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Running your very own personal online portal is crucial these days. The introduction of the Internet in our daily lives means that, in order for someone to get noticed, or to make his opinion heard, one needs to establish an online portal and get it online. In order to achieve that, you virtually demand two elements - a website and a hosting service. Prior to devising an online portal, though, it's vital to bear in mind that there are different varieties of hosting services and that not all sites can work with a randomly selected web hosting. In order to explain this better, let us commence with the chief issue:

What is Hosting?

Hosting, or otherwise known as 'web hosting', is a designation that relates to the server itself, or the company that administers the 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 allows the users to upload their web files on the web hosting server and to publish them on the Internet. There are two principal kinds of web hosting servers, on the basis of the Operating System of the web hosting server - Windows and Linux. The two OSs are quite different and, in the majority of instances, not at all compatible with one another. That's why, before selecting the right solution, one should first examine what type of server is necessary for their online portal.

If you haven't constructed the web site so far, then let us take a more exhaustive glance at the difference between the two varieties and at what their benefits are.

What platform should you choose - Windows or Linux?

As mentioned, there are applications, which are only compatible with a particular OS. For example, JAVA scripts, .ASP pages, .NET Framework, Adobe ColdFusion are all Windows based and will not perform on a Linux server. Hence, if you want to construct your site utilizing any of the above, you should be looking for a Windows solution. Windows, though, is not open source-based, which signifies that it offers restricted possibilities in terms of server security and privacy. That is the reason why, Linux is favored by web server admins worldwide and most hosting suppliers use it on their hosting servers. Using Linux, the administrator can configure the web server in a thoroughly modifiable way, and if the server is properly set up, it can ensure supreme defense against hackers and malicious software. Plus, the flexibility of Linux permits for better optimization, which brings about better website functioning. Hence, if you want ultimate security and server functioning, then you should develop your website in such a way that it performs with a Linux-powered web server. This is not a hard thing to fulfill, as the most famous Content Management Systems, also known as CMSs, such as Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, etc., are fully compatible with Linux web servers and are popular all around the Globe for being one of the best frameworks for developing and administering sites. By all means, this doesn't mean that each and every hosting distributor that's utilizing Linux will have admins who are capable to appropriately manage a Linux hosting server. Picking the appropriate web host is quite difficult at the moment, since the majority of them do not possess the capacity to employ a good, trained admin. A Linux web server that hasn't been properly configured can be quite dangerous to your web site and private info. Hence, when selecting a web hosting corporation, it's invariably recommendable to pick a bigger web hosting corporation that's been in business for at least several years.

How to recognize the proper provider for my website?

These web hosting distributors are easily recognizable by the manner in which they are offering their web hosting services. Established web hosting firms provide custom-built features, various free open-source PHP-powered scripts or apps. The most experienced, however, have even their very own custom-designed web hosting Control Panels developed especially for their system. A website hosting CP is an online-based user interface, via which the user handles the entire web hosting account. Smaller hosting firms make use of pre-built CPs such as cPanel or DirectAdmin. In order, however, to ensure maximum security and performance for their services, the biggest hosting companies supply their clients with their own in-house built hosting Control Panels made by their own admins. We, at 'Host 23', don't merely offer our own personal custom-devised Control Panel, but have also developed a free PHP-based script installation tool, which enables our clients to effortlessly activate any of the aforementioned open-source content management software apps. Features such as these are evidence that we have the ability, the resources and the experience to be entrusted with preserving your personal details private and your site - available on the web.

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