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When you’re considering web hosting solutions, arguably the biggest decision you’ll have to make is choosing between Linux and Windows as your server operating system. Both are popular platforms and in order to make an informed choice, take time to consider both systems’ merits.

Features of Linux

It’s not by chance that Linux is one of the most popular operating systems, as it has a wide range of features that web designers value. A number of applications require a Linux-based server, including SSH applications or scripts, while it’s considered the premier choice for running a MySQL database. Content management systems such as WordPress and Magento also operate well on Linux.

With Linux, directory and file names are case sensitive, making it slightly more difficult for visitors to access features of the site. It becomes crucial to enter URLs correctly, as entering letters in lower case, rather than upper case, or vice-versa, can lead to users accessing the wrong file, or failing to gain access at all to the required page.

Features of Windows

A Windows server obviously has the advantage if you’re using Windows applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, ASP Classic, Visual Basic Development and Remote Desktop. It’s also worth noting that Windows servers also support various useful applications, including Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange.

In contrast to Linux, Windows’ file system isn’t case sensitive, so the system doesn’t differentiate between capital and lower case letters.

Comparing the systems

At a glance, some of the differences seem unimportant. However, it’s important to consider the various different features as a whole before deciding on a server operating system. Choice can often come down to user-friendliness.

With Microsoft having been producing system software for almost three decades, many aspects of its use have become second nature to many people, with its layout and navigation enabling users to operate the system almost instinctively. However, Linux becomes simpler to use as an operating system the more you understand it. Once you’ve learned the basics, it becomes easier to perform tasks, enabling Linux to compete with users’ almost ingrained understanding of Windows.

Conclusion

It’s hard to state definitively whether Windows or Linux is the best operating system. It really comes down to personal choice and whether one or the other will be the best fit for your business, depending on how you operate and the applications you’re likely to use.

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