When it comes to building and managing a website, many people don't realize the options that are available in hosting. Shared server hosting is the most familiar, and a Windows operating system is the most common. However, both can be changed. A virtual private server gives the choice to the user, rather than the client defaulting to whatever is there. A VPS consists of several server accounts linked to a single physical computer. Each account acts in practice as a different computer, offering more independence and customization options for the user. These customization benefits even go so far as to allow you to install your own operating system, rather than using the default system on the computer. Install a new operating system, reboot the server, or shut it down entirely, all without it affecting any other accounts.
An operating system of choice for many people is the Linux software, as its benefits are many. Since it is a user-generated product and is freely licensed, it is much more cost-effective. A Windows operating system, on the other hand, can cost upwards of several hundred dollars, and sometimes even includes a subscription fee. Linux is also more stable than Windows, resulting in less crashes and loss of information. The system requirements are fewer, allowing it to be run on nearly any machine, including older computers. Since it does not require as great of a processing capacity, it runs faster and more efficiently and with less computer power. This is especially beneficial on a shared computer, such as one used in a virtual private server. Although the physical computer is divided into several separate virtual computers, it still has the same amount of resources that must be divided as well. RAM and disk space are both divided from the main computer and allotted to the different user accounts; the processing capacity is shared. Linux more efficiently uses the space allowed so that tasks and projects are easier to complete.
There is an ongoing debate on this question between computer techs and enthusiasts from both camps. When it comes down to it, however, the facts lie in favor of Linux. Linux is hacked less times and receives fewer viruses than does Windows. Some attribute this to the fact that Linux is not as common and is therefore a smaller target, which is true, but the facts don't stop there. Linux is unique in that it is produced not by a single company, but by an entire community of users and programmers. The software can be freely edited by anyone with the know-how, and then shared with others. This means that when a virus does target Linux, it is immediately given the attention of an entire community of programmers who work to build up the security against it. Essentially, the response time is much quicker than that of any single company, and the solutions more effective.
Linux is generated by the users and is able to be altered by anyone. This makes customization features nearly limitless. You can change the appearance to suit your tastes and make it look exactly how you want it. This includes making preferred programs and features more accessible, right where you want them. There are a wide variety of programs that you can easily download and install for things like programming, website design and management, appearance, file managing and sharing, and much more.