If you’ve been dealing with websites or servers for a substantial amount of time, you probably know which operating system you prefer. You know whether you should order Windows or Linux for various types of websites and applications, and you know the advantages of each. Unfortunately this level of knowledge can take years to accumulate and not everybody can spend the amount of time it takes to learn two server operating systems enough to know when to use which. Linux is the preferred environment for many developers, hosts, resellers, and businesses, and with good reason.
Linux allows developers to use PHP, Python, CGI and Pearl when building websites and applications. These are all very popular and will run better in Linux than in Windows. While a Windows environment allows for more exclusive programs such as ASP.NET, people generally prefer PHP based systems for sheer simplicity. WordPress, for example, is PHP based and uses a MySQL database. While WordPress can run in Windows, people can generally expect better performance out of a Linux environment.
Linux is open source, which means the source code can be downloaded, modified, and published by anyone. This means people all over the world are able to build variations of Linux to suit different needs. Ubuntu, Red Hat, CentOS and SUE are some of the more popular distributions, which have very active communities supporting their users.
Linux has always been known for being more secure than Windows. For people doing ecommerce, HIPAA compliant hosting, or anything that requires security (which, let’s face it, should be any website), Linux is the preferred OS almost universally.
Linux generally has lower system requirements, so there is more headroom to run the programs you want. If you’re running a dedicated server or VPS, this means you can get away with lower cost by saving on CPU and RAM. In a shared environment, Linux plans can come with better allocations and perform smoother than Windows systems.
If you’re unsure whether Linux is right for you, call a specialist or a developer to go over your site and see if you would benefit from making the switch. Our support and sales teams are always happy to answer your questions and make sure you’re on the ideal system for your hosted technology.