Choosing a Dedicated Server for your Website

There are a lot of companies who will offer you a dedicated server, and there appears to be an infinite number of options. Following some principles will help you to unravel the complexities. Operating System There are two main flavours of dedicated server, namely Linux and Windows. Linux is a derivative of UNIX, and has long been a popular choice of hosting environment. Microsoft’s Windows Servers are growing in popularity, though, for a number of reasons, not least because people are familiar with the OS from their home computers. There are other server environments, for instance the Apple OS X Server, but they are often based on UNIX, and in any event are not covered in this article. There is no doubt that if you’ve never used Linux before and are thinking of moving to a Linux hosted dedicated server, then there will be a learning curve involved. That’s true of a Windows server, but if you use Windows then the familiarity will be there. Learning the command line operation of a Linux box is a task in itself, so this might weigh your choice when considering options. It could be said that Linux generally has the better reputation for reliability, speed and security, and Windows has the greater flexibility and power. Either are fine for the small and medium size site, and though Windows is generally the more expensive option the difference is minimal so the only real choice is to do with the technology that you want your site to use. If you have an existing site then to a great extent the choice might already be...

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