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What is Java Hosting?
Java hosting may be a bit more expensive than hosting for other platforms, but it many developers find the added cost a worthwhile investment for quality and functionality.
Why Choose Java Hosting?
As far as programming languages go, Java isn't quite the oldtimer Fortran and COBOL are, but having been created by Sun Microsystems in 1995, it's been around the block a few times. Java is actually a computing platform in addition to a programming language, and many apps and websites depend on it to function properly.
As with most things that offer higher functionality and quality, Java applications can be a bit more expensive to host than those built with PHP or other languages and platforms. Prices have gone down a little since about 2000, but they remain higher overall in the grand scheme of hosting options.
In addition, when choosing Java hosting, it's often recommended to opt for a Virtual Private Server (VPS) rather than shared hosting. This also adds expense, but may be worth it to maintain more control over Java applications. Also, some Java changes and updates may require a restart of the server, which would not be an option with a shared server as it would cause a disruption of service to other sites hosted on that same server.
Another reason Java hosting may cost a bit more is that unlike PHP, Ruby, Perl and other languages and frameworks, Java is not compatible with Apache, a widespread component of many Internet sites and systems.
One upside to Java, though, is that it's offered as a free download to users, so anyone who wishes to access your Java-based site will not be penalized for doing so. This allows you to offer a superior user experience while not burdening your users.