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Running your own personal web page is very important nowadays. The fusion of the Internet in our everyday lives denotes that, in order for somebody to become noticed, or to make his opinion heard, one needs to create a site and bring it online. In order to accomplish that, you virtually need 2 elements - a website and a hosting solution. Prior to creating a site, however, it's important to have in mind that there are separate types of hosting services and that not all sites can perform with a randomly selected hosting. In order to explain this better, let's begin with the primary issue:

What is Web Hosting?

Hosting, or otherwise popular as 'web hosting', is an appellation that refers to the actual web hosting server, or the hosting vendor that administers the web server. A hosting server is a computer that's connected to the Internet and that's configured to support PHP, MySQL, Perl, and so on, which enables the users to upload their website files on the server and to publish them online. There are two main types of hosting servers, based on the Operating System of the web hosting server - Windows and Linux. The two Operating Systems are quite dissimilar and, in most instances, not at all consistent with one another. Therefore, before choosing the suitable solution, one should first determine what type of web server is necessary for their web site.

If you haven't constructed the website yet, then let's have a more detailed glance at the distinction between the 2 types and at what their strengths are.

What platform should you choose - Windows or Linux?

As pointed out, there are web application frameworks, which are only compatible with a specific OS. For example, JAVA scripts, .ASP pages, .NET Framework, Adobe ColdFusion are all based on Windows and will not function on a Linux hosting server. Hence, if you intend to set up your site using any of the above, you should be looking for a Windows platform. Windows, though, is not an open-source software platform, which implies that it offers limited opportunities in terms of server security and privacy. Hence, Linux is favored by server admins around the Globe and the majority of hosting corporations utilize it on their web servers. Using Linux, the admin can configure the server in a completely modifiable manner, and if the server is correctly configured, it can provide thorough safety against computer hackers and malware. Moreover, the flexibility of Linux permits for better software optimization, which leads to better website performance. So, if you want ultimate security and web server functioning, then you should build your web site in such a way that it performs with a Linux-driven hosting server. This is not tough to fulfill, because the most widely used Content Management Systems, also known as CMSs, such as Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, etc., are fully consistent with Linux servers and are popular all over the world for being one of the best web app frameworks for creating and handling web sites. Of course, this doesn't imply that every web hosting distributor that's utilizing Linux will have administrators who are able to properly handle a Linux web server. Choosing the proper web hosting firm is quite tough these days, since most of them do not have the capability to appoint a good, practiced admin. A Linux hosting server that hasn't been accurately configured can be very risky to your web site and personal info. Hence, when picking a web hosting distributor, it's always recommendable to settle on a well-established web hosting provider that's been in business for at least a couple of years.

How to spot the correct host for my website?

These hosting suppliers are easily detectable by the manner in which they are delivering their website hosting plans. Established hosting companies offer custom-built functionality, various open-source PHP-based scripts or software apps. The most practiced, however, have even their own custom-created website hosting Control Panels devised particularly for their system. A web hosting CP is a web-based graphical interface, via which the client handles the whole web hosting service. Smaller service providers avail of ready-for-use hosting Control Panels such as cPanel or DirectAdmin. In order, though, to guarantee ultimate safety and performance for their website hosting services, the leading web hosting distributors provide their clients with their own personal in-house built website hosting Control Panels created by their own administrators. We, at 'MnMwebs', don't merely provide our own custom-built CP, but have also created a free-of-charge PHP-based script package, which enables our clients to easily activate any of the mentioned CMS software platforms. Features such as these show that we have the ability, the means and the experience to be entrusted with preserving your private information private and your web site - up and running on the World Wide Web.

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