Linux hosting has become much more popular in recent years. A few years ago it was almost assumed that the average person looking for a hosting plan would opt for Windows hosting and only really big corporations or alternatively people that were very computer savvy would even consider using a Linux hosting solution. Nowadays though, Linux hosting has really charged up the ranks in terms of market share and many people are starting to realize that using a Linux hosting package is not only possible, but can actually result in several advantages over its Windows hosting counterpart packages. More and more people are using Linux hosting every day and more and more companies are starting to offer Linux hosting packages along side Windows hosting packages, creating a positive feedback cycle that ultimately keeps on increasing the Linux hosting market share.
Why choose linux?
Now, let us see why has Linux hosting become so popular? There are a few reasons, the primary reason being cost effective. In our society nowadays the demand has been for products that offer instant gratification for bargain basement prices and in web development terms, Linux hosting does this better when compared with Windows hosting. Linux hosting packages are cheaper because the software that the hosting company needs to install on its server to offer Linux hosting is much cheaper and in many cases is open source. Linux and Windows are the antithesis of each other, with Linux being open-source community operating system and Windows being the epitome for profit computer software solutions. The software needed for Windows hosting is also created by profit companies, whereas a lot of the Linux hosting software isn't. This result in a lower cost for the hosting company and most of them choose to pass along those savings to their customers by making Linux hosting much cheaper.
In addition to being cheap, Linux hosting is usually more versatile than its Windows competition. While exceptions exist, the Linux operating system can work with a larger number of programming languages, both in an object oriented sense as well as an online sense. While Windows hosting accepts Microsoft owned languages like Microsoft SQL, ASP and languages that are similar, you are almost guaranteed to be paying extra for your hosting if you want to use other languages. Linux hosting, on the other hand, can be used in conjunction with a large amount of different languages without an increase in the monthly price. This versatility is very attractive to customers, especially since many didn't even know they were paying more money to have languages like PHP and mySQL supported.
The above mentioned are some of the main reasons for the recent rise in the popularity of Linux hosting, but many other smaller ones also exist. The best way to learn them is to try Linux hosting out for yourself. It is like flying first class; once you have experienced the ease and the advantages of Linux hosting, you will never want to go back.
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