The Difference between UNIX and Windows Hosting

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What platform should your server be on? There are a number of different choices out there but the main two are Linux and Windows web servers. For the majority of people it will be far more important to choose a really good web host that will meet their needs

Microsoft has the Windows OS System. Linux is open source and generally a free download. A Windows host server can cost you money to develop. This doesn’t mean much if you are not setting up the server yourself so we’ll focus on hosting companies that provide server service.

The cost involved in running a server does not affect the cost of a web-hosting package. It all depends on your web applications and how detailed the application is. Some people assume that because their computer runs Windows they need to buy a Windows hosting package. This isn’t true. Access to your web account will most likely be through FTP or a control panel and both servers support these methods.

The main difference is that some of the FTP commands are slightly different between the two operating systems and some FTP programs are designed to be cross compatible in their platforms.

If you intend to create your site using the majority of Microsoft products (or IBM compatible software) ASP, FrontPage, the .NET environment, Windows Streaming Media, Access, MSSQL, or any of the other Microsoft proprietary technologies then you probably need to consider a Windows host.

Linux is kind of “new” considering its host server technologies and is open source. There aren’t that many compatible applications compared to Microsoft. Sometimes, you have to have the knowledge to tailor the application to what you want it to do and that’s cool if you are a tech head.

In terms of performance there’s not a big difference between the two servers. Linux reportedly performs faster because Windows (as usual) has too many threads and procedure calls to go through. If speed is not that important to you, well, you might want to try Windows.

Linux is making strides in the software and hosts markets making it easier to implement. There are applications that are being designed that really operate better than Microsoft applications. The ultimate decision on whether to go with Linux or Windows will be up to you.

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