Linux vs Windows Web Hosting

  • 11 September 2014

We all have our preferences when it comes to operating systems some people prefer one of the many flavors of Windows, while others prefer one of the several distributions of Linux. It is all the matter of what works best for you. Another aspect that should be taken into consideration when determining which type of web hosting you should use Windows or Linux/Unix, is what you intend to do on your website.

There are many differences between the two operating systems. However, when it comes to web hosting there are just as many differences. Some people with Windows operating systems choose to use Linux/Unix web hosting.

On the other side of the coin, some people who use Linux/Unix operating systems choose to use Windows web hosting. Do you find this confusing? If so, you are not alone. You may be wondering how this would work.

Well essentially, when you acquire web hosting for your website, you are basically paying someone else to host your website on their computer. These computers also have operating systems. Therefore, when you choose Windows or Linux web hosting, this will mean that the computer your website is run from is using that chosen operating system.

Windows Web Hosting

Windows is perhaps one of the most well-known and popular forms of operating systems. There are many advantages to using Windows web hosting. Because millions of users have Windows and use the many Microsoft products such, using Windows web hosting would allow you to easily integrate any of these products into your website. Windows web hosting would also allow you to run ASP (Active Server Pages) on your website, which is placing dynamic content on your website using computer scripts.

What is great about Windows is that it boasts an easy to use interface perfect for beginners. There are usually many options such as ASP mail, Access Database, ASP.NET, and SQL Database, IIS, and PHP. Windows web hosting also allows for publishing websites with FrontPage.

As with almost anything in this world, Windows web hosting does have its disadvantages. One of the main disadvantages is the costs. One Microsoft server, if buying your own, will cost you a couple of thousand dollars, if you were running the software yourself. You have many choices when it comes to software such as Windows 2003, Advanced, and Windows 2000 server. However, with the competitiveness of the web hosting industry, you will find the Windows web hosting is extremely affordable when using a remote server.

Linux/Unix Web Hosting

Linux and UNIX web hosting are two different types of operating system that are extremely similar to one another. In essence, the two are closely related something like cousins; therefore, they are generally combined in web hosting. Now what is great about Linux/Unix is that you have the ability to integrate unmatched security into your website. There are also many other benefits of the duo that make it the choice for many people.

One such benefit is the fact that Linux/Unix is extremely compatible with PHP, which is the latest craze in programming languages. Cost is another very attractive benefit of the duo. In many cases, the operating system is free. Some distributors have begun to charge for the system, but many are still available for no costs. For little to no cost, additional software can be obtained for Linux/Unix such as BIND, Send mail, Apache, and APF Firewall.

Security is probably the most popular benefit of using Linux/Unix web hosting. The level of security offered by this duo is unmatched by Windows web hosting. To add to the benefits, statistics show that this operating system offers more overall stability and control in operation as well.

With Linux/Unix web hosting, you have the ability to integrate Chmod permission, Mod Rewrite, Apache Web server, as well as MySQL and PHP.

Of course, as with Windows web hosting there are some disadvantages to using Linux/Unix web hosting. The main disadvantage being ease of use. Unlike Windows hosting, Linux/Unix web hosting does not contain an easy to use, user-friendly interface. Basically, it requires a large list of commands to use and is not recommended for the beginner. This type of web hosting requires a great deal of technical knowledge and familiarity to install and control.

Which one is for you?

Well, in short, it depends on what you need. If you need intense security, PHP compatibility, have technical knowledge, and you do not need to have all the latest website features, Linux/Unix web hosting may be the right choice for you.

However, if you need a website that offers ASP, an easy to use interface, and the ability to integrate Microsoft products, then Windows web hosting is the best decision for you.

As you can see choosing between Windows web hosting and Linux/Unix web hosting, all depends on what you need on your website, your level of experience, and of course, your overall budget.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 13:36