Which platform is right for me?

1. If I have the Windows operating system on my PC, do I need Windows hosting?

No, you do not have to use Windows hosting if your PC uses the Microsoft Windows operating system. A Windows server is very different that a Windows desktop and most of your interaction with your web server will be through FTP or a web interface.

2. What is the difference between Unix and Windows hosting?

Unix web hosting and Windows web hosting are comparable, as both of them allow you to put a website online with almost no effort at all. Yet, there are some main differences between the two. The decision to choose one web hosting platform over another is usually determined by what type of developing languages you use.

Choose a Unix platform for your hosting package if you are going to use programming languages such as PHP, Ruby, Perl, Python or if you are going to use CGI scripts and want to interface with a database such as mySQL. If you are buying an Hosting package for the first time, you may find Unix easier to use.

Choose a Windows platform for your hosting package if you intend to use specific Windows programming languages/ framework such as ASP, ASP .NET or Cold Fusion. Our Windows hosting customers typically use Access or MS SQL databases. ASP, ASP.NET and Cold Fusion typically require some programming on your computer before they can be used.

3. Is the blog feature available on both platforms?

Yes. You can add a WordPress Blog application on either platform.

If you have additional questions about the difference between Unix and Windows platforms, please contact Register.com Customer Service at 1-877-454-5212.