Many people have asked me why there are two platforms in web hosting industry: Linux Web Hosting and Windows Web Hosting, and more importantly, which one should they choose when comes to hosting their website. In this blog, I want to share some of my ideas and hopefully by the end of this blog, you will find it is actually very easy to make this decision.

In current web hosting industry, 80% of hosting servers are Unix/Linux based especially big corporate servers. It is simply because UNIX servers are more secure, stable and efficient. Windows servers generally are easy to use but less efficient. When I say efficient, I mean a similar UNIX server can host more users than windows. Plus a Unix operation system is normally cheaper than a windows server operation system.

Now come to choose a web hosting between a Linux web hosting plan and a windows web hosting plan, the real question is still what you need to do with it, because many technologies only work on one platform, not both.

In order to give you a better idea, I made two compare tables here:
Unix/Linux/PHP Web Hosting Compare
Windows/ASP.NET Web Hosting Compare

After read those two tables, now let me give you some examples:
For blogger: if you just do simple blog, photo or forum, you should choose Linux web hosting.
For php developer or php web site owner, choose Linux web hosting.
My favorite two are hostgator.com which is one of the best in web hosting industry and IXWebHosting which is one of the cheapest with fairly solid service.

For asp, asp.net developer or web site owner, choose Windows because only windows support asp or asp.net.
My favorite two windows web hosting providers are IXWebHosting.com and GoDaddy.com. GoDaddy is one of the biggest domain and hosting company in United States. Be honest, their service is not the best, but with 4.99 per month, you can get pretty much all standard stuff you need.

If your web site is not US based, you will need to consider a host provider in that country too. Because generally, if your website audiences are UK, then you should get a UK web hosting provider such as JustHost.com. If your website audiences are Canada, then you should consider a Canadian web hosting providers such as myhosting.com.

So, does this post make your decision easier? Hopefully it did. Enjoy building your new website then!