Windows Web Hosting
Windows web hosting is website hosting that uses a Windows operating system. Because the most common web hosting plan options operate on Linux, you can usually assume that anytime a web hosting company doesn’t specify a plan is Windows hosting, it’s Linux hosting.
Windows hosting is widely known for having powerful end-to-end management and reliability features, and moreover, it is popular for integrating businesses with the internet. MS SQL is very much comfortable with any hosting environment, but the MS Access database is served only by Windows hosting.
But for a certain subset of website owners, Windows server hosting is the better choice and it’s important to seek out a plan that provides the particular features that come with it.
Pros of Windows Web Hosting
1. It runs on the familiar OS.
Windows is the most popular operating system in the world. The current OS version alone has over 400 million users. The Windows system is familiar, and using it is straightforward for millions of people around the world.
2. It provides compatibility with other Windows tools
This is the main reason to choose Windows hosting. If your business depends on a number of other Windows tools, then choosing a web hosting platform. That plays nice with the various other software products and solutions you depend on will make your life easier.
3. It comes with an easy-to-use control panel.
Where Linux web hosting has the c-Panel, Windows hosting has the Plesk control panel (although it should be noted that Plesk is also an option available with Linux hosting, just not as commonly used with it as c-Panel).
While many users that are already familiar with the OS can directly use the Windows server hosting interface, those that want something a little more user-friendly can count on the Plesk control panel to make it easier to make updates and changes to your website.
Cons of Windows Web Hosting
1. Not as secure as Linux hosting.
Websites that run on Windows have been the victims of ransomware attacks in recent years with more frequency than Linux ones have. For that reason, Linux hosting is widely considered to secure more options for websites.
2. It’s more expensive.
Windows hosting does cost a bit more than Linux hosting, but the difference is fairly minimal. For making a decision especially for enterprise businesses that already depend on a number of Windows products. The number of products should be manageable, even as Windows hosting costs more.
3. It can be less stable.
Linux servers are known for being extremely reliable. They rarely need to be rebooted and can smoothly handle many functions at a time. Windows servers, in contrast, tend to have a little more trouble consistently handling a large number of apps and tasks at a time without interruption.