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Owning your very own personal web page is necessary these days. The entry of the Internet in our everyday lives implies that, in order for someone to get noticed, or to make his opinion heard, one needs to devise a web site and publish it online. In order to do that, you in fact need 2 things - a web site and a hosting solution. Before setting up a web site, however, it's important to understand that there are distinct kinds of web hosting services and that not all websites can function with a randomly selected hosting. In order to describe this better, let us begin with the principal question:

What is Web Hosting?

Hosting, or otherwise known as 'web hosting', is an appellation that refers to the server itself, or the web hosting supplier that provides the web server. A server is a computer that's connected to the Internet and that's set up to use PHP, MySQL, Perl, and so on, which enables the users to upload their files on the server and to have them published on the Internet. There are two primary sorts of servers, determined by the OS of the web server - Windows and Linux. The two OSs are very different and, in most instances, not at all consistent with one another. Thus, prior to selecting the proper service, one should first verify what kind of web hosting server is needed for their site.

If you haven't devised the website yet, then let's take a more exhaustive glance at the difference between the two varieties and at what their upsides are.

What platform should you settle on - Windows or Linux?

As mentioned, there are web apps, which are only compatible with a given OS. For instance, JAVA scripts, .ASP pages, .NET Framework, Adobe ColdFusion are all Windows based and will not run on a Linux server. For that reason, if you want to make your site using any of the above, you should be searching for a Windows platform. Windows, however, is not open source-based, which denotes that it provides restricted possibilities as far as server security and privacy are concerned. This is the reason why, Linux is used by server administrators around the Globe and the majority of hosting companies use it on their web hosting servers. Utilizing Linux, the admin can configure the web server in a wholly customizable way, and if the web server is appropriately configured, it can ensure thorough security against computer hackers and malware. Additionally, the flexibility of Linux allows for greater optimization, which brings about better site functioning. For that reason, if you are looking for maximum security and web server performance, then you should set up your web site in such a manner that it functions with a Linux-based hosting server. This is not troublesome to do, since the most famous Content Management Systems, also famous as CMSs, like Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, and so on, are fully consistent with Linux servers and are popular all around the world for being one of the best software programs for creating and administering sites. Of course, this doesn't imply that each web hosting provider that's using Linux will have administrators who are capable to properly run a Linux web server. Picking the correct web hosting vendor is quite difficult nowadays, because the majority of them do not possess the capacity to employ an able, experienced admin. A Linux web server that hasn't been correctly configured can be highly risky to your website and personal details. For that reason, when selecting a host, it's invariably advisable to pick a well-established hosting distributor that's been in business for at least a couple of years.

How to spot the correct hosting provider for my website?

These service providers are easily identifiable by the way in which they are distributing their website hosting services. Established web hosting suppliers offer custom-developed features, various PHP-powered scripts or web applications. The most experienced, however, possess even their own custom-built CPs built particularly for their system. A hosting CP is an online-based panel, through which the customer administers the entire web hosting account. Smaller hosting vendors use ready-for-use hosting Control Panels such as cPanel or DirectAdmin. In order, though, to guarantee ultimate protection and performance for their hosting services, the biggest hosts supply their customers with their own personal custom-made website hosting CPs developed by their own admins. We, at 'PC021 Hosting solutions', don't only offer our own personal custom-made CP, but have also set up a free-of-charge open-source PHP-powered script software package, which allows our clients to easily activate any of the aforesaid open-source web content management apps. Specifications such as these confirm that we have the ability, the means and the necessary experience to be entrusted with maintaining your personal information confidential and your web site - reachable on the Internet.

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