Linux Web Hosting Overview - And the Winner Is...
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If your site is just a static HTML page and doesn't generate revenue, then Linux hosting is probably the best solution. In fact, server operating systems aren't even an issue with websites this basic. The type of server really only matters if you decide to add more complex, interactive features to your site. This is typical for most online businesses, in which case it's important to know what technologies your employees are familiar with. Just a reminder: ASP and ASP.NET were designed for Windows, while PHP and Perl work best with windows.
One major benefit of Linux is the fact that it's open source. I know, I already mentioned this, but I'd like to point out that because it is open to the public, bugs and defects can be pointed out and fixed more quickly than with Windows, which has the whole Microsoft bureaucracy that needs to be dealt with before any action can be taken.
Security is a concern for most businesses. Still, whether you're running your own server or using a web hosting company, security will always come down to the system administrators' capabilities. You'll want to make sure the administrators are highly skilled programmers rather than agonizing over what platform to use.
In the end, most individuals will probably choose Linux as their default option, mostly due to its popularity and well regarded security and stability. However, the differences between Windows and Linux are negligible. As I've said, it's best to know which options offered by the hosting server best fit with what you're trying to do. What operating system they use should be one of the last things that you consider.
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