What is the difference between Linux Hosting and Windows Hosting?

When you have decided on the hosting provider and the type of hosting you want, the next big question is – Whether you want Linux Hosting or Windows Hosting? Operating system (OS) is mandatory to make your website run.  Most common types of operating systems are Windows and Linux. Linux OS is a free and open source software development and distribution and is renown for robust security and better web server performance. For the websites which use dynamic scripting technology like PHP/PERL, which is Linux based technologies or ASP, which is a Microsoft based technology, Linux OS is a must.

Moreover, Linux Hosting and Windows Hosting have many different features, and unless your website needs Windows application specifically, Linux should be the chosen one.

Linux HostingWindows Hosting
Applications that use Linux Server

  • SSH
  • PHP
  • CGI
Applications that use Windows Server

  • Remote Desktop Access
  • Visual Basic Development
  • MS Access
  • MS Sharepoint Server
Security: Linux OS has considered a more secure buy. However, the degree of security depends upon the setup and hosting system administration rather than OS.Security: Windows server is regarded as more vulnerable than the linux servers, but it depends more on the setup and hosting system administration rather than OS.
Server Access: FTP access is offered by both Linux hosting and Windows hosting.Server Access: Both Linux hosting and Windows hosting provide FTP access to files. But telnet or SSH access is offered by Linux only.
Control Panel: cPanel or WHM (Web Host Manager) is used on Linux shared, reseller, VPS, and Dedicated servers.Control Panel: On Windows shared and dedicated servers, Plesk control panel is used.

It’s important to note that these are just our recommendations. Windows accounts will support most of the development tools these days, but Linux hosting best fits most customers hosting needs.