When we start web development we often get this question Should I choose Windows hosting or Linux hosting? For either kind of hosting, you use a web browser like Firefox, Chrome or Safari to manage your account and websites. So you can run your Windows Hosting account from a MacBook, or a Linux Hosting account from a Windows laptop. You can install popular web apps like WordPress on Linux or Windows Hosting. It doesn’t matter!
Should I pick Linux Hosting?
For most people, Linux Hosting is a great choice because it supports just about everything you need or want in your website from WordPress blogs to online stores and more.
- You don’t need to know Linux to use Linux Hosting.
- You use cPanel to manage your Linux Hosting account and websites in any web browser.
Should I pick Windows Hosting?
Windows Hosting also supports just about everything most people need or want in their websites.
- You must use Windows Hosting if you need or want to use MS-SQL databases, ASP.NET, or .NET Core on your website. These all require Windows OS running on your server.
- You use Plesk to manage your Windows Hosting account and websites in any web browser.
Software & Languages Supported by Linux Hosting with cPanel
|Software & Languages||Latest Version|
Software & Languages Supported by Windows Hosting with Plesk
|MS Windows Server||2012/2012 R2/2016/2019/2022|
|ASP||3.0 (VBScript version 5.8)|
|ASP.NET||2.0 (also supports 3.0 and 3.5)|
4.0 (also supports 4.5)
|cURL||7.59.0 (PHP 5.6)|
7.7.0 (PHP 7.3)
|MSSQL||Europe & Asia: MSSQL 2014-2019|
North America: MSSQL 2012 or 2014-2019
|.NET Core||1, 1.1|
2.0, 2.1, 2.2
|PHP||7.3, 7.4, 8.0|
Further, check with your web developer to make sure of the development environment, but if you don’t have a developer or you’re just not sure what MS-SQL, ASP.NET, and .NET Core are… go with Linux Hosting.
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