There are hundreds of reasons we use Linux as our OS of choice when it comes to our server network. Most of those reasons don’t really matter to our customers but we’ve picked out a few that we thought you might be interested to know.
Linux is inherently more stable than Windows based servers. Microsoft has made large strides in this area but Linux systems are simply rock solid. We have Linux machines in our server network that haven’t been restarted for years. That’s the kind of stability that we strive to maintain.
Linux itself uses very little computer resources. This is an easy concept to understand. The more resources that are saturated by the OS, the less resources your websites is allowed to use. By choosing Linux, your website(s) are able to leverage more of the CPU, RAM and System I/O that our servers provide.
The final reason we chose to use Linux as the base of our server platform is the secure nature of Linux. Linux has a very complicated privilege system that makes it much less susceptible to hacking and virii. In 2008, there were more than 1,122,311 known virus blends floating around the windows world. That’s something we cannot and will not expose our customers to.
As their website states, “The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. Led by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and CEO Jeffrey Jaffe, W3C’s mission is to lead the Web to its full potential.”
As a company, why do we follow web standards? That’s an easy question to answer. Why do you stop at red lights and drive through green ones? You do that because that’s how the roads were developed. If we all just drove around chaotically in whatever manner we wanted we’d have a mess on the roads. This method of road design has become a “standard”. We follow it because it has been proven to work. We follow the W3C’s basic framework for the same reason. It makes our code easier to manage, easier to write, easier to predict and easier to debug.
Our hosting is faster because we don’t crowd our servers. Large hosting companies that provide what they call “shared” hosting sometimes pack up to 200 websites on a single server! This works fine if the websites that it’s hosting get little or no traffic. If even a few of the websites start to get moderate traffic, you’re going to see slow downs in your websites responsiveness.
Want the proof? Use a reverse IP look up tool like the one here to see how many websites are being hosted on the server that you’re websites is currently hosted on. The results may surprise you.