Choosing the right operating system to run the web server to hosting one’s website is complicated, but not if it can be determined from the outset on what is actually required by the potential website. The function of the operating system is to control the server that hosts the website. Therefore, it is important that attention is paid to the type of system that is picked to host the website.
The main choices are usually Linux, Windows and Unix. However, the most popular choice usually squares down to the two of the three mentioned.
Window’s operating system has been said to have a very user-friendly interface, making it easy even for the information technology novice to use it. Another fact is that its ability to work together with other affiliate programs developed by Microsoft along with the range available makes it very impressive and convenient to use. Window’s key winning point amongst its clients is the support they provide for Active Server Pages on ASP.Net. This web development language is a product of Microsoft that allows web pages to be linked to Structured Query Language databases. It also allows for the websites to function with other systems.
Unix, is the operating system that was developed in the initial stages of the internet and because of its certain special functions, it is still used today. Linux was developed based on Unix’s platform and that is why both systems share some similarities. Linux, today, is the system that is popularly used on servers. This is mainly because of the higher costs for licensing that is related to Unix.
Linux web hosting has its valid points in ensuring that the website it hosts functions without any glitches. It has also been voted to be a popular choice for web serving, emailing and streaming. It is also more popular due to the cheap packages that are being offered, the allowance for the websites development without much added charges, hence increasingly attracting new internet entrepreneurs.
Here are some comparisons that have been made between Linux and Windows as operating systems.
Linux used to be seen as a more reliable system compared to Windows. However, as Windows continues to evolve, nowadays, the both seem to be similar to each other regarding this aspect.
One may start a website with very simple script. Yet later on, as the traffic increases there may be a decision to host ecommerce sites. Between the two systems, none of them has any problem delivering java scripts.
Supporting java scripts is not a topic to be argued upon as they are executed on the client side (the user’s web browser) and both Linux and Windows have no problem feeding this content to your visitors. However, when it comes to front-page extensions, Linux does a better job. If Perl is the choice of language then Linux should be chosen.
Linux is by far the cheaper hosting website. The most important reason why is because of its cost of licensing which is evidently cheaper than Windows.
Posted by admin on March 19th, 2011 :: Filed under Linux Hosting
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