Choosing a web Hosting and Cloud Database Service
There are a variety of hosting packages available for webmasters who are trying to find a suitable database and web hosting service provider. From the choice of an operating system to many other details, there is something in the market for every business. This article provides an overview of the main ideas to keep in mind during the search for a suitable web host.
Your current OS doesn’t matter
You do not have to find a web/database host that runs the same platform as you do because one in no way affects the other. Whether you are using Windows, Mac or Linux, this makes no difference when it comes to your interaction with the platform of your web host.
Unlike common schemes, the matter of compatibility between your system and the web host does not arise. There is nothing on your system that will be run on the web host’s system, and neither will anything from their system be required to run on yours. The web host’s system will be configured to enable them to run on websites, but that’s where it ends.
Similarly, just because you choose a system running on the same platform as your operating system doesn’t mean that it will be any easier to access and do stuff on your web hosting account. Web hosts are accessed by webmasters using web editor programs of browsers which in no way resemble the interface of the OS ‘served up’ on your machine. Simplicity (or lack thereof) is predicated on the web editor rather than the web host.
The Real factors to consider
The real criteria to bear in mind when choosing web host and database services depend on the needs of your website. Here are a few questions to guide you along:
1. ASP vs. MS Access vs. .NET vs. MS SQL Server
Again, this refers to the code that your website will execute in order to access your database. Windows web hosting is recommended if you intend to access your MS SQL or MS Access databases or any other Windows based technologies. While there are ways to do the same thing on UNIX hosts, it’s just easier if you match the host and the executing code.
2. PHP vs. Perl vs. WordPress vs. MySQL vs. etc.
If all you want to do is set up a simple e-commerce site or blog with no special needs, then it may be simpler for you to go with Unix-based hosts i.e. FreeBSD or Linux web hosting packages. This will enable a smooth run and is used by most shopping carts and blogging programs.
If you specifically need to have a MySQL, PHP or Perl database, Unix-based hosts are also recommended. While they can run on Windows also, some things do not follow the same scheme of operation as they would on UNIX systems.
In the end, you will be most interested in the web editor, which is the program through which you will be designing your website. Look for one that you’ve worked with before to ensure you don’t run into difficulty in the creation process. Ease of use therefore is definitely a factor to consider.
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