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Definition of Web Hosting

Having your own personal online portal is mandatory these days. The entrance of the World Wide Web in our daily lives means that, in order for someone to become seen, or to make his voice heard, one needs to set up a site and post it online. In order to do that, you virtually demand two elements - a web site and a hosting service. Prior to constructing a web portal, though, it's essential to comprehend that there are different sorts of hosting services and that not all sites can operate with a randomly chosen web hosting. In order to illustrate this better, let us commence with the major point:

What is Hosting?

Hosting, or also known as 'web hosting', is a designation that relates to the hosting server itself, or the hosting supplier that manages the web server. A web 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 enables the users to upload their website files on the hosting server and to have them published on the World Wide Web. There are two major varieties of web servers, on the basis of the Operating System of the hosting server - Windows and Linux. The 2 OSs are quite dissimilar and, in the majority of cases, not at all consistent with each other. That is the reason why, before picking the proper solution, one should first learn what sort of server is required for their website.

If you haven't set up the web site so far, then let's have a more comprehensive glance at the difference between the two varieties and at what their advantages are.

What solution should you go with - Windows or Linux?

As mentioned, there are apps, which are only consistent with a certain Operating System. For example, JAVA scripts, .ASP pages, .NET Framework, Adobe ColdFusion are all based on Windows and will not work on a Linux server. Therefore, if you plan to devise your web site using any of the above, you should be searching for a Windows platform. Windows, though, is not open source-based, which indicates that it offers limited choices as far as server security and privacy are concerned. This is the reason why, Linux is favored by web server admins around the Globe and most hosting vendors use it on their web hosting servers. Using Linux, the admin can set up the hosting server in an entirely modifiable manner, and if the server is correctly configured, it can guarantee thorough safety against hackers and malicious software. Additionally, the flexibility of Linux permits for greater optimization, which brings about better website performance. Therefore, if you are looking for supreme protection and web server performance, then you should devise your site in such a way that it operates with a Linux-powered server. This is not a tough thing to fulfill, since the most popular Content Management Systems, also popular as CMSs, such as Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, and so on, are fully compatible with Linux servers and are popular all over the world for being one of the best web apps for devising and managing websites. Of course, this doesn't imply that every web hosting provider that's utilizing Linux will have admins who are able to properly administer a Linux web server. Selecting the correct hosting supplier is very problematic at present, since most of them do not possess the capacity to engage a competent, experienced administrator. A Linux hosting server that hasn't been correctly configured can be extremely dangerous to your site and private information. For that reason, when picking a hosting company, it's always recommendable to pick a well-established web hosting supplier that's been in business for at least several years.

How to identify the correct hosting company for my web site?

These web hosting service providers are easily identifiable by the manner in which they are providing their hosting services. Established companies provide custom-developed functionality, various PHP-driven scripts or web apps. The most practiced, though, have even their very own personal custom-developed website hosting CPs built especially for their system. A Control Panel is an online-based graphical user interface, via which the user manages the whole web hosting service. Smaller-sized web hosting distributors avail of ready-made CPs such as cPanel or DirectAdmin. In order, however, to guarantee utmost protection and efficiency for their website hosting services, the biggest hosts offer to their customers their own personal custom-developed website hosting Control Panels built by their very own administrators. We, at 'Hepsia', don't merely provide our very own personal custom-developed CP, but have also developed a free-of-cost PHP script software package, which allows our clients to effortlessly install any of the aforementioned content management software platforms. Specs like these confirm that we have the capacity, the resources and the necessary experience to be entrusted with maintaining your personal information confidential and your website - visible on the World Wide Web.