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09-01-2004, 05:55 PM #1denisGuest
Windows Or Linux Hosting: Which Is Better?
How to choose between Windows hosting or Linux
Should I choose Windows hosting or Linux hosting for my website? Webmasters
searching for a web hosting package have struggled with
this question for years!
If you're a casual webmaster and your non-commercial website consists of
static HTML pages that were generated with boxed software, you're most
likely hosted on a Linux server.
Linux is the best overall solution for your web hosting needs because Linux
hosting costs less and you rarely need to delve into the more advanced
functions. Thus the server operating system is a non-issue. All that's
required is to have a good web host.
When you reach the point where you want your site to have more complex
features, like a members only area, e-commerce capabilities, live support,
etc., then the server operating system might then be important. Interactive
features for your website must rely on server side programs that process
your site visitor's input and returns something intelligent.
There are many programs that provide such interactivity out there, but
the most common ones are ASP, PHP, and Perl.
Just because you use a windows desktop PC doesn't mean you have to opt
for Windows web hosting (and the reverse is true as well). The operating
system you use on your desktop has little to do with your choice of web
hosts. As long as you understand how to use your FTP or web publishing
software, your web host can use either operating system.
But what is important is that you know what you want your website to do
and what you want to offer on it. This is what will ultimately help determine
the type of web hosting that will work best for you. As mentioned earlier,
interactive websites usually rely on ASP, PHP, or Perl type languages.
Each of these languages has it's own strengths and weaknesses, and
occasionally one can give you something the others can't, although not
PHP and Perl are Linux based while ASP is based on Windows. If you opt to
use ASP to power your web site, then you should go with Windows hosting.
You might be told that ASP is available on Linux hosting packages and that's
true. But keep in mind it might not work as well on a Linux server as it does
The reverse is also true of course. While you can use PHP or Perl on a
Windows server, they weren't developed for that platform and they might
not work as well. In fact, there are usually disclaimers about using them
on Windows servers. Some hosts have successfully implemented these
programming languages for the different platforms, but not all.
Be very clear about the scripts you plan to use because server configurations
for Windows can be very different from Linux. Because of this the script could
fail or not function at it's full potential. It's always best to go with the
latform the scripting language was built for.
You'll probably be told that Linux servers are more secure. This is because
Linux web hosting has consistently been reliable while Windows is a large
target for exploitation.
In regards to web hosting, it boils down to one thing: No matter how secure
the operating system is, your website will not be secure if your host has not
configured it correctly and it isn't updated often or quickly.
Both Linux and Windows servers offer good speed and performance. The
hosting hardware is a major factor here. Again, look to your web hosting
provider. Do they upgrade well before they actually have to or do they
max out the resources before doing so?
In conclusion, the key to deciding if you should go with a Windows or Linux
host is what you want your website to do now, and in the foreseeable
02-29-2012, 04:47 AM #2
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- Feb 2012
Those individuals who are designing a web based site may have this knowledge already about those types of hosting services that may be available in the net world these days.
03-06-2012, 04:43 AM #3
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also, the chances are, if you no you need windows hosting you would already no, if you are unsure, linux will more the likely be ok.
people have asked me before, do they need linux or windows? i have just responded, if you needed windows you would no, so just go with linux chances are, im correct.
09-03-2012, 01:03 PM #4
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Linux Hosting is best than Windows Hosting..Linux Hosting support PHP,PERL languages and Databases like MySQL, PostgreSQL,etc..It's open source environment.This means that the software(PERL,PHP) and all the updates are free of charge.This is very user friendly and handy....So you can host your site at Linux OS Platform based hosting service...You get the Linux Hosting at low cost from www.9cubehosting.com