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Monday, 28 December 2009

Who’s The Host?

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One question for someone new to web hosting may be what platform their server should operate around. There are a number of choices available and it can steal away many of hours of the day doing research on the topic. The crux of the matter is, there are two main web servers: Linux and Windows.

Microsoft developed and owns the Windows operating system. Linux is generally free. The cost of running a server does not affect the overall cost of a web hosting package. Buying a Windows hosting package can prove to be just as cheap as or even cheaper than a Linux web hosting package. It just depends what is available from the providing host.

A lot of people automatically assume that because a PC comes with Windows that a Windows website hosting package is the obvious choice. Not so. The web account will most likely be accessed through FTP or a control panel that both platforms support, even though some of the FTP commands differ slightly for each.

The debate over reliability and stability seems to find favour with Linux. The main reason being that Windows is the most widely-used operating system for the PC so hackers tend to go for the larger target. Linux is reported to perform faster because it is not bogged down with tons of extras. At the end of the day, web hosting will partly dictate goods speeds and reliability.

CWCS provide website hosting options for both Windows and Linux at competitive rates.

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