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How Does Web Hosting Function?

Having your own personal web page is compulsory in present-day society. The introduction of the World Wide Web in our daily lives signifies that, in order for somebody to get noticed, or to get his voice heard, one has to devise a web page and post it online. In order to do that, you virtually demand two elements – a site and a hosting solution. Prior to establishing a website, however, it’s essential to know that there are distinct kinds of website hosting services and that not all web sites can perform with a randomly selected web hosting. In order to explain this better, let us start with the prime point:

What is Web Hosting?

Hosting, or otherwise famous as ‘web hosting’, is an appellation that refers to the actual web server, or the hosting vendor that manages the web server. A web hosting server is a computer that’s connected to the web and that’s configured to work with PHP, MySQL, Perl, etc., which permits the customers to upload their website files on the server and to have them published on the Internet. There are two primary kinds of web servers, on the basis of the Operating System of the web server – Windows and Linux. The 2 Operating Systems are quite different and, in most instances, not at all consistent with each other. This is the reason why, before selecting the proper solution, one should first find out what type of server is necessary for their website.

If you haven’t devised the site so far, then let us have a more detailed glance at the distinction between the two types and at what their advantages are.

What solution should you select – Windows or Linux?

As stated, there are web app frameworks, which are only consistent with a given Operating System. For example, JAVA scripts, .ASP pages, .NET Framework, Adobe ColdFusion are all Windows based and will not run on a Linux hosting server. Hence, if you plan to set up your site utilizing any of the above, you should be looking for a Windows platform. Windows, though, is not an open-source platform, which signifies that it provides restricted options as far as server safety and privacy are concerned. Hence, Linux is preferred by web server administrators around the Globe and the majority of hosting service providers use it on their web servers. Utilizing Linux, the administrator can configure the hosting server in a fully modifiable manner, and if the server is appropriately configured, it can guarantee total safety against computer hackers and malicious software. Moreover, the flexibility of Linux permits for better optimization, which results in better web site performance. Hence, if you want supreme safety and server functioning, then you should devise your web site in such a manner that it performs with a Linux-powered hosting server. This is not a problematic thing to do, as the most widely used Content Management Systems, also popular as CMSs, such as Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, etc., are completely consistent with Linux servers and are famous all around the world for being one of the best software frameworks for designing and administering sites. Surely, this doesn’t imply that each and every hosting corporation that’s utilizing Linux will have admins who are able to correctly run a Linux hosting server. Choosing the right web hosting company is very troublesome at the moment, as the majority of them do not possess the capacity to appoint a skilful, trained web administrator. A Linux web hosting server that hasn’t been correctly set up can be very hazardous to your web site and personal information. Hence, when choosing a web hosting distributor, it’s invariably advisable to opt for an established hosting supplier that’s been in business for at least a couple of years.

How to identify the appropriate hosting supplier for my website?

These web hosting corporations are easily recognizable by the manner in which they are offering their website hosting plans. Experienced hosting vendors provide custom-developed functionality, different open-source scripts or applications. The most experienced, however, have even their own personal custom-made web hosting Control Panels made particularly for their system. A website hosting Control Panel is a web-based tool, via which the user administers the whole web hosting account. Smaller-sized hosting service providers use pre-developed website hosting CPs like cPanel or DirectAdmin. In order, however, to guarantee supreme security and effectiveness for their website hosting services, the leading web hosting distributors give to their customers their very own in-house developed website hosting CPs devised by their very own administrators. We, at ‘Lime Server‘, don’t merely offer our very own custom-designed Control Panel, but have also created a free-of-cost open-source PHP-based script installation tool, which allows our customers to easily activate any of the mentioned open-source content management apps. Specifications like these confirm that we have the ability, the resources and the necessary experience to be entrusted with retaining your personal information private and your web site – visible on the World Wide Web.


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