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What kind of web hosting do I need?

Breizh Concept offers both Windows and Linux hosting. Which one you need depends on what you want to do with your site.

Should I choose a Windows or Linux hosting account?

windows linuxIf you've already decided you need a hosting account, you might get slipped up when you get asked, "Linux or Windows?"  Either type of account works for most customers but which is best?

Most home and office computers use Windows (about 45%). Novices to hosting are likely to be used to Windows are often fearful of Linux. However, over 95% of web servers are Linux. The main reason for the dominance of Linux is that it is Open Source and free. Since Windows is commercial Linux hosting is cheaper. While Linux has a reputation  for being complicated to use the cPanel interface for hosting is actually very user-friendly; infact it is simpler than the Windows alternatives.

The other winner for Linux over Windows is reliability and security. Linux servers are renowned for being solid and reliable. Updates can usually be done without disruption. On the other hand Windows servers often need to be restarted for updates and are otherwise more prone to instabilities and crashing. Windows has suffered from hackers and security flaws over the years, while Linux has remained more or less secure.

Since +95% of web servers are Linux it is easier to find technical support and online documentation.

Linux servers work well with PHP and MySQL databases, fine for most websites. However, if you want to use ASP or ASP.NET server applications you will have no choice but to use a Windows server.

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