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What Operating System Should You Use for Your Web Pages
By Jennifer Kyrnin

When looking for a Web hosting provider, one of the first things you often have to consider is what operating system the server will run. Now, this article is not about proving that one OS is better or worse than another, and if you already have a preference, then I recommend you stick with it. This article is not trying to convince you to change.

Several Operating Systems to Choose From
•Linux
Linux is one of the more popular operating systems on the Web, mostly because it is so cheap to install and get up and running.
•Macintosh
Macintosh hosting servers are very uncommon. In fact, if you want to host your site on a Macintosh server, you’ll probably have to look into hosting it yourself.
•Unix
Unix is very similar to Linux, but not as common on Web hosting services, usually because it is more expensive and the hardware is more specific.
•Windows
Windows is another popular operating system for Web hosting providers because it has a lot of support.
Linux and Windows are the two most common and readily available operating systems, and there are many good reasons for using both. Unix systems are very similar to Linux (and Mac OSX systems are as well) but as I mentioned above, Macintosh systems are few and far-between.

Accessing the Server
The first difference that most people notice with Web hosting operating systems is how you access the server. Both Windows and Linux offer FTP access to your files, but only Linux will generally offer telnet or ssh access. (It’s possible to set up telnet access on Windows, but very few hosting administrators offer it.) FTP is a way of transferring your files from your hard drive to your Web server. Telnet and SSH are a way to open a window directly on the Web server and manipulate files right there, usually using Unix command line commands.

Writing Your Pages
Both Windows and Linux servers will serve HTML pages and JavaScript. Typically, Windows servers use files named *.htm while Linux servers use files named *.html, but there is no real difference between these names, just what you prefer.

FrontPage extensions are often cited as the reason to use a Windows server. But there are Linux servers that offer this service as well.

CGI
CGI and Perl access are often found on both Windows and Linux servers, but it is more typical on Linux. If you need to program forms, you should make sure that your hosting service provides CGI or another way to process them.

Other Server-Side Scripts
But you’re not stuck with just Perl if you need to process forms. Many hosting systems offer PHP, ASP, and ColdFusion. These server side scripting options give you a lot of flexibility. PHP is more often found on Linux systems, while ASP is more often found on Windows. ColdFusion can be found on both.

Databases
If you’re going to run a dynamically driven Web site, then you’ll want a database. The two most popular are mySQL and Access. mySQL runs on both Linux and Windows, but is more often found on Linux servers. Access is only available for Windows.

Security
Security is very important to your Web host. Many people will argue that Windows servers have more vulnerabilities than Linux servers. But the reality is that they both have security problems. Security is more important at the hosting service’s administration level than it is at the operating system level. If you have good administrators, your server will be more secure – regardless of OS.

The Bottom Line
The differences between the operating systems is much less than you might think. I would recommend, when choosing a hosting server you find one that has the options you want, rather than worrying about what operating system they are running on the back end.

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What is Page Rank, Is it Valid, and Future Prediction.

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First, what is page rank? Page rank is a link analysis algorithm used by Google to assign a value of 0-10. There are a lot of mysteries behind what goes into and how the algorithm weights certain factors, but it basically revolves around links back to your website. The higher the page rank of the site that links to you the more value that links receives as benefits your PR. Simply, page rank is the perceived quality of your website, the more back links you have and back links from higher PR sites the better.

Page rank should not be confused with SERP (Search Engine Results Page) ranking. SERP is your page ranking for a set of searched keywords. While PR does play a factor is your SERP, it also takes into account site title and meta tags. SERP can be looked at as actual relevance to a search term, compared to PR that is perceived value or popularity.

How do you determine what page rank is? Google is constantly crawling and factoring page rank constantly. It is computed to the hundredth decimal place. The value made available to the public is the rounded up/down integer of this number and there is not a set schedule when Google updates the publicly available number. A Google search for page rank checker will turn up plenty of results. I tend to use a handful to check accuracy and make sure no variations. I recommend: What’s My PageRank, it is not full of ads and quick to use.

You now have a PR assigned to the website you looked up. However, it may not be valid! How can it not be valid? The page rank of a website can be manipulated by a flaw in the system. If a website is redirected to a website of higher page rank the website will inherit the PR of the website it directs to. One-way to check the validity is to do a search for the website in question. If the results turn up a completely different domain the page rank is not valid. Of course, there are also tools available to check for validity: Check PageRank.

If you are anxious to know what your page rank will be once Google updates the publicly used numbers you can estimate the new value using a keyword prediction tool that analyzes current back links and traffic: PageRank Prediction

Google’s PageRank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine Rankings
Google's PageRank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine Rankings

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