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The Difference Between Windows and Linux Platforms for Hosting Your Website

Many people who are looking to for website hosting platforms wonder what the difference is between Linux and Windows. It can be a daunting task trying to decide between the two, especially if you are new to the web hosting world. Don’t throw out your keyboard yet! Let’s go over these differences so you can decide what platform is best for you!

Let’s first talk about some misconceptions about both Linux and Windows. The Windows operating system was developed by Microsoft, and therefore Microsoft owns it. The Linux platform is an open source platform, and it is normally free. Usually this won’t make a difference in your overall costs, unless you are planning on trying to set up our own server. If that is the case, you have bigger fish to fry than finding out the differences between Windows and Linux. Actually, you can set up a hosting package with Windows than can be cheaper than hosting with Linux. Also, just because you have Windows as your operating system does not mean that you have to use a Windows platform to host your website.

Both Windows and Linux have some definite advantages when it comes to hosting a website. Many types of websites will run perfectly fine on either platform, but there are some instances where Linux may be a better choice for you and other instances where Windows would be a better choice. For instance, if you are planning on using FrontPage, the .NET environment, Windows Streaming Media, MSSQL, or ASP to build your site, you will probably prefer Windows. If speed is what you are after, Linux is going to be you platform.

Just as both platforms have their advantages, they also both have their downfalls. As far as support, Linux is not very user friendly. User support programs for Linux that is being run on PC’s are few and far between, and are often expensive. In terms of speed, Windows tends to be slow, since they tend to go for the all-inclusive package idea when it comes to their products. In terms of security, Linux has been around longer, and has had more successful hacker attempts made on it.

When it comes to indentifying the difference between Windows and Linux platforms for hosting your website, it really depends on what your needs are. Deciding what is important to you in your hosting platform will help you to figure out what platform you will need to use! Good Luck!

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