Web Hosting Server Technologies
This section describes some of the most common hosting technologies.
Windows hosting means hosting of web services that runs on the Windows
You should choose Windows hosting if you plan to use ASP (Active Server
Pages) as server scripting, or if you plan to use a database like Microsoft
Access or Microsoft SQL Server. Windows hosting is also the best choice if you
plan to develop your web site using Microsoft Front Page.
Unix hosting means hosting of web services that runs on the Unix operating
Unix was the first (original) web server operating system, and it is known
for being reliable and stable. Often less expensive than Windows.
Linux hosting means hosting of web services that runs on the Linux operating
Web pages can be executed as CGI scripts. CGI scripts are executables that
will execute on the server to produce dynamic and interactive web pages.
Most Internet service providers will offer some kind of CGI capabilities.
Internet service providers will often offer preinstalled, ready to run, guest-books, page-counters, and
chat-forums solutions written in CGI scripts.
The use of CGI is most common on Unix or Linux servers.
ASP - Active Server Pages
Active Server Pages is a server-side scripting technology developed by Microsoft.
With ASP you can create dynamic web pages by putting script code inside your
HTML pages. The code is executed by the web server before the page is
ASP is a standard component in Windows 95,98, 2000, and XP. It can be activated
on all computers running Windows.
If you want to learn more about ASP, please visit
our ASP tutorial.
PHP is an open-source software and is a powerful server-side scripting language
for creating dynamic and interactive websites.
PHP is the widely-used, free, and efficient alternative to competitors such as
Microsoft's ASP. PHP is perfectly suited for Web development and can be embedded
directly into the HTML code.
The PHP syntax is very similar to Perl and C. PHP is often used together with
Apache (web server) on various operating systems. It also supports ISAPI and can
be used with Microsoft's IIS on Windows.
PHP supports many databases, such as MySQL, Informix, Oracle, Sybase, Solid,
PostgreSQL, Generic ODBC, etc.
If you want to learn more about PHP, please visit our
JSP is a server-side
technology much like ASP developed by Sun.
With JSP you can create dynamic web pages by putting Java code inside your
HTML pages. The code is executed by the web server before the page is returned
to the browser.
Since JSP uses Java, the technology is not restricted to any server-specific platform.
Cold Fusion is another server-side scripting language used to develop
dynamic web pages.
Cold Fusion is developed by Macromedia.
Microsoft's ASP technology runs only on Windows platforms.
However, Chili!Soft ASP is a software product that allows
ASP to run on UNIX and some other platforms.
FrontPage is a website design tool developed by Microsoft.
FrontPage allows users to
develop a web site without any deep knowledge of web development.
hosting solutions support FrontPage server extensions for users that use FrontPage to develop
their web site.
If you plan to use FrontPage, you should look for a Windows hosting solution.
Dreamweaver is a website design tool owned by Adobe Systems.
Dreamweaver allows users to develop a web site without any deep knowledge of
ColdFusion, JavaServer Pages, and PHP.
Dreamweaver is available for both Mac and Windows operating systems.
A secure server can transmit data encrypted.
If you plan to do online credit card transactions, or other types of web
communication that needs to be protected against unauthorized access, your web
host must provide a secure server.
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