Generally speaking if you don't have a specific need for Windows hosting, then you are better off using Linux hosting.
Whilst Windows web hosting offers a number of exclusive features that developers use, if you don't need those features then Linux web hosting is more widely used and supports all popular web site software such as Wordpress and Joomla.
Windows versus Linux
In terms of popularity Apache (which runs on Linux) is the most popular web server, ahead of Windows and other varieties such as Nginx. This means when you choose Linux web hosting you are in good company with around 64% of the worlds web sites!
What is Windows Web Hosting?
Our Windows web hosting is powered by Microsoft's Windows Server 2012. This is the latest version of this server class operating system and is a very stable platform for Windows hosting.
What is Linux Web Hosting?
Our preferred Linux OS is Debian, however we also support and use CentOS, Ubuntu and RedHat in our VPS service. Linux and Apache are the worlds most popular web site hosting architecture and offer a robust, secure and stable web hosting environment used by millions of sites around the world.
It doesn't matter if you use Linux, Windows or a Mac as web technologies such as FTP are the same whether you use Windows or Linux hosting.
The place where Linux differs distinctly from Windows Server hosting is in the area of developmental tools. If you are writing your scripts in ASP or the advanced ASP.NET you need Windows hosting. Linux does have an emulation program which allows ASP scripts to be run under it but you have to write your ASP scripts in Perl to use it. True ASP is only available on a Windows based web hosting platform. Another area in which Windows is the only choice is if you need integration with Microsoft's tools. MS SQL databases, access databases and other specific Microsoft tools are only available for Windows.
Is there any difference to the end user browsing the site?
No. Whether you use Windows hosting or Linux web hosting the end user will not be able to tell the difference between the two operating systems. They will appear the same no matter which platform you use.
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