When choosing the hosting plan, you will need to decide on the server operating system that will host your website. Although there are several, web servers generally run on Linux or Windows. In order to help you make an perfect choice, in this article we will highlight the main differences between Linux Hosting or Windows Hosting.
What is an operating system? What are Linux and Windows?
First of all, an operating system (OS) represents a set of programs that manage the resources of a device (hard drive, screen, processor, etc.). In other words, the operating system acts as an intermediary between the user and the computer hardware. There are several operating systems, in particular: Linux and Windows.
Linux or GNU/Linux is a family of Unix operating systems based on the Linux kernel. The latter is open source, which has given birth to many Linux distributions like Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, etc.
On the other hand, Windows is a line of graphical operating systems developed by Microsoft. The server-oriented range is called "Windows Server".
What are the differences between Linux and Windows hosting?
Being free and open source, the Linux platform is the most widely used and popular operating system in the web hosting industry. Thus, its users do not have to pay additional fees to purchase licenses, allowing hosting providers to offer it at the lowest prices.
Usually, the type of web hosting you choose depends on the technologies that your site requires. This choice will mainly affect the type of applications you can use :
- Windows hosting uses Microsoft technologies and supports development languages like ASP, ASP.NET, Microsoft Access databases and MSSQL.
- Linux hosting supports programming languages such as PHP, Perl, CGI, Python and MySQL databases;
It should be noted that some development languages like PHP, Java, Ruby and some databases like MySQL are supported by Linux as well as by Windows. However, performance varies from one OS to another.
The control panel to manage the web hosting account differs depending on the web hosting platform:
- cPanel is the control panel for all of our Linux hosting plans. It is an easy-to-use admin panel that doesn't require advanced web hosting knowledge. cPanel offers a wide range of features allowing to control all account settings (email, databases, statistics, backups, ...).
Plesk is the control panel for all of our Windows hosting plans. It enables web hosting customers to easily perform a wide variety of tasks using a robust and easy to use web interface. It includes all the necessary tools to create and manage websites, mailboxes, databases, and so on.
You will find at Heberjahiz a wide choice of Linux and Windows web hosting plans, ranging from shared hosting to dedicated servers. Our hosting experts are available to help you choose the plan that best suits your project.
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