New to online business? Still confused which operating system suits your website and application best? Don’t worry! Most people who start an online business or are still learning technology face the same quandary. Some hosting packages offer you Linux operating system while other provides Windows with the package you have selected. New comers in the webhosting market often ask a question – Should I go for Linux or Windows?
The basic fact to be remembered before deciding the operating system of your hosting plan – Your local computer’s configuration and OS has no bearing on your webhosting plan! Hence, the system that your web host runs has nothing to do with the system you’re working on. They are entirely different. The compatibility of the operating system does not vary with the operating system on your computer and neither does its ease of use.
The criteria for choosing an operating system to run a website or any other software / code / application depends on the scripting language, RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) used to create your software or write your website. Let us explore how this works.
If your website directly executes ASP or .NET code, or is using Microsoft Access or MS-SQL as its database then it’s best to get a Windows based hosting plan. While there are work-arounds to deploy these on a Linux server too, such a solution is hardly stable and would very often throw up operational issues. If your web application uses PHP, Perl, MySQL, etc. the obvious choice would be to prefer Linux based hosting packages for a seamless experience.
The bottom line is this – If you are using tools like ASP, .NET, MSSQL or Access in your web application then it will be easier to host and run your application on Windows web hosting package. For other websites like PHP based blogging and forums where you have nothing to do with ASP and .NET then you can go with Unix-based or Linux-based servers.
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