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Running your very own personal online portal is a must today. The introduction of the World Wide Web in our everyday lives means that, in order for someone to become seen, or to make his voice heard, one needs to construct a website and get it online. In order to fulfill that, you virtually require two things - a site and a hosting solution. Prior to constructing a site, though, it's vital to comprehend that there are distinct kinds of website hosting services and that not all sites can operate with a randomly chosen shared hosting. In order to explain this better, let's start with the prime point:

What is Hosting?

Hosting, or also popular as 'web hosting', is an appellation that relates to the actual web hosting server, or the web hosting vendor that runs the web hosting server. A web server is a computer that's connected to the web and that's configured to support PHP, MySQL, Perl, etc., which permits the customers to upload their web site files on the web hosting server and to publish them on the World Wide Web. There are 2 primary sorts of web hosting servers, determined by the OS of the server - Windows and Linux. The two OSs are quite dissimilar and, in the majority of cases, not at all consistent with one another. That is the reason why, before choosing the appropriate service, one should first learn what kind of hosting server is demanded for their web page.

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

What platform should you pick - Windows or Linux?

As stated, there are web applications, which are solely consistent with a given Operating System. For instance, JAVA scripts, .ASP pages, .NET Framework, Adobe ColdFusion are all Windows based and will not function on a Linux hosting server. Hence, if you are looking to devise your site using any of the above, you should be searching for a Windows platform. Windows, however, is not an open-source platform, which implies that it offers limited possibilities as far as server safety and privacy are concerned. That is the reason why, Linux is preferred by web server admins worldwide and most hosting providers utilize it on their web hosting servers. Utilizing Linux, the administrator can set up the server in a thoroughly customizable way, and if the web server is correctly configured, it can offer complete security against hackers and malicious software. Additionally, the customizability of Linux allows for greater software optimization, which contributes to better web site functioning. Therefore, if you are looking for supreme security and server performance, then you should build your site in such a manner that it functions with a Linux-driven web server. This is not tough to accomplish, since the most commonly used Content Management Systems, also famous as CMSs, such as Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, and so on, are fully compatible with Linux servers and are popular all around the Globe for being one of the best software apps for creating and managing web sites. Certainly, this doesn't suggest that each and every web hosting firm that's utilizing Linux will have administrators who are able to correctly handle a Linux web hosting server. Picking the proper hosting corporation is very hard these days, because the majority of them do not have the capacity to engage an expert, practiced web admin. A Linux server that hasn't been accurately configured can be extremely hazardous to your website and personal info. Therefore, when choosing a web hosting distributor, it's invariably advisable to opt for a solid service provider that's been in business for at least a few years.

How to identify the correct hosting distributor for my site?

These hosting suppliers are easily recognizable by the manner in which they are supplying their website hosting services. Established hosting providers provide custom-developed functionality, different free scripts or software applications. The most practiced, however, have even their own custom-built hosting CPs built especially for their platform. A website hosting Control Panel is a web-based interface, through which the user handles the entire web hosting account. Smaller-sized web hosting companies avail of ready-made CPs like cPanel or DirectAdmin. In order, however, to ensure ultimate security and effectiveness for their web hosting services, the biggest providers offer to their clients their very own custom-built website hosting Control Panels developed by their own admins. We, at 'XS Web Sites', don't merely provide our very own personal custom-developed Control Panel, but have also developed a free-of-cost open-source PHP-driven script installation tool, which enables our customers to easily activate any of the mentioned open-source content management applications. Specifications like these reveal that we have the ability, the means and the experience to be entrusted with retaining your personal information confidential and your web site - available on the web.

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