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Running your very own private web portal is a necessity these days. The integration of the Internet in our daily lives signifies that, in order for someone to be noticed, or to make his voice heard, one needs to make a website and post it online. In order to fulfill that, you actually need two things - a web site and a website hosting solution. Prior to designing a web page, though, it's crucial to have in mind that there are various sorts of website hosting services and that not all sites can perform with a randomly picked hosting service. In order to illustrate this better, let us commence with the prime issue:

What is Hosting?

Hosting, or otherwise famous as 'web hosting', is a designation that refers to the server itself, or the hosting vendor that administers the hosting server. A web hosting server is a computer that's connected to the web and that's set up to support PHP, MySQL, Perl, and so on, which enables the clients to upload their files on the hosting server and to publish them online. There are 2 primary sorts of hosting servers, based on the Operating System of the web hosting server - Windows and Linux. The two OSs are very different and, in most cases, not at all consistent with one another. This is the reason why, prior to picking the right solution, one should first ascertain what type of hosting server is required for their site.

If you haven't devised the web site so far, then let us have a more exhaustive glimpse at the distinction between the 2 types and at what their pluses are.

What platform should I choose - Windows or Linux?

As stated, there are apps, which are only consistent with a specific OS. For example, JAVA scripts, .ASP pages, .NET Framework, Adobe ColdFusion are all based on Windows and will not function on a Linux hosting server. For that reason, if you aim to make your website using any of the above, you should be seeking a Windows platform. Windows, though, is not an open-source software platform, which implies that it provides restricted possibilities when it comes to server security and privacy. That is the reason why, Linux is favored by server administrators around the Globe and the majority of web hosting vendors use it on their web servers. Using Linux, the administrator can set up the server in a fully customizable manner, and if the server is correctly set up, it can ensure supreme defense against computer hackers and malicious software. Plus, the customizability of Linux allows for better software optimization, which brings about better web site functioning. So, if you want utmost protection and server operation, then you should devise your web site in such a manner that it operates with a Linux-driven server. This is not a tough thing to fulfill, since the most widespread Content Management Systems, also famous as CMSs, like Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, and so on, are completely consistent with Linux servers and are popular all around the Globe for being one of the best web application frameworks for designing and administering web sites. Of course, this doesn't mean that each web hosting company that's utilizing Linux will have administrators who are capable to correctly manage a Linux hosting server. Picking the correct hosting distributor is very difficult at the moment, because the majority of them do not have the ability to employ an able, practiced admin. A Linux web hosting server that hasn't been accurately set up can be very dangerous to your website and personal info. For that reason, when picking a provider, it's invariably advisable to select a bigger web hosting provider that's been in business for at least a few years.

How to recognize the proper service provider for my web site?

These web hosting firms are easily recognizable by the way in which they are distributing their web site hosting packages. Established hosting service providers provide custom-built features, various PHP scripts or software applications. The most experienced, though, possess even their own personal custom-devised CPs built particularly for their system. A hosting CP is an online-based graphical user interface, through which the client administers the entire hosting account. Smaller hosting vendors avail of ready-for-use CPs such as cPanel or DirectAdmin. In order, though, to guarantee maximum security and performance for their website hosting services, the leading web hosting providers furnish their clients with their own personal in-house built CPs developed by their very own admins. One such company is 'ExclusiveHosting', which not merely provides its very own personal custom-devised Control Panel, but has also created a free-of-charge open-source PHP-powered script installer, which allows its customers to effortlessly activate any of the abovementioned open-source web content management platforms. Features such as these manifest that the specific hosting firm has the capability, the means and the necessary experience to be entrusted with maintaining your personal details private and your web site - accessible on the World Wide Web.