Web Hosting

Hosting involves buying space on a webserver and then slotting your website into it. The bigger your website, the more space you need and the busier your site is, the better the server needs to be to cope with the demand.

In the end, servers, data centres and bandwidth are not the key to hosting websites. Webhot Designs believes hosting is a service, not just a technology.

The choice you have when purchasing a hosting package is whether to opt for Linux or Windows technology. Both formats will work on any PC and are capable of powering impressive websites.

Linux or Windows Hosting

The operating system that you use on your computer should not govern your choice, all Webhot's packages come with FTP access and a range of web page publishing options. If your computer runs on Microsoft ® Windows ® it doesn’t mean you have to opt for Microsoft web hosting, Linux hosting works just as well as Microsoft hosting.

Each technology has its own distinct advantages for users.

Both technologies are well proven, while you may have an allegiance to either Linux or Microsoft based on your choice of operating system or on what you have been advised, it is essential to choose the technology that is more suited to your style of web building.

Linux Hosting

Linux Hosting

When it comes to Web hosting, Linux is widely considered to be the best operating system for web servers. Linux is reliable, stable and efficient and is proven in the most demanding environments of web and mail servers, you do not need to understand the Linux environment in order to use a Linux based web hosting environment

If you plan to incorporate work that uses PHP, Perl or MySQL languages, Linux is the suitable solution. It is also ideal for the type of websites which display information as a brochure, in newsletter format or as data sheets. Linux works well for ‘brochure-ware’ sites which offer interaction through enquiry forms, online purchasing and other e-commerce functions.

Programs such as Microsoft FrontPage ® can also be successfully used with Linux technology, we offer FrontPage extensions with Linux solutions so that this popular web publishing program can be used without hindrance.

Microsoft Windows Hosting

Windows Hosting

Windows is a more user-friendly package and is needed for certain applications like ASP. Microsoft facilitates varying degrees of design and management through a drag-and-drop philosophy, via Microsoft FrontPage ®, .Net Framework and SharePoint. By this, Microsoft presents an advantage when it comes to the integration of Microsoft applications when you are designing your website. Essential Microsoft-specific applications such a FrontPage or ASP ® will work particularly comfortably with a Webhot Windows hosting package.

Windows hosting is also an advantage if you plan to incorporate searchable databases into your website. The better integrated functionality characteristics and reduced development time of Windows hosting, offers a real advantage for users wishing to incorporate database facilities to their website.

Secure Hosting - SSL Certificates

Secure hosting is for those who want to take credit card payments through their website.

With more reliance on E-commerce, the need for security is now even greater. Customers feel safe when seeing the padlock displayed in their browser.

In order to display the padlock, you need to have a secure transport layer (encryption). This is established with an SSL certificate. There are various levels of certificate available.

SSL Certificates can be used on either Linux or Windows web hosting.

Databases

Webhot can provide many different types and styles of databases. The most commonly used are MySQL, Access, Microsoft SQL Express and Microsoft SQL

A Database is a collection of information, organised in such a way that a computer program can quickly select desired pieces of data. It may help to think of it as an electronic filing system.

Traditional databases are organised hierarchically, with fields, records, and files. A field is a single piece of information; a record is one complete set of fields; and a file is a collection of records.

The two most common uses for databases are probably as a way of storing customers' details or a catalogue of products. A database ensures that the visitor can quickly and easily find the information and see the pertinent prices/details that correspond.

Databases can be used on either Linux or Windows web hosting.