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Which hosting should I choose?
Posted by (Adam Heavens) on 17 July 2014 01:15 PM
We are often asked which hosting platform is best for me?, Linux or Windows. We've listed the major differences between the two that you should consider in making your final decision. In the process, we have also tried to dispel any common misconceptions regarding these platforms.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that you have to run Linux on your own computer in order for you to host your site on Linux platform. That is not true. Which operating system you run on your computer is irrelevant in making your decision. This means that if you are running Windows 7 or Windows XP on your computer, you can still choose Linux.

Linux Hosting

The origins of the Linux operating system lie in the 'open source' world where users contribute to the devlopment and growth of software. Over the years, not only has Linux hosting grown in popilarity, it has pretty much emerged as the de-facto standard for web hosting. Linux is suited to both large community websites, small business sites, or everything in between. There's many advantages to Linux, which include;
Opensource means free
With a community driven environment for new products & refinement of existing products, you can be sure constant development and updates will occur. That also means growth.
Opensource means flexibility
Since it's an Open Source platform, the Linux hosting operating system can support all sorts of systems. This gives flexibility in how & what runs within the environment
Linux is compatible with most common development platforms like PHP, mySQL, and Perl. Unless the coding required for your website is very extensive, development of aplications for a Linux hosting platform can prove to be quite inexpensive as compared to other hosting options.
This is a feature that Linux is most famous for. It provides unparalleled security. It is by far the most robust web hosting platform and that allows users to do just about anything on the server without worrying about stability.
Speed & stability
The Linux hosting platform is known for its efficiency. Most developers will agree that Linux loads and runs much faster than other web hosting platforms. Along with this efficiency, the Linux hosting platform also has the reputation for stability.

Windows Hosting

There are several advantages to selecting a Windows Hosting platform, as well as disadvantages. We will go through each of the advantages in this column and outline why Windows Hosting may be right for your website.
The .Net Framework
If your website relies on .net or visual basic, Windows hosting is an excellent choice. In fact, it’s the only choice that will provide you what you need to accomplish building a website with these languages. Unix hosting is not able to use these languages and if you need to use either, it is essential that you select a Windows Hosting platform.
Front Page Extensions
If you use the popular web design program, Microsoft Front Page, having a Windows Hosting platform will make your life a lot easier. You won’t have to worry about making sure your server supports extensions, as you would with a Unix platform.
Easier to Use
If you are familiar with the Windows operating system, having a Windows based server will make the learning process much easier. You won’t have to worry about learning a new language just to maintain your website. For beginners, this is a definite plus.
.ASP and Dynamically Database Driven Pages
If you plan to use Active Server Pages or .ASP or if you need to have a dynamically database driven website, Windows is superior in this regard. In fact, Unix servers do not support .ASP, which makes your choice clear if you plan to use this popular scripting language on your site.
In fact, the popularity of .ASP is inducing many site owners to make the switch over to a Windows Hosting platform, even if they have used a Unix platform for years.
Access Compatibility
If your website needs to collect its data from an Access database, a Windows server will be able to integrate this database seamlessly. While there are many database options, such as MySQL, many people prefer to use Access. A Windows server will be able to make integration much easier.
If you use Visual Interdev or plan to develop Windows based applications on your site, than a Windows platform will obviously be the best choice for you. Unix does not support Windows development programs and if this is the development language of your choice, you would be best served by a Windows based server.

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Our Partners
Posted by (Adam Heavens) on 26 June 2014 10:31 PM

We recognise that technology partners are a critical element for delivering both value and confidence to our customers.

That is why we have invested heavily in cultivating key relationships with brand leading technology partners and ensuring that our employees are fully qualified and experienced in delivering our partners services and solutions.

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Service Status
Posted by (Adam Heavens) on 23 June 2014 01:39 PM

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Technical Support
Posted by (Adam Heavens) on 23 June 2014 01:38 PM

You will experience hosting as it should be – responsive, smart and helpful.

Our technical support team is right here, waiting to help you.

We ensure that you will get the very best support, and all support team members have at least two years industry experience. The support team is available 7am to 7pm by phone and 24/7 by email, and we endeavour to respond to your enquiry within 2 hours.

We also have a detailed set of online technical documentation for users of our systems.

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Posted by (Adam Heavens) on 21 June 2014 09:08 PM
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