How to decide which operating system to choose for your hosting plan: Linux or Windows
Consider carefully the kind of operating system your hosting provider has to offer before settling on a hosting plan. This is especially because when using web applications to blog, podcast or create a shopping cart you will need to check with the developers' architecture to determine which language was used to create the application.
By establishing this, you will be in a better position to make a decision regarding the hosting solution you would want to use. Make sure you find out the type of development language and sql database the application connects with before making a determination.
Note however that the choice of your home operating system will not affect the cost of the hosting account you choose.
Linux is the most popular operating system that web servers use. Because of this, Linux- based hosting will have more features that web designers expect.
However, some users will prefer Windows- based hosting for their servers especially when using windows specific applications like ASP Classic, ASP.NET, MSSQL (Microsoft SQL Server), MS Access (Microsoft Access), Visual Basic Development or C#.
ASP.NET applications typically require some programming on your computer before you can use them online.
Choose a Linux Hosting account if you're going to use PHP, Python, Ruby, CGI, or Perl. Most hosting providers use MySQL database for their Linux customers.
If you're storing form information in a database, you want a Windows hosting account. Otherwise you can use either Linux or Windows hosting.
If you need to use PHP, but still require a Windows hosting account, you will need to select Windows IIS 7. IIS 7 is an option for your Windows account as part of the setup process.
Category: Web Development