The Nature of Hosting
Possessing your very own personal site is fundamental in present-day society. The introduction of the World Wide Web in our daily lives signifies that, in order for someone to be seen, or to make his voice heard, one has to develop a site and publish it online. In order to achieve that, you practically need 2 elements - a site and a hosting solution. Prior to designing an online portal, however, it's necessary to bear in mind that there are separate kinds of hosting services and that not all websites can work with a randomly picked web hosting service. In order to describe this better, let us start with the chief topic:
What is Web Hosting?
Hosting, or otherwise known as hosting, is an appellation that refers to the web hosting server itself, or the host that owns the web hosting server. A server is a computer that's connected to the web and that's set up to use PHP, MySQL, Perl, etc., which enables the customers to upload their web site files on the web server and to publish them on the World Wide Web. There are two primary types of web servers, on the basis of the Operating System of the server - Windows and Linux. The two Operating Systems are very different and, in most cases, not at all compatible with one another. This is the reason why, prior to choosing the right solution, one should first examine what kind of server is necessary for their web page.
If you haven't built the web site yet, then let's take a more detailed look at the distinction between the 2 varieties and at what their upsides are.
What service should I go with - Windows or Linux?
As stated, there are applications, which are solely consistent with a given Operating System. For instance, JAVA scripts, .ASP pages, .NET Framework, Adobe ColdFusion are all Windows based and will not function on a Linux web hosting server. Therefore, if you would like to set up your website utilizing any of the above, you should be looking for a Windows solution. Windows, however, is not an open-source platform, which implies that it provides restricted options in terms of server safety and privacy. So, Linux is favored by server admins worldwide and the majority of hosting distributors use it on their hosting servers. Using Linux, the administrator can set up the web hosting server in a wholly modifiable manner, and if the web server is appropriately set up, it can ensure thorough protection against hackers and malware. Also, the customizability of Linux permits for greater optimization, which brings about better web site functioning. Therefore, if you want utmost protection and web server functioning, then you should design your site in such a manner that it runs with a Linux-based hosting server. This is not problematic to accomplish, because the most popular Content Management Systems, also known as CMSs, such as Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, etc., are completely compatible with Linux web servers and are popular all around the world for being one of the best software frameworks for constructing and administering web sites. By all means, this doesn't suggest that every web hosting vendor that's using Linux will have administrators who are capable to correctly manage a Linux web hosting server. Choosing the correct web hosting distributor is quite tough at the moment, since most of them do not have the ability to hire a professional, experienced web administrator. A Linux web hosting server that hasn't been correctly configured can be extremely dangerous to your website and personal info. Thus, when choosing a web hosting company, it's invariably recommendable to choose an established provider that's been in business for at least a couple of years.
How to identify the right company for my site?
These hosting distributors are easily identifiable by the way in which they are supplying their hosting services. Experienced web hosting firms provide custom-built features, diverse PHP-driven scripts or web apps. The most practiced, however, possess even their very own custom-created website hosting Control Panels designed especially for their platform. A CP is a web-based graphical user interface, through which the client administers the whole web hosting service. Smaller hosting providers make use of pre-built hosting CPs such as cPanel or DirectAdmin. In order, however, to ensure supreme security and efficacy for their web site hosting services, the leading hosting companies supply their clients with their very own in-house developed web site hosting CPs created by their own administrators. One such host is 'Exclusive Hosting', which not only offers its very own custom-devised Control Panel, but has also set up a free-of-cost open-source PHP-based script installer, which allows its clients to effortlessly install any of the abovementioned PHP-powered scripts. Specifications such as these signify that the specific service provider has the capability, the means and the necessary experience to be entrusted with maintaining your personal information private and your site - up and running on the Internet.