Windows vs Linux : Hosting

Written by Teeyes Siva

The Basics of Linux & Windows :

Linux (and its close relation Unix) and Windows 2000 (and its close cousin Windows NT) are types of software (known as operating systems) that web servers use to dorepparttar kind of things that web servers do. You do not need to know any real detail of either to make a decision as to which you need but here a few guidelines.

Just because you use a windows desktop PC doesn't mean you have to opt for Windows web hosting (andrepparttar 134375 reverse is true as well). The operating system you use on your desktop has little to do with your choice of web hosts. As long as you understand how to use your FTP or web publishing software, your can use either operating system.

But what is important is that you know what you want your website to do and what you want to offer on it. This is what will ultimately help determinerepparttar 134376 type of web hosting that will work best for you. As mentioned earlier, interactive websites usually rely on ASP, PHP, or Perl type languages.

Linux Web Hosting or Windows 2000 Web Hosting ? Make your Choice !

When it comes to Web hosting, Linux has, for some time, been widely consideredrepparttar 134377 best OS for Web servers. It's typically found to berepparttar 134378 most reliable, stable and efficient system and, as such, it's commonly used forrepparttar 134379 demanding environment of Web and mail servers. Indeed,Most ofrepparttar 134380 clients websites of aalpha NET runs onrepparttar 134381 Linux OS precisely because of this traditional stability.

The million-dollar question is what application are you looking to use for your hosting? Considerrepparttar 134382 tools and scripting languages you plan to use if you use PHP, Perl or MySQL, Linux isrepparttar 134383 way forward. If apps are Microsoft-specific, then Windows is what you need.

If your site, like most web sites, is what might be termed "brochure-ware" then Linux servers are ideal. By brochure-ware I mean a site that offersrepparttar 134384 kind of information that inrepparttar 134385 past might have been provided on paper inrepparttar 134386 form of brochures, newsletters or data sheets. Brochure-ware sites will offer some interaction through enquiry forms and can certainly incorporate online purchasing and other routine e-commerce functions.

If however your site incorporates an online searchable database or interactive chat facilities then Windows 2000 or NT will be a better bet in most cases. It will cost a bit more but you'll get that back in reduced development time and simply better functionality.

The following arerepparttar 134387 advantages of using Linux based web server compared to Windows based web server :

Stable: Linux/Unix operating systems has traditionally been believed to be very stable and robust. A web site housed on a Linux operating system will have very high up-time (ofrepparttar 134388 order of 99.9%). Of course, other factors such as power supply, network admin skills, and network load etc. also matter when it comes to maintainingrepparttar 134389 system uptime.

Shared, Reseller, VPS, or dedicated

Written by Archbob

When it comes to choosing a plan or upgrading, there are usually four options inrepparttar web hosting world to choose from: Shared hosting, Reseller Hosting, Virtual Private server, and dedicated server. If your wondering "which one should I choose", then this article may help you decide. First off, lets getrepparttar 134374 definitions of these 4 straight.

Shared Hosting -- This usually refers to buying a bit of space on a server. You are sharingrepparttar 134375 server with tens, maybe even hundreds of other people.

Reseller -- This is really for people who have multiple domains or who want to host other people. Depending onrepparttar 134376 size of you reseller package, you may be sharingrepparttar 134377 server with lots of other people.

Virtual Private server -- This is for people who need root access torepparttar 134378 server to install their own software. Basically a chunk ofrepparttar 134379 server is blocked off for each VPS user. There are usually not that many people sharing a server with VPS plans.

Dedicated server -- This is where you getrepparttar 134380 whole server to yourself and share it with no one. This is for large or intensive CPU or RAM sites.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is for small to medium sized sites. Shared hosting isrepparttar 134381 cheapest ofrepparttar 134382 four but has many drawbacks. You are probably sharingrepparttar 134383 server with many,many other people so performance may sometimes be an issue. With shared hosting you risk more downtime since if any ofrepparttar 134384 accounts onrepparttar 134385 server you are hosted on generates excessive CPU or RAM usage, it will slow your sites down. If you own a large site or a busy forum, you may want to think about upgrading your hosting. Shared plans usually limitrepparttar 134386 number or domains you can host per account.

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