A recent survey from web hosting platform Hostgator found that 70% of web hosters use Linux.
It’s no surprise that web hosting providers are jumping on Linux as it provides a number of benefits, but there are some drawbacks.
One of the biggest is that it costs a lot.
That is, you’ll need a ton of storage space and a lot of bandwidth for a server to run.
Linux hosting is expensive, but you can get a decent package on Amazon.
The second big drawback is that Linux requires some sort of server virtualization.
That’s not the case with Windows, Mac or any other traditional OS.
Virtualization and virtual machines are a big deal in web hosting and Linux is no exception.
There are several popular solutions to help you keep your web hosting costs down.
We’ll be going through each of them and how to install them on your server.
You can read more about the differences between Linux and Windows here.
Windows vs. Linux: Server virtualization vs. virtualization The main reason you’ll want to go with virtualization is because it allows you to keep your hosting costs in check.
For the same price, you can run Linux on a virtual server.
This can be a good option if you don’t want to pay a lot for a large server.
Virtual servers are also a great option if your hosting company is not familiar with virtualized virtualization and is planning to buy a virtual machine.
You should be able to find one for about $20,000 to $40,000.
If you can’t afford that, you may consider a virtualization solution.
In fact, there are a number options for Linux web hosts on Amazon that run virtualized VMs.
For example, the popular VirtualBox virtualization package comes with Linux, Windows, Apache, PHP and MySQL.
If your hosting provider is planning on buying a virtualized server, you should definitely check it out.
The downside to this virtualization setup is that you won’t have the flexibility to change the OS on the virtual server, which is nice.
You may have to upgrade to a newer version of Windows, but that’s not a huge issue.
If the hosting provider has some other software running on the server that is critical to your web content, then you’ll probably want to upgrade.
You’ll still have access to all of your content from the same location.
However, the cost of a new server is much higher than buying a new hosting account.
We also recommend that you do a bit of research before you decide to upgrade your server to Linux.
Check out our article to find out what Linux hosting costs, what is supported and what you should look for.