Guest Post on Small Business Website Hosting Platforms – For Your Developer
When choosing a development platform for webhosting the options are normally between open source Linux and proprietary Windows. When making a decision the most important considerations would be cost, functionality and ease of use and requirements that might become necessary in the long term. The open source option would be perfectly usable and might even be preferred by smaller businesses but larger applications might prefer to go with the branded solution.
Using the correct platform from the outset could easily facilitate future expansion as it is required so it is important to define possible long term needs early on. If changes are eventually needed that would require the development platform to be changed then this would incur a large cost in itself and lead to costly down time. It should also be decided early on which development language would be the most suitable for the webhosting as these are suited to specific platforms.
Windows uses ASP coding language and also ASP.NET and C# etc. These are very easy to work with and require less time for development as they offer a more visual interface, but the extra coding required to achieve this can adversely affect performance. Linux predominantly uses PHP scripting language or Perl, Python etc.
There are also database servers which are specific to each platform but as with the development languages they are actually interchangeable. As would be expected though, the systems which would usually be used with Windows such as Oracle will incur an extra cost whereas mySQL is open source. A common configuration for Linux is called LAMP and combines it with mySQL, Apache servers and PHP.
Many developers would prefer to work with Windows development platforms for web hosting as it can be quicker and easier to use. Using a scripting environment such as Cold Fusion offers a very intuitive and powerful tool which can allow for rapid prototyping. Even though the cost for this application alone is quite high it could be worthwhile for large applications where rapid development is required.
For smaller business the better choice would generally be Linux due to the lower overall cost. It can be used with either dedicated or shared web hosting and the PHP language is very easy for beginners to use. If it is set up properly in the beginning it can allow for scaling up in the future as demand requires. For this reason it is always best to keep the content, presentation and code separate.
In general there are many common advantages to both options for web hosting and both also have large developer communities. The one thing that could easily decide between the two is whether there is a component which is available in one but not in the other. Linux components would be free whereas they would not be for Windows. Linux might also be less at risk from hackers or attacks and added security might be required for Windows.
For the most part it would be best for small businesses to choose Linux for web hosting, especially if they do not want to invest in dedicated servers. It has the lowest associated costs and can be set up to be scaled up or down in the future. Widows would be more suitable for large enterprises or companies that already have other Windows platforms.