Windows Web Hosting is the hosting service provided on the Microsoft Windows Operating Systems. IIS server is used to serve the web pages on the windows platform. Windows platform provides the tools for developing web applications fast, due to this most of the development work are done on the windows platform. In most of the cases the Windows Hosing Services providers provide 99.99% uptime. Windows Web Hosting are mostly provided on Winodws NT, Winodws 2000 & Windows 2003 servers.
Internet Information Server or IIS for short, is a group of Internet servers (including a Web or Hypertext Transfer Protocol server and a File Transfer Protocol server) used to host the web applications on the windows platform. Apache server can also be used on windows environment for web hosting. IIS server provides a lot of administrative program for building and administrating web sites.
You can use the windows hosting service to host your web applications developed using ASP, ASP.NET, Active-X Controls, COM objects and CGI.
Windows environment supports ASP, ASP.NET, CGI and PHP. It can also support J2EE applications by using any J2EE enabled application servers.
Database Servers on Windows Hosting
On the Windows Hosing servers the commonly available database servers are MSAccess and Microsoft SQL Server. But it depends on the web hosting providers to providers. Many web hosting server providers also support MySQL on the web hosting servers. Some of the Windows Hosting Service providers also supports DB2 and Oracle databases on the Windows Hosing Servers.
Comparison of key features, which are available for the Windows and Linux/Unix platforms.
|MS FrontPage 2000, 2002 support||Yes||Yes|
|Real Audio/Video support||Yes||Yes|
|Cgi Scripts support||Yes||Yes|
|SSH (Secure Telnet) support||Yes||Yes|
|Web-Based Control System support||Yes|
|Anonymous FTP support||Yes||Yes|
|Web Site Graphical Statistics support||Yes||Yes|
|Web-Based Email System support||Yes||Yes|
|SQL 2000 support||Yes|
|Cold Fusion support||Yes||Yes|
|MS Access support||Yes|
|Visual Basic Scripts support||Yes|
|Windows Media support||Yes|