Windows hosting - what exactly is it?
Windows is one of the most popular operating systems for desktop machines, but it is also a very popular, not to mention powerful, OS for servers as well. The thing that is important to note is that Windows servers, which run millions of websites worldwide, are generally the host of choice if you have to use VB, MSSQL, MS Access, or ASP.
As mentioned above, the OS of your personal machine does not restrict you in your choice of hosting setup, but our recommended hosting companies for Windows come with one-click installation of dozens of plugins and thousands of templates from which to choose. And because they come at a price and are not free (like Linux is), Windows hosting services often pack more features into their offerings.
Why go for a Windows server
Your website extracts the content it needs to display from a database on a server somewhere. There are different ways data can be stored, and you should go for Windows web hosting when you're using a SQL (Structured Query Language) database.
SQL is the standard language for many database management systems, and is in fact an important part of many computer science programs worldwide (meaning it is mature technology and is an important part of the way things are done in the tech field).
If you want quick, reliable, and customizable data setups and admin oversight that is easy for users of all types (which will be performed on Plesk, an award-winning management dashboard), Windows hosting services are the way to go.