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What to consider when choosing between Linux Hosting and Windows Hosting

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At HostingB2B we look to support your business by providing the best hosting server, best suited to your needs. Before choosing your hosting server, here are a few things you should think about, in order for you to make an informed decision between Linux Hosting and Windows Hosting;

In our blog “Linux Web Hosting vs Windows Web Hosting“, you may find more information on what Linux Hosting and Windows Hosting are.

Applications

There are certain applications that require a Window Server, such as;

  1. ASP Classic
  2. NET
  3. MSSQL (Microsoft SQL Server)
  4. MS Access (Microsoft Access)
  5. Visual Basic Development
  6. C#
  7. Remote Desktop (Dedicated Server Only)

Windows hosting can support various other applications; however, you may need to purchase licenses for some of them. These include;

  1. Microsoft Exchange
  2. Microsoft SharePoint

While Linux has remained an open-source platform, it is the most commonly used OS and the most popular for web servers as it has more features that a web designer would not usually expect, but needs. Like Windows-specific applications, there are also applications that are specific to Linux Hosting, such as;

  1. SSH
  2. Scripts or applications requiring specific Apache modules.
What to look out for/consider when choosing between Linux Hosting and Windows Hosting

Control Panels

Windows hosting and Linux Hosting do not use the same control panels.

cPanel is accessible on Linux-based hosting plans, such as;

  1. Linux Shared
  2. Reseller
  3. VPS
  4. Linux Dedicated Servers

Plesk, on the other hand, is accessible on Windows Hosting and Dedicated Hosting.

Development Tools

The primary use of Linux is to set up a personal website, which includes accessing tools such as;

  1. Apache
  2. PHP
  3. File Transfer Protocol
  4. MySQL

Whereas, Sites that are developed with Microsoft ASP.NET and MY SQL tools are only able to work with Windows Servers.

File Names

Something else to take note of when choosing between Linux Hosting and Windows Hosting is the fact that Linux files are case sensitive, whereas Windows files are not. For example;

On a Linux server, home.html and Home.html are two different file names.

On a Windows server however, home.html, Home.html and HOME.HTML are all the same file name.

User Interface

There is a significant in difference of interface between Linux Hosting and windows Hosting. Windows Hosting is more straightforward and familiar because of its menu’s, whereas Linux’s interface simplicity depends on the command line and the contrast of syntaxes and functions which may prove difficult to grasp.

Speed & Price

Between Linux and Windows Hosting, Linux has the upper hand. It is lightweight and also easier on server resources; therefore it has a higher speed, and as far as price goes, it is open-sourced so you do not need to worry about updates as it does not only carry out its own maintenance, but it does not require regular updates.

At HostingB2B, we believe in giving you all the information on what we provide so that we can support you in making an informed decision about what Server hosting suits your needs the best.

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