If your business is just starting to go digital and create an online presence, or if you are just creating an Ecommerce business that you’ve been thinking about for a while, chances are you may be overwhelmed by all of the back end decisions that need to be made before your website goes live. You want to make sure your site is fast, secure, and that it won’t crash if you get thousands of hits on it per day. To do all of this, you will need web hosting. That is, you will need a hosting company with a server on which you can store all of your website files. This will ensure that people can always access your site and that their personal information will be safe when entered into your site. You may be thinking that Linux hosting would be better, and you just might be right.
If you haven’t been through this before, the term Linux hosting may be foreign to you, and you may not know about the options that are available to you. Linux is a type of operating system. Your computer probably came with a Windows operating system on it if it is a PC. Linux is simply a different OS (operating system). Web hosting servers also use an operating system, and those operating systems need to get your website out to visitors each and every time they ask to view information on your website.
Linux hosting and other web hosting differ in many respects, but the most important one may be how you are able to access the server where your web files are stored. When you are using a Linux hosting system, you will be able to have SSH or telnet access. These are protocols that are used to securely log onto a remote site, in this case, the server containing your files. FTP access, another popular protocol, will be offered on servers with both Linux operating systems as well as Windows operating systems.
There are also different file extensions used by Linux hosing than by Windows based systems. There are not necessarily great advantages to one file extension over the other, but you should be aware that the exist. Your developer may have a preference of operating systems, and prefer Linux hosting. If that is the case, you should be cognizant that there are differences in file extensions and protocols should you ever change your hosting plan. In all, Linux hosting is a great choice, and one in which you can feel confident.