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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 considering price.




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