The question in the title has already taken a sleep of many people. If you decide to launch a website, you have to come across many doubts. They always appear when you have to make an important decision related to a new project.
What hosting is the best one? What operating system should I select? Do I need a dedicated IP for my site? These are only a few questions that appear in your mind when creating and publishing a web page.
You are not the only one with this question in your brain. This tutorial will show you that choosing the operating system for web hosting is not that hard. Keep reading and find out!
Similarly to programs installed on the computer, website creation platforms are also compatible with specific hosting features. In case your application is built on PHP, you have to choose the operating system which is compatible with it. PHP is a widely used programming language, that’s why many operating systems are compatible with it (for example, Linux and Windows).
Other languages aren’t that compatible. For example, the ASP language is compatible exceptionally with Windows hosting services. Knowing your application and its requirements help to understand which operating system will be the best one.
Warning: Pay attention that the operating system of your computer is completely different from the operating system of your hosting. You can have a computer running Linux and host your website on a server of Linux.
As far as you see, deciding on a platform is the first step of choosing the operating system for your web hosting. The next step is checking prerequisites for the system or application you would like to use. It will help you choose the operating system for hosting servers.
The most widely used system for website hosting is Linux. Over half of the top web host providers all over the world use this system. Linux has various distributions. Some versions are based on the central source code of Linux (Kernel). However, it is adapted for a special purpose. Other popular Linux distributions are CentOs and Ubuntu Server. Linux servers are compatible with the majority of internet languages. Choose the operating system that is most suitable for your application.
Sometimes you may not even have to select the operating system. It happens when you create a site through a site creator service, like WordPress.com and Wix. It also happens when you use hosting systems that previously install content management systems (CMS).
If you are hiring such a service, the company that provides it has already chosen the appropriate system and it’s configured with the needed environment.
Before selecting an OS, think about the goal of your site and what kind of presence you would like to create on the internet. Should it be a blog, a usual professional web page, or a portfolio website that will showcase your work?
There are a lot of platforms and tools for creating web pages. If you haven’t chosen the one yet, follow these steps before starting:
Let’s imagine you would like to create a WordPress website. This choice already limits the number of tools you have to use. After this, you can choose the one you like.
These two steps will give you an indication of the operating system your hosting needs.
It is easier to choose a web hosting OS than you think. Once you’ve decided on the kind of the application/site you would like to use, it will probably require the most suitable operating system. Additionally, the majority of the languages used on the Internet have compatibility with the main operating systems on the market.
You should also remember that if a service uses a tool like the rental as a model, you don’t have to pick the operating system. In such case, the company that hosts the site has already made a decision.