Why Linux Hosting Matters for Small Business

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Choosing Linux hosting for your small business is important

Choosing Linux hosting for your small business is important

There are plenty of people who have extensive business acumen running successful and profitable businesses who at the same time won’t know the slightest thing about web hosting. In fact that’s likely the case the vast majority of the time, but as we all know there isn’t going to be any more than a handful of such businesses that haven’t taken themselves online. The reason businesses put so much emphasis on digital market and search engine optimization for their sites is explicitly in the fact that nowadays the number one way a business secures customers is when they’re prominently visible on the web.

We likely don’t need to spell it out here, but without reliable Canadian web hosting any business in the country isn’t going to have their site locatable on the world wide web, but what’s good to understand is that not all web hosting is equal. There is a reason why a cheap linux server is always going to be in demand, and that’s because most of the time Linux cloud hosting is better than Windows web hosting or other types based on the universality of it and how it’s best for reliability, uptime guarantees, as well as promoting maximum performance for websites that have a lot more to their functionality than others.

Economy Linux hosting with cPanel is even more of a better choice for small businesses, and in large part that’s because the open-source nature of Linux means that Canadian web hosting providers like us here at 4GoodHosting can offer quality hosting at lower prices. Another part of that, however, is that small businesses may have a WordPress website and Linux web hosting is far and away the best performance fit for WordPress sites.

Superior Open-Source Hosting OS

Linux cloud hosting got its start in 1991 as something of a spinoff of the Unix operating that eventually became a free operating system for Intel x86-based computers. Since then it has grown in popularity and has become one of the most widely used open-source operating systems in the world. Any discussion of a cheap Linux server might be misinterpreted as suggesting it’s of lower quality, but as we alluded to earlier it instead is all about the comparative affordability of Linux web hosting in Canada.

What isn’t debatable is that Linux is better because is allows users to customize their OS so much more extensively, offers much more in the way of software and compatibility options, has lower hardware requirements and can run well on older machines, plus – and most importantly for a lot of people – crashes and reboots occur much less often in comparison to other web hosting OS.

That is good to know in a general sense, but here are 6 reasons why Linux shared hosting is even more of a good fit for any small business based on the specific operating needs that most of these types of businesses will share.

Cost

Small businesses are always operating expense-sensitive, and there isn’t a single business owner who will choose to pay more for web hosting than they need to. With Linux being an open-source platform hosting providers are able to utilize it and then using a cheap Linux server makes them able to offer lower rates to customers. Many free and common scripts like Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, phpBB, and others, are also included with Linux-based hosting. Linux distributors like Ubuntu and Fedora tend to cost less too, and there’s far more of them for Linux than the ones you may have to pay for when using Windows web hosting platforms.

Flexibility

Economy Linux hosting with cPanel can be used to assemble a blog, website, multimedia program, forum, or any other kind of online organization. Linux is made available via the GNU General Public License, meaning it can be used with a variety of distributions including SUE Linux, Red Hat, and Ubuntu. This makes for superior adaptability in comparison to other operating systems, and being able to use Conky to display system information on the desktop is something that a basic webmaster is going to take a liking to with Economy Linux hosting with cPanel.

Security

Linux cloud hosting also offers the significant benefit of superior security. The most common approach for web hosting providers is to take the security offered by the OS itself and then expand upon it with their own security components and measures. Not to say that Windows web hosting or others are not secure, but with Linux and Ubuntu together there is much more in the way of security reinforcements to keep websites free of DDOS attacks and the like.

Reliability

Linux offers a level of reliability that Windows cannot match. Many Linux users will agree that the reliability isn’t even comparable based on the superiority of Linux. Much of this can also be attributed again to the open-source nature of Linux as an OS – it is constantly being contributed to and improved upon by these contributors.

Simplicity

Another significant advantage of Linux cloud hosting is the flexibility of the OS. The general consensus is that Linux hosting offers greater convenience and user-friendliness than Windows hosting. Since Linux supports MySQL, Perl, and PHP, it has earned a reputation as a user-friendly operating system. This makes it easier for Canadian web hosting providers to offer economy Linux hosting with cPanel and have that user interface function better and put more control in the hands of webmasters – even when they are not web savvy at all.

With Linux things get ‘fixed’ much faster too. Without going into too much detail, you’ll receive software updates for getting rid of bugs or anything else that’s needed in response to a problem in a much more efficient and timely manner as you would with a Window web hosting server behind your small-business website.

Robustness

This is not something that will apply to Linux shared hosting in Canada as much, but with Linux VPS hosting there is much more in the way of resources available to websites to allow them to perform at maximum capacity. Yes, a private server with any type of web hosting will do the same thing but with Linux hosting there is a significantly greater volume of all of this made available to sites that will need more of the ‘elbow room’ and that will include better allocation of these resources too.

More for Small Businesses

Another significant benefit of an OS that comes with a cheap Linux server is that it helps a small business avoid all of the obligations that come with managing and operating Linux services. Users can expect to see superior performance with network connectivity management, website traffic tracking, bandwidth allocation, dynamic rerouting of web traffic, better managing of device and server resources, and better integration of website software and databases.

