, for example through a web interface
  • Users contact the support team

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
  • Other
Other protection between networks
The system is fully secured using HTTPS / TLS 1.3.

Connections made using insecure HTTP will be automatically redirected to HTTPS connections, and no insecure HTTP connections will be possible.

All system-level access to the hosting platform is via secure SSH and SFTP protocols over a private VPN.

Any client access is only accepted via secure SSH, SFTP and FTPS connections.

A strict 90-day password expiration policy is enforced for all accounts.

The system is protected by a firewall, CDN and web application firewall.

Additional access restrictions may be configured at the CDN level.
Data protection within supplier network
TLS (version 1.2 or above)

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
99.98% for Standard Hosting
100% for High Availability Hosting

On a case by case basis, we offer service credits which are discussed as part of the contract process.
Approach to resilience
We monitor our Drupal platforms via HTTPS by checking a never cached URI, to confirm that it responds with expected content so that the uptime report gives accurate information on both Nginx server, PHP-FPM backend and Database server availability.

We never pause this monitoring, even during scheduled maintenance, which means that our real average uptime is 99.99% to 100%.

Our managed hosting provider, runs its own fully redundant diverse fibre connection BGP4 network (AS30827) on Juniper MX80 series carrier grade routers with direct connectivity to LINX and Tier-1 networks. Routers check all available networks and choose the quickest path. In the event of one Internet route failing, traffic is rerouted via alternative networks.

Our data centre provider, has both ISO 27001:2013 Information Security and Business Continuity certification and ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management certification.

Local auto-healing is used to monitor and repair possible issues on the server, and this process runs every 5 seconds. If a web or database process becomes unresponsive, then it will be automatically restarted before an issue has time to develop. All issues are logged for further analysis and reporting if needed.
Outage reporting
Incidents (high error rates, unusual resource usage, etc) and outages (service failure, web site unavailable, etc) are reported directly to responsible parties via e-mail and/or text messages, as well as being reported to our internal monitoring system where teams can coordinate to resolve issues.

An API and public or private dashboard is also available upon request.

Identity and authentication

User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google apps)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
A current username and password together with optional 2FA are required for access to our hosting systems.

Administrative connections may only be made over secured SSH or TLS channels.

It is impossible to have permanent access to your data (databases) - only temporary connections may be made while a concurrent and authorized SSH connection is open from the same IP address.

Access to filesystems is restricted via temporarily authorized and tracked SSH keys.

A password strength and rotation policy is in place and enforced.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Devices users manage the service through
  • Any device but through a bastion host (a bastion host is a server that provides access to a private network from an external network such as the internet)
  • Directly from any device which may also be used for normal business (for example web browsing or viewing external email)

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
Between 1 month and 6 months
How long system logs are stored for
Between 1 month and 6 months

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover
ISO 28000:2007 certification
CSA STAR certification
PCI certification
Who accredited the PCI DSS certification
Sage Pay Europe
PCI DSS accreditation date
What the PCI DSS doesn’t cover
Website Express does not hold the certification directly, however, Sage Pay Europe, our preferred online payment partners, have current Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) certification.
• PCI DSS v3.2
• PCI DSS v3.2 Level 1 Service Provider

We also integrate with other online payment providers, based on client preferences which can provide this certification for e-commerce functionality.

In addition, we can integrate GOV.UK Pay which uses payment processes that are fully Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant.
Cyber essentials
Cyber essentials plus
Other security certifications
Any other security certifications
  • ISO 9001:2015
  • Investors in People
  • ISO 22301:2012 BUSINESS CONTINUITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (Data centre provider)
  • Cyber Essentials Plus

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Security governance certified
Security governance standards
ISO/IEC 27001
Information security policies and processes
As part of our annual, audited ISO 9001 and 27001 systems, we have defined roles and responsibilities for information security, with overall responsibility being held by a Website Express Ltd. Director.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach
We follow a robust change management process which is audited annually under our ISO 9001 certification.

