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Linux versus Windows: which 1&1 shared hosting package suits you the most

OS for servers
OS, short for operating system, enables the functionality of a computer. It is what powers your computer with collective software, which manages and utilizes the computer's hardware to function as one. Examples of operating systems are Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Linux, Lion OSX, and Mountain Lion OSX. These OS ensure that the hardware in your computer functions properly together. The purpose of an OS for computers is identical of that of a web hosting server. Servers also need OS to function properly. 1&1 offers the choice of shared hosting for your website with the Linux or Windows technology powered OS. Either one of the two give you the same results of a professionally looking website. Either one of the two OS options for server hosting can be used on your personal computer. It's not required of you to have a Windows operated computer to host a website powered by a Windows hosting server. No such restrictions apply when choosing which Server OS you wish to use.
Things to consider when choosing Linux or Windows OS for hosting
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  • What is the difference between Linux and Windows hosting?

    Neither the Windows nor the Linux OS can be viewed better as the other. Both types of shared website server OS are top of the line and capable of hosting your website domains. The only difference lies in the preference of the 1&1 customer. Whether you choose the Linux or Windows OS for your website hosting depends on your website type. Don't think that you prefer the Windows to the Linux OS because you are used to the Windows OS from your computer. Another factor for choosing your website hosting OS is based on your technical programming skills. It comes down to how you want to build and keep your website updated. Do you want to write code and program your website or do you want to use the easy to use and comprehensive drag-and-drop and point-and-click prompts to build your website? Windows is a skill free way to build your website by simply dragging and dropping content and website features into place and adding content. Linux requires quite a lot of skill with programming languages such as PHP, Perl and MySQL to code your website. The same applies to updating and changing your website. Decide how you wish to build and manage your website and this will lead you the proper choice of the shared hosting OS.
  • What is the difference between shared hosting and a dedicated server?

    With a shared hosting service, multiple websites reside on one server, whereas a dedicated server hosts one website only. When opting for shared hosting, you effectively share the server and its resources with other websites; this means that the operating costs are also divided up, making shared hosting plans a highly affordable option. In addition to being economical, it requires very little technical skill on the user's part, as the shared hosting provider is responsible for all server maintenance. Of course, sharing the server with other websites means that security is of utmost importance, and this is also taken care of by the hosting provider. Whether it's shared hosting for Windows or shared hosting for Linux, each of our shared hosting packages comes with an SSL certificate, and we also take care to ensure that all necessary firewalls and security applications are installed and up-to-date. With a dedicated server, however, the user takes sole responsibility for maintenance and security, so a bit more technical know-how is required. Dedicated servers provide a highly flexible option for users who need to set up their server in a very specific way, or for running a website with a very high traffic load. Shared hosting, on the other hand, is ideal for running a personal or business website with moderate traffic, presenting an affordable solution to high-performance, low-maintenance hosting.
  • What is the difference between shared hosting and VPS hosting?

    VPS hosting uses virtualization software to create multiple separate servers within a single larger server. Thus, a VPS is a virtual private server that resides on a main server but runs its own copy of an operating system (OS) and has its own allocated resources. VPS hosting functions in much the same way as a dedicated server, giving the user complete root access and control to install practically any software that runs on the server's particular OS. However, as with shared hosting, the physical hardware is shared with other VPSs, which can result in lower performance than that of a dedicated server. When considering shared hosting vs. VPS, the latter tends to be more expensive and requires some technical ability, as the user is responsible for maintenance and security of the VPS. VPS hosting is often seen as the transitional step between a shared hosting plan and a dedicated server, while shared hosting remains the most affordable, low-maintenance solution for securely and efficiently running web projects with a moderate traffic load.