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Web Hosting Explained

Having your own private website is a requisite in today's society. The integration of the Internet in our everyday lives implies that, in order for somebody to be seen, or to get his voice heard, one has to set up a web portal and post it online. In order to do that, you practically need 2 things - a web site and a hosting solution. Before setting up a website, though, it's vital to know that there are different types of web hosting services and that not all websites can work with a randomly picked web hosting. In order to describe this better, let's commence with the chief issue:

What is Web Hosting?

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Hosting, or also known as 'web hosting', is an appellation that refers to the web server itself, or the web hosting service provider that owns the hosting server. A web hosting server is a computer that's connected to the Internet and that's set up to work with PHP, MySQL, Perl, and so on, which permits the clients to upload their web site files on the web hosting server and to have them published online. There are 2 major sorts of web servers, determined by the OS of the hosting server - Windows and Linux. The 2 Operating Systems are quite dissimilar and, in the majority of instances, not at all consistent with each other. For this reason, prior to choosing the correct service, one should first ascertain what sort of server is needed for their web portal.

If you haven't established the web site yet, then let us take a more comprehensive look at the difference between the 2 varieties and at what their strengths are.

What platform should you pick - Windows or Linux?

As mentioned, there are programs, which are only compatible with a given Operating System. For instance, JAVA scripts, .ASP pages, .NET Framework, Adobe ColdFusion are all Windows based and will not run on a Linux web hosting server. Therefore, if you aim to develop your website using any of the above, you should be looking for a Windows solution. Windows, however, is not an open-source platform, which indicates that it provides restricted options as far as server safety and privacy are concerned. Thus, Linux is utilized by server admins around the world and the majority of hosting corporations use it on their web hosting servers. Utilizing Linux, the admin can configure the web hosting server in an entirely customizable way, and if the server is appropriately set up, it can guarantee total defense against hackers and malicious software. What's more, the flexibility of Linux allows for better software optimization, which brings about better web site operation. Hence, if you want utmost security and web server operation, then you should construct your web site in such a manner that it performs with a Linux-based web hosting server. This is not a troublesome thing to accomplish, as the most commonly used Content Management Systems, also popular as CMSs, such as Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, and so on, are fully compatible with Linux web servers and are popular all over the world for being one of the best software apps for setting up and administering websites. Of course, this doesn't imply that each and every web hosting provider that's using Linux will have admins who are capable to appropriately manage a Linux hosting server. Choosing the proper provider is quite problematic at the moment, as the majority of them do not possess the ability to employ an able, trained administrator. A Linux web server that hasn't been accurately configured can be very hazardous to your website and personal details. So, when picking a web hosting firm, it's always recommendable to choose a bigger vendor that's been in business for at least a few years.

How to identify the proper web hosting service provider for my web site?

These web hosting suppliers are easily detectable by the manner in which they are supplying their website hosting plans. Practiced hosting providers offer custom-developed features, different free PHP scripts or apps. The most experienced, however, have even their own custom-built website hosting CPs devised particularly for their platform. A web hosting Control Panel is a web-based interface, through which the client administers the entire web hosting account. Smaller hosts utilize ready-for-use website hosting CPs such as cPanel or DirectAdmin. In order, though, to guarantee supreme protection and effectiveness for their web hosting services, the biggest hosting corporations give to their clients their own custom-built website hosting Control Panels made by their very own administrators. We, at 'TopDog Hosting', don't only provide our very own personal custom-built CP, but have also created a free PHP script installation tool, which permits our clients to easily install any of the aforementioned open-source web content management applications. Specs such as these suggest that we have the capacity, the means and the necessary experience to be entrusted with retaining your personal info private and your web site - live on the Internet.


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