What is The Test Web Host to Use?

posted on May 1, 2021

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The ‘Best’ hosting services are the ones that lie in the narrow intersection of ‘Best’ and ‘Affordable’ hosting. If you’re looking for the best hosting service, you have to ask yourself: what does that mean?

Whatever is ‘Best’ will largely depend on your taste. I would argue that the ‘best’ hosting packages are the ones that offer the most features for little extra cost.

Some hosting companies include a bunch of different features, but charge so much for their hosting. Other companies do not charge very much, but do not include as many features and/or they must be purchased separately.

There are very few hosting companies that will provide many (good quality) services for comparatively less money. You must assess what value these features have for your website:

  • Hosting packages that advertise “Unlimited” bandwidth and disk space, for example, are a con; there’s no such thing as ‘unlimited’ anything in hosting and this is a false-benefit.
  • ‘Unlimited’ bandwidth actually means an ‘unspecified’ bandwidth limit; when your hosting provider thinks you’ve had enough, then that’s it for you.
  • Other services, such as security protection, emails, SSL Certificates, migration, or multiple websites, will benefit different people to varying degrees. The more the merrier, but know what ones are actually useful; some companies offer multiple services that actually serve the same purpose.
  • Customer support should always be a key factor in choosing your host. If they are locally-sourced, that is a huge plus and the more methods you have for getting in touch with them, the better.
  • Always weigh up the number of features that a hosting company provides versus the cost. For an example of over-priced hosting, look no farther than WP Engine, Liquid Web, and Bluehost. These three of far too expensive for what they offer.
  • Conversely, the likes of GoDaddy, HostGator, and Pagely offer lower-cost hosting but their services are poor and their features are lacking. Even basic services like security must be purchased separately and customer support is notoriously bad.

The ‘best’ hosting packages I have found, based on what I’ve discussed above, would be from places like WPX Hosting, Siteground, Temok, and WordPress(dot)com. SiteGround Hosting in particular has the highest ratio of hosting features to (low) price around and are a reliable service.

Always double-check with customer reviews too because they will let you know of any persistent issues within a company.

What is Linux Web Hosting?

posted on April 30, 2021

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Linux hosting is an alternative to using Microsoft Windows-based technology for operating a website. Linux is an open-source operating system, which means the code that makes it run is publicly available. This means computer experts all over the world can share ways of improving how the system works. Although it is more complicated to understand than Windows, most computer experts say Linux is much more reliable and less likely to ‘crash’. This makes it particularly useful for running websites.

Linux hosting makes use of several technologies:


* PHP is a programming language which produces dynamic web pages. These are pages which can change in appearance and content in response to something the person viewing it does (such as filling in a form). PHP is a server-side language, meaning the program runs on the server (the computer that physically stores the website) rather than the computer being used to view the page.

* MySQL is a database system used for websites. It can be used for features such as a real estate company letting site visitors search for properties of a certain size and cost. It is used by popular sites such as Craigslist and LiveJournal.

* Python is a programming language which is well-regarded among many programmers. It is relatively sophisticated, but is easier to understand than many programming languages. Python often uses common English words where other languages simply use symbols. Python also gives programmers the ability to make a draft alteration to a program and check the effects immediately without having to make the change permanent.

* XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a more flexible method of organizing the information that makes up a website. With the old HTML system, each piece of information is labeled only for appearance (for example ‘bold’ or ‘italic’). With XML, any type of label can be used. For example, in a page containing a recipe, a piece of text could be labeled as ‘ingredient’ or ‘safety warning’. XML means that a website owner has much more control over the information on their site.

Summary:

Linux hosting is an alternative to using Microsoft Windows-based technology for operating a website. Linux is an open-source operating system, which means the code that makes it run is publicly available. This means computer experts all over the world can share ways of improving how the system works. Although it is more complicated to understand than Windows, most computer experts say Linux is much more reliable and less likely to ‘crash’.