To have a presence on the web, organizations have to use the services of web hosting providers. The providers offer server space to the businesses to store their files, images, applications, data etc. on the internet. Web hosting is available on two types of servers Windows and Linux. Most of the businesses prefer the Windows web hosting as it offers wider flexibility and supports several programming languages. Window servers are more compatible with Windows technologies. But there is no compulsion that you have to use Windows hosting if your system runs on Windows.
Windows is a product designed by Microsoft and all the Window technologies come with a license fee. This makes Windows a little more expensive than the open-source Linux but the benefits that it offers makes up for the higher costs. Windows server integrates well with all Microsoft applications. It is recommended for businesses that run on the ASP.Net frameworks to use the Windows web hosting. ASP works well with other coding languages like PHP, C+, Java. Window servers also integrate well with database servers like MSSQL, MySQL MSDE etc. Windows is stable and capable to manage high server loads, works fast and raises the performance of your applications.
Ease of use:
Windows web hosting is much easier to work on when the users have understanding of the Windows operating system. It suits a newcomer as they do not have to learn different languages. Windows in addition to ASP and MSSQL can also work well with the Linux languages of PHP, Perl, MySQL while the UNIX users will not find the same compatibility with ASP and .Net technologies. Another important reason that makes Windows preferable is the ability to use Remote desktop direct from your computer to your dedicated server provider.
Web hosting providers generally offer Plesk control panel with their Windows Web hosting plans. Plesk is rich in features that allows the users to manage their hosting account with ease. It provides great assistance in creating websites, installing applications and managing e-mail addresses. Users have total control over their sub-domains, FTP accounts and email accounts.
Some specific features that come with the Windows web hosting include
•FrontPage extension: Windows hosting becomes easier to manage with the Microsoft FrontPage. It is a tool to create design, edit and upload web pages. The advantage here is that you do not need HTML knowledge.
•Windows Streaming Media: it allows the users to serve audio and video to the public. This feature is useful for websites dealing with movie and music bands.
•Microsoft Access: It is a database similar to the MySQL and allows the easy availability of all the information that the user requires.
The Windows web hosting providers support the clients in building dynamic web content. Using ASP hosting allows the users access to tools like .NET, AJAX, MVC. They offer dedicated support round the clock and are available over phone and chat. Depending on the hosting plans they offer weekly data backup and 24/7 server monitoring. In addition, Microsoft constantly offers updates and support through forums and tutorials.
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