Changes are assessed for their impact and risk, and a process of continual identification, monitoring and review of the levels of IT services specified in the SLA ensure that quality is maintained.

All changes are implemented through a version-controlled configuration management system and progress through a series of automated and manual testing steps before being applied to the 'live' infrastructure.

This systematic and comprehensive approach ensures that changes to services are reviewed, tested, approved and communicated.
Vulnerability management type
Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach
We follow the NIST Common Misuse Scoring System (NISTIR 7864). Each potential vulnerability is scored using this system by the Drupal Security Team.

The hosting platform (operating system, software, and applications) receives automated security patching for all software directly from the OS maintainers, with security patches applied as soon as they are available and have been tested on pre-production environments.

Alerts and newsletters are available from the maintainers, and technical staff monitor a number of respected advisory services for news.

Our Content Delivery Network provides a Web Application Firewall which is constantly updated to defend against newly released exploits.
Protective monitoring type
Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach
Active web server monitoring will block the access first temporarily for one hour and permanently after many temporary blocks for any IP which is a source of DoS-like activity — too many connections in a very short timeframe.

Strict firewall monitoring automatically denies access temporarily for one hour if it detects too many failed login attempts for SSH, SFTP or FTPS, detects a port scan or other exploits.

The Web Application Firewall will similarly deny access to known exploits.

Staff are automatically notified during any potential compromise and will take immediate action at the infrastructure or application layer
Incident management type
Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach
Policies exist within our SLAs that describe our response process for common events, with coordination and escalation available for non-standard incidents. Users report incidents through our service desk via ticket, web chat, email or telephone, and are kept updated with the progress and state of the incident throughout the event via the ticketing system. Full incident reports are provided in the event of serious incidents (for example, extended outages or security events).

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Supplier-defined process

Separation between users

Virtualisation technology used to keep applications and users sharing the same infrastructure apart
Who implements virtualisation
Virtualisation technologies used
Other virtualisation technology used
Xen hypervisor
How shared infrastructure is kept separate
Customer instances have no access to raw disk devices but instead are presented with virtualized disks. The disk virtualization layer automatically erases every block of storage before making it available for use, which protects one customer’s data from being unintentionally exposed to another. Encryption is supported.

A mandatory firewall is enabled in a default deny-all mode and ports must be explicitly opened to allow inbound traffic. Each client is hosted within an isolated Virtual Private Cloud, preventing network connections from any other systems. "Sniffing" of network traffic is prevented at the hypervisor and interface level.

Energy efficiency

Energy-efficient datacentres
Description of energy efficient datacentres
Interxion (NYSE: INXN) is a leading provider of carrier and cloud-neutral
colocation data centre services in Europe, serving a wide range of
customers through over 45 data centres in 11 European countries.
Interxion’s uniformly designed, energy efficient data centres offer customers extensive security and uptime for their mission-critical applications.

Our PUE measures, even where using mechanical cooling and in an always-on environment, are exceptional by any standards. We use free cooling and a custom cold-aisle containment solution to support higher power densities on low raised floors more efficiently, reducing the overall cooling overhead by as much as 30%. And both data centres on the London campus use 100% renewable energy.

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Social Value

Fighting climate change

Fighting climate change

Website Express Limited is committed to fighting climate change, reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods.

We recognise that our operations have an effect on the local, regional and global environment and that we have a responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements.

We will encourage customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to do the same.

This extends to all areas of our operations, including:
- Running our data centres and office on green energy from renewable sources
- Reducing our carbon footprint to a minimum by the extensive use of digital tools and collaborative technologoes
- We work with our clients to maximise the sustainable nature of services we design and build for them.

Full details are available in our Environmental Policy which is available on request.
Covid-19 recovery

Covid-19 recovery

COVID-19 has exacerbated existing economic and social challenges, while also creating many new ones. Now more than ever, it’s critical that we help you respond to the demands you may be facing.

