Why Choose Windows Hosting?
It is true that the world of web hosting is currently ruled by Linux and its variants. The biggest advantage Linux has over Windows hosting is that it’s free but there are some particular use cases where one cannot do without Windows hosting. If your website makes use of .net or Visual Basic, then you do not have any other choice than hosting your website on a Windows hosting. There are some packages available which tried to run these applications on a Linux server but most of them fall short of the actual performance of Windows server.
You also need a Windows server in case you use the Microsoft Front Page or make use of Microsoft Access database. You will also need Windows hosting in case you want to make use of active server Pages (ASP) for running a dynamic database driven website. ASP hosting is very popular and one of the main reasons for webmasters choosing to host their website on Windows hosting platform.
Here at Gotham web services, we offer shared, virtual private servers and dedicated Windows hosting. So, whether you are running a small website or a website in the top Alexa 1000, we have a Windows hosting plan for you.
In one of the other blogs, we have already discussed the advantages a VPS has over shared hosting. As far as Windows hosting is concerned, there is no particular advantage over Linux hosting in terms of either performance or security. The only advantage Windows hosting offers over Linux hosting is that it has a familiar interface and most of the software available today runs on a Windows server.
You will also need windows hosting if you plan to run a website driven with one of the many Microsoft technologies such as C#, Share Point. DOT NET, ASP.NET, MS Access and many others.
ASP is the server side script engine for generating dynamic web pages, developed by Microsoft. It has now been superseded by the latest version which is known as ASP.NET. The first version of ASP was released as an add on to the IIS but later on it was released as a free component and became part of the Windows server.
In recent times, ASP has become the first choice of developers for generating dynamic websites. One of the reasons for preferring ASP over PSP is that it is comparatively faster than PHP. However, it is also true that ASP.net has a much higher learning curve as compared to PHP. Therefore choosing between the two depends on the requirement, training as well as budget. Overall, PHP remains the most popular script for generating dynamic websites all over the world.
While choosing Windows hosting, do not forget to ask your hosting service about the version of ASP, they support. Although most of the web hosting companies provide support for the latest versions of these softwares, there may be some cases wherein a web hosting service has not upgraded their servers to the latest version.
One other advantage windows as a server platform has over Linux distros is that it is comparatively easier to administer even for new developers. Familiarity of the user interface and excellent support system makes it easier for the new developers to deploy their applications on windows servers easily.
There are many businesses which prefer windows hosting due to a plethora of technologies being used today. One of the benefits of hosting your application on windows hosting environment is that almost all of the technologies available on windows platform offer excellent support.
Overall, choosing between windows or linux hosting is a business decision which needs to take into account many factors such as the technologies used in the website as well as the availability of the trained technicians in the relevant web technologies to take care of all the issues.
Your choice of a web hosting service provider should depend on the specifications of the servers as well as the uptime guarantee and the level of support offered by the web hosting provider. All of these are important whether you choose Windows hosting or LINUX hosting. Here at Gotham web services, we offer daily backups for shared Windows hosting. In addition to shared Windows hosting, we also offer VPS Windows hosting as well as dedicated Windows server.