Linux Hosting Advantages
The following are the advantages
of using Linux based web server compared to Windows based web server:
systems has traditionally been believed to be very stable and robust. A
web site housed on a Linux operating system will have very high up-time
(of the order of 99.9%). Of course, other factors such as power supply,
network admin skills, and network load etc. also matter when it comes to
maintaining the system uptime.
2.Low cost of ownership:
The Linux OS comes free of cost (or at very
insignificant cost, usually cost of distribution). Also, it has full
fledged server, and desk top applications that comes free along with the
OS. These server applications (such as FTP, Web Server, DNS Server, File
Server etc.) being free, are also very stable.
3.Ease of use:
When it comes to web hosting, it is easy to host on Linux web
servers. The process of uploading and hosting is almost same for both
Linux and Windows web servers. If you want to use a Windows based tool
such as Front Page for uploading a web site on to a Linux based web
server, make sure that the Front Page extensions are enabled. This is only
required if you are uploading using HTTP feature (http://www.yourwebsite.com)
of Front Page. Front Page also makes it possible to upload a web site
using FTP. You need to select ftp://www.yourwebsite.com for up loading
using front page FTP option. Note that if you select "Front Page
Extensions" during web site design, you must enable Front Page
extensions on a Linux web server also. These days, all Linux web servers
are coming with installable Front Page extensions, and this should pose no
problem for hosting on a Linux platform.
4.You can use almost all types of file extensions (or scripts)
Linux web server. Commonly, the following extensions are supported:.cgi,
.html, .htm, .pl, .php, .shtml, .asp (requires additional plug-in), .xml,
and others.Basically it means that
you can host web sites that use different types of server side scripts
including .cgi, .pl, .php, and .asp (with plug-in).
5.Easy to move between hosts:
A web site designed to be hosted on a Linux
based web server can be hosted on a Windows web server easily, where as
the reverse is not always true. This provides flexibility in changing
hosts as required.
6. Most widely
Linux/Unix based web hosting is most widely used compared to Windows
based web hosting, hence greater choice in choosing a web host.
A web site is dynamic. Usually, a web site starts with a few
pages of html and grows over a period of time to suit the customers
requirements. It is preferable to design a web site keeping this requirements
in mind. A web site designed for compatibility with a Linux/Unix based web
server meets the scalability requirement easily without making any site
wide design changes.
downside, Linux based web server is not fully compatible with Microsoft
If you are using any specialized applications or VB for
development of your web site, it is preferable to host with a Windows
based web server.