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Choosing proper web hosting services
At the beginning, the online business owner has to decide which type of web server would be most suitable as per his company requirements, especially in terms of disk volume and available bandwidth. In a small business, for example, basic web hosting services are adequate. Shared server plans, wherein data is stored on a server location common to other clients as well, are inexpensive and sufficient for the above type of business. A medium-sized business may require a dedicated hosting plan, while cloud servers are best for large businesses.
In order to take care of complex web applications, which need a resourceful web environment, a shared hosting plan would not be suitable. In such a case, reputed companies sign up for Virtual Private Servers (VPS) hosting. Each VPS account has its own operating system, along with resources to ensure its isolation from other projects and data security.
Windows hosting compared to Linux hosting
After choosing the hosting server, the next step is to choose an appropriate operating system. Two solutions are most commonly used here, namely windows hosting and linux hosting. The choice to be made here is not very challenging, since the operating system depends on programming language and scripts in use for creation of websites. For example, if based on ASP or ASP.NET scripts and other Microsoft products, Windows becomes an obvious choice. But if web projects have been created using PHP, Perl, CGI, Python and similar open-source technologies, Linux assures optimum compatibility and performance.
In general, each and every company or business cannot manage its own IT staff and infrastructure, which implies that management-based web hosting services are more economical for them. Typically, the hosting company takes up complete responsibility for all technical processes such as initial server setup, reboots, configurations, application installation, security patches, checking the server performance, ports security as well as virus protection. On the other hand, if there are adequate resources to manage IT staff who would ensure appropriate server management as well as maintenance, then it is not necessary to pay extra money for managed services. This way, the virtual environment always remains under the company's control.