If you are new to web hosting, then the most confusing decisions you will have to make is which platform your server should be on, Linux or Windows web servers. Microsoft developed the Windows operating system and Linux is open source and free. So, Windows operating system can often be more expensive to set up and run. But this fact doesn’t affect you unless you are setting up a server for yourself and we are guessing that it’s safe to assume you’re not if you’re reading this article.

In this post, we have provided information for those trying to decide which hosting company to go with. Keep in mind that the cost involved in running a web server does not affect the cost of a web-hosting package greatly. Windows servers are more expensive to run, buying a Windows hosting package can often turn out to be as cheap or even cheaper than a Linux hosting package.


When it comes to performance, then there’s not a huge difference between Linux and Windows web servers. Linux reportedly performs faster as Windows attempts to provide an ‘all in one’ package rather than the extendable Linux implementation. Usually, you’ll not notice a difference but if performance is of utmost importance to you then this will influence your decision of course.


There are some people who assume that they need to buy a Windows hosting package because their PC runs Windows. But, this is not true. Additionally, access to your web account will probably be through FTP or a control panel and both Linux or Windows support these methods. The prime main difference is that some of the FTP commands are somewhat different between Linux and Windows while some FTP programs will be designed with one or the other in mind. So you may find that when you try and get your FTP program to do something then it returns an error message.

Most of the web features run fine on both platforms including MySQL, POP3, and PHP. If you want to create your website using ASP, the .NET environment, FrontPage, Access, MSSQL, Windows Streaming Media or any of the other Microsoft proprietary technologies, then use a Windows host. On the other hand, there is a limited support for many of these technologies in Linux, but they can be expensive and are lacking in features as well.