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What is Shared Hosting?

Owning your own private web site is mandatory in present-day society. The fusion of the Internet in our daily lives suggests that, in order for somebody to be noticed, or to make his voice heard, one needs to build a web portal and bring it online. In order to do that, you actually need two elements - a website and a hosting solution. Before developing a web site, however, it's essential to have in mind that there are distinct types of web hosting services and that not all web sites can operate with a randomly selected shared hosting. In order to illustrate this better, let's start with the main theme:

What is Hosting?

Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$2.75 / month
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$3.75 / month

Hosting, or otherwise known as 'web hosting', is a name that refers to the web hosting server itself, or the web host that provides the web server. A web hosting server is a computer that's connected to the World Wide Web and that's set up to support PHP, MySQL, Perl, etc., which permits the clients to upload their files on the web server and to have them published on the Internet. There are 2 main kinds of hosting servers, depending on the Operating System of the web server - Windows and Linux. The two Operating Systems are very different and, in the majority of cases, not at all consistent with each other. Therefore, prior to picking the correct service, one should first find out what kind of web hosting server is required for their online portal.

If you haven't constructed the web site so far, then let's take a more comprehensive glance at the distinction between the two types and at what their positive aspects are.

What solution should you settle on - Windows or Linux?

As mentioned, there are apps, which are only consistent with a specific OS. For example, JAVA scripts, .ASP pages, .NET Framework, Adobe ColdFusion are all Windows based and will not operate on a Linux server. For that reason, if you consider to build your site using any of the above, you should be seeking a Windows service. Windows, however, is not open source-based, which means that it offers limited opportunities as far as server security and privacy are concerned. This is the reason why, Linux is favored by server admins around the world and the majority of hosting companies use it on their servers. Utilizing Linux, the administrator can configure the server in a completely customizable manner, and if the web server is correctly set up, it can ensure total security against hackers and malware. Additionally, the customizability of Linux allows for greater optimization, which leads to better website performance. So, if you want maximum security and web server performance, then you should design your website in such a manner that it runs with a Linux-based web hosting server. This is not a troublesome thing to accomplish, since the most commonly used Content Management Systems, also known as CMSs, like Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, and so on, are completely compatible with Linux web servers and are popular all over the Globe for being one of the best web application frameworks for building and administering sites. By all means, this doesn't mean that each and every web hosting corporation that's utilizing Linux will have administrators who are able to properly run a Linux web hosting server. Choosing the correct hosting company is very tough now, because the majority of them do not have the capability to employ a competent, experienced web administrator. A Linux hosting server that hasn't been properly set up can be extremely hazardous to your web site and private details. So, when picking a host, it's invariably recommendable to pick a bigger company that's been in business for at least several years.

How to identify the proper hosting company for my web site?

These companies are easily identifiable by the manner in which they are delivering their website hosting packages. Established web hosting companies provide custom-developed functionality, various open-source PHP-powered scripts or software apps. The most practiced, though, have even their very own custom-built website hosting CPs developed particularly for their system. A website hosting Control Panel is an online-based GUI, via which the client administers the whole web hosting service. Smaller web hosting service providers make use of pre-developed website hosting CPs such as cPanel or DirectAdmin. In order, however, to guarantee maximum safety and performance for their services, the leading hosts provide their customers with their own custom-built Control Panels made by their very own administrators. We, at 'HarryHost', don't merely provide our own personal custom-created Control Panel, but have also created a free-of-charge open-source PHP-based script installation tool, which permits our clients to effortlessly activate any of the abovementioned open-source content management apps. Specifications like these show that we have the ability, the resources and the experience to be entrusted with keeping your personal info private and your web site - available on the World Wide Web.