We offer UNIX and Windows®, the two most common hosting
platforms (or operating systems) available. Together they claim
over 90% of the market share for professional applications.
Which platform is for me?
First, let's clear up a common misconception. Simply because
you run a version of Windows on your home computer, does not
mean you need to host your web site on Windows. The operating
system you use to create your site has no bearing on the platform
you choose to host your site. That said, you may build a site
that caters to either a Windows or Unix operating system.
Check the brief outlines below to choose the platform that best
suits your web hosting needs.
The Linux platform is widely regarded as highly reliable, and
a more popular choice among professional and advanced users.
Linux has a proven track record of performance, stability and
security. It has been in a state of constant refinement since
its inception 30 years ago, and is based on open standards,
allowing easy access to operating system features and applications.
Linux is by default, text-based and does not use a graphical
user interface (GUI), which means it can dedicate the full power
of the server to your web site.
• Most web creation tutorials and documentation refer
to this platform
• Long-standing - around for 30 years
• Extremely stable, reliable, functional, and flexible
• Easy to upgrade and expand
• Access to freeware
• Scripting languages such as Perl and PHP3
Shells such as csh, and ksh
• Supports mySQL databases
• Supports MS FrontPage extensions
• Most economical
Windows is the operating system of choice for many new users
with a reputation for ease of use and administration. Windows
allows those with little or no experience in the fields of web
development and hosting to get advanced features working quickly.
Windows supports tools and software such as Microsoft's FrontPage,
Active Server Pages (ASP), Visual Interdev, Access Database,
MS SQL 2000, VBScript, ColdFusion and MS Internet Studio. You
can create a powerful customized site that includes dynamic
content and database integration. The Windows environment also
offers flexibility and a user-friendly graphical user interface
(GUI). Coupled with the numerous third party tools being developed
by Microsoft partners, Windows is quickly becoming a complete
web hosting environment.
• Microsoft-specific applications such as FrontPage, Access,
IIS and ASP.
• Use of ODBC / DSN connections
• Scripting languages for dynamic content
such as ASP, ColdFusion, Active Perl and Visual C++
Other powerful database tools ranging from Access to MS SQL
2000 Server Database