Best Web Hosting Option: Windows or Linux?

July 29th, 2014 | Posted under Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Best Web Hosting Option: Windows or Linux?

Websites on the Internet are actually hosted on servers, which are computer terminals, modified specially for this purpose. And even servers require their own operating system packages for proper functioning. As we all know, Windows and Linux are two of the most operating system platforms available. Consequently, both of them have their own versions of web hosting packages for servers. However, the fact remains that your choice between these two platforms should be influenced by the requirements of your website and not by what others have to say about it.

Microsoft has its unique version of Windows server operating systems, like the Windows 2000 Server edition, the Advanced Server edition and the Windows 2003 Sever edition. Just like its popular operating system, Microsoft Windows Server editions are known to have intuitive, simple interfaces which allow new users to efficiently administer their websites with minimum hassles. Apart from the usual diverse range of Microsoft’s built in software packages, the Windows Server edition also allows Active Server Page execution, which allows the server terminal to execute scripts for dynamic web content. Another advantage that Microsoft offers is the integration with SQL database, which is one of the most advanced as well as efficient database management packages available. Windows Server edition also provides the usual ASP and .NET support, as well as Microsoft Access Support for database administration and IIS Web Server support.

Best Web Hosting Option: Windows or Linux?
However, there is one significant disadvantage if you want to opt for Windows Server hosting options, and that is the pricing of the product. You will require an investment of around a few thousand dollars to get a Windows Server operated hosting server online. Apart from that, the usual support packages like firewalls, remote administration modules, ASPmail and other features have to be purchased over and above the server operating software. This is a significant disadvantage, especially for small scale businesses and start up businesses.

Linux operated servers are also common in the internet. Actually, Linux is not an exclusive operating system, but a common term used to denote a variety of operating system platforms, which actually use the Linux kernel. The kernel is open source, that is, available free of cost for modification; users or developers modify it according to some end usage purposes. This is the reason that there a variety of Linux based operating systems available in the market – Red Hat, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu being some of the most popular ones. The principal advantage that Linux has is its compatibility with the PHP language, which is very popular in the programming world. Apart from that, Linux based servers usually have a tight level of security, and are generally believed to be less vulnerable than their Windows based counterparts. And once again, the price factor gives it a major advantage over Windows; almost all the Linux based packages, barring a select few, come free of cost. This includes operating system software, firewalls, Apache, Sendmail and a lot of other features that can be obtained free of cost.

Best Web Hosting Option: Windows or Linux?
The disadvantage of Linux based servers is that these require much more expertise on the part of the server administrator. Most packages require the administrators to operate the server via a remote shell prompt, similar to DOS. GUI usage is minimum.

Best Web Hosting Option: Windows or Linux?

So, it is apparent that it is not a question about which operating system is superior in terms of facilities, it is more a question of what your website requires, that will help you take a decision.

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File Management in UNIX

January 1st, 2012 | Posted under Software, Web Hosting | No Comments »

File Management in UNIX

Most of us are frequent users of the Windows Operating system, of which Windows 7 version is the latest one and is a hit among computer users. We can not even think of any other operating system which provides working with so much ease. With an easy operating interface, thousands of customization options, GUI (Graphical User Interface) and many more options, Windows has definitely made our life easier.

However, even after so many years of development, buying an original copy of Windows can bury a hole in your pocket. Not all people can manage buying an original copy of windows. That’s the sole reason why most of the population ends up using pirated copies of the same. How to end this piracy?

The simple solution is provision of an equivalent (or nearly equivalent) operating system which provides same customization options as that of Windows, at a reasonable rate or free of cost at its best? UNIX/Linux is the best option that companies have provided. Totally free of cost, with source code being developed at a stupendous rate by a worldwide community of developers; UNIX is a recent hit.

But using UNIX may not be as simple as that of the Windows; and for some, it may be a daunting task.

But making file management easier, are a set of following points to be kept in mind –

Representation of devices in UNIX?

The golden rule of UNIX is that everything is considered to be a file. Thus, all the devices connected to a UNIX system are considered to be files. These special files are located in the /dev directory, so that it can be named and accessed in a uniform manner. They are different from a regular file, which is just a ordinary data file in the disk. However, these special files are stored with some characteristics so that it can behave similar to a disk.