The last thing to mention here for anyone looking into a cheap Linux server to provide web hosting is to say that for hosting high-traffic websites, eCommerce online portals, and data-related forums, a dedicated Linux server will always be the best option. That’s based entirely on the advantages we laid out above, but there’s more to it too. We’ll expand on that in future entry here, but before we go we’ll discuss economy Linux hosting with cPanel and why it’s always a more solid choice for budget-conscious businesses that still want their website to be brining maximum returns.

cPanel hosting packages can help you save money and time while maintaining a high level of service, and you’ll also like how you can easily install several plugins on your site using cPanel without needing to do much at all. This will also apply to add-ons, polls, forums, and more that you may want to incorporate into your site.

Linux or Windows

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The vast majority of websites are hosted on either Linux or Windows OS servers, and the market share is now shifting towards Linux according to a recent report from W3tech. Consumer surveys indicated that Unix servers make up some 66% of all web servers while Windows accounts for just over 33%. For most this isn’t going to be something they’ll give any consideration to, and it’s true that websites with standard HTML pages will be served equally well with either OS.

These days greater numbers of websites have been ‘revamped’ since their inception and now feature dynamic design elements that enhance the UX experience for viewers. If you are planning to design or redesign your website to be much more engaging, you should work with forms and execute web applications both systems will serve your needs.

Linux and Windows are pretty much neck and neck when it comes to functionality. Each works with a number of frameworks and front end programming languages, and have impressive features when it comes to hosting. Linux and Windows handle data in the same way too, and both sport easy, convenient and fast FTP tools to serve a wide range of file management functions.

Nine times out of 10 you’ll be at your best with either, and at 4GoodHosting our Linux and Windows web hosting specs make us one of the best Canadian web hosting providers with data centers in both Eastern and Western Canada.

Our standard web hosting is via ultra-fast, dual-parallel processing Hexa Core Xeon Linux-based web servers with the latest server software installations, and our Windows hosting includes full support for the entire spectrum of frameworks and languages: ASP.NET, Frontpage, Choice of MySQL, MSSQL 2000 or 2005 DB, ATLAS, Silverlight, ASP 3.0, PHP4 & PHP5, and Plesk.

Let’s have a look at the difference with each.

Price

The most significant difference between Linux and Windows web hosting is the core operating system on which the server(s) and user interface run. Linux uses some form of the Linux kernel, and these are usually free. There are some paid distributions, Red Hat being a good one, which comes with a number of special features aimed at better server performance. With Windows you’ll have a licensing fee because Microsoft develops and owns its OS and hardware upgrade needs can be a possibility too. We like Linux because over its lifespan, Linux servers generally cost significantly less than a similar one that’s Windows-based.

Software Support

Before choosing an OS, you’ll also have to consider the script languages and database applications that are required to host the website on it. If your website needs Windows-based scripts or database applications to display correctly, then a Windows web hosting platform is probably best for you. Sites developed with Microsoft ASP.NET, ASP Classic, MSSSQL, MS Access, SharePoint technologies will also head over to the Windows side.

Conversely, if your website requires Linux-based script or database software, then a Linux-based web hosting platform is going to be your best choice. Plus, anyone planning to use Apache modules, NGINX or development tools like Perl, PHP, or Python with a MySQL database will enjoy the large support structure for these formats found with Linux.

Control Panel And Dev Tools

Another consideration with these two web hosting options is that Linux offers control panels like cPanel or WHM, and Windows uses Plesk. There are fundamental differences between them. cPanel has a simple user-friendly interface and users can download applications, such as WordPress, phpBB, Drupal, Joomla, and more with super simple one-click installs. Creating and manage MySQL databases and configuring PHP is easy, and cPanel automatically updates software packages too. Plus, we like our Linux hosted websites for people new to the web. cPanel makes it easy for even people with no coding knowledge to create websites, blogs, and wiki pages. You can get tasks done faster without having to learn the details of every package installed.

Plesk is very versatile in that it can help you run the Windows version of the Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP stack. Plesk also supports Docker, Git, and other advanced security extensions. Windows servers have many unique and practical tools available as well, such as the Microsoft Web Platform Installer (Web PI) for speedier installation of the IIS (Internet Information System web server), MSSQL, and ASP.NET stack.

Because it’s been on the field longer, there are loads of open-source Linux applications available online. Windows hosting has fewer apps to choose from, but you have the security of knowing they are all from from vetted licensed providers. This increases the rate you can move ahead with database deployment.

Performance And Security

A reputable Canadian web host can be expected to secure your website within its data centres, but online attacks on Windows servers over the last few years show that they may be more of a red flag here than with Linux servers. That’s not to say that Linux – or any OS that has been or ever will be developed – will not have any security issues. Solid security is a product of good passwords, applying necessary patches, and using the rack for support.

Further, Linux server is pretty much universally considered to superior to Windows for stability and reliability. They rarely need to be rebooted and configuration changes rarely require a restart. Running multiple database and file servers on Windows can make it unstable, and another small difference is that Linux files are case-sensitive and Windows files are not.

Penguin for the Win

Your choice of server should be dictated by the features & database application needed for the proper functioning of your hosting or website development project. Those of you working on your own external-facing site and looking for a combination of flexibility and stability will be set up perfectly with Linux and cPanel. Those working in a complex IT environment with existing databases and legacy applications running on Windows servers will be best served being hosted on a Windows OS server.