Should I Choose Linux or Windows For My Website?

To a lot of us the difference between hosting solutions seems like a no-brainer and to others it seems a lot less obvious. This blog is meant to dispel a little of the confusion and hopefully help us all make better decisions.

The first difference between the two major operating systems in use for hosting is certainly the most obvious. If you are actually planning on interacting with your server directly then by all means you will certainly want to seek out the OS that you are most comfortable interacting with. For the rest of us there are different tools which are meant for managing our content. Tools such as cPanel or WebsitePanel.

When you are just getting started try Linux Hosting, an interface like cPanel can certainly help relieve some of that anxiety newcomers to web design often get but many users might see Linux as a bit foreign. You may be accustomed to using Windows primarily in other instances but don’t let that scare you away in this instance. Linux as an option for servers is typically appealing because of its simplicity. Installing certain programs and add-ons is very easy and can be done from cPanel. Because of this easy to use interface, its long history in the industry, and its security features Linux is the operating system in use on more than 60% of the worlds webservers. The cPanel interface is great at helping to do all of our software installations and management simply and quickly, especially with more repetitive tasks. WordPress, Drupal, and even Joomla are just 1 click to install. PHP, Perl or MySQL are all notable reasons to lean towards Linux as well.

Windows Hosting takes a different route for software installation. There are a number of interfaces available for Windows. One popular option that is open source is WebsitePanel. Being open source means that users and companies can alter the software to make it more efficient or beneficial. For instance ASPnix provides their own customized version of WebsitePanel to customers. ASP (ActiveServerPages), VisualBasic, or Microsoft SQL databases are all common reasons to depend on a Windows OS. WebsitePanel has these and other options available, .NET framework or SharePoint are also both accessible on Windows servers.

Ultimately, either solution has its benefits it’s up to you to determine what is best for your own use.

What is VPS Hosting?

VPS stands for virtual private server. A virtual private server is just like a dedicated server except its actually being virtualized in a shared host environment.

That can sound a little confusing so lets be clear. Traditionally there are just a few types of hosting. A shared hosting environment is one where different customers share the same server. A dedicated server is when only 1 customer has control of a server dedicated to their own use.

A virtual private server is both at the same time. The customer has full control over their own system but the entire system is running virtually in a server shared by others. If you have ever used VMware or Virtual Box you have probably familiarized yourself a little with the idea of virtualization but for those who have not had this experience I will explain.

Virtualization is the process of running multiple operating systems on a single machine at the same time. In this way each operating system running from inside the hosts operating system functions just like an entire computer.

By this method. A customer can have access to most of the benefits of their own server but for significantly less cost and difficulty. This method can provide added security, an extended level of customization may be available and further control over your servers software.

Security:

In this scenario, because you are not sharing a single operating system there is no way for anyone to potentially access any of your files

Customization:

With your own operating system at your disposal you have full access to your own applications. PHP, MySQL, etc. You can make changes to suit your own particular needs and necessities whenever you would like.

Added Control:

Overall, you would have a lot more control in this instance. For example rebooting your virtual server is simple and wont affect anybody else but you.

For more information check out ASPnix Virtual Cloud Hosting.

What is the difference between Server Colocation and Managed Hosting?

When you register your domain with a registrar most of the time the company you go through will offer to host your website for an added cost. Furthermore, when you go through any hosting company what you are signing up for is a managed hosting service. What this means is that the company you have gone through is managing all of the different things required to get your website up and running and to keep it that way. The hardware, software, upgrades, backups are all part of the services you pay for.

In a shared hosting scenario many customers are all sharing the resources of a single server. A server used for this scenario is designed and set up to operate efficiently in this way, allowing customers and visitors to access it all at the same time.

In another scenario a person or organization might require a virtual private server. Sometimes people refer to this kind of situation as a dedicated hosting account, or a dedicated server. In shared hosting and in dedicated hosting the provider is responsible for starting and maintaining the hardware and software systems that are necessary. Backups, technical issues and maintenance are all taken care of by the host provider. Regardless, in this case the entire server is dedicated to just the one customer.

In situations where a host provides a dedicated server service the customer often has an added level of control over the server. They can run multiple websites from the server if they so choose, and can control ways that the server functions.

Still there are more options such as virtual dedicated and reseller shared hosting which can meet some customers needs half way. Still maintained like the others but varying levels of access, cost and kinds of use.

Finally, we get to colocation.

Colocation is when you purchase and own the server and your own software that will serve as your host. You will completely configure and operate this hardware for yourself. You will install the system in the same data center as the providers and the provider will offer some assistance. The provider is giving you space in their cabinet to place your hardware and they will provide you with power, access, and IP addresses. In this situation the provider will offer varying levels of support.

If this was helpful check out more information on ASPnix Colocation Services, ASPnix Reseller Hosting, or ASPnix Virtual Server.

