Windows Hosting vs. Unix Web Hosting
The majority of web sites hosted on the internet are hosted
on Unix servers yet Windows hosting serves the needs of a rapidly
growing group of powerful and complex web hosting sites and
applications. There is a common misconception that web masters
using a Windows PC must use a Windows based hosting plan. This
could not be further from the truth! For most web sites a solid
Unix plan such as the MySiteSpace
Pro plan is all the web hosting you will ever need, but
if you are planning to use something like Active Server Pages,
.NET or plug into a Microsoft Access or SQL database, you're
going to want to solid Windows hosting plan.
It Matters - ASP (Active Server Pages), .NET or PHP
Many web sites are developed using more advanced scripting languages than
basic html, most commonly either ASP or PHP. While it is possible to run
either language on either platform, typically PHP is associated with Unix
while ASP is associated with Windows. After all Microsoft is who developed
ASP. There is also a more advanced programming language from Microsoft
called .NET which pretty much also calls for a Windows platform.
When It Matters - Your Database of Choice
Another common reason one may choose a Windows hosting environment over a
Unix environment is their use of a particular database with their web site.
A very common Unix database is MySQL. Most Windows hosting users will typically
use either Microsoft Access or MS SQL Server as their database.
If You Had To Ask
Sometimes this is too broad a statement, but I'll say it anyway. In most cases,
if you had to ask Windows or Unix then chances are a Unix plan is going to
be the best choice for you. Good news too - in most cases Unix plans slightly
cost less than Windows hosting plans and come pre-packed with a few more
features - although the difference between those two is growing less every
day. MySiteSpace Windows plans offer tons of great features and start as
low as $7.95 per month.
Over the past couple of years one of the
most amazing tools to hit the web has evolved... DotNetNuke.
DNN, as they call it, is a .NET based portal application that
allows anyone with a web browser and the most basic skills
to deploy and share enterprise quality portals and web sites.
MySiteSpace offers free DotNetNuke installs on our Windows
Platinum Web Hosting Plan for just $10.95 per month and
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