In the industry of web hosting, there are two kinds of system to choose from. In the market today, all web hosting companies will either provide a Windows plan or a Linux plan. Foe those who favor the Windows plan, they will have to accept the fact that they will need to pay slightly more because of the license issue related to Microsoft. Like many other choices that we have to make, which one should we choose?
Most of the computers in the world today are in the Windows operating system. In fact 95% of all computers are using Windows worldwide. Therefore, this Windows gives web hosting system a big advantage because they dominate the computer users in the world and because of this, most people will go for a Windows based web hosting.
However, according to a study by securityspace.com, Linux based operating system seems to have an edge on Windows system. Their study found that Windows system is behind by 20%. This means that a Linux operating system will perform better than a Windows operating system.
Even though Linux seems to have the upper hand on things, using a Windows operating system would be advisable if you are using .NET technology which includes ASP.NET. This is something that only Windows system can support and Linux system has no way o supporting this technology. By using the Windows platform, you will also be able to access your database, for instance, the MySQL class database. Added bonus when you use a Windows system is the ability to use Microsoft programs along with your operating system.
For Linux system, you can run it in Apache, MySQL and PHP. You can have a good infrastructure of tools to build your website very professionally. We say this because the PHP works more efficiently with a Linux server compared to a Windows server. Another added feature for Linux is the price of it. It cost 20% less than a Windows server. Therefore, you just have to decide according to your preferences because Linux could also serve you very well and efficiently.