Linux or Windows Hosting?

Your interested in purchasing hosting, you have a great business venture or personal website that you would like to release upon the public. After a short while searching for hosting online you quickly become confused…

What are all the options about?

Why would I ever choose a Linux cPanel hosting account, I use windows 7 at home surely I need a windows hosting account?

Hopefully the following information will help you to remove some of the confusion.

Firstly, if you are having your website designed by an independent web design company; ask them which hosting account you require as they may have specific requests.

Ok, lets think for a moment about the type of website you will be creating.
There is a very simple rule I use when I offer advice on this question.

Q. Is your website going to be : Programmed in ASP (what is asp?)? Will your website be using an MSSQL or an Access database?

If the answer to any of those is yes, then you need a Windows hosting account.

However if you do not need any of the above features, my recommendation is a Linux web hosting account.

This will support all of your html pages, plus provide you the ability to grow your site, install blog or online shop software, online galleries (pretty much anything anyone needs!)…(yes I am biased towards Linux!) But for good reason, Linux offers more security and reliability on a server platform. You won’t need to know anything at all about linux to get you hosting up and running, your hosting provider will take care of that. Hopefully this has cleared the air a little around this question. Comments are welcome.


  1. Pierre says:

    A friend of mine has told me that Windows Servers crash less often than Linux servers. Perhaps this is due to the fact that there are more Linux servers than Windows Servers, what are your thoughts on this? By the way, like the article.

    • admin says:

      I found some interesting documentation on your point, it can be found here :
      Microsoft Campaign To Target Linux
      I think this is what you were referring to. However, some points to keep in mind are :
      1. The campaign was run by Microsoft.
      2. The fact they felt they had to “target Linux” in this campaign shows a lack of confidence and an obvious general consensus to Linux being more reliable.
      Some other pros for Linux would be :
      1. Its FREE!
      2. It has virus protection up the ying yang as it was designed for internet use, whereas Microsoft are still trying to catch up in this area.
      Thanks for your comments.

  2. Its quite incredible how Linux has become such a main stream product in the past 10 years. I am seeing more and more corporate servers going to Linux versus the traditional MS offerings. Speed, scalability and its free are the common notes I hear from clients. Wonder where the market will be in another 10 years.

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