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Linux Hosting Company

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Linux is the most popular platform for use by web hosting companies as it is low cost and Linux servers are easy to maintain, providing web hosting companies with a win-win situation as they are able to offer highly profitable web hosting plans whilst reducing the amount of effort that will need to be put in to maintain the server. Linux shared hosting plans are often seen as the cheapest web hosting packages available because you are combining an open source operating system with the cheapest form of web hosting, the result of which will be web hosting services that pretty much anyone can afford, although the specifications of shared web hosting plans are only generally suitable for users with the most basic of needs. There are many different Linux distributions to choose from if you are looking into using Linux VPS server hosting or Linux dedicated server hosting, providing you with the opportunity to develop a completely custom web hosting service that will be able to meet your Linux hosting needs. The benefit of using a specialist Linux web hosting company is that they will be able to provide you with support that is tailored towards the operating system and if you face any issues with your Linux web hosting service then their technicians should be able to sort the issue in no time at all. As Linux is an open source operating system, it is offered by most web hosting providers meaning that there will be a large number of Linux hosting companies to choose from.

Benefits of Using the Linux Operating System

There are many benefits to using the Linux operating system in a web hosting environment, especially for consumers who are looking for low-cost web hosting services. The main benefits that are available from using Linux web hosting include:

  • Open source – as the Linux operating system is open source, it allows web hosting companies to offer low cost web hosting services without compromising the quality of the web hosting service provided – when compared to commercial platforms such as Windows, open source operating systems are able to provide the benefit of full access to the operating system source code meaning that modifications can be made to the core of the platform if required as some larger web hosting providers may choose to do this if they are looking to offer improved levels of security and a more stable platform than what other web hosting companies can provide
  • Reliability – when compared to Windows web hosting plans, Linux web hosting plans are seen as being more reliable and can provide customers with a worry-free web hosting experience – the issue that many web hosting companies are trying to overcome is downtime because this can be a major disadvantage to businesses that rely on their websites to provide them with a source of income, whether that be through advertising or sales of a product, because in such situations downtime can cost money – it is recommended that you choose a web hosting plan that can provide you with an uptime guarantee, simply so you know what to expect from your web hosting package
  • Security – the security of Linux web hosting servers is seen as being stronger than that of a Windows server because there are many different measures that can be taken to provide a high level of security to Linux hosting customers – as well as using software firewalls to improve the level of security surrounding a Linux web hosting server, hardware firewalls are also recommended as well as measures to prevent SQL injections that could potentially take place through hosted web pages that are using weak code.

Disadvantages of Using Linux Web Hosting

There can also be disadvantages to using the Linux platform under some circumstances, include but not limited to:

  • Management – the management of Linux servers can be seen as being an issue in some situations because you can only manage a Linux server through the command line over SSH meaning that you need to have some sort of basic knowledge as to how the Linux operating system functions so that you know what commands to use to complete certain tasks that will need to be done as part of maintaining your server – however, if you are inexperienced with server management then you can always consider using a fully managed Linux server hosting service as a way of having your needs met because this will take the responsibility of managing your Linux server away from you and will pass it on to an experienced support team who will do a professional job of it – if you do have experience with managing Linux servers then you can use this to your advantage by purchasing an unmanaged Linux server which you can then manage yourself, saving yourself money in the process
  • Hacker target – because Linux is so widely used by large businesses and web hosting providers alike, Linux servers are often one of the main targets for hackers that are looking to gain access to systems illegally to steal the data and other information held on them – this can be an issue for some because it means that more advanced security measures have to be taken to protect Linux web hosting servers and the data that they hold and this can cost web hosting companies both time and money to ensure that the task is completed to a high level.

In conclusion, there are many different Linux web hosting companies to choose from and because of this you should consider each company based on their own merits as opposed to what they are able to offer in terms of web hosting plans as there is likely to be little difference between the services provided by individual web hosting companies. For the most part you won’t need to be worrying about the Linux distribution that is being used unless you are using Linux dedicated web hosting and have highly specific requirements as this will provide you with an opportunity to select an OS that has been designed for a specific purpose.

