Although it may seem complex, it is actually simple: hosting is a space where your website will be stored. That space is given by the hosting, which can be a Linux hosting that is based on open source (mostly free and stable) or it can be a Windows hosting (mostly with payments for licenses), which we will talk about next.
Deciding between Linux or Windows Hosting
Your website is the one who will decide what hosting you need (windows or linux). The website will be built in a programming language and will use a database that will determine the hosting you will use. For example: if your website needs MSSQL then it will need Windows hosting since MSSQL is a database language that is not free and is used in Windows hosting without problems since there is more compatibility.
Hosting services on a Windows server are higher priced, mainly for the payment of proprietary licenses for their use. As for the language support, you can find compatibility with: HTML, PHP, PERL, PYTHOM and for exclusive use that only Windows will have are ASP, Virtual Basic and ASP.NET
We cannot leave aside databases, a more than essential component on the web page, among them there is a distinction of: MySQL, Postgree SQL (Linux) and with paid license are SQL Server and Access, which are much better integrated and they will have a more comfortable job in hosting windows.
When do I need a Windows hosting?
My laptop or pc is windows Do I need windows hosting?
Analogy: TV antennas and gadgets on the TV channel are SONY. Do I need my TV to be SONY? The answer is no. That happens with hosting. Not because your pc or laptop is windows, you will necessarily need a Windows hosting. You will only need a Windows hosting in these circumstances:
- The website is programmed in the ASP.NET language
- It is urgently required to host databases made in Microsoft Access
- Your site uses MSSQL databases
If your website does not need the Windows licensed languages and databases, then it is more useful for you to use an open source hosting service ( linux ) because it is cheaper. Also, if you choose Linux hosting you will have the plus of having maximum compatibility with more than 150 applications.