What is the Difference between Linux and Windows Hosting?

Linux and Windows are two different types of operating systems. Linux is the most popular operating system for network servers. Because Linux-based hosting is more popular, it has more features web designers expect. So unless you have a specific Windows application which your website needs, Linux is preferred.

Windows specific ApplicationsWindows hosts

This requires a Windows application Windows server:

  • ASP Classic
  • MSSQL (the Microsoft SQL Server)
  • MS Access (Microsoft Access in)
  • Visual Basic developers
  • C #
  • Remote Desktop (only for dedicated server)

Windows dedicated server can support other Windows-specific applications. For some applications, you may need to purchase a license to install the software on your Windows dedicated server.

  • Microsoft Exchange (requires a license and install)
  • Microsoft SharePoint (requires a license and install)

Linux Linux host specific applications
We need a Linux-based server applications.

  • SSH
  • Apache module requires specific scripts or applications

control panel

Windows and Linux servers use different control panels.

  • The cPanel is applicable to all Linux-based hosting plan, such as Linux shared, reseller, VPS and Linux dedicated server.
  • WHM (Webhost Manager) is available for Linux reseller, VPS and dedicated servers.
  • The Plesk for Windows shared and dedicated servers.

File name

Another difference between Linux and Windows server, Linux files are case sensitive, while Windows file no.