When choosing a web host, it’s important to keep your personal or corporate goals in mind. If it’s your own personal website, you might not mind if the web host puts banner ads on it. However, if it’s a corporate site you’re preparing, do you want your web host to advertise similar businesses on your page? Many web hosts offer free web hosting services if the company is allowed to place advertising on it or charge a small fee to keep it clear of outside sponsors. If you are looking to host with a provider that does not display any ads you may want to consider reading our web hosting reviews to find the perfect fit for your needs.
Who needs web hosting?
Web hosting is used by all types and sizes of business, and by consumers for various reasons.
Uses can range from high end ecommerce websites (buying and selling large catalogues of items online) down to hobby websites (sites about your favourite thing).
Others use web hosting to put up picture galleries of special events, presentations and portfolios, to display company strengths and information.
A popular area of growth for such services is the entrepreneurs and start-up sector, with an online presence being one of the fundamental points of sale for many new businesses.
Windows or Linux hosting?
You will continually hear debates from all types of customers about which operating system is best for web hosting. In our opinion, it largely comes down to what you want to do with your shared hosting package. If your plan is to run PHP, Pearl or MySQL then Linux is the better option. If your preference is to run ASP, MS SQL or any other windows based scripting, then Windows is best.
Various methods exist to allow Windows Servers to run Linux based scripts, and to allow Linux Servers to run Windows based scripts. However, there are obvious compatibility benefits to running scripts on matching operating systems i.e. Linux on Linux, Windows on Windows. Base your Linux vs. Windows decision on how you plan on building your website.