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What’s the Difference between Linux and Windows Hosting?

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When you are choosing your web hosting package, you will not need to select the hosting package and the infrastructure between Linux and Windows server. Linux and Windows are two different kinds of operating systems. Linux is the more popular operating system between the two. However, you may have websites which need specific Windows applications. Depending on your needs, you can choose between the two hosting options.

The Difference between the Two Options

The choice between Linux and Windows servers will affect how you interact with the hosting package. It will also determine the kind of applications you can use. Specific server-side applications that are written in .NET, ASP, MS SQL, PHP, MySQL, and MS Access will require Windows hosting. However, there are some applications that Windows does not support, such as WordPress, Python, Perl, CGI, and WYSIWYG. A Linux hosting package is perfect for those who want access to ready-to-use, open-source applications. On the other hand, a Windows hosting package is ideal for those who want to build more complex websites using languages like Perl, ASP, PHP, etc.

Ease of use

It is quite easy to access and manage your windows hosting server. However, it is a little more complicated to interact with the Linux OS wherein you will have to learn how to use the command line. Learning to integrate different software packages via the command line can be a challenge for beginners. To make it easier, you will have to choose from many Graphical User Interfaces (GUI), such as cPanel to interact with the OS. If you opt for a Linux hosting package, you can access the server through cPanel and WHM. For Windows users, Plesk is the control panel that will facilitate access to the server.

Hosting Packages at Solar VPS

At Solar VPS, we provide you with both Linux and Windows hosting packages. You can deploy five different Linux flavors, namely CentOS, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu or CloudLinux. There are multiple usages of Linux Cloud such as LAMP development and DNS hosting. You can deploy Windows 2008 or 2012 when you opt for our Windows hosting package. A Windows cloud is great for Windows development, Remote Desktop/VDI, Forex trading, SQL server hosting or Game server hosting. Solar VPS provides one of the best Linux and Windows cloud hosting solutions. We also have a great technical support offering to supplement your cloud solution. If you run into any issues, our support team will be available for troubleshooting and providing a comprehensive solution. Additionally, you can customize your hosting packages and increase your allotted resources by the click of a button. Similarly, all your resource allocation can be scaled down to reflect lesser resource need. When you sign up with Solar VPS, you only pay for what you need. Contact us today and set up your Linux or Windows cloud solution.