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Explanation of Hosting

Possessing your own personal web portal is essential in modern-day society. The entrance of the Internet in our daily lives suggests that, in order for someone to become seen, or to get his voice heard, one needs to build a web portal and publish it online. In order to achieve that, you actually demand two elements - a site and a hosting service. Prior to designing a web page, though, it's vital to understand that there are different types of website hosting services and that not all sites can perform with a randomly selected hosting. In order to describe this better, let's start with the central topic:

What is Web Hosting?

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Hosting, or also popular as 'web hosting', is a name that refers to the actual hosting server, or the provider that provides 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, etc., which allows the clients to upload their web site files on the web hosting server and to publish them on the web. There are 2 main varieties of web hosting servers, depending on the OS of the server - Windows and Linux. The 2 OSs are very different and, in the majority of cases, not at all consistent with one another. Therefore, prior to selecting the suitable service, one should first check what kind of server is demanded for their site.

If you haven't designed the website yet, then let's have a more comprehensive glance at the distinction between the 2 types and at what their strengths are.

What solution should you settle on - Windows or Linux?

As stated, there are web applications, which are solely compatible with a given OS. For example, JAVA scripts, .ASP pages, .NET Framework, Adobe ColdFusion are all Windows based and will not perform on a Linux web hosting server. Hence, if you want to design your website using any of the above, you should be searching for a Windows platform. Windows, however, is not an open-source software platform, which signifies that it offers limited opportunities in terms of server security and privacy. Thus, Linux is used by web server administrators around the Globe and most hosting corporations utilize it on their web hosting servers. Using Linux, the admin can set up the hosting server in a totally modifiable manner, and if the web server is properly set up, it can ensure total security against hackers and malicious software. Moreover, the flexibility of Linux allows for better optimization, which brings about better web site performance. Therefore, if you want maximum safety and web server performance, then you should design your website in such a way that it operates with a Linux-based web server. This is not a hard thing to do, because the most widespread Content Management Systems, also famous as CMSs, like Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, and so on, are fully consistent with Linux servers and are known all around the Globe for being one of the best web application frameworks for designing and administering sites. Of course, this doesn't imply that each and every provider that's using Linux will have administrators who are capable to correctly administer a Linux web server. Selecting the correct hosting supplier is quite hard nowadays, since the majority of them do not have the capability to employ an expert, practiced web admin. A Linux server that hasn't been accurately configured can be quite risky to your site and private info. So, when selecting a hosting vendor, it's invariably advisable to choose a bigger provider that's been in business for at least a few years.

How to spot the correct web host for my web site?

These hosting vendors are easily identifiable by the manner in which they are providing their hosting packages. Established providers offer custom-developed features, diverse scripts or web apps. The most experienced, however, possess even their own custom-developed website hosting CPs devised especially for their platform. A hosting CP is an online-based graphical user interface, through which the customer handles the entire web hosting account. Smaller web hosting companies use ready-made website hosting CPs such as cPanel or DirectAdmin. In order, however, to ensure utmost safety and efficiency for their website hosting services, the biggest hosting providers give to their customers their own personal custom-developed website hosting Control Panels developed by their own administrators. We, at 'Tripplehost', don't just offer our very own custom-made CP, but have also created a free-of-cost PHP-driven script software package, which enables our clients to easily activate any of the mentioned web content management software applications. Specifications such as these imply that we have the capacity, the means and the experience to be entrusted with maintaining your personal information private and your website - available on the web.