Representation of directory in UNIX

Directories in UNIX are also files which contain a correspondence link between the file names and the inodes. These files are maintained by the kernel and can only be modified by it. The directory file contains only a list of files and the corresponding inode value. A directory can also be accessed through two relative modes – the ‘.’ Representing the current directory, while the symbol ‘..’ representing the parent directory.

UNIX system calls for I/O –

  • open – to open a file
  • creat – to create a file
  • close – to close an open file
  • read – to read data from an open file
  • write – to write data to an open file
  • lseek – to position an open file
  • dup – to duplicate an existing file descriptor

Links and symbolic links in UNIX

Links in UNIX can be considered to be a secondary name for a file. It is used to assign a different name to a file, but the same is not possible for a directory. On the other hand, the symbolic link is a file which contains the name of the linked file.

Following these simple steps will make UNIX file management easier.

File Management in UNIX

 

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A look into the Web Hosting Platforms

December 28th, 2011 | Posted under Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

A look into the Web Hosting Platforms

Web-Hosting Platforms

The core of any functional web hosting has a great dependency upon the platform on which it is to be operated upon. By integrating the hardware and software in a proper way we can easily align our web hosting work and thus increasing our efficiency with this synchronization. There are numerous platforms presently upon which the work of web hosting is carried out. We will handpick a few and evaluate their exclusive benefits against others. It is noteworthy that web hosting is independent of operating platforms however their efficiency varies when we switch platforms. UNIX based LINUX and DOS based Windows are the most widely used platforms in today’s web hosting world.

Windows operating system is the most widely used operating systems in India. They are user friendly and more adapt to the common users who have lesser know how of the computers. Windows is a Microsoft product and is a platform which is more based upon hardware and is created with the base as MS-DOS. Windows has evolved with time and web hosting has now just got simpler with the modern windows operating platforms which are virtually totally reliant upon the point and click method. The Graphical User Interface or GUI is the heart of a Windows operating style where users are hardly required to put any command literally to get any job done. People who work with ASP and within .NET framework along with Microsoft SQL Database formats find Windows handy. More so they are beneficial because Windows is one of the most widely used operating platforms. This establishes a complete harmony with the vendors who provide the related software. The disadvantage of using the windows platform for web hosting is that it comes at a heavy price. It has some security flaws as well and hence it is easy to breach.

The most efficient and mother of all modern operating systems is UNIX. The operating systems based on UNIX are connected easily and can have single compact administration for development and maintenance. UNIX based OS such as LINUX are powerful and hence their servers are expensive. The organizations can also look for cheaper UNIX platforms which install less costly hardware to minimize the initial cost. The initial cost for the professional servers may seem big however these servers are powerful and last a lifetime. They are a good value for the money since they have minimum security breaches and lesser threats of crash. They are costly and hard to operate for a novice as compared to the Windows platforms.

LINUX is a UNIX based system and it provides that vital stability and User interface that may help you to develop efficient web systems for your customers. LINUX is compatible with the most modern developments in the world of net framework. It works fluently with the PHP and MSQL database open source technologies. It is not that supportive to software developed by majority of the vendors however it has its own set up and has all the facilities of the UNIX environment coupled with the GUI facility of the Windows.

All these operating systems are the most commonly used web platforms upon which modern web hosting is carried out. This encourages the companies to purchase the tried and tested software from the vendors. Some rely solely upon open source software and instruments which come at free of cost and workable upon any platform. The hardware based platforms are better and costlier. They are less flexible but are more powerful. Due to these reasons people now prefer to use more UNIX and LINUX based platforms which keep their work safe and reduces time. The platforms are now well supported with the relevant hardware that are required for the job due to this reason the Windows has lost a bit of edge to these open source systems lately.

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Web-Hosting Platforms

Web-Hosting Platforms

The core of any functional web hosting has a great dependency upon the platform on which it is to be operated upon. By integrating the hardware and software in a proper way we can easily align our web hosting work and thus increasing our efficiency with this synchronization. There are numerous platforms presently upon which the work of web hosting is carried out. We will handpick a few and evaluate their exclusive benefits against others. It is noteworthy that web hosting is independent of operating platforms however their efficiency varies when we switch platforms. UNIX based LINUX and DOS based Windows are the most widely used platforms in today’s web hosting world.

