Hosting servers also run on operating systems, just like your personal computers—the right software on the appropriate server OS impact server performance, offering you painless hosting experiences.
This article details the software versions we installed on hosting accounts.
Let’s take a look.
Linux Hosting with cPanel
Linux is often the default server OS for most WordPress websites, and it’s compatible with cPanel—Spanel, in our case—an all-in-one Scalahosting’s control panel that allows users to manage their hosting accounts.
Let’s quickly examine the software we installed on Linux hosting accounts.
Apache HTTP Server is an open-source web server that helps deliver web content over the internet. It processes requests and serves web content via HTTP/S protocol and can handle large amounts of traffic.
Apache is easy to scale, reliable, highly customizable and secured. Over 67 percent of web servers use Apache.
Installed Version: 2.4.33
cURL is a free and open-source software used in command lines or scripts to transfer data with URLs. It enables users to create network requests from the command line and supports protocols like HTTP(S), FTP, SMTP, and many more.
cURL is the internet transfer engine for thousands of software applications.
Installed Version: 7.19.7
MySQL is an SQL-based relational database management system.
It’s useful for various purposes ranging from data warehousing, eCommerce and web databases. Web developers can integrate MySQL database to a website to rapidly display categorized and searchable information to website users in real-time.
Installed Version: 5.6.47
PHP is a general-purpose server-side scripting language suitable for developing websites and web applications. It’s fast, flexible and pragmatic, powering many of the world’s most popular blogs and websites.
PHP is not easily readable – only web servers that install PHP can interpret the script.
Installed Version: 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 (default) and 7.4
PEAR stands for PHP Extension and Application Repository.
It’s a framework and distribution system for reusable PHP components. It extends PHP and gives web developers a higher level of programming.
PEAR comes in three classes — PEAR Core Components, PEAR Packages and PECL packages.
Installed Version: 1.10.5
Perl is a reliable and feature-rich programming language.
It’s suitable for mission-critical projects and finds valuable applications in system administration, web development, network programming, GUI development, and more.
Perl has about 25,000 extensions on the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN).
Installed Version: 5.10.1
phpMyAdmin is an open-source web application that helps users manage MySQL databases.
It’s an administration user interface (UI) for MySQL and supports a wide range of operations for MariaDB.
phpMyAdmin is intuitive and one of the most popular MySQL administration tools.
Installed Version: 4.8.3
Python is a programming language that helps users work quickly and integrate systems more effectively. Developers often use it as a scripting language in web applications to automate specific series of tasks.
Python is easy to use, and it’s in the top five programming languages today.
Installed Version: 2.6.6
Zend helps support and secure PHP applications.
It’s a PHP framework that supports mission-critical applications with secure PHP runtimes. Zend is purely object-oriented and holds collections of PHP packages helpful in developing web applications and services.
Installed Version: 3.2.0
Windows Hosting with Plesk
Windows hosting works best for users running Sharepoint or exchange sites.
It’s easy to set up and configure, even for less experienced users. Windows’ developer-friendly environment makes developing web applications and setting up the .NET framework intuitive.
Let’s examine the software versions we install on Windows hosting accounts.
MS Windows Server
Microsoft Windows Server is a server operating system released by Microsoft since 2000. The OS bridges on-premises environments with Azure services enabling hybrid scenarios and maximizing investment.
Windows Admin Center in Azure allows users to manage Windows servers from the Azure portal.
Installed Version: 2012/2012 R2
ASP is a development framework for building web pages.
It’s Microsoft’s solution for producing dynamic web content. It helps make websites an interactive application instead of just texts and images. Users rely on it to achieve powerful results without advanced programming skills.
ASP stands for Active Server Page and has been in use for over 20 years.
Installed Version: 3.0 (VBScript version 5.8)
ASP.NET is a framework for build web applications with .NET and C#.
It’s free, cross-platform and open-source, and supported on Windows, Linux and macOS. ASP.NET is fast and scalable and performs faster than most popular web frameworks.
The framework supports industry-standard authentication protocol, enabling users to develop secure apps.
Installed Version: 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 4.6.2
Internet Information Services, IIS for short, is a flexible and easy-to-manage web server.
It’s an extensible Microsoft web server software created for the Windows NT family. It’s suitable for hosting anything on the web and capable of handling the most demanding tasks.
Installed Version: 8.0/8.5
Microsoft SQL Server is a Microsoft-developed relational database management system. Microsoft originally developed MSSQL for Windows, but today, it’s available for Linux and macOS operating systems.
MSSQL can query and analyze structured and unstructured data.
Installed Version: MSSQL 2012 and 2014
.NET Core is a Microsoft-maintained runtime for building applications with .NET and shares many of the same APIs as the .NET framework. The runtime helps users to create applications that run on Windows, Linux and macOS.
It’s also suitable for building native mobile apps for Windows, iOS and Android.
Installed Version: 1, 1.1 and 2.0
Some of the other software versions we installed on Windows hosting accounts include:
- PHP (Version 5.6 and 7.3)
- MySQL (Version 5.5.43)
- cURL (version 5.6.40 (for PHP 5.6) and 7.3.3 (for PHP 7.3))
Wrapping It Up
This software helps you get the best out of your Scalahosting’s hosting accounts. While Linux is better for managed WordPress hosting, Windows hosting accounts work best for .NET applications.
So, choose the hosting account that best serves your needs.