If you are establishing a Web presence for your business, chances are, considering using a service such as WordPress, Joomla, Magento, or Drupal as a CMS platform is on the to-do list. All of those require Linux hosting for them to run properly.
Linux is the program that runs the programs; it is the “man behind the curtain.” The lion’s share of content management systems (CMS) require the LAMP stacking configuration. Linux is the foundation for that technical set up. Apache, MySQL, and PHP mean little without Linux running the show. Therefore, selecting a provider that supports Linux Web hosting is as important as selecting the proper CMS for your business. Most hosts do support Linux; just be sure to check. Be careful, Linux does not support ASP, .NET, or IIS like Windows hosts do, though.
Linux is far and away the most popular hosting package--every developer and administrator is intimately familiar with how it operates. A studio engineer can play Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to tell if a mixing board sounds right; Linux is that same point of reference for its industry. As such, it enjoys a few benefits that its competitors cannot.
First, it is incredibly secure; as long as you are using updates as they become available, your data is safe. Having so many Linux hosts, it is also a low-cost hosting option. With nearly everyone offering it, competition drives the costs down. Finally, because of its widespread use, you will have no trouble hiring a tech team with Linux certifications.
Being the most popular kid in school, Linux is especially desirable for shared hosting. However, for added security, you will probably want to look for a provider that can deliver Linux VPS hosting. A virtual private server can give you the security of a dedicated server with the cost and convenience of a shared server. The more secure VPS server can also do more than a basic shared Linux host.
Having your own private segment of a server allows you to tap into Linux’s full potential. Linux gives your site scalability. It can be as big or as small, as broad or as deep as you need it to be. Thanks to its almost universal usage, there is a massive Linux community available to reference tips and experience. Linux is tried and true; even old servers can use it effectively. A very powerful hosting package, Linux is at its customizable best when run on a VPS server.
Finding a provider that offers Linux server hosting is a breeze. You should be able to find a free or low-cost option with Linux certified techs at your beck and call.