Do you know what
operating system on which you web
host’s server runs? It is an
important piece of information to
know as you design your web pages
because the server’s operating
system, or OS, determines what scripting
languages can run and what databases
are supported among other things.
There are three major operating systems
on which web host
servers can run. The Linux operating
system allows scripts like Perl, PHP,
Python and other languages based on
Unix. The server operating on Linux
also generally supports MySQL and
PostgreSQL database systems.
Servers run on Unix operating systems,
like Solaris or FreeBSD, have the
same capabilities as servers run on
the Linux operating system.
Servers that operate their systems
with Windows provide ASP scripts,
utilizing .NET and other Microsoft
technologies. And of course the Windows
operating system supports Microsoft’s
SQL Server database.
If your website does not have any
scripts, it will not matter what operating
system your web host server uses.
When the script does not make a difference,
most website builders choose a server
with either the Linux or Unix web
hosting because they are generally
less expensive. But remember, if you
want to use scripts or a database,
you should choose the operating system
which supports those technologies.
When in doubt about which operating
system to use, contact your web host
to determine which choice is best
for your needs and the demands your
website will produce. Make sure their
server can meet your needs so you
can produce an effective and efficient