Web hosting providers, specifically the widely available services, use different operating systems to run their web servers. Due to this, they ‘secretly’ offer two different types of web hosting based on the operating systems they might use. The two most common are Windows hosting and Linux hosting.
Both operating systems have their pros and cons. And, when you think about it, most people aren’t exactly used to working with the Linux platform. Though, Linux is much like Windows, just as much as Windows is similar to Linux. Naturally, both offer significant benefits for web hosting alone.
You don’t have to do anything special to utilize Linux as a web hosting platform. In fact, most web hosts use Linux to run their web servers nowadays, since Linux is cheaper to license (some web server builds are completely free) and use in a web hosting environment. So, you’re probably already hosting your website on a Linux server.
Linux is famously open source, too. That allows developers to do ‘a little more’ with various programs and web applications apart from those using Windows. Generally, Linux gives webmasters more customization options (on a technical level) than a Windows server. Plenty of open source web apps like content management systems (WordPress, Drupal, etc) work incredibly well with Linux, so beginners won’t have any problems managing their websites and blogs.
With Linux servers, you’re exchanging more customization and ease of use for a monthly fee. Not bad, right?
Everyone uses Windows computers, even if they don’t regularly use one. Interestingly enough, Windows web hosting is actually rarer than Linux web hosting. There’s a reason behind that.
Windows servers are more expensive to license for web hosting, due to the costs of the Windows software. But, this makes the software more suitable for businesses and enterprises for various reasons. After all, if you’re specifically looking for Windows servers, you’re probably shopping for a business.
Windows servers are fully compatible with various Microsoft applications, specifically those created for use by businesses. They also give businesses full access to ASP and ASP.NET developmental content. ASP, or Active Server Pages, is a type of server-side script engine for creating dynamic generated web pages. The initial version of ASP (ASP Classic) was replaced with ASP.NET and is still used today on Windows servers.
Businesses can’t get full access to the ASP platform without using a Windows server. Although you can access some ASP content on a Linux server, it’s limited in comparison to a full featured Windows server. So, that’s something to think about if you’re thinking about choosing a Windows server over a Linux one.
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