To choose Windows hosting, or to choose Linux hosting, that is the question? To begin we will get rid of one major misconception that stumps the majority of people when first introduced to hosting, and that is, you do not need to have Windows operating system on your computer in order to use Windows hosting. The reason behind this is due to the type of hosting you choose has absolutely no correlation with the operating system your PC runs on. These two types of hosting whether Windows or Linux are solely determined by the hosting provider and then you’re given the option to determine which best suits you.
In general Linux hosting refers to shared hosting which is hands down one of the most popular hosting services provided. In fact, a large majority of all of the websites found on the Internet are now hosted using Linux hosting largely due in part to its extremely affordable pricing and its flexibility. Linux hosting is compatible with MySQL and PHP which allows it to support scripts such as WordPress, Dreamweaver, PHP, phpBB, Zen Cart, MySQL, CGI, Python, WYSIWYG apps, and Perl. On the other hand Windows hosting uses Windows as the server’s operating system which allows compatibility with Windows specific technologies such as ASP, ASP.NET, Microsoft SQL server (MSSQL) and Microsoft Access.
In terms of pricing you may be asking yourself, why is Linux hosting cheaper than Windows hosting? The reasoning behind this is due to the fact that Linux hosting is a free open-source system which means web hosting providers do not need to pay for any licensing fees in order to use Linux as their operating system. This allows web hosting providers the ability to offer lower prices for this type of operating system in comparison to their Windows operating system prices.
So, which web hosting service is the one for you? Generally speaking both Windows hosting and Linux hosting offer right around the same level of proficiency. So the type of hosting you choose should be determined greatly upon the type of technologies your specific website needs and the recommendations of your Webmaster. As an example, if you’re a do-it-yourselfer (DIY’er) and you’re trying to start a simple WordPress blog or set up an online forum through the use of phpBB then Linux hosting would be my recommended choice. On the other hand if your website is in need of specific Microsoft technologies such as Microsoft Access or Microsoft SQL server (MSSQL) then you are required to use Windows hosting.
I hope this assisted you in determining which operating system is the ideal operating system for your specific needs. Of course you should always do your own due diligence and talk with hosting providers as well as your webmaster to determine which hosting platform is ideal for your website. As always if you have any further questions or would like more clarification feel free to contact us and we will do everything within our power to help you with any further clarification you may need.