Microsoft Windows Server 2003
is the best hosting platform Microsoft has released to date. It is faster, more reliable, and more secure than its predecessors. All Windows 2000 / IIS 5.0 servers have been upgraded to 2003.
For visitors who require Windows hosting to serve their web sites there are not too many web hosts that offer dedicated hosting one Windows 2003 web hosting package running IIS 6.0.
Windows does not come packaged with a suitable telnet or SSH server daemon.
If you require direct remote control of your web server via Terminal Services, then we suggest you look for a dedicated hosting plan where you have full control of the server. Note dedicated server plans are much more expensive than a shared hosting plan.
Most Windows servers come with ActivePerl 5.8.1 and PHP 4.3.4
installed as well as two different available database applications, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and MySQL 4.0.16 for maximum code compatibility.
Windows hosting should only be considered by visitors who have development requirements such as using Visual Basic, ASP, ASP.NET, or any other .NET framework applications for the Web which limit their hosting options. For everyone else, please go with UNIX / Linux web hosting services.
Note (Microsoft FrontPage): It is a common misconception that sites created with Microsoft FrontPage must be hosted on Windows servers. Although FrontPage is a Microsoft product, FrontPage Webs can be hosted perfectly on a UNIX web server with FrontPage Extensions installed.
Most Windows server Hosting plans also come equipped with Windows Streaming Media services. These streaming points are available for both UNIX and dedicated hosting customers.
Major features / Functionality that come with Windows Web Hosting Plans
FrontPage 2000, 2002, and 2003:
Most or all Windows web hosting servers or plans should support
FrontPage 2000, FrontPage 2002, and FrontPage 2003 based websites.
In some of the hosting control panels the front page extensions
come enabled but someo of the hosting companines require that
you enable front page extensions for the domains that you
want from within there control panel.
ASP & .NET:
All Windows web hosting servers support ASP, ASP.NET, and
.NET Framework applications. We recommend that you do not
sign up with companies that do not offer the above mentioned
Macromedia Cold Fusion MX 6.1:
Most Windows web hosting servers support the latest Macromedia
Cold Fusion MX 6.1.
MS Access Databases:
Any version of MS Access is supported most of the web hosting
MS SQL Server 2000 Databases:
If you are looking to create a database driven website then
look for a hosting plan that offer MS SQL Server 2000 with
there hosting plans.