We are often asked which hosting platform one should choose, Unix or Windows®2000. Below, we’ve listed the major differences between the two that you should consider in making your final decision. In the process, we have also tried to dispel any common misconceptions regarding these platforms.
Important: One of the biggest misconceptions is that you have to run UNIX on your own computer in order for you to host your site on UNIX platform. That is not true. Which operating system you run on your computer is irrelevant in making your decision. This means that if you are running Windows98 or Windows®2000 on your computer, you can still choose UNIX.
Ease of use:
Over the years, many resources have been poured into both UNIX and Windows®2000 platforms to make hosting as easy as possible. Today, there are no differences in terms of ease of use between these platforms. If you are an advanced user who prefers to work in shell environment, then UNIX is your choice. However, if you are a beginner, you will find both platforms user friendly, especially with a help of cpanel and h-sphere Control Panels. These User Interfaces will create the email accounts, databases and e-commerce store fronts for you. You just need to click on the buttons and fill the boxes with questions like email account name, password etc.
The industry consensus is that UNIX is more reliable. However, Sibername has made sure that the reliability of the Windows®2000 platform closely matches that of UNIX’s. What this means is that you can make your decision based on the differences in features rather than on reliability.
There is no difference in terms of speed between the two platforms.
This is where two platforms differ the most. There isn’t much that can be achieved in one platform that can’t be on the other one. The main difference is how the end is achieved. For example, if you need a database driven web site, you can choose either PHP/MySQL combination under UNIX or ASP/MS SQL combination under Windows®2000. The trend is for solutions to be supported in both platforms. For example, Microsoft FrontPage, one of the most popular web site editors out there, is supported on both UNIX and Windows®2000.
Your web master should be the person to consult before the decision.
If you need assistance on choosing the platform, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even you choose one and need to change it in the future, you can switch between the plans by simply paying the price difference.
Here UNIX holds a slight edge due to the fact that the most of the software licenses are free and that it’s easier to maintain UNIX servers than Windows®2000 servers for the same level of reliability and performance. You will see that our hosting prices reflect this. Unless you specifically plan to use Windows®2000 platform specific features (see our features pages), it probably makes sense to choose the UNIX platform.