Shared Hosting Compared to Virtual Personal Server Hosting

Virtual personal servers or shared hosting – which one is right for you and your business’s needs?

Shared hosting does not allow customization, but maintenance cost and responsibility is spread out among the other users you are sharing with. It is the most common method of hosting, where CPU time, memory, and disk space is shared between all of the users.

This method will be ideal for users who are looking to save money (such as if your start-up business is on its first legs and has a low beginning capital), if you will have a small employee base (shared hosting limits the amount of emails accounts you can set up), if you are expecting small numbers of daily visitors (around 500 daily), and plans to host only your website and maybe a blog or two.

Shared hosting offers the advantage of economy. For less technically savvy users, it is a relief to have maintenance handled by the server. As your website expands, you are able to add on additional storage space and there are wide possibilities for installing software, virtualized software included.

Disadvantages can include limited resources, the possibility of having your website’s performance affected by other sites on the server, potential scalability and backup issues, possibilities for security issues, a limited customer support, and having to configure firewalls for various applications.

The shared hosting that we offer comes with many benefits such as unlimited disk space and data transfer. Check out our unique and economical plan.

VPS hosting allows full customization, but comes along with the responsibility of maintenance. This host is ideal for businesses with secured data and resource-heavy applications.

VPS hosting will be right for you if you are looking to expand your company, will be using confidential secured data, expect notably increased traffic, intend to add to your employee base (thus needing a greater email capacity), and have plans for hosting multiple websites, blogs, etc.

There are many advantages in virtual hosting, such as the large amount of space and bandwidth, the freedom to change your subscription, extensive scalability and backup options, the ability to configure as you wish, extensive and dedicated customer support, and customizable firewall configurations.

Disadvantages include the need for a dedicated system administrator to stay on top of maintenance and updates, the typically higher price, and certain applications can be fussy in a virtualized environment.

We are able to offer you a very reasonably priced VPS hosting without cutting any corners on the features. Check out the details.

The Benefits of Minecraft Game Server Hosting

There are many benefits of renting a server to play Minecraft on instead of hosting it independently on your own computer. The game process takes up a significant amount of space on RAM, CPU, and bandwidth, not to mention the strain that multiple players will have on the speed of your internet connection. Odds are you will end up lagging and spending your time frustrated instead of enjoying the game with your friends.

minecraft-blockA Minecraft hosting server is built specifically to maintain that high activity, with fast internet connections and uptime improvements. This is a much less stressful option in comparison to owning your own Minecraft server host, which would require an extensive understanding of networking computers as well as having to leave your host computer turned on and connected to the internet at all times – which can lead to overheating and other complications.

Minecraft hosting servers are specifically built to support smooth gameplay and make your experience headache free.

Our game servers are affordable and have a 14 day money-back guarantee. All our servers have as standard features SSD-based RAID storage, multicraft Control Panel, unlimited storage, no overselling, unlimited slots and more!

While there is no limit on the amount of players who can join your server, we offer recommendations for the optimal number of members for each increment of RAM. Each of these recommendations has been tested internally to ascertain the best performance level to support that amount of players.

We offer many benefits and options for optimizing your gaming experience. The bottom line is that our Minecraft hosting server gives you a lag-free, headache-free, fast, and fun gameplay with your friends!

An overview and comparison of Shared Hosting with Virtual and Dedicated Servers

With all the possibilities, different strengths and weaknesses, it can be confusing to select just the right server for you and your specific needs. Here are some of our options broken down to the basics.

Do you run a high-traffic or mission critical website? Need support for self-hosted, high-performance databases? Want the most flexibility and control?

Our premium dedicated servers have the benefits of freedom, flexibility, and security, especially in comparison to shared hosting. Dedicated servers allow a greater level of management and scalability for your site’s traffic. Virtual platforms such as Microsoft Hyper-V are supported. Notable features include:

  • 2-hour emergency response
  • Free internal traffic
  • Remote power control

Are you a small business owner? Run a blog? Host personal sites for family/friends?

Shared Windows Cloud Hosting is unique and economical, offering unlimited disk space and data transfer. This option promotes reliability, high network speed, and smooth performance. With instant setup, unlimited domains and sub-domains, and premium unlimited bandwidth, this server provides fast and reliable service. Other features include:

  • Custom Control Panel
  • Safe Harbor Certified
  • Unlimited MySQL

Another popular option is the virtual server. This server is shared by multiple server owners, but still allows for each owner’s administration and complete control. It is stored on our virtual cloud, saving you space while still providing you with absolute access. Virtual servers have all the benefits of hosting yourself, while saving on space, money, and processing power.

We offer two options:

Windows Cloud Server running Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Server 2008 R2 or Server 2012 R2.

Linux Cloud Server running a wide variety of Linux distributions. Both offer excellent features, including:

  • Virtual isolation
  • Customizable server software with administrator control
  • Hardware-based virtualization
  • Unlimited network transfer

Browse our many options and be sure to contact us with any questions!