Linux v/s Windows Hosting

When you look at the web hosting plans, you will see two options over there. You will be offered to choose the operating systems (OS) to host on, whether it is Linux or Windows web servers. To help you to choose the operating system, read the below article which will give you a better idea about Linux OS and Windows OS.

Selecting a better option between Windows and Linux fully depends on your specific needs. Its suggested that you list your requirement before selecting the web hosting plan. It will be easy to compare the needs and the resources available and finalise the hosting package.

Linux and Windows Hosting
Choose your hosting platform

Some people think that if the PC runs windows they will need to buy a windows hosting plan. Actually, it doesn’t matter, if the computer runs on windows, because all computers are able to communicate with Linux or Windows servers.

Linux works very well if you particularly need PHP, Perl or a MySQL database. If you are planning to build a website that needs Microsoft technologies such as ASP scripts, .NET, Microsoft SQL Server then Windows is a highly recommended.

In terms of cost, the Linux variants are available for free or at a much lower price than Microsoft Windows. Windows web hosting usually costs more than Linux web hosting, simply because Microsoft develops and owns Windows operating system.

Although Linux is considered to be more secure than windows, both the operating systems are equally secure. Security really depends more upon the server setup and the administrators running the server.

A small but vital difference between Windows and Linux web hosting servers is naming of the pages. Linux and Windows will usually serve pages in html and JavaScript. However Linux servers have files ending with .html and windows uses .htm.

Both Windows and Linux servers have their own strengths and limitations. Its fully depends on the customer what kind of website they would like to have. Windows users finds that their OS is better over Linux and vice versa. Before jumping to the conclusion, list the needs of your company and accordingly select the best web hosting plan.