Throughout the pandemic, we will do everything in our power to aid the recovery of local communities and economies. This includes employment, re-training, return to work opportunities, community support, developing new ways of working and supporting the health of those affected by the virus.

Now more than ever, it’s critical that we make it possible for you to continue your operations and help you respond to the unique demands that you may be facing. Website Express has been in business for over a decade supporting the mission-critical work that keeps every organisation – especially those in the public sector – operational and successful. At this challenging time, you can count on us to support your organisation.

Our leadership team is meeting continuously to assess and appropriately respond to the crisis as it evolves. Of course, everyone’s health and welfare are a priority, as most of our employees are working from home. We have extensive online collaboration capabilities to help ensure business continuity and we’re working tirelessly to help everyone stay safe while at the same time continuing to serve you.
Tackling economic inequality

Tackling economic inequality

Social purpose is woven into Website Express' fabric. From creating new businesses and new employment opportunities to improving education and training, Website Express is committed to tackling economic inequality at the root. Our overriding vision is to help lower the unequal distribution of income and opportunity between different groups in society.

Our commitment to working with small, diverse, high-quality suppliers is an important aspect of our procurement vision. We endeavour, on a good-faith effort basis, to work with and develop small, minority, and women-owned businesses. The team is always looking for small and diverse suppliers that can deliver creative, high-quality products and services. Ultimately, our goal is to diversify our supplier base by encouraging these small and diverse suppliers to compete for business.

We strive to pay all our suppliers promptly and always before the due date of their invoices.
Equal opportunity

Equal opportunity

Website Express Ltd. recognises that discrimination and victimisation are unacceptable and that it is in the interests of the Company and its employees to utilise the skills of the total workforce.
It is the aim of the Company to ensure that no employee or job applicant receives less favourable facilities or treatment (either directly or indirectly) in recruitment or employment on grounds of age, disability, gender/gender reassignment, marriage / civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation (the protected characteristics).

Our aim is that our workforce will be truly representative of all sections of society and each employee feels respected and able to give their best.

We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination or victimisation.

All employees, whether part-time, full-time or temporary, will be treated fairly and with respect.

Selection for employment, promotion, training or any other benefit will be on the basis of aptitude and ability. All employees will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential and the talents and resources of the workforce will be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency of the organisation.

Our staff will not discriminate directly or indirectly, or harass customers or clients because of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation in the provision of the Company’s goods and services.

In addition, full account is taken of any guidance or Codes of Practice issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, any Government Departments, and any other statutory bodies.

Full details are available in our Equality Policy which is available on request.


Today, every UK business has a duty of care requirement to look after the
health and safety of employees, including their wellbeing.

In light of this, promoting and protecting staff wellbeing in the workplace is
important for every business.

Website Express recognise this and have developed a Wellbeing Policy which covers the following key areas:

Promoting mental wellbeing by:
- Providing information and raising awareness of mental health issues
- Promoting policies and actions that support mental wellbeing in the
- Equipping employees with the skills to support their own mental health

Encouraging physical health by:
- Promoting physical activity across the business
- Supporting a healthy, balanced diet in the workplace
- Encouraging staff to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day

Management and leadership
- Equipping managers and leaders with the skills to: Identify and assist those
with mental ill health
- Raising awareness of mental and physical wellbeing across the business

Offering support to employees by:
- Creating a culture that supports the wellbeing of all employees
- Offering help, support and guidance to those with a mental health issue
- Assisting those returning to work after a period of mental ill health

Supporting those coming back to work by:
- Making any necessary adjustments to the role/environment
- Establishing agreed recruitment practices
- Retaining and supporting staff who develop mental ill health

Full details are available in our Wellbeing Policy which is available on request.


£525 to £1,800 a unit a month
Discount for educational organisations
Free trial available

Service documents

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