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What Does Website Hosting Signify?

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Possessing your own personal site is essential in present-day society. The introduction of the Internet in our daily lives implies that, in order for somebody to become noticed, or to make his voice heard, one has to construct a site and post it online. In order to fulfill that, you practically demand 2 elements - a web site and a hosting service. Prior to establishing a web page, however, it's necessary to realize that there are various varieties of website hosting services and that not all sites can function with a randomly picked website hosting. In order to describe this better, let us commence with the chief question:

What is Website Hosting?

Hosting, or also famous as 'web hosting', is a name that relates to the server itself, or the hosting vendor that possesses the web server. A web server is a computer that's connected to the World Wide Web and that's configured to support PHP, MySQL, Perl, etc., which allows the clients to upload their website files on the web hosting server and to have them published on the web. There are 2 main varieties of web servers, on the basis of the OS of the web hosting server - Windows and Linux. The 2 Operating Systems are quite different and, in most instances, not at all compatible with each other. For this reason, before selecting the suitable solution, one should first find out what sort of server is demanded for their web site.

If you haven't set up the site so far, then let's take a more exhaustive look at the distinction between the two varieties and at what their pluses are.

What solution should you pick - Windows or Linux?

As stated, there are web app frameworks, which are only compatible with a certain OS. For example, JAVA scripts, .ASP pages, .NET Framework, Adobe ColdFusion are all based on Windows and will not operate on a Linux server. So, if you want to build your web site using any of the above, you should be seeking a Windows platform. Windows, though, is not open-source software, which denotes that it provides restricted options in terms of server security and privacy. This is the reason why, Linux is favored by web server administrators around the world and the majority of hosting vendors use it on their hosting servers. Using Linux, the administrator can set up the server in a fully modifiable way, and if the web server is properly set up, it can ensure complete safety against hackers and malware. Besides, the customizability of Linux allows for better optimization, which results in better website functioning. Thus, if you are looking for supreme protection and server performance, then you should design your web site in such a way that it functions with a Linux-based web hosting server. This is not a problematic thing to do, because the most popular Content Management Systems, also known as CMSs, such as Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, and so on, are fully compatible with Linux servers and are known all over the world for being one of the best apps for designing and managing websites. Of course, this doesn't imply that every provider that's using Linux will have admins who are able to properly administer a Linux web hosting server. Selecting the appropriate hosting provider is quite difficult today, as most of them do not have the capability to employ a proficient, trained web admin. A Linux web server that hasn't been accurately set up can be very risky to your site and private details. Therefore, when selecting a hosting provider, it's always recommendable to select a well-established service provider that's been in business for at least a few years.

How to identify the appropriate web hosting vendor for my website?

These web hosting firms are easily identifiable by the manner in which they are delivering their website hosting packages. Established web hosting service providers offer custom-built features, different free open-source scripts or web application frameworks. The most experienced, though, have even their own custom-made CPs developed especially for their platform. A Control Panel is an online-based tool, via which the user administers the entire web hosting service. Smaller-sized companies utilize ready-to-use web hosting CPs such as cPanel or DirectAdmin. In order, however, to ensure supreme security and efficiency for their website hosting services, the leading web hosting service providers provide their customers with their own personal in-house built hosting CPs devised by their own administrators. We, at 'Wantok Web Hosting', don't merely offer our very own personal custom-made CP, but have also developed a free-of-charge open-source PHP-driven script software package, which enables our customers to effortlessly activate any of the aforesaid open-source web content management software apps. Features such as these verify that we have the ability, the means and the necessary experience to be entrusted with preserving your private info private and your web site - accessible on the Internet.

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