The World Wide Web is as much a part of everyday life as three meals and sleep. The Internet is taken for granted, and social media sites like Facebook are in many way used like the phone used to be … back when the phone had to be plugged into a wall and maybe even had rotary dialing action.
Relatively few, however, are aware of the architecture behind the presentation. We just log on and surf, and the content washes over us. Those few are the ones building the sites of which the Web is made, and those sites are hosts for all the applications enjoyed by the user public.
What is web hosting?
It’s like this: Operating systems like Windows and Linux provide the connection between computers and the Internet. Business-minded users who want traffic and/or commerce via the Internet, or creative souls who would like to put their art out for public consumption, need to make a site to which traffic can come. Hosting applications provide the framework needed to build and host Web pages, and the process has become easy and very affordable.
People want their sites to be eye-catching, easy to navigate, have a professional appearance, and provide constructive, creative latitude. Accuweb hosting applications are the vehicles for all this. There are loads to choose from, particularly for the Windows OS. Here are the top 5 highest recommended for any web hosting needs.
ñ The most widely used web template system, WordPress offers interchangeable themes, loads of plugins and widgets, and mobile access programs for WebOS, Android, iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), Windows Phone 7, and BlackBerry. Also featuring integrated link management, a clean permalink structure, and the ability to assign multiple categories to articles, WordPress is the go-to application for first-time bloggers and professional multiple blog managers alike.
ñ On Windows, Joomla! can be installed using the Microsoft Web Platform Installer. Joomla is engineered with programming patterns that will minimize “bugs” for the first-time user. All content is kept on the most popular RDM systems. With a host of aspects that visitors to professional websites have come to expect, it’s no wonder that Joomla is the second most downloaded application of 2012.
ñ One of the most popular photo album organizer and photo sharing web applications, Gallery allows even beginners to quickly install and get started blending photo management seamlessly into any website, regardless of the size. Some of the many features include thumbnails and full image support, integration with other web-based products, and voting/polling/rating of images. And these are only a fraction of the benefits of incorporating Gallery into the fabric of one’s web-based endeavor.
ñ Providing options for all different types of content management needs including: images, podcasts, blogs, video, calendars, and forums … Drupal’s extensibility allows for the quick and simple addition of more content types, functionality, and even themes. With the growing popularity of online catalogues and community web portals, applications like Drupal are becoming indispensable.
For the bulletin board style of website, phpBB is the most popular open-source system on the Internet. Its application installer quickly establishes sites well suited for everything from a small, stand-alone group of friends or family who want to stay in touch, to large multi-category discussion forums on existent websites. With an extensive and user-friendly administration panel, customization with phpBB is a breeze. And with features like user registration settings, password protected forums, and private messaging between users, a new website creator could have his/her own private Facebook-esque web address in nearly the time it takes to establish a Facebook profile.
Internet access has never been greater, and just keeps growing. With apps like these, anyone can have a website of their very own, and so ever grows the destinations available to Internet users.