Pros and Cons of Windows Hosting
Windows Hosting services are becoming much more popular among webmasters, due to their ease of use and access to exclusive services and applications only available on the Windows platform. However, Windows' popularity in server racks is far outweighed by the desktop counterpart; Linux servers are far more stable and popular for server hosting purposes, for a variety of reasons. For most, Windows servers will be unnecessary, and simply just an added cost that offers no benefits, but there are a few fringe cases where Windows Hosting is helpful or advantageous over Linux Hosting..
Windows servers use Internet Information Services (IIS) to host internet sites. It is available on all Windows machines as a "hidden" feature, and even regular home computers could be used to host servers with this service, provided there is enough bandwidth. Microsoft's answer to the free of cost and widely used MySQL database service is called Microsoft's SQL server. It has a wide feature set that includes stored procedures and triggers and is a generally used for optimized and high performance solutions and applications. The fact that Windows hosted internet sites are normally using ASP.net, means that the internet sites can be programmed in any.NET programming language like C # or Visual Basic. This gives advantages like memory leak protection, crash protection, and so much more. Internet sites can be programmed in object-oriented fashions, which should excite any programmers..
Also, Windows has a lot of enterprise level applications that are known for being stable and perfect for business opportunities and enterprises. One of these applications is called an Exchange Server, which handles data and information. Using a Windows server will allow you to run applications that are exclusive to the Windows Operating System, and this is perfect for users looking to run backlinking or Search Engine Optimization (SEO) software on a server, to boost their rankings in search engines like Google..
However, there are downsides to using Windows Hosting services, and a lot of them will far outweigh the advantages. The biggest thing is Microsoft charges licensing fees to companies or individuals wanting to use Windows Hosting services, while Linux Hosting service licenses are free of cost. IIS, ASP.net, and.NET support come with all Windows installations, but SQL and Exchange Servers also require additional licensing fees, so the costs add up when hosting with a Windows server. Most of the products and services used on Windows platforms are closed source, while most are open source on Windows, and most of these products are commercialized and require additional licensing and even more fees to pay to run the server. Linux is very well known for its stability (at least when used and installed correctly for hosting services), while Windows is known to have some problems and stability issues. Almost everyone has heard of the Blue Screen of Death, and it happens occasionally when using Windows machines..
All in all, it comes down to the extra costs, but extra application support when using Windows Servers. If there are applications that are necessary to be used on a Windows Operating System, then the bullet will have to be bitten and the extra costs will have to be applied..