When it comes to hosting their website, many business owners go for Virtual Private Server (VPS) as it is inexpensive, secure and offers dedicated resources. Now that you are reading this article, I assume that you know what a VPS is and the benefits of choosing a VPS. Many business owners like you might be clear that you will go with VPS, but are confused whether to choose Linux or Windows VPS.
While some basic functions are common, there are several significant differences between the two options worth noticing. Both the operating systems work in a similar way - divide a physical server and allow you to store your data, run applications and scale the resources when required. Both of them support PHP and MySQL. So, what's the difference? Read this article to know the benefits they offer and choose the one that suits the needs of your business.
Benefits of Windows VPS
The familiar GUI (Graphical User Interface) is the first and the major benefit of Windows based VPS. It is well-known, simple to use and very helpful for people with less technical skills.
Windows VPS provides Plesk, an advanced and powerful control panel with a user-friendly interface. It helps you manage a web hosting account and add new domains and sub-domains easily. It also helps you create and manage user accounts, email accounts, databases, etc.
One of the standard features of Windows VPS plans is Remote Desktop Access. Unlike the text-based SSH interface (which requires knowledge of commands) offered by Linux solutions, Windows VPS allows you to access the server from anywhere and makes it easy for you to configure and manage the server.
Windows VPS supports ASP and ASP. Net, popular web technologies used for building websites. If your site is using MS SQL database, Windows VPS is a perfect solution - after all both are from the same company, Microsoft.
Benefits of Linux VPS
Linux is cost-effective as it is an open source - you need not worry about the licensing fee and the costs involved in purchasing compatible applications.
It works seamlessly with most of the open source programs or technologies like Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP - abbreviated as LAMP.
Linux provides cPanel control panel. It helps in consuming less amount of resources and RAM. Linux has SSH access, which reduces the load on the server and enhances your site's performance.
It is not that one is superior to the other. Linux is a good option if you are looking for something inexpensive and want direct control over the server. However, you need to be technically skillful. If your business relies heavily on Microsoft software or programs and if you are looking for an easy-to-use interface, Windows VPS is the option to choose.