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PHP Scripting Language

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

PHP is a popular, open source scripting language that is used for the development of dynamic websites, usually in conjunction with MySQL databases that act as a backend store for the information required by the website. PHP is available across multiple platforms meaning that your choice of operating system shouldn’t restrict you from using PHP, more so your skills are going to be the main factor that could hold you back with regards to PHP development. One of the main reasons that businesses choose to use PHP for their development needs is that they can easily modify the core of the scripting language if they wish to add additional functionality or improve certain factors and functions in order to provide their web users with a more stable user experience. PHP is the best scripting language to use in a Linux web hosting environment as it will provide you with the best level of interaction with the operating system and when you’re trying to develop scalable web applications, you want to make the most of what the operating system has to offer. There are many websites that will also be able to aid you with PHP development if you are having issues with a certain aspect of dynamic website development.


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Database Hosting

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

When creating a dynamic website you are going to need a database backend for use as a central location where all of the data that is relevant to your website can be stored so it can then be accessed by all of the dynamic web pages that will have access to your database credentials. If you are only running a small website then you will find that a standard shared web hosting package will provide you with the capacity that you require in order to use a small database with your website; if you have more complex requirements then you may wish to use a more complex solution such as database server hosting – a separate database server will provide you with its own advantages. Both Linux and Windows web hosting services are able to support database services to a good extent with MySQL being one database standard that is capable of functioning correctly on both operating systems. There are also platform specific database servers available for use depending on what your exact requirements are, although at the end of the day your choice of database application and/or server is more likely to be based on the scripting language that you use as the basis of your website.

A website can only be classed as a dynamic website if it has been created using a scripting language that has then been linked back to an external database where all of the website’s content is stored. You can choose between using database server applications and more simpler desktop database applications that will store all of your content in a single file rather than serving it through a service. Databases that are served through database servers tend to be more secure than those that are single files as files can be easily downloaded if they are stored within the publicly accessible web space.

Database applications are available for both Windows and Linux servers meaning that your choice of operating system is unlikely to affect your choice of database application; the one factor that is more likely to affect your choice is going to be your choice of scripting language. For example, if you choose to use the PHP scripting language for the development of your dynamic website then you are more likely to consider the MySQL database server for your database hosting requirements; when using classic ASP or ASP.NET you are going to be more intent on using Microsoft database applications such as Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft Access.

A shared web hosting package should be able to provide you with the facilities that will allow you to host at least one database within the web space that you have purchased, thus providing you with the resources required for the running of a small website. Often you will find that web hosting providers are going to be more willing to offer the facility to host an unlimited number of databases under your shared web hosting account, although at the end of the day you are still going to be limited by the amount of disk space that you have available to use.

VPS server and dedicated server hosting solutions are only recommended for larger businesses that have the money to spend on such infrastructures and at the same time are able to justify the cost of having a dedicated database hosting setup. Dedicated database hosting solutions can boost your overall uptime and will provide a level of performance that can’t be offered by single-server database configurations. Dedicated hosting solutions also offer you the scope for expansion into clustered setups if you are after a fail-proof database hosting solution.

In conclusion, database hosting is a form of hosting that has many different branches for you to explore depending on what your exact requirements are. A database is at the heart of most websites these days as webmasters have realised the benefits of using Content Management Systems and other such solutions that store the content that they create in one central location. Guides to creating databases are available in most web hosting provider’s knolwedgebases if it is a practise that you are unfamiliar with; if you are experienced enough then your web hosting provider will provide you with free reign over your databases and how you use them.

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Database Server

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

A database server is an application used to store data in an organized way using fields and columns; essentially a database server can be used for the hosting of multiple databases. There are different database servers available for different purposes with SQL databases being better suited to businesses that require a scalable database system that can cope well under high loads. Desktop database applications on the other hand should be used more for general data keeping; however, in some situations databases that have been created in this way can be used as the database backends for websites when used in conjunction with specific web scripting languages.

Database server hosting is an integral part of any web hosting service and even the most basic of shared web hosting packages will come with the ability to host some type of database. A basic Linux shared web hosting package will allow you to host at least one MySQL database whilst most Windows shared web hosting packages will allow for the hosting of Microsoft Access databases at a minimum. When it comes to using VPS server hosting or dedicated server hosting you will be provided with a variety of database servers to choose from that you can then install and configure as you see fit.

