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The Choice Between Linux and Windows

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There are a lot of factors that go into choosing a good web hosting company for your needs. Perhaps none of these tasks are more immediate than deciding whether or not you want a Linux based server or a Windows based hosting company. Now, suffice to say that some web hosting companies offer both. It may even behoove you to choose a company that does, although this isn’t really necessary. The best decision is to decide beforehand and then go with a company that specializes in the kind of hosting you want. It can be relatively easy to decide on a company–there are plenty of good ones out there (Host Monster and Blue Host, just to name a couple)–but difficult to decide what kind of hosting you want. Here are some things you should know in order to make an informed decision.

Linux

Linux is one of the most popular hosting strategies on the web, and for good reason. It is simple to use, and for that reason is attractive to many people new to the webmaster industry.

Windows

Windows based web hosting is popular for a number of reasons as well. Two of the top reasons are that Windows is so readily known to many computer users, and the fact that it is so easy to get support for this system of web hosting.

The Differences

One of the main differences between Linux and Windows is that you access your server in a rather different way. They will both have FTP access, but Linux also uses telnet and ssh access much of the time, whereas you won’t have this option with the Windows based servers. These two methods of access let you open your windows directly on the server itself and use it to work with your files on the spot.

The Similarities

Both Windows and Linux have similar features when it comes to actually building your web pages. They use HTML and Java, the leading methods in which to create a web site. In neither case will you feel left out. If you are planning to start a website and don’t know the basics of HTML, it’s probably time you learned. However, both systems (and this all depends on the web hosting provider you choose) usually have programs in which you can build your website without knowing HTML. Still, it always helps to have a little knowledge in case there’s something you want to do that the program can’t do for you.

Making The Choice

When it comes down to it, there aren’t a lot of differences between these two systems for hosting your website. The differences there are mainly come down to personal taste and preference. Choosing a good web hosting provider like HostMonster or BlueHost can give you a head start on making the decision. After that, the sky is the limit, no matter which platform you wind up using. When it comes down to it, your customers and visitors won’t know the difference, so the choice is entirely yours.

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    1st April 2008
    Posted by Web Hosting Consultant in Best Web Hosting Tips

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