Windows operating system is the most widely used operating systems in India. They are user friendly and more adapt to the common users who have lesser know how of the computers. Windows is a Microsoft product and is a platform which is more based upon hardware and is created with the base as MS-DOS. Windows has evolved with time and web hosting has now just got simpler with the modern windows operating platforms which are virtually totally reliant upon the point and click method. The Graphical User Interface or GUI is the heart of a Windows operating style where users are hardly required to put any command literally to get any job done. People who work with ASP and within .NET framework along with Microsoft SQL Database formats find Windows handy. More so they are beneficial because Windows is one of the most widely used operating platforms. This establishes a complete harmony with the vendors who provide the related software. The disadvantage of using the windows platform for web hosting is that it comes at a heavy price. It has some security flaws as well and hence it is easy to breach.

The most efficient and mother of all modern operating systems is UNIX. The operating systems based on UNIX are connected easily and can have single compact administration for development and maintenance. UNIX based OS such as LINUX are powerful and hence their servers are expensive. The organizations can also look for cheaper UNIX platforms which install less costly hardware to minimize the initial cost. The initial cost for the professional servers may seem big however these servers are powerful and last a lifetime. They are a good value for the money since they have minimum security breaches and lesser threats of crash. They are costly and hard to operate for a novice as compared to the Windows platforms.

LINUX is a UNIX based system and it provides that vital stability and User interface that may help you to develop efficient web systems for your customers. LINUX is compatible with the most modern developments in the world of net framework. It works fluently with the PHP and MSQL database open source technologies. It is not that supportive to software developed by majority of the vendors however it has its own set up and has all the facilities of the UNIX environment coupled with the GUI facility of the Windows.

All these operating systems are the most commonly used web platforms upon which modern web hosting is carried out. This encourages the companies to purchase the tried and tested software from the vendors. Some rely solely upon open source software and instruments which come at free of cost and workable upon any platform. The hardware based platforms are better and costlier. They are less flexible but are more powerful. Due to these reasons people now prefer to use more UNIX and LINUX based platforms which keep their work safe and reduces time. The platforms are now well supported with the relevant hardware that are required for the job due to this reason the Windows has lost a bit of edge to these open source systems lately.

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Categories of Web hosting and Web hosting awards

July 27th, 2011 | Posted under BounceWeb Company, Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Categories of Web hosting and Web hosting awards

The field of Web hosting is an extremely competitive one. To encourage web hosts to work better and provide better services to their customers Web hosting awards are given to the best ones in their field. Certifications are also provided to many web hosts. Any organization that organizes web hosting awards includes experienced webmasters in their panels who examine all the legitimate web hosts. Bases on their analysis in various grounds, the winners are decided. It is based on overall performance. The service provided by a web host to its customer is of utmost importance in deciding the winner. Every web host is marked for its prices, plans, guarantee, uptime, reviews of web hosting, customer support in the entire period of a year. Some even evaluate on a monthly basis.

Categories of Web hosting and Web hosting awards

Types of Web Hosting

One king of hosting is shared hosting. It is preferable because it is cheap. It works in a way in which different clients make use of the common server. Here one needs to assure that the company providing the package supports all the requirements.

 

The other kind of hosting is dedicated hosting. Here a client can rent a server and use it alone. This allows you to host many websites together. It is more sophisticated and preferable than shared hosting.

Categories of Web hosting and Web hosting awards

The above mentioned hosting is based on the type of sharing. Other types are also based on the platform being provided by the package. Based on this, we have Windows hosting and even Linux hosting. If the website is for business purposes then Ecommerce hosting should be preferred as it comes with business tools.

Different categories of Web Hosting Awards

There are innumerous categories of award to be won by a web host. Few of them are Budget hosting, forum hosting, blog hosting, Windows hosting, Unix hosting, PHP hosting, Email hosting, Multi-Domain hosting, Ecommerce hosting, VPS hosting, Dedicated Hosting, Reseller hosting etc.

Categories of Web hosting and Web hosting awards

Categories of Web hosting and Web hosting awards

Best budget hosting sward is given to companies providing plans and opportunities for starting a business. The host site is scrutinized for its plans and prices. Best forum hosting award is given to the one which hosts forums according to the disk space, bandwidth and other criteria. When it comes to blog hosting, a host should always provide easier ways to let a client start his/her blog. Windows hosting provides its users products of Windows.

