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Windows Hosting vs. Linux – Part 2

Linux is, and has always been, the leading operating system for web hosting servers. Its open source nature simply makes it the most efficient and most adaptable system available on the market. It’s also used by many leading developers, who are the ones that innovate the technology web hosting sites use to host the various forms of data that these companies need to place on the web to maintain their technological image. After all, in today’s world, a company is doomed to failure if it has a poor website, or even worse, no website at all.

Windows, which has always been looked down on by hardcore developers, though, has been rising up the ranks in web server operating systems. It has even become the second most popular system to use for web hosting. This rise in popularity stems from two main points. One, many companies rely on Windows for many other computer issues, so they keep a certain level of trust in the Microsoft name. Also, Windows web hosting allows for the use of various products that use languages and scripts not compatible with Linux servers. This sole issue with Linux servers has resulted in this surprising rise in Windows operating systems being used on web servers.

Naturally, both types of servers allow for the vast majority of languages and scripts used by web designers around the world. HTML, CSS, and other basic languages are obviously supported. As are more complex scripts such as Perl, PHP, and MySQL. However, for many Windows servers, the allowance for these more complex scripts based on open source languages is very limited when compared to Linux servers. This is one of the main reasons for the continued popularity of Linux servers over Windows. On the other hand, Windows servers allow for products and scripts such as Access, MS SQL, and .NET Framework that simply cannot work on most Linux servers. Because these allow for the easy creation of dynamic websites, they are heavily used by many companies that either cannot or will not fund a large web design team. As a result, these companies must resort to using Windows web hosting to meet their needs.

Windows also suffers from the fact that it requires more maintenance to stay at the same level as Linux servers. This results in a higher web hosting cost, something that drives away companies. It is this, primarily, that keeps Windows servers below in Linux servers in terms of popularity and overall use. Again, Linux has the advantage due to its open source nature, meaning that independent developers can find issue with the operation system much more quickly than Microsoft workers can for their system.

Due to these factors, for the most part, Linux still reigns supreme for web hosting. It is just as powerful as Windows in most areas, and costs quite a bit less. However, Windows web hosting allows for a level of compatibility unrivaled by any other operating system. And it may be this, in the end, which takes it to the top of the market.


Posted by admin on April 7th, 2011 :: Filed under Windows vs. Linux

How to Decide if You Should Use Linux or Windows Hosting

Choosing which platform to use can be a tricky decision. Most people have either Windows or Linux operating systems installed before they think why they should use one above the other. The reasons for using Windows or Linux will depend on what type of website you have, how complicated it is and what you wish to achieve with your website.

Hosting providers will often offer a package that can be uploaded onto either operating system. Most webhosting services use Linux platforms. There are many reasons for this. It is irrelevant to the user as to why the hosting company chooses to use Linux over Windows, as hosting companies will provide options for users of both platforms.

 

Current Operating System

It is important to consider your current operating system and whether it is necessary to switch systems. Both platforms are equally brilliant but both come with separate applications. These applications are not compatible with both Linux and Windows. It is a bit like choosing whether to be a Canon or Nikon photographer, you cannot interchange the lenses.

 

Software and Applications

Linux uses PHP, Perl, CGI, and MySQL service. These applications will function smoothly on the Linux platform but will not be compatible with Windows.  Linux is based on Apache. It is popular for internet scripts to require apache. Windows has its own version of such applications, with ASP or Coldfusion and has database software called MsSQL.

With advancing technology and communities that are dedicated to bettering the software, Linux has developed ASP and Coldfusion to be compatible with Linux. However, this is not really the best option and is not as good as the real thing. It is best to stick with applications that are originally designed for their respective platforms.

 

Needs

As with everything that requires an investment, users should ask themselves what is needed. The question is not as simple as which operating system should I use. It is better to ask questions that are more relevant. Such as, what type of website is being designed and what is required of it? What platform feels more comfortable and which is easier to operate? How complex is your knowledge of web-based systems and what are the demands of the website?

 

Price

There has been some speculation online that both platforms are equal in price. Windows is expensive to set up initially whereas Linux is free. Linux is open source software and is free. (For a great Linux host check out Justhost Review). Windows is a reliable brand on the market and some users will feel more comfortable using a platform that they already know. Also updating Windows is easy and the platform offers a professional support team if a client should experience any problems. Many large corporations choose to use Windows for these reasons.

One advantage of choosing Linux is if you are an advanced webmaster, as you need to change your web provider in the future you may have more webhosting options from which to choose. This may save time and money. Windows operating system offers an equal variety of amazing features and applications to that of Linux. Choosing which platform to use is often a personal preference.


Posted by admin on March 4th, 2011 :: Filed under Windows vs. Linux