Unix Or Windows? Which Platform Should You Choose?
We are often asked which hosting platform one should
choose, Unix or Windows. Below, we've listed the major differences
between the two that you should consider in making your final decision.
In the process, we have also tried to dispel any common misconceptions
regarding these platforms.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that you have
to run Unix on your own computer in order for you to host your site
on Unix platform. That is not true. Which operating system you run
on your computer is irrelevant in making your decision. This means
that if you are running Windows98 or Windows®2000 on your computer,
you can still choose Unix.
Ease of use
Over the years, many resources have been poured
into both Unix and Windows®2000 platforms to make hosting as easy
as possible. Today, there are no differences in terms of ease of
use between these platforms. If you are an advanced user who prefers
to work in shell environment, then Unix is your choice. However,
if you are a beginner, you will find both platforms user friendly,
especially with a help of Brandblast's HSphere control panel.
The industry consensus is that Unix is more reliable.
However, Brandblast has made sure that the reliability of the Windows®2000
platform closely matches that of Unix's. What this means is that
you can make your decision based on the differences in features
rather than on reliability.
There is no difference in terms of speed between the two platforms.
This is where two platforms differ the most. There
isn’t much that can be achieved in one platform that can’t be on
the other one. The main difference is how the end is achieved. For
example, if you need a database driven web site, you can choose
either PHP/MySQL combination under Unix or ASP/MS SQL combination
under Windows®2000. The trend is for solutions to be supported in
For example, Microsoft FrontPage, one of the most
popular web site editors out there, is supported on both Unix and
Windows®2000. Please see below for the list of supported features.
Here Unix holds a slight edge due to the fact that
the most of the software licenses are free and that it’s easier
and cheaper to maintain Unix servers than Windows®2000 servers for
the same level of reliability and performance. You will see that
our hosting prices do not reflect this, but a variety of hosts will
charge you more for Windows hosting. Unless you specifically
plan to use Windows®2000 platform specific features (ASP, Visual
Basic, MSSQL Databases), you should choose the Unix platform due
to its greater speed, reliability cost effectiveness.
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