The Difference Between Windows and Linux Web Hosting

Home / The Difference Between Windows and Linux Web Hosting - August 20, 2015 , by heather

One of the most common questions that people ask before they purchase web hosting services in Halifax (or any where else for that matter) is which web package they should choose. Most people use a Windows operating system so they assume that they should go with a Windows based server and not a Linux based server. Then there people who are more comfortable with a Mac and they want to know if there is a Mac based server.

The truth is, the operating system of the server hardly matters: the web hosting server has nothing to do with your computer’s operating system

First of all, there is no relationship between the web host and the operating system on your computer. So you don’t have to worry about the two systems not being ‘compatible’.

You may be familiar with Windows or Linux and may be hoping that the WordPress web hosting you are going to use will have similar ‘buttons’. If you are thinking like this, you are going to be disappointed. Whether you use a Windows based server or a Linux based server, you can access your website only through a web editor. The user interface on your server won’t change , whether you have a Windows OS or Linux OS.

So what is the real criteria to choose a web server?

The real criteria for choosing a web server is the kind of services you are going to provide on your website. Does your website use a Windows specific technology like Microsoft Access, .NET, MSSQL or ASP? In this case, you will be better off with a Windows based server plan. You can actually use these technologies on a UNIX based server (Linux) too.

If you just want to set up a blog or start a small ecommerce website or any other type of simple website, it is better to go with a Linux based server. Anyway, most internet tutorials that teach you how to configure a web server assume that you are using a Unix based server (Linux). So if you have no idea at all what server to choose, go for a Linux based server.

Will I be better off with a Mac based web host?

The question of whether there are any Mac specific Halifax web services is redundant. As you know by now, it really doesn’t make a difference. The bottom line is if you are using a Windows specific technology on your website, go with a Windows based server. For all other cases, a Linux based server is best.


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