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Generally Unix web hosting plans are less expensive than Windows web hosting plans. If you want to have your own server, purchase the software and equipment to host your site the Unix/Linux system will be less expensive than a Windows system. However, if you choose to find a web host there are some very competitive price ranges available. Because prices vary between web hosting providers so you may find a Windows package with one host that is less expensive than a Unix package on another host. You should also consider the costs of database software. If you want to use mySQL you will need a Unix server but if you prefer MS SQL Server or Access you will have to go with a Windows server.