questionswindows vs linux: which should i go with?

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I'm no techie but my first web developer recommended Linux and I've seen many situations since then that required Linux to make the changes/upgrades that I needed to keep my store going.

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I find that Windows is good for 98% of computer users. If you know about Linux, what it is and want to try it, go ahead. Most Linux based systems will allow you to "try" the OS before actually putting it on your computer. If you like it then use it but I really suggest you try it first. Also, using Linux is a lot easier on a fresh computer, or if you feel like reformatting an old one. The hassle of using Linux on a computer that still has files from Windows is quite annoying and makes switching a little more difficult.

I've always said that if I buy another computer I'll switch to Linux due to the fact that my last attempt at Linux failed horribly because I liked "the old way" (Windows) better because I was used to it.

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@holymythos: Psst. She's talking about hosting, not about her own computer. I'd add more, but I have other distractions. I'll be back much later, and perhaps offer a bit of insight on how to choose good hosting sites, and what does or does not matter.

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@shrdlu: Sorry, I've been a little down lately and I didn't even read this correctly. Either way, take my comment as Windows vs Linux in general, and not for hosting. Sorry.

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@holymythos: Please, you were just being nice, and helpful. More people should be kind and helpful. Sorry you're down. :-(

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@shrdlu: Thank you :) I should also say you're kind and nice too. At least to me I've noticed :P

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For hosting, Linux all the way.

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Linux definitely. Wordpress is easier to use on linux. I just got it going on Windows and it was not nearly as simple.

I really like Rochen as a hosting provider. They are a little more than the "super cheap" hosting platforms but they rarely have outages and if they do they communicate with you. I had one of the cheap hosting services before and my site would be down for days with no reason or ETA on when it was coming back up. You get what you pay for.

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Most everything that you would need can be done with Linux. When it comes to relatively small hosting needs, there aren't many reasons to go with Windows. If you actually need Windows, you would probably already know that Linux wouldn't work for you. Plus, it should be cheaper.

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Why would anyone ever want to host something on a windows system? Even if you are hosting a low-traffic website, do you really want your website hosted on a system that is that vulnerable and unstable? Go with Linux, hands down.

Although personally, I'd say FreeBSD or OpenBSD for a web server. You're not going to be playing games on it, so go with the most stable system so you can spend more time developing and less time patching or rebooting. My home webserver runs FreeBSD and recently went over 380 days consecutive without a reboot; it would have gone longer but we had a power outage that my UPS couldn't keep the system running long enough through.

And since you said wordpress, you're going to be doing all your posting and admin work through a web interface anyways. That eliminates the one advantage of windows (familiarity) right there since the underlying OS is irrelevant.

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You should go with the one that teaches you not to end a sentence with a preposition. :D

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For hosting, Linux is standard, and usually cheaper if there's a difference. The web servers are much more stable than Windows web servers. And today's control panels allow you to manage your account without knowing much Linux/Unix at all.

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Oh, and for web hosting recommendations, I can't recommend A Small Orange highly enough (www.asmallorange.com). The cost is low and they don't promise you impossible things. There is no photo of someone wearing a headset anywhere on their site. :)

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Unless you need something Microsoft-tailored or specific such as ASP.NET server side script support or SharePoint, I would stick with Linux web hosting.

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Thanks for all help.I will use linux :)

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@anamurias: I think you might want to check out Bluehost (http://www.bluehost.com/), which is a company that many people I know of varying experience levels use. One of the nicest of the earlier deal denizens, @debbiedunlap, recommended this site. She uses it to host her fan site for Cary Grant (http://www.carygrant.net/), and also for her web business. I really miss her. She was just a genuinely good person.

Anyway, Bluehost will probably be an excellent choice for you.

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Linux is a far better choice when it comes to hosting. Most platforms are designed to run well on Linux. Additionally, Linux hosting tends to be cheaper as there is no cost to the hosting company for the actual os/software.

WordPress runs great on Linux. Additionally, there is a plethora of various open source scripts that run on Linux. From shopping carts to forums, there will be a lot you will be able to do with your Linux hosting; a lot of which are free (open source).

PHP, MySQL, are among the server-side languages that run on Linux. While these also run on Windows there may be some complexity. Most servers running Windows use ASP server-side languages to run applications.

Another note, most hosts that offer Linux hosting usually offer "one-click" installations for applications such as WordPress, this will greatly facilitate your hosting experience.

FYI: WordPress requirements: http://wordpress.org/about/requirements/.

EDIT: Failed to see you already made a decision. lol

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I have been using hostexcellence.com for my site for nearly 2 years and it supports Windows platform. Also they provide very nice support and also added tools like a command center to edit your website content. I am an IT guy and I recommend windows platform for beginners because of its UI and availability of various options to edit the content without much effort.
Also Hostexcellence customer support is amazing.

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Do both. That is what I do. It makes it nice to be able to do or use about any program because of it. I am have a multi-boot with XP, Windows 7, and Linux.