Time for Web provides Rochester Web hosting. Hosting is a service that provides a physical location for a Web site. Customers’ sites reside on computers stored in secure and climate-controlled environments and permanently linked to the Internet through high-speed data lines. These computers store the Web pages that make up Web sites. As soon as your pages are installed on the server they become available to visitors and customers on the Internet – providing they have the correct address.
Unix or Windows?
We offer a choice of either platform to our customers. The one you choose mostly comes down to what your needs are.
The following information will help you choose between our Unix or Windows 2003 hosting solutions. Unless you specifically need to use features for Windows 2003 such as ASP, VB Scripts, MS Access, MS SQL or Cold Fusion, you wish to choose the Unix platform as it is feature rich and easy to use.
Ease of use:
There are no differences in terms of ease of use between the platforms. You will find both platforms user friendly because both include our Web-Based Control Panel.
Reliability: Unix is generally more stable in a multi-user (shared) environment, however we have made sure that the reliability of the Windows 2000 platform closely matches Unix.
Speed: There is no difference in terms of speed between the two platforms.
Functionality: This is where two platforms differ the most; The main distinction of Windows servers is that they are configured to be compatible with Microsoft applications, such as MS Access and MS SQL. Windows also offer web developers the use of programming environments such as Active Server Pages (ASP), Visual Basic Scripts, MS Index Server and Cold Fusion. Unix hosting also offers many server applications and programs that have been written exclusively for use with Unix. Since Unix is an open source platform, tons of developers have already created a wide variety of CGI scripts, PHP scripts, and MySQL applications that will work on nearly any Unix system. If you choose Windows hosting, you may find that many of the scripts you want to use won’t work since they were not designed for Windows. But the trend is for solutions to be supported in both platforms. For example, Microsoft FrontPage, one of the most popular web site editors, is supported on both Unix and Windows.