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Comparison: Windows Vs Linux Web Hosting

Comparison: Windows Vs Linux Web Hosting

One of the most common question in minds of web hosting companies is which platform to choose between linux and windows. The answer to the question cannot be given without discussing the benefits and drawbacks of both the system in detail.
The choice of hosting platform is not governed by the operating system that is being used on desktop computers. Both the platforms are easily compatible with desktop computers. What one must know, however, before buying a hosting platform is the requirement and working preferences of their technicians? If the personnel using hosting platform is more comfortable with windows then it is better to choose windows over linux.
Saying that, if we go by the sayings of software engineers Linux is much more effective than Windows. If we compare the two on basis of price, most important factor, then Linux is much cheap then windows. Be it a dedicated server or a shared one, the cost of using a linux server is much cheaper than windows. Also the stability of server is more in linux as compared to windows. The number of processes that can be used in linux at one point of time are much more than windows. This means that stability of windows decrease with increase in processes being used at one point of time.
If we go by above discussion we would rather decide to buy a linux server before thinking twice. But we should also reflect what on programming language we are planning to use. The most common languages and disputed ones are PHP and ASP. Whereas PHP is compatible and can be used on both Linux as well as Windows ASP and ASP.Net can only be used on Windows Hosting. Therefore if your work is mostly based on ASP you should go for Windows servers rather than Linux. Also Windows hosting integrate much better with other Microsoft applications then Linux.
So before making a choice for hosting language one must be very clear what are they looking for and then make necessary choices.

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