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Possessing your very own personal website is essential in present-day society. The integration of the Internet in our daily lives denotes that, in order for someone to get noticed, or to make his voice heard, one has to construct a web page and publish it online. In order to achieve that, you virtually require 2 things - a web site and a web hosting solution. Prior to devising a website, however, it's important to realize that there are different sorts of website hosting services and that not all websites can work with a randomly selected web hosting service. In order to illustrate this better, let's start with the main subject:

What is Web Hosting?

Hosting, or otherwise famous as 'web hosting', is an appellation that relates to the web hosting server itself, or the hosting company that provides the web server. A web hosting server is a computer that's connected to the web and that's configured to use PHP, MySQL, Perl, etc., which allows the users to upload their files on the server and to make them visible on the Internet. There are 2 main varieties of servers, on the basis of the Operating System of the web server - Windows and Linux. The two OSs are very dissimilar and, in the majority of instances, not at all compatible with each other. This is the reason why, prior to picking the proper solution, one should first examine what sort of hosting server is required for their web portal.

If you haven't created the web site so far, then let us have a more exhaustive glance at the distinction between the two varieties and at what their advantages are.

What solution should I go with - Windows or Linux?

As mentioned, there are frameworks, which are only compatible with a given OS. For example, JAVA scripts, .ASP pages, .NET Framework, Adobe ColdFusion are all Windows based and will not work on a Linux web server. Thus, if you want to make your web site using any of the above, you should be searching for a Windows platform. Windows, though, is not an open-source software platform, which signifies that it provides limited options in terms of server safety and privacy. Hence, Linux is favored by web server administrators worldwide and the majority of hosting providers use it on their hosting servers. Using Linux, the admin can set up the server in an entirely modifiable way, and if the hosting server is properly set up, it can offer absolute protection against computer hackers and malicious software. Also, the flexibility of Linux permits for better software optimization, which results in better website operation. Therefore, if you are looking for supreme security and web server performance, then you should make your site in such a manner that it operates with a Linux-powered hosting server. This is not a difficult thing to achieve, as the most famous Content Management Systems, also famous as CMSs, such as Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, and so on, are completely compatible with Linux servers and are known all over the Globe for being one of the best web application frameworks for designing and handling web sites. Sure enough, this doesn't suggest that each service provider that's using Linux will have administrators who are capable to properly manage a Linux hosting server. Selecting the proper hosting firm is very difficult today, as most of them do not possess the capacity to appoint a competent, practiced admin. A Linux server that hasn't been appropriately set up can be very hazardous to your web site and personal details. Therefore, when choosing a web hosting supplier, it's always recommendable to opt for a solid web hosting vendor that's been in business for at least several years.

How to identify the right company for my web site?

These hosting service providers are easily detectable by the manner in which they are delivering their web hosting packages. Established hosting providers provide custom-developed features, different free PHP-based scripts or web application frameworks. The most experienced, though, have even their own custom-built hosting Control Panels designed particularly for their platform. A website hosting Control Panel is a web-based dashboard, through which the client administers the whole hosting account. Smaller hosting suppliers avail of ready-for-use website hosting Control Panels such as cPanel or DirectAdmin. In order, however, to guarantee maximum protection and efficacy for their services, the biggest hosting providers furnish their customers with their own personal in-house built Control Panels made by their very own admins. One such website hosting supplier is 'NTChosting', which not only offers its own custom-built Control Panel, but has also developed a free-of-charge open-source PHP-powered script software package, which allows its clients to easily activate any of the aforementioned web content management software platforms. Specs such as these are evidence that the particular host has the capability, the resources and the experience to be entrusted with preserving your personal information private and your website - available on the World Wide Web.