Microsoft SQL Server is the SQL database server created by Microsoft for use on Windows servers only and is used by larger businesses to help manage their internal database structure. As it is a commercial application you will be required to pay for Microsoft SQL Server, although there is an Express edition available for free. Microsoft SQL Server is able to provide users with a highly scalable database application that is capable of handling high loads with ease. Microsoft SQL Server can be deployed in a clustered environment, a feature that will benefit businesses that are looking to achieve the highest level of uptime possible from their database systems since reliability is key. If you are looking into developing web applications around Microsoft SQL Server databases then classic ASP and ASP.NET are the two scripting languages that you will want to consider as Microsoft SQL Server databases can be integrated into websites using either with ease.

MySQL Server is an open source SQL database server that is available for both Windows and Linux web hosting servers. As MySQL Server is an open source database server, you won’t have to pay a penny to use it whereas you will have to purchase a license for Microsoft SQL Server if you don’t use the Express edition. PHP is seen as the best accompaniment to MySQL databases as both can be seamlessly integrated to provide you with a dynamic website that will be able to perform a wide variety of functions based around your MySQL database. The management of MySQL databases is an easy task since there are many free desktop database management applications available, although one of the most popular ways to manage MySQL databases is to use the PHPMyAdmin application that is part of most web hosting control panels.

Desktop database applications are designed more for use by those who wish to do very basic data organization as the features provided are better suited for the desktop environment whilst the scalability of such applications is always questionable. Microsoft Access is probably the best known desktop database application available as it is part of the hugely popular Microsoft Office suite; although Microsoft Access databases can be used for a variety of uses on the desktop, like Microsoft SQL Server databases they can also be integrated into classic ASP and ASP.NET based websites. This will allow you to create small but dynamic websites.

In conclusion, when choosing a database server application for use in any environment you ought to first consider the web hosting platform that you are going to use. From there you can then consider the type of database system you would like to use – a fully-fledged database server or a simple desktop database application. It is important for you to make sure that you choose a database application that you will be able to manage properly to help ensure that your website runs smoothly; similarly you should also choose one that can provide you with the performance and reliability that you require.

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A Guide to SQL Server Hosting

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

SQL Server is an industry standard database solution for running business and enterprise class web applications. A SQL Server hosting server also known as a ‘dedicated database server’ is a server devoted solely to running a version of Microsoft SQL Server and processing incoming database transactions. There are several equivalents to SQL Server available which include Oracle, PostgreSQL and MySQL. The latter two often being chosen as database management solutions when running on a Linux based server platform. All options make the use of SQL (Standard Query Language) their core language. But include their own distinctive extensions to make up a complete SQL Language.

SQL Server working as a ‘database server’

SQL Server as a database server is considered an industry leader within web hosting environments. Although Oracle still has an edge over SQL Server in large database environments, usage of SQL Server is growing in the client/server environment. One feature that makes SQL Server popular as a choice of database is its ability at managing a large number of simultaneous connections from users over a LAN or connected through the internet.

Ensuring high uptime for SQL Server

In order to ensure your SQL Server database enjoys a high degree of uptime you should consider employing some of the following features where possible: Failover clustering, remote mirroring, log shipping, database mirroring and peer-to-peer replication. ‘Failover Clustering‘ is considered the best method for preventing site downtime and providing a high level of uptime for your SQL Server database. However, it cannot protect against disk failure and therefore solutions such as placing your database on SAN (Storage Area Network) storage can be adopted to compensate for this drawback. In addition, database mirroring can also prove an excellent feature to implement if you want to ensure data remains accessible even in the event of one of the server disks failing.

Selecting a SQL Server hosting company

Although much of the above will apply to those that opt for a dedicated server solution, there are many good SQL Server hosting firms to be found in the web hosting market that offer low priced shared SQL Server hosting. This is often the choice for those getting started with SQL Server. Or who require a SQL Server database as the backend of a small web site. Anyone considering a SQL Server hosting provider should start by researching companies on the internet. Check for database size that can be provided, cost plus if the host allows remote connections to SQL Server as this feature is often a key one those developing with Microsoft technologies. It goes without saying that it is as always advisable to research customer reviews of any suitable hosting companies you find. Particularly with the level of choice that is now present. As with any service, this is always a good indication of how good a SQL Server hosting company is, in terms of price, features and support. It is also worth considering a SQL Server hosting company that can provide a high degree of uptime and who can also back their claims. Uptime is always an important factor. However likely to be even more so when running a SQL Server database as your site is likely to be more business focused and database dependant. Some time spent on research will pay dividends later on and will help ensure you site runs smoothly and that you retain happy and satisfied customers.

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