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Owning your very own personal web site is a must in today's society. The entry of the World Wide Web in our everyday lives suggests that, in order for someone to become noticed, or to make his voice heard, one has to design a web site and bring it online. In order to fulfill that, you in fact demand two things - a website and a hosting service. Prior to creating a site, though, it's crucial to understand that there are diverse types of hosting services and that not all websites can perform with a randomly chosen shared hosting. In order to clarify this better, let's commence with the chief issue:

What is Hosting?

Hosting, or otherwise famous as 'web hosting', is an appellation that relates to the hosting server itself, or the hosting distributor that runs the server. A server is a computer that's connected to the Internet and that's set up to work with PHP, MySQL, Perl, etc., which permits the customers to upload their files on the hosting server and to make them visible on the Internet. There are two primary sorts of web hosting servers, based on the Operating System of the server - Windows and Linux. The two Operating Systems are very dissimilar and, in most cases, not at all consistent with one another. Hence, prior to selecting the proper solution, one should first check what sort of web hosting server is necessary for their web site.

If you haven't set up the web site yet, then let's have a more exhaustive look at the difference between the two types and at what their strong sides are.

What service should you pick - Windows or Linux?

As pointed out, there are software applications, which are only compatible with a particular OS. For example, JAVA scripts, .ASP pages, .NET Framework, Adobe ColdFusion are all based on Windows and will not work on a Linux hosting server. Hence, if you consider to make your web site using any of the above, you should be looking for a Windows service. Windows, though, is not open-source software, which implies that it offers restricted opportunities as far as server security and privacy are concerned. That is the reason why, Linux is favored by server admins around the Globe and the majority of hosting companies use it on their servers. Using Linux, the admin can set up the web server in a thoroughly modifiable manner, and if the server is properly configured, it can provide total defense against hackers and malware. Also, the customizability of Linux allows for better software optimization, which results in better web site functioning. Thus, if you want supreme protection and web server functioning, then you should make your website in such a manner that it operates with a Linux-driven web server. This is not hard to achieve, because the most widely used Content Management Systems, also popular as CMSs, such as Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, and so on, are fully compatible with Linux servers and are famous all over the world for being one of the best software applications for constructing and administering websites. By all means, this doesn't mean that each and every web hosting provider that's utilizing Linux will have admins who are able to correctly run a Linux hosting server. Choosing the proper web hosting distributor is very difficult nowadays, since the majority of them do not possess the capacity to appoint a capable, trained admin. A Linux web hosting server that hasn't been properly set up can be very risky to your web site and personal information. So, when picking a hosting provider, it's invariably advisable to choose an established hosting firm that's been in business for at least a couple of years.

How to spot the correct web hosting firm for my web site?

These web hosting providers are easily recognizable by the way in which they are delivering their website hosting packages. Established hosting firms offer custom-built features, diverse open-source PHP-driven scripts or web app frameworks. The most practiced, however, have even their very own custom-designed Control Panels devised especially for their platform. A website hosting Control Panel is a web-based user interface, via which the client administers the whole web hosting account. Smaller-sized hosting providers make use of ready-to-use Control Panels like cPanel or DirectAdmin. In order, though, to ensure ultimate protection and effectiveness for their hosting services, the biggest providers give to their customers their very own personal custom-made Control Panels built by their very own admins. We, at 'Mad Dog Web Hosting', don't merely offer our very own custom-created CP, but have also developed a free-of-cost script package, which permits our customers to easily activate any of the aforesaid open-source Content Management System software platforms. Specs such as these manifest that we have the ability, the means and the necessary experience to be entrusted with preserving your personal information confidential and your website - accessible on the Internet.