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Unix vs. Windows Web Hosting

Unix vs. Windows Hosting

Unix or Windows web hosting, which is the best platform for your website?

The majority of web sites hosted on the internet are hosted on Unix servers yet Windows hosting serves the needs of a rapidly growing group of powerful and complex web hosting sites and applications. There is a common misconception that web masters using a Windows PC must use a Windows based hosting plan. This could not be further from the truth! For most web sites a solid Unix plan such as the Unix Standard plan is all the web hosting you will ever need, but if you are planning to use something like ASP (Active Server Pages), or .NET applications, you're going to need a solid Windows hosting plan like our Windows Standard plan.

Web Technologies..

When It Matters - ASP (Active Server Pages), .NET or PHP. Many web sites are developed using more advanced scripting languages than basic html, most commonly either ASP or PHP. While it is possible to run either language on either platform, typically PHP is associated with Unix while ASP is associated with Windows. After all Microsoft is the company that developed ASP. There is also a more advanced programming language from Microsoft called .NET which pretty much also calls for a Windows platform.


When It Matters - Your Database of Choice Another common reason one may choose a Windows hosting environment over a Unix environment is their use of a particular database with their web site. A very common Unix database is MySQL. Most Windows hosting users will typically use Microsoft Access as their database.

If You Had To Ask

In most cases, if you had to ask Windows or Unix then chances are a Unix plan is going to be the best choice for your website. In most cases Unix plans cost slightly less than Windows hosting plans and come pre-packed with a few more features like Additional FTP Users, scripts and easy to install applications that are based on the UNIX platform - although the difference between those two is growing less every day.