When thinking of using any webhosting service, users should consider whether they wish to use Windows or Linux platforms. Deciding this will make the entire process run a lot smoother and help webmasters get the best from their chosen service.
Benefits to using Linux
Linux is cheap to install. It is easy to start, run, and manage. However if you are a Windows user, you will have to learn how to use the new platform. This is not difficult and there are many resources online to aid you. If you wish to continue using Windows and simply use a Linux hosting service, you do not need to learn a new operating system.
Price and popularity
Linux operating system is just as popular as Windows. Linux is the most popular system for webhosting online mostly because it is “open source” software that is easily obtainable and can be easily adapted to suit user and hosting needs. Linux allows for great software flexibility and is popular among large companies. Because Linux is open source, it is available to many people, who can view its source or code. This allows the software to be improved all the time through a variety of people pointing out bugs and amending its services, options, and performance. It is effectively monitored by a large amount of web users. This grand scale monitoring gives it an incredible transparency over Windows. Linux is software that is being developed by its users and its makers all the time.
If you design a website in Linux, you will encounter fewer problems when uploading your site onto a website through a hosting server. This is because most hosting servers are already using Linux. However, this is not to say that if you upload a Windows website on a Linux webhost, you will encounter problems. Linux is more widely used among large companies and webhosting, and Windows is more widely used by individual consumers.
Ease of access
It is just as easy to transfer files with Linux as it is with Windows, and both operating systems maintain a similar method for uploading files through FTP software when placing files on a web server.
One of the biggest reasons for using Linux is its power in dealing with databases. MySQL databases are compatible with both Linux and Windows, but more popular on Linux. MySQL is the most widely used database system online and the most effective way to keep data. It is more common for Windows to use Access.
Security is stronger with Linux, but it is widely argued that Windows, if administered well, is just as safe. There are a variety of effective options to help you make your PC and website more secure using Linux. Well-known Linux hosting servers have developed a fantastic reputation for providing good security to their users.
Linux is a more widely used hosting service than that of Windows, and if given the choice, users may want to opt for Linux hosting. Linux hosting is the same price as Windows hosting. It is a good idea to learn both Linux and Windows if you are a serious webmaster.
Posted by admin on May 19th, 2011 :: Filed under Linux Hosting
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