We host our own e-commerce site in-house, however we do not have mySQL and PHP on our server. What are the pros and cons to hosting it somewhere else? Or should I install it on our server, but then I have to maintain PHP and MySQL myself. And if I should host it in-house should I install XAMPP on a unix server?
Thank you for your help!
I don’t see any crons of Hosting a website in a Datacenter. There are many prons of hosting it with a reputed provider and I would suggest you to host your with one of them. Once you have decided to host then the support staff of hosting provider will install PHP, MySQL on your server. As the Datacenter of the hosting provider will be fully facilitated with latest equipments like Power, Network from different ISP’s. Moreover the support staff of the hosting provider will assist you incase you have any Technical issue whereas if you host the website in your own campus then you will have to deal with the technical aspects.
And if I should host it in-house should I install XAMPP on a unix server?
I don’t think you’ll find one server admin who will say that XAMPP is OK for a production server. It’s fine for say web development purposes, but not for real hosting.
That being said, both PHP and MySQL can be installed in Windows, if that’s what you currently use on your server.
Are you are going to host it in house on the same unix machine as the e-commerce application?
If your e-commerce is custom, moving it outside to one of the “standard” webhosts might be more difficult than managing the php & mysql inhouse. It might be a lot easier for you to get up to speed on those common apps than educating the outside people on what I assume is a mission critical app for your company.
Host it externally, much simpler. XAMPP isn’t secure enough to setup an internet-facing server.
XAMPP isn’t secure enough to setup an internet-facing server
Thank you all I appreciate it. I will end up hosting the blog with an external company, it just seems like the best solution for now.