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Whenever someone considers the idea of hosting a website on the Internet there are 3 terms they will constantly come across — Windows hosting, PHP hosting and Apache hosting. The first two names are more popular among professionals in Malaysia and the third one is a relatively new concept whose full potential is yet to be explored. All of them have their advantages and disadvantages and what this article will do is give an overview on all of them to help consumers decide on the best option for their own use.

Windows Hosting

The term ‘windows hosting’ is more commonly known as ‘Microsoft hosting’. It is a service that runs using the Windows operating system. But this does not at all interfere with the working of the operating system that one may be using on his or her personal computer. A major advantage of using the windows hosting service is the fact that it can accommodate a variety of networking formats and the list includes ASP.NET, ASP, MSSQL, etc. These are a variety of databases and encryptions that function solely on windows. However, in addition to these, Windows is also capable of working with all other major applications and encryptions like PHP, MySQL, and more. The only problem with the system is the fact that since it is owned and operated by Microsoft, it is expensive due to the costs involved in obtaining a license.

Linux

A strong contender of windows, Linux is a much advanced and better bet when it comes to security. However, there are a few hindrances with Linux because it does not support all the popular formats and some of the ones that are not compatible with Linux servers include the ASP.NET or other .NET technologies. Nevertheless, it supports the common formats like PHP and MySQL. Moreover, Linux systems can be professionally built and customized according to the preferences of the consumer. This flexibility offered by Linux makes it the server of choice for a large number of Internet users.

Apache

Apache has been present in the market from 1995 and is a major contender to the Microsoft based web hosting facilities that use the Internet Information Server (IIS) based technology. Apache’s extreme popularity can be attributed to 3 major factors. Firstly the program is so simple and user-friendly that those who are not very well versed with networking technologies can also work easily with it. Secondly, Microsoft’s web hosting facility suffers from a major drawback due to technical factors since it is directly linked to the Windows OS. This problem is also faced by another Microsoft product namely the Internet Explorer web browser. This makes it very prone to security issues and solving those issues can be difficult because the web host is directly linked with the operating system of the computer. Apache on the other is a stand-alone mechanism that is not intertwined with a computer’s operating system and also possesses simple security encryptions. Finally it is an open program that is freely available on the net for the use of all and sundry.

Which ever you choose, first you need to find a good hosting company. It all starts with the right Web Hosting Malaysia provider. Once you have found your hosting company and you are sure that they can serve your website and for your needs, you can choose the package that suits you the most.

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