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The Difference between Linux and Windows Hosting

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Linux vs Windows Hosting

1. Applications that run on the server

Certain server-side programmes, such as those written in the following languages, will require Windows hosting.

  • .NET.
  • ASP
  • MS SQL
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • Visual Basic development
  • MS Access

Windows does not support the following applications:

  • WordPress
  • Python
  • Perl
  • CGI

Both Linux and Windows support the following web programming languages:

  • PHP
  • MySQL

2. Easy access and management

Managing and accessing your Windows hosting server is simple. Interacting directly with the Linux OS, on the other hand, will necessitate learning how to utilise the command line. Learning to integrate various pieces of software via the command line might be difficult for novices unless you have a Linux administrator to help you. To address this, you can interface with the OS using a variety of GUIs (Graphical User Interfaces), such as cPanel.

3. Control Panels

Customers who purchase Linux hosting packages can use cPanel or WHM to access the server. Plesk, a management panel for Windows users, will give them access to their server.

4. Price

Linux is free to use because it is an open-source platform. As a result, web hosting providers provide Linux hosting, which is less expensive than Windows hosting.

However, there are several situations where Linux and Windows servers are equally matched, such as:

  • Speed
  • Stability

Who should purchase a Linux or Windows hosting package?

A Linux hosting package is ideal for the following purposes:

Individuals looking for a big collection of ready-to-use, open-source apps.

A Windows hosting package is ideal for the following purposes:

Individuals that want to build/have more complicated websites usually need languages like Perl, ASP, PHP, and other scripting languages that are better suited to a Windows server.

Now that we’ve gone through the differences between Linux and Windows hosting, it’s evident that each has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Your choice is mostly determined by the nature of your requirements. It’s worth noting, though, that with the rise of the cloud in recent years, web developers have shifted their focus away from infrastructure and toward the apps they want to create. In the future, the type of operating system may become irrelevant. Microsoft is increasingly focusing on its cloud product, Microsoft Azure, rather than pushing its Windows servers, as evidence of this.