Linux Dedicated Server Web Hosting

Both Linux dedicated server web hosting and the FreeBSD dedicated server can be highly beneficial to a business person's website and business needs. Both are operating systems for servers. The customer obtains a program from a hosting company, but there are different ways to obtain these items. Linux was developed by Linus Torvalds of Finland in conjunction with other developers from all over the world. The freeBSD dedicated server was developed at the University of California at Berkeley. These software packages make it possible for particular websites to run efficiently. Both are free and very low-cost to maintain. Because of the companies' non-profit position, they often share technological advances in filesystems and operating systems and share many similar features. If a business person plans to develop a website and needs an operating system, it is a good idea to compare what Linux has to offer and what FreeBSD has to offer. Both are popular names in the world of operating systems. By looking at their reliability, security, performance, costs, and forms of support, a wise business person can determine which server would be better.

There are both benefits and disadvantages when choosing one of these options. Linux is known for a high level of support. There are plenty of options out there for technical support. In addition, a user can do his own research online if that person should run into problems with the server. Yet, it is not likely that he will. Linux dedicated server web hosting is known for its reliability. They often run for years without breaking down, so are considered very dependable. The downside is that the Linux disk I/O is non-synchronous, which allows the possibility of producing a corrupted filesystem should the system crash or lose power. Also, Linux can only handle so much network traffic. It usually performs well, but the system follows behind FreeBSD in virtual memory progress and performance. A major disadvantage for Linux dedicated server web hosting is that security is not top-notch. Many inexperienced programmers can change the codebase. However, the server does have firewall protection and security tools.

FreeBSD offers performance, advanced networking, security and compatibility features. Like Linux, the FreeBSD dedicated server also has benefits and disadvantages for users. Support is widely available for this service. In addition, the user can find tutorials and newsgroups for help with problems. As far as reliability goes, both systems server are equal. FreeBSD active servers also last years. The FreeBSD file system optimizes disk I/O, ensuring reliability for transaction-based applications. Regarding high performance applications, this system is the best among competitors. Some of the largest, most popular websites use these systems because they can handle heavy network traffic. As far as security goes, it is also top-notch. Third parties have repeatedly tested and verified the security of the system. Plus, the administrator security levels prevent access to certain operating system functions. FreeBSD also has firewall protection and intrusion detection tools.

Both systems are easy to obtain. To get Linux dedicated server web hosting, simply go on the Internet and visit the official website. Since both are operating systems, not software, a user doesn't necessarily install it on his computer. He downloads what's called a distribution. Depending on the amount of space on the computer and what the user plans to use the system for, he can choose the right distribution. Before downloading a system, the user should have a high-speed Internet connection and ISO images for the distribution. If he already runs another operating system, he will need to re-partition his hard disk to install the new operating system. Before obtaining a system, read all of the instructions and requirements. If a user doesn't have the means to download and burn these programs on a CD, he can find both for free in some computer magazines. Also, retailers sell distributions on CD. Remember that in order to obtain technical support, a user has to get his operating system through a web hosting company or rent a server with a company.

Choosing the right operating system is important to helping run an efficient website. At times, a user may need to find professional support. Select a reliable server company with various options for operating systems. Ask other people whether they recommend Linux dedicated server web hosting or a FreeBSD dedicated server. Also, read reviews and articles about the different operating systems options. These are not the only ones. No matter which operating system chosen, it should be one that the user can either handle on his own or where he can depend on professionals to provide support. Expect the small investment of an operating system to go a long way towards the efficiency of any website. Yet, not matter what we do, we may not succeed, especially if we ignore our responsibility to take all our business concerns to our Lord. Psalm 19:7 says that God "makes wise the simple." First lean on Him through prayer and Bible study, then conduct business according to the principles in His Word.

Dedicated Linux Hosting

Dedicated Linux hosting seems to be one of the more popular hosting systems currently being used, if the number of times it appears connected to hosting companies on the Internet is any indication. There is even a site where you can investigate the top ten hosting companies using Linux servers. Servers of this type can be used for both managed and unmanaged web sites. While web designers and web developers are comfortable with this system, apparently it is also widely used by clients with no experience with server administration. That is to say, they can better understand what the web manager is doing with the Linux system.

Web hosting companies frequently manage web sites for clients, but with Linux dedicated web hosting companies, sometimes the hosting chores are turned over to the client when they request it. Some businessmen with web sites prefer to keep everything concerning their business close and personal. When this is the case, dedicated Linux hosting appears to fit the pattern just fine, and the cost is reduced accordingly. However, for those who wish to manage their own Linux web server remotely, they need access to people with extensive server administration resources and expertise. Web designers and software developers who can remotely administer the server, and software developers who can install and maintain third-party applications will be comfortable with Linux.

Monthly fees for managed Linux dedicated web hosting can vary, but usually run from about $340.00 to $995.00 for various packages, depending upon the size of the business using the service. The packages include a computer, CPU, RAM, hard drive, IP address, monthly bandwidth, and monitoring of three ports. Linux dedicated web hosting seems to offer everything the modern businessman requires to help his business reach its potential. Hosting companies offer free port monitoring, and allow customers to configure the Linux system to monitor their server and its ports. This configuration is left up to the customer, and maintenance is also the customer's responsibility. Any alerts are also sent to the customer for response. The Linux system also provides security patching and a firewall, providing security so necessary in today's Internet world. One can acquire a significant amount of security in the physical world, but it doesn't compare to the spiritual security available through faith. When performing the miracle of giving the blind man sight, "And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee." (Luke 18:42), He sent a clear message through the ages that confidence in Him surpasses confidence in anything made by man.

Whether a businessman is using the Linux dedicated web hosting system or another kind, there are some questions that should be asked of the web hosting company, and they are: (1) Do you offer 24/7 phone and e-mail support? (2) What is your recorded uptime? (3) Do you provide a range of service to accommodate a client's growing business needs? (4) Do you have customer testimonials a client can read? and (5) How long has your company been in the hosting business? Answers to these questions will tell a client quite a lot about the company, and the software it is using. Hosting services alone should be relatively inexpensive, i.e., $7.00-$10.00 per month, and if there is more than one domain owned by a business, the host company should provide a break in cost, rather than doubling the fee.

There are some good reasons for choosing Linux dedicated web hosting. It is a stable and reliable system, with high uptime. Since the source code for Linux is readily available to anyone who wants it, developers all over the world contribute to improve the system. Therefore, security patches and other improvements come out quickly, ensuring a very stable operation.

Software for dedicated Linux hosting can be downloaded for free from the Internet, and local mirror or CDs can be purchased from vendors for as little as $40.00. Unlike some other systems, Linux can run on PC-based hardware, which means disk space or memory are added easily. Linux is several times faster than Windows NT on equal hardware, according to some studies. With the above-mentioned attributes in place, dedicated Linux hosting seems to be a good choice for someone needing to manage his business web site himself, or by having a web host company do it for him.

In today's business environment, a business's web page is as important for attracting customers as window dressing was fifty years ago. Then, color and arrangement of items was done in a way that would attract the eye of the passing shopper. Today's web sites are designed to attract the attention of the web browser, and adding to that a convenient way to get to the business they seek makes for good customer relations from the very start. Dedicated Linux hosting is one way to achieve the goal of boosting business in an efficient and positive way.

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