Linux Hosting vs. Windows Hosting?
We are often asked which hosting platform one should choose,
Linux or Windows. Below, we've listed the major differences
between the two that you should consider in making your final
decision. In the process, we have also tried to dispel any
common misconceptions regarding these platforms.
Speed and Reliability
Historically, it has been said
that Linux hosting is more reliable. However, in recent years,
that opinion has changed with many hosting providers and
customers agreeing that each platform performs with equal speed
and reliability. Therefore, the decision to host your site
on either Linux or Windows comes down to the unique features of
each platform, rather than speed and reliability.
This is where two platforms differ the most. There isnít much
that can be achieved in one platform that canít be on the other
one. The main difference is how the end result is achieved. For
example, if you need a database driven web site, you can choose
either PHP and MySQL combination under Linux or ASP and
Microsoft SQL combination under Windows. Many technologies are
supported under both platforms. For example, Microsoft
FrontPage, one of the more popular web site editors, and is
supported on both Linux and Windows.
Linux holds a slight edge due to the fact that the cost of
software and administration is considerably cheaper than
Windows. You will see that our hosting prices reflect this.
Unless you specifically plan to use Windows platform specific
features, the Linux platform provides a better value when