Stuck between choosing which web hosting is best linux or windows

Stuck between choosing which web hosting is best linux or windows?

When it comes to choosing hosting services, it’s important to remember that there are several different types of operating systems that you can use with your server. The two most common operating systems available to Strivens Tech are Linux and Windows.

Linux and Windows are two different types of operating systems. Linux is the most popular operating system for web servers. Since Linux-based hosting is more popular, it has more of the features web designers expect.  So unless you have websites that need specific Windows applications, Linux is the preferred choice.

Stuck between choosing which web hosting is best linux or windowsWindows-Specific Applications

Although a common type of operating system for web development, the Windows operating system is not commonly needed for most average hosting users. Generally speaking, Windows OS users have specific requirements for doing so. In most cases, especially in the shared hosting environment, you will be just fine using the Linux OS.

Since most Windows users know that they need one, we won’t go too deep into why, however, below is a list of applications that require you to have a Windows server. If you are not running one of the applications below you should be okay using a Linux OS.

Windows applications which require a Windows server:

  • ASP Classic
  • MSSQL (Microsoft SQL Server)
  • MS Access (Microsoft Access)
  • Visual Basic Development
  • C#
  • Remote Desktop (dedicated server only)

Windows Dedicated Servers can support additional Windows-specific applications. For some applications, you may need to purchase a license and install the software on your Windows dedicated server.

  • Microsoft Exchange (requires license & Installation)
  • Microsoft SharePoint (requires license & Installation)

Linux-Specific Applications

Linux, while being a free and open-source platform, has remained an industry standard and is the most commonly used operating system today. It is by far the most popular operating system of choice for web servers and has more of the features that professional web designers expect.

There isn’t much you can’t do on a Linux server in fact, as a novice user you’d be hard-pressed to find a reason not to use one. That being said, below are a few specific applications that require Linux OS.

Applications that require a Linux-based server:

  • SSH
  • Scripts or applications that require specific Apache modules

Control Panels

Windows servers and Linux servers use different control panels.

  • cPanel is available on all Linux-based hosting plans, such as Linux Shared, Reseller, VPS and Linux Dedicated Servers. This control panel is widely considered to be an industry standard.
  • WHM (Web Host Manager) is available on Linux Reseller, VPS, and Dedicated Servers.
  • Plesk is available on Windows Shared and Dedicated Servers.


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