Advantages of Windows Hosting
There are several advantages to selecting a Windows Hosting platform, as well as disadvantages. We will go through each of the advantages in this column and outline why Windows Hosting may be right for your website.
The .Net Framework
If your website relies on .net or visual basic, Windows hosting is an excellent choice. In fact, it’s the only choice that will provide you what you need to accomplish building a website with these languages. Unix hosting is not able to use these languages and if you need to use either, it is essential that you select a Windows Hosting platform.
Front Page Extensions
If you use the popular web design program, Microsoft Front Page, having a Windows Hosting platform will make your life a lot easier. You won’t have to worry about making sure your server supports extensions, as you would with a Unix platform.
Easier to Use
If you are familiar with the Windows operating system, having a Windows based server will make the learning process much easier. You won’t have to worry about learning a new language just to maintain your website. For beginners, this is a definite plus.
.ASP and Dynamically Database Driven Pages
If you plan to use Active Server Pages or .ASP or if you need to have a dynamically database driven website, Windows is superior in this regard. In fact, Unix servers do not support .ASP, which makes your choice clear if you plan to use this popular scripting language on your site.
In fact, the popularity of .ASP is inducing many site owners to make the switch over to a Windows Hosting platform, even if they have used a Unix platform for years.
If your website needs to collect its data from an Access database, a Windows server will be able to integrate this database seamlessly. While there are many database options, such as MySQL, many people prefer to use Access. A Windows server will be able to make integration much easier.
If you use Visual Interdev or plan to develop Windows based applications on your site, than a Windows platform will obviously be the best choice for you. Unix does not support Windows development programs and if this is the development language of your choice, you would be best served by a Windows based server.
Now that we have covered the advantages of using a Windows Hosting platform, it’s time to take a look at the disadvantages that come from using this platform.Related Posts:
Posted on 12/14/05 3:12 PM