Thinking About Using Linux Hosting? Here’s What You Need To Know Before Committing

When you’re choosing a hosting provider, you have a choice, broadly, between a Windows-based or a Linux-based server; the latter is, unlike the former, an open-source system, which means that users can modify and produce alternative versions of theexisting code. Let’s explore the other differences between these two operating systems so that you can make an informed decision on which option is best for you and your business.

About Linux Hosting

As an open-source provider, Linux operating systems are known for running extremely efficiently; they use a relatively small amount of memory and disk space and put little pressure on the central processing unit. This means that there are more resources available for the running of your website, which leads to your first consideration, stability, which is outlined below.

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Linux hosting is generally regarded as being the more stable option, as it is less likely to suffer from downtime than a Windows-based option, and requirements to reboot or restart the system are rare. Linux servers tend to also be better able to handle multiple tasks and to run various databases, for example, at the same time, without coming up against problems.

One of the most popular web hosting companies, Hostinger, exemplifies these benefits: it advertises a 99.9% uptime which means that your website is unlikely to be affected by interruptions, even if you’re anticipating a high volume of traffic: site downtime can have a significant negative effect on your brand image. Read the full Hostinger review at for more information on the advantages that this Linux-based platform can offer your business and for details of the packages available. This particular provider is known for its ease of use, and VPS and cloud-hosting options, as well as its excellent customer support provision.

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Linux hosting is, almost universally, the most cost-effective option. Although an increasing number of Windows-based hosting providers are now offering cheaper services than previously, Linux consistently remains the winner in the affordability stakes.


The source code that you or your webmasters want to use will play a vital part in your decision regarding which system to opt for. ASP.NET can only be used with Windows-based hosting providers, whereas HTML,, can be used with either.

Web developers often select ASP.NET as this framework offers free tools that allow them to test and develop their application thoroughly before putting it onto the website. Developers also cite how using ASP.NET lets them easily design web-based apps as well as creating their own modules and gives them access to several handy MSDN library tools.

HTML, on the other hand, is widely chosen as it’s supported by all browsers, is considered relatively easy to learn, and is search engine friendly.

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Security Considerations

As an open-source platform, Linux is generally considered to be more secure than a Windows-based hosting platform. This is because, firstly, the Linux operating system is separate from its web browsers, which means that there is, effectively, a locked door between these two elements. Secondly, the Linux core is protected by eight compartmentalized modules, with different Linux ‘family’ groups having additional security, which makes any attempt at hacking extremely unlikely to be successful.

Usability And Support

The Windows operating system is generally viewed as being extremely user-friendly, although the initial installation process for both Windows and Linux platforms can be complex. However, Linux can process complex tasks more easily than Windows-based systems.

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User support for Linux hosting is in the form of a large online community of user forums, question boards, and websites; Windows hosting offers this, too, as well as integrated and paid support options.


Linux and Windows-based operating systems don’t communicate well with each other, so you’ll need to consider carefully what other systems and apps you have running throughout your business to make a decision on whether the advantages offered by Linux hosting are worth the potential hassle of having to change other processes to ensure compatibility.

Linux uses cPanel as its control panel, so think, too, about whether you prefer this to the Plesk panel, designed specifically for Windows hosting, as part of your decision; the main differences between the two relate to the servers they support and their user interface.

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Linux hosting means less intrusion from third-party apps through high-level encryption. As a platform, Linux is keen to protect the privacy of its users and does not collect behavioral data to target advertisements.

System Updates

The user is generally made aware of updates required to Windows-based operating systems by receiving a message to the effect that a restart or reboot is required to process and install the necessary changes. Regardless of whether or not it is a convenient time, users must pause in their tasks to allow for this. With a Linux-based hosting option, the user can choose whether or not they wish an update to be applied to their device and, if required, can schedule this event for a set date and time.



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Marianne elanotta

Marianne is a graduate in communication technologies and enjoys sharing the latest technological advances across various fields. Her programming skills include Java OO and Javascript, and she prefers working on open-source operating systems. In her free time, she enjoys playing chess and computer games with her two children.

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