Many people recognize Linux as the best type of web hosting solution
around, because of the added advantages of this solutions, which provide
security, functionality, and affordability all in the
Linux servers have been known to run for long periods of time without
technical difficulties or down time being experienced, which is a
considerable achievement since many Microsoft servers need to refresh and
operating systems at regular intervals.
Linux installations have no known vulnerabilities in their security
operating system; however, it is still considered a priority of Linux to
keep their systems running with the best degree of security around.
Linux also offers its customers the added advantage of cheaper Linux based
solutions. This is largely due to open source
distributions; hosts generally pass these savings onto their customers,
making Linux solutions extremely affordable.
With every advantage of a solution, there has to be disadvantages as well,
Linux hosting solutions are no exception to this rule. One of the main
disadvantages of Linux based applications is that they are unable to
accommodate windows applications and the coding conversions. This can
spell disaster for websites that have been coded especially for windows
When choosing a
provider for Linux, make sure he offers all the basics
on security, including firewall, load balance for the
servers, Denial of Attack (DOS) protection.
Also, there are some basics services any service should include, such as
MYSQL services, statistics (preferably two scripts),
antivirus and antispam services (added or included) and
the possibility to add your own scripts via FTP. If
provider doesnít include SSH access (this is very common), make sure
they can offer you support to install those scripts. Of course, if your
script presents a security flaw, your provider may ask you to change it or
deny installing it altogether.
Windows web hosting solutions provide many benefits such as NET support,
ASP, visual basic C++ and pearl scripts. Windows are also known for their
dynamic page displays. All windows plans, as well as MSSql for more
webmasters support the Microsoft Access 2000 database
and are generally easy and strait forward to apply codes to.
Be aware that a Microsoft Access database, although simple to use is a
limited option, and should not be considered if you are planning your
site to grow. However, it is a very good option for small sites with
Although Windows hosting packages offer a large number of benefits and
extras, the fact that they have the odd
problem, are prone to down time, and scheduled rebooting
on a regular basis remains a viable disadvantage to using windows servers
as an option for your web site.
While the choice of a web hosting provider is an individual decision,
those looking for a business solution should consider the benefits and
disadvantages of both windows and Linux severs before making a choice.