What to Consider Before Purchasing Unix Hosting

Now that we have covered what advantages disadvantages you can look for in a Unix based hosting package, you can begin to figure out what you will need to consider before plunking down your money on a Unix server.

If you are already familiar with Unix, then you will not need to worry about the issues that can face beginners in trying to learn an entirely new programming language. Although many Unix hosts offer control panels that handle most applications and daily running of a website, you will not be able to use your server to its fullest capacity if you are not familiar with at least the basics of how Unix works.

Being able to install additional applications that are frequently free is truly one of the most attractive reasons to go with a Unix host. However, going back to our previous point, if you don’t know how to install and run these applications they won’t be able to do much good for your site. However, more developers are adding in installation programs that handle the more difficult aspects of installing scripts, which is evening the score in this area.

Having a server that functions well, serves content quickly and is more dependable is certainly something that you will need to consider. There is nothing worse than having your site crash continually and Unix hosts typically provide servers that are extremely stable. It is much easier to reboot a Unix server than it is to reboot a Windows server, meaning that if you do experience any problems, you will be back up and running in no time.

Anyone who has used a Windows operating system knows that it isn’t the most stable program in the world. Windows hosting is extremely similar and you may be faced with constant problems. If this is not an option for your company or your website, a Unix server will probably mean less headaches for you and your company.

Quite often, the bottom line for many people selecting a website is cost. Unix hosting is typically much cheaper than Windows hosting. If value is something that is important to you, as well as not having to spend a lot of money in the future making your site more functional with additional applications, a Unix hosting package is definitely one to consider strongly.

Earlier, we mentioned applications that will run on Unix servers. Unfortunately, there are some that will not, such as Visual Basic, .ASP and other Windows based applications. If you are a developer or plan to include these languages in your site, you will be sorely disappointed if you are on a Unix based platform since they will not function.

You will need to take all of these points into consideration before making your final decision. In the end, a little planning ahead and thought will save you not only money, but valuable time as well.

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