Web hosting. . The basic objective of a hosting service is the Accommodation or accommodation websites to which certain users could access later. However, there are many elements that come into play when implementing such an offer because the needs have changed and so has the range of users who have their own website, as demonstrated by spectacular growth of blogging worldwide

OPERATING SYSTEM. Although some providers originally specialized in giving services with Windows or Linux, in recent times almost all of them offer both options. The differences between platforms are clear: the cost of licenses for Windows usually means a higher price, but there are other factors should also be considered. One of the most important is the need to have the option to program in ASP or ASP.NET (Windows) or PHP (valid in both, but more efficiently in Linux), and respectively have an IIS server (Windows) or Apache (Linux). It is true that there are solutions for Linux ASP but not one hundred percent compatible with the original Microsoft ASP, so that suppliers tend to use ASP with Windows and PHP with Linux (less security problems). Although it may seem strange, the resolution of setbacks for Windows systems closest to the user, is often more complex and more incidents occur. However, the acceptance of the platform and integration solutions by and for Microsoft products is an added value to consider. Meanwhile, Linux continues to be an outstanding choice for any user, from the individual to the corporation, being the most commitment to such systems, as evidenced by the share of Apache against IIS on the segment existing web server on the Internet ..

DATABASES. This element is vital to manage all content on our site, especially if it is dynamic. All information is collected in these systems and becomes accessible to the end user. Also, through a web interface are given such content at any time, or back up, a key task for maintenance. Currently, MySQL (available in Windows and Linux) is the most widespread due to its stability and power, Microsoft Access being relegated to very simple applications with few concurrent visits. For broader deployments, hosting companies usually give the option to make the leap (of course, at additional cost) to SQL Server, a system aimed at large enterprises.

Programming languages.
As we discussed, the platform chosen by the user has an implicit relationship with the programming language that developers use the web. Are classic ASP and ASP.NET on Windows systems, while PHP is the preferred option in Linux. The latter is usually also present on Windows systems where PHP is not quite jell, but the latest revision of this language have solved many problems. As might be expected, there has long ways to make use of ASP on Linux, with projects such as the Sun Java System Active Server Pages (also called ChillSoft, www.sun.com) or the ASP module for Apache (www.apache.org ). It is difficult to determine which is better because the needs and experience of managers vary. Traditionally, the choice is based on the programming languages required by the client. Windows has the advantage of being able to use ASP and ASP.NET natively, but you can harness the power of PHP if necessary. However, the stability of Linux, according to many, (myself included) has no comparison, and the LAMP platform (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) is a safe bet for anyone. Obviously, not everything is reduced to ASP, ASP.NET or PHP, and many developers use languages such as Perl, Java Servlets (JSP) and CGI, widely used for their speed of execution (though that of the interpreted languages like PHP is now excellent ). However, the use of several languages complicates the maintenance and management, so that the general trend is to opt for the traditional PHP or ASP.

SPACE We went into the features on the face, usually of most interest to the contracting parties. The first refers to the amount of Mbytes or Gbytes of storage available on the hosting server to host the content. Both in this paragraph and the next we need to pay attention to the fine print: if we hire a somewhat tailored to our needs and they grow, but each of us will Mbyte for a 'pretty penny'. For this reason, we must be careful to err on the side.

Closely related to the previous, this property determines the amount of information that visitors can download from our website. Each visit involves a download because, at least to get the page and its images. It is pure mathematics: if our home is 1 Mbyte and enter thousand visitors a month, we're talking about a monthly traffic of 1 Gbyte. Clearly, host graphics files, documents, videos or download programs and increases rapidly casino exhausted our quota transfers. As in the previous paragraph, if we exceed the contracted amount, we will pay dearly.

The accounts are useful if we want a proper domain in which to offer this service (webmail, POP3, IMAP ...) to the members of the company or agency that is doing the hosting. However, it should be borne in mind that the space available for each of them depends on their number and whatever we have hired. So if we have service with 500 Mbytes, we could have a hundred mail accounts with five Mbytes maximum storage in each. That itself would have no room for anything more. Among the most important features of this service is the presence of embedded antivirus and antispam filters, which will minimize the effects of this type of malicious code in the accounts under our control.

Domains and Subdomains A domain need not always be associated with the hosting plan from our supplier, in fact, is quite common and register with one another to recruit Hosting. Usually they are two separate services, so that while some include this in the same offer, they are different concepts, since the implementation of this element involves a series of more complex operations for the supplier. Not so with the subdomains (subominio.dominio.com type) and, again, under the plan we hire, we will have one, two, three or more.

The management of our Accommodation is a critical task is simplified with a number of elements that many providers offer more or less success. FTP access accounts are the clear choice to upload content. Therefore, they are virtually mandatory in all services, some of which (the most expensive) can have multiple accounts so that multiple people are allowed to "hang" information on the portal. While this element is important, what is even more so-called Control Panel, a component with the same name as the one often used in Windows and allows access to all configurable parameters of the space: e-mail accounts and user bases data, domain management, statistics, records in the log, changing passwords, amount of information downloaded, disk space, etc.. There are several types, such as cPanel, Helm, Plesk, Ensim and DirectAdmin, and each has certain characteristics (and price, obviously) that are the subject of this article. Suffice it to say that each hosting provider usually offers some, according to the plan chosen, and even a second owner. Having a standard tool has some benefit, for example, have backups that can be restored on another provider without much effort.

AMENITIES Along with the traditional features that let you compose the Accommodations at our whim we want, there are a number of options that are enabled by default or optionally as we plan to host them. These include implementing our portal online shops, user forums, transaction security mechanisms (essentially, using SSL), or additional scripts. Keep in mind that if we have the hosting and support databases and languages such as PHP (normal) are eligible for many of these services independently and without additional cost. There are numerous tools that allow us to integrate these services into our web site, as PHPBB2, OsCommerce, PHPNuke and Mambo to name just a few examples in Webmix can have all these and many more ..

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