Categories of Web hosting and Web hosting awards

A PHP hosting website lets its users access the maximum facilities of PHP scripting language. Similarly dedicated hosting awards are also based on the price to rent and the customer satisfaction. Any host site which lets you host many websites simultaneously qualifies for multi-domain hosting award. Reseller hosting is a very different kind of hosting. Here the user can use his or her hard disk capacity that is allotted along with the bandwidth to host other websites belonging to another host.

Web hosting awards are basically given for potential consumers to be easily to select the web hosting service they want to make use of. It also encourages all the web hosting sites to better their services.

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The power of UNIX and Linux over other operating system

November 20th, 2010 | Posted under Computer Advice, Internet Trends, Software | No Comments »

The power of UNIX and Linux over other operating system

Linux and UNIX based operating systems have gained a lot of popularity in the recent years. While Linux operating system is available under general public license and is available freely, the UNIX is the same as that of Linux but it is copyrighted name that only big companies can use. It has almost the same features as that of the Linux operating system and also shares the same advantages with it. The Linux kernel that first came up as a project work of a student in the early 1990’s has now become a worldwide success. The Linux kernel can be modified as and when required and all you need to know for this is any of the programming languages such as c, python etc.

The major advantages of Linux or UNIX over the other operating systems are the following

Stability

Linux or UNIX operating systems are much more stable than the others. Even if an application  in Linux crashes which is itself very rare, then generally no harm is done to the kernel itself and the problem can be solved just by re installing that particular application.

Free software

Linux kernel is available at complete free of cost and most of the applications that come with Linux are also available freely. Although UNIX is copyrights but still the applications are free here as well.

Runs on old hardware

Linux can run on any machine and it has minimum hardware requirements. It can run even on the old 386 or 486 machines because of its minimum RAM requirements.

Security

Till date no virus threats have been reported that has affected the Linux or the UNIX kernel. There is no need of installing any antivirus programs and still remain protected while you use Linux or UNIX.

Open source software

Linux and UNIX are open source software whose code is available to all the users worldwide and you may choose to debug any problem that you may find out or add any module that is necessary to suit your specific needs.

Portability

Websites that you design on a UNIX or a Linux based platform can easily be hosted on other operating systems servers as well but the reverse is not always true.

Choice (freedom)

With a Linux running on your system you have the power to control each and every single thing on your computer right from the way it looks to the way it functions.

These are some of the basic advantages of a Linux or UNIX operating system. It gives the power in your hands to change around the working of your operating system according to your needs and demands. Due to this feature Linux which once started as a project work of a student has now attained great popularity among the users worldwide. If you are really ready to add on changes make modifications to your operating system, Linux is the best choice for you but for those who are happy with just basic computing needs, they can chose other operating systems which do not support modifications and still costs more than Linux or Unix.

The power of UNIX and Linux over other operating system

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Five reasons why you should go for Linux based web hosting!

June 6th, 2010 | Posted under Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Five reasons why you should go for Linux based web hosting!

In most cases, the criteria for choosing a good web hosting service is based on the space it provides, the speed, uptime guarantee and number of mailboxes. However, what most of us miss is what operating system is used by the web hosting server. This decision generally differs from website to website, depending on the requirements. The most popular of them is however the Linux based web hosting, due to its reliability and flawless security!

Here, we give you five most irresistible reasons why you should opt for Linux based hosting

It’s a free and open source product

There is no licensing fees, or fears of copyright issues. You can download files, use them and modify them according to your requirements.

Linux is stable and secure

It is compact file system would never let you down and most Linux-based servers run without any server glitches.

It is compatible with most databases, scripting softwares

Web scripting languages like PHP, Python and Perl; and databases like MySQL, PostgreSQL and mSQL are supported by Linux.

Linux gives you unmatched flexibility and interoperability

There is always a possibility of communicating with servers that do not operate on Linux. Even in those cases, Linux throws up no issues.

It is extremely cost-effective

It is available free of cost, so are most of the application programs required for server maintenance. Therefore, the total cost of running a web hosting service is severely reduced.

BounceWeb provides extremely reliable Linux based Web hosting.