For the beginning trying to create a website and register a domain name for the first time, questions such which host to use for the website can be confusing and panic-inducing. Most of the websites that you can currently access online are run by either Windows hosting or Linux hosting.
What exactly does this mean?
This means that the web hosting service you choose to pay to register your domain name and run your website will either use Windows hosting or Linux hosting for the same. Most often than not, they might ask you which one you would prefer. Linux and Windows are both trusted operating systems (OS) with a few different functionalities and a few different benefits.
The Linux platform is famous for its stability, and for being an open source system that can be easily customized by the developer. This means that if you wish to make changes to the very core of how your website works, you can do so fairly easily with Linux web hosting. The Windows platform is more wide-spread in terms of its general popularity. It is a very well known operating system and is faster to work with for those who are already familiar with Microsoft arrays.
Which one do you pick?
There are many people who would say that Linux is better than Windows or that Windows is better than Linux. The point that must be kept in mind is that both are well-functioning web hosting OSs with different strengths and weaknesses. You should pick one depending on what you specifically need. One easy way to make this distinction is to ask yourself if you would need ASP (tool for making interactive web pages) or.NET, Microsoft Access or Microsoft SQL Server (Microsoft’s relational database management system). If the aforementioned aspects are what you require, then you would be better off choosing Windows web hosting for your website. However, if you need PHP (web development and general purpose programming language), Perl, WordPress, MySQL (Open Source relational database management system), or Blogging Software, then you should go with Linux web hosting. If you do not understand any of the aforementioned terms or jargon, it is usually recommended that you go for Linux.
Another distinction you can make between Windows and Linux is that Linux offers case-sensitive naming systems. This means that while www(dot)exampledomainname(dot)com and www(dot)ExampleDomainName(dot)com would be the same names on Windows, they would be different names on a Linux server. Some popular websites that run on Linux servers are Google, Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, Blogger and Twitter. Some famous websites that run on Windows servers are Dell, Microsoft, Bing, Hotmail, MySpace, etc.
Ultimately, you can just sit back and let your web hosting service company pick from these choices for you. As long as you are clear regarding how you want your website to look and what you want it to do, you can instruct your website hosts/makers to choose the best option accordingly. You could ask them, for example, what system is more popular for web hosting and accordingly make a choice.