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Description of Shared Web Hosting

Possessing your very own private web page is crucial in today's society. The entry of the Internet in our everyday lives implies that, in order for someone to get noticed, or to make his voice heard, one has to construct a website and take it online. In order to do that, you practically need 2 things - a web site and a hosting service. Prior to building a web portal, though, it's vital to know that there are diverse kinds of web hosting services and that not all sites can perform with a randomly chosen shared web hosting. In order to explain this better, let us start with the prime subject:

What is Web Hosting?

Hosting, or also known as 'web hosting', is a term that relates to the server itself, or the hosting distributor that possesses the server. A server is a computer that's connected to the Internet and that's configured to work with PHP, MySQL, Perl, etc., which enables the users to upload their files on the hosting server and to publish them on the World Wide Web. There are 2 primary varieties of hosting servers, based on the OS of the web server - Windows and Linux. The two Operating Systems are quite dissimilar and, in most cases, not at all consistent with one another. So, before choosing the correct solution, one should first find out what kind of web hosting server is needed for their web site.

If you haven't built the site so far, then let us have a more comprehensive look at the distinction between the two types and at what their benefits are.

What solution should you opt for - Windows or Linux?

As stated, there are frameworks, which are solely compatible with a certain Operating System. For example, JAVA scripts, .ASP pages, .NET Framework, Adobe ColdFusion are all based on Windows and will not function on a Linux hosting server. So, if you intend to design your website using any of the above, you should be seeking a Windows solution. Windows, though, is not an open-source software platform, which means that it provides limited choices as far as server safety and privacy are concerned. This is the reason why, Linux is utilized by server admins around the world and most hosting firms use it on their web servers. Utilizing Linux, the administrator can set up the web hosting server in a thoroughly modifiable way, and if the server is appropriately configured, it can ensure absolute defense against computer hackers and malware. Moreover, the customizability of Linux allows for greater optimization, which results in better website functioning. For that reason, if you want utmost safety and server performance, then you should construct your web site in such a manner that it functions with a Linux-driven server. This is not a problematic thing to accomplish, as the most commonly used Content Management Systems, also known as CMSs, like Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, and so on, are completely compatible with Linux servers and are popular all over the Globe for being one of the best software frameworks for setting up and handling sites. Certainly, this doesn't suggest that each hosting vendor that's utilizing Linux will have administrators who are able to properly administer a Linux hosting server. Selecting the proper hosting firm is quite difficult at the moment, because most of them do not possess the capacity to engage an expert, trained admin. A Linux web server that hasn't been appropriately configured can be very dangerous to your site and private information. So, when selecting a hosting service provider, it's invariably advisable to go with an established service provider that's been in business for at least a couple of years.

How to recognize the proper hosting provider for my website?

These service providers are easily identifiable by the manner in which they are providing their web hosting services. Established web hosting providers provide custom-built functionality, different open-source PHP-powered scripts or applications. The most practiced, though, possess even their own custom-created CPs devised especially for their system. A web hosting CP is a web-based graphical interface, via which the user administers the entire web hosting service. Smaller web hosting corporations utilize ready-made website hosting CPs like cPanel or DirectAdmin. In order, though, to ensure utmost safety and efficacy for their website hosting services, the leading web hosting companies supply their clients with their very own custom-built hosting CPs built by their very own admins. We, at 'McAllister Hosting', don't just provide our own personal custom-built CP, but have also created a free-of-cost PHP-driven script installer, which enables our customers to effortlessly activate any of the mentioned open-source content management platforms. Specs like these testify that we have the capacity, the resources and the experience to be entrusted with keeping your private details private and your website - available on the web.