What is Website Hosting?
Hosting, or otherwise famous as 'web hosting', is an appellation that relates to the actual server, or the web hosting firm that provides the web hosting server. A hosting server is a computer that's connected to the Internet and that's set up to support PHP, MySQL, Perl, and so on, which allows the clients to upload their website files on the web server and to have them published online. There are 2 primary varieties of web hosting servers, based on the Operating System of the web server - Windows and Linux. The 2 Operating Systems are very dissimilar and, in the majority of cases, not at all compatible with each other. So, prior to choosing the proper service, one should first determine what sort of hosting server is necessary for their online portal.
If you haven't built the website yet, then let's have a more exhaustive glance at the difference between the two types and at what their benefits are.
What platform should I settle on - Windows or Linux?
As mentioned, there are software applications, which are solely consistent with a particular OS. For instance, JAVA scripts, .ASP pages, .NET Framework, Adobe ColdFusion are all Windows based and will not function on a Linux web hosting server. Thus, if you aim to design your web site using any of the above, you should be looking for a Windows solution. Windows, however, is not an open-source platform, which denotes that it offers limited options as far as server security and privacy are concerned. Thus, Linux is preferred by web server administrators worldwide and the majority of hosting providers utilize it on their web servers. Utilizing Linux, the admin can configure the web server in a completely modifiable way, and if the web hosting server is properly configured, it can guarantee thorough safety against computer hackers and malicious software. Additionally, the flexibility of Linux permits for better optimization, which brings about better website operation. Thus, if you want ultimate security and server performance, then you should set up your web site in such a manner that it performs with a Linux-driven hosting server. This is not a hard thing to achieve, as the most widely used Content Management Systems, also known as CMSs, such as Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, etc., are completely consistent with Linux web servers and are known all around the world for being one of the best software programs for making and handling websites. By all means, this doesn't imply that every hosting supplier that's using Linux will have admins who are able to correctly administer a Linux web hosting server. Selecting the proper web hosting company is very troublesome these days, because the majority of them do not possess the ability to employ a capable, practiced admin. A Linux web server that hasn't been properly set up can be quite hazardous to your site and personal info. For that reason, when picking a hosting service provider, it's invariably advisable to settle on an established hosting service provider that's been in business for at least a couple of years.
How to spot the correct web hosting firm for my web site?
These hosts are easily identifiable by the manner in which they are supplying their web site hosting packages. Experienced hosting suppliers provide custom-developed features, diverse free PHP-driven scripts or web application frameworks. The most experienced, however, have even their very own personal custom-built hosting Control Panels developed especially for their platform. A web hosting Control Panel is a web-based GUI, via which the customer administers the whole website hosting account. Smaller hosting companies use pre-developed hosting Control Panels such as cPanel or DirectAdmin. In order, however, to guarantee utmost safety and effectiveness for their hosting services, the leading hosting service providers give to their customers their own personal custom-built website hosting CPs developed by their very own admins. One such web hosting firm is 'FreeHostia', which not just provides its very own personal custom-created CP, but has also developed a free-of-charge open-source PHP-driven script package, which permits its customers to effortlessly install any of the abovementioned open-source Content Management System apps. Specs such as these reveal that the particular company has the ability, the means and the necessary experience to be entrusted with preserving your personal information private and your website - live on the web.