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Choosing Between Unix Or Windows Web Hosting Service

Aug 2, 2008
Have you designed your website? That means you are ready to launch your website. Have you selected the web hosting company whose server you are going to use to launch your website? Yes, the company has been chosen.

Did you thoroughly verify about all the facilities that the company is going to provide in the package and what are the services for which you have to pay extra charges? Yes, then now you can go ahead and launch your website. Wait! Now what is the problem? It is not a problem but it is the most crucial decision that you have to take.

Surprised? Yeah, all the important matters have been sorted out then what else remains to be considered? Here is the catch; this is the main moment where you have to decide about the type of web hosting that you are going to choose.

Type of web hosting, what does that mean? It is true you are confused as most of the companies offer UNIX or LINUX web hosting system but there is one more web hosting platform and that is windows web hosting. What is the difference between UNIX and windows web hosting and which one is better?

Difference between UNIX and Windows Web Hosting

Do you know what windows mean? Yes, it is the operating system which is fitted in your personal computer so you are very familiar with it and to operate it you do not need any special knowledge. It can be operated with the click of the mouse button and all the sites can be accessed with the help of the mouse.

UNIX is a open source which means that the operating system does not include any charges. It has the capacity to incorporate all types of documentation and is easy to distribute as it is free. So you see most of the hosting companies charge extra money for windows hosting and UNIX is free. So in that case UNIX is a better option.

UNIX is better as it has more stability and does not require frequent rebooting like windows so there is lesser chance of a crash in UNIX system. Due to this stability it is able to bear the burden of servers that have high loads.

So UNIX is able to provide more uptime than windows and is more reliable than windows hosting. The Compatibility factor is greater in UNIX than in the windows. What is the compatibility factor? It means that a program designed on the windows can easily run on UNIX but the windows may not be able to run all the programs designed by UNIX.

For the small scale web designing which is done offline the windows hosting is better as you will not need any change in your present system. That is you can work on the operating system that is already there on your computer.

But if you are opening a business website then you have to think about the future as your business will expand and then windows will not be able to bear the high load. Another draw back with windows is that its license has to be renewed frequently so it becomes a costly affair in the long run whereas UNIX is free so the web hosting company offers discount to the customers which makes it cheaper.

On the whole we can say that UNIX hosting is a better option than windows hosting.
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Rodrigo Rehn is a Linux Systems Administrator, Web Programmer, PHP Developer and CEO of Hospedagemlocal hospedagem de site brazilian web hosting services.
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