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Linux Hosting versus Windows Hosting

What Type of Server Should You Use for Your Web Pages?

The type of server you need for your site depends on what type of site you have. If you have a basic website with no database or "dynamic" components, then the server type usually does not matter. If you have a more complex website, or an ecommerce website that has database functions and serves up dynamic pages, then the server type will depend on what technologies your website will be using, such as ASP, .NET, PHP, Perl, and what type of database it will use.

HostW3 offers two types of server systems to choose from.


Linux is one of the more popular operating systems on the Internet, mostly because of the lower cost to setup and maintain. This enables us to offer a lower cost on comparable linux hosting plans.
Windows Windows is another popular operating system because it supports most of Microsoft's software products such as Microsoft FrontPage and Microsoft Office. Windows based web sites are typically the choice for new webmasters as there is sometimes less "hands on" programming required to get everything working.

Differences between Linux and Windows hosting.

» Your computer
One of the biggest misconceptions is that you have to run Linux on your local computer in order for you to host your website on a Linux platform. Which operating system you run on your computer is irrelevant to what you need for your website. This means, if you are running Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows® 2000 or using an Apple Macintosh, you can still choose Linux or Windows as your hosting platform.

» Price
Linux holds an edge due to the fact that most of the software we use is open source and that it's less cost to maintain Linux servers than Windows servers for the same level of service.

» Security
Many people argue that Linux servers has less vulnerabilities than Windows servers. But the reality is, out of the box, neither Linux or Windows is very secure for Internet use. HostW3 makes numerous modifications, removes unnecessary components and updates software to ensure that both platforms are secure. We also continue to maintain our servers with the latest security and performance patches.

» Reliability
The general consensus is that Linux is more reliable. Our experience agrees with this as we have had servers up for over a year without any downtime. On the other hand, Windows 2003 server is much more stable and reliable than previous versions, but there are still cases where a server will require a reboot to resolve an issue. You really can't go wrong with either choice here.

» Server access
The main difference here is how you can access the server. Both our Windows and Linux plans offer FTP access to your files, but only Linux offers ssh access. SSH is a way to open a window directly on the web server and directly manage files using Unix commands. FTP is a way of transferring your files from your hard drive to your Web server. Also, both Windows and Linux plans offer FrontPage extensions to manage you website with Microsoft FrontPage

» Databases
This is where these two platforms differ the most. There isn't much that can be achieved using one platform that can't be done on the other one. The main difference are the underlying technologies. For example, you can choose either PHP/MySQL combination under Linux hosting plans or ASP/Microsoft SQL combination under Windows hosting plans.


· Cheaper hosting fees
· Servers are generally more reliable
· Lots of free programs and scripts available
· Greater access and control of files and permissions
· Control panel
· General features of FrontPage can be used (except ASP and database generated pages)
· Easier to get web site started
· Well supported
· Intergrates better with other Microsoft applications
All features of FrontPage can be used (including ASP and database generated pages)

» The Bottom Line
The differences between the operating systems is much less than you might think. We would recommend choosing the plan that has the options you want, rather than worrying about what operating system they are running on.


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