In the world of Web hosting, Linux hosting and Windows hosting emerge as two contenders for the top position. There are few differences between linux and windows shared hosting which you will know about in detail here.
Operating System :
Linux hosting can run on Linux operating systems such as CentOS, Red Hat, and Debian while windows hosting works on the Microsoft Windows Server operating systems. Though operating system is not a major criterion as you can use Linux hosting on windows operating systems and vice-versa.
Many people are of the view that security is a major concern with windows servers when compared with linux servers but this is really a false perception. The server security completely depends upon the web hosting company and not on operating system. It is however, believed that hackers favor windows operating systems.
Linux server hosting is preferred over windows server hosting as linux is free to use and an open source operating system as well. If that was not all, more web hosting companies of the world provide linux hosting making it win the battle in terms of cost effectiveness.
Linux Hosting is more stable and able to deliver better performance as compared to Windows when it comes to handling a lot of processes at the same time, as they call is as server load in their terms.
Server access :
If you are in need of SSH Access ( Secure shell ) or Telnet access, ie. if you want to access files directly on the server without a transfer from/to the hard drive, then only linux gives you the benefits. Some companies do provide this benefit on windows hosting, most offer remote desktop protocol feature or a virtual console.
Language Support :
File Names :
If you are using a linux server, file names such as feedback.html and Feedback.html are different names but on a windows server, they are one and the same.
Ease of use :
If you are not a tech-savvy individual, you are more than likely to prefer linux over windows. Linux operating systems are used widely and you ca find lot of references and support in forums. So, whenever you get a coding issue, that can be easily solved on linux based systems.
Windows hosting often waste precious time of its users with more downtime when compared to linux. Moreover, windows server takes more resources than linux when it comes to initiating processes, this means more rebooting and time wastage. Linux is always quite fast. Its fact that whenever a server goes down, it takes minimum 10 mins to go up again.
So, i would say, in most cases Linux hosting is best and Windows Hosting is preferred only if the applications has to run on windows Environment. Hope this helps you to understand the concept about linux and windows hosting Clearly.
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