Our website is just a basic HTML site, should we host on a Linux or Windows platform website? Site will sell 3 products in US as well as Intl.
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Linux, always Linux. Even if it's just for the ease of access to the .htaccess file---that's a web developers point of view of course.
Linux base hosting starts at $5, the same in MS land costs about $100. The reason is the licenses for the proprietary MS software, MSSQL in particular, which is licensed in your hosting cost. While you can run PHP and MYSQL on MS, they play less well and can complicate dev.
There are tons of providers, as elaine linked you to, I would shop around a little.
Also, and this is just a random thought, but based on your two questions: Have you considered a store SaaS solution like Shopify? They could simplify all of the ecommerce for your site, and you could literally keep your HTMl or build a basic wordpress site.
Linux or Windows , both have Pros and Cons , So do select a hosting provider which provides both servers , so that if you want to shift your server from one to another , you don't have to pay transfer charges !
If your website is static HTML it would make no difference what server you use, But every site i host whether static or dynamic i host on a Linux based server
It really doesn't matter technically since your site appears pretty basic in nature. Check for the costs of hosting on either platforms and choose the one that suites your pocket. If you are thinking of adding features and interactivity in the future, and if you think you'd like to do it on your own, I'll say go for the platform you are most comfortable working on. That will speed up your website's turnaround time.
I would recommend Linux platform as it is cost effective and much more secure and reliable. You can choose any of the Open Source tools & databases to setup your web site. Open Source tools & products are cost effective and are secure, efficient & reliable. Since you are going for online B2C business you need to estimate the traffic and transactions for the 1st 6 months and next 1 year to choose the right hosting package. You also need to select a reliable hosting service that also has a backup & disaster recovery mechanism.
I would agree with most people here. Linux it is! Unless you really need the windows applications to be hosted, Linux will suite.
If your site is a static site, meaning it does not have a database connected to it then you can just use Amazon S3. Just add a Paypal HTML button for each product you are good to go.
I'm with Michael. Linux is cheaper and more stable. Unless you need Windows for something particular, Linux will give you much more flexibility.
Without any doubt : Linux !
- more stable
However, for an HTML website, you will not see the difference as far as you don't need server side scripting.
Todd, I wanted to add a vote for Linux for several reasons, the biggest points being the large number of great open source (free + flexible) tools available AND the number of people/studios who can work with those tools.
Regarding hosts, I agree with others that shared hosting is a good way to start. I've tried a bunch of hosts over the years, and worked on a bunch of others for clients, and my favorites are site5.com and webfaction.com. Having said that, with your needs you should at least check out the hosted service squarespace.com for beautiful templates that are easy to work with and that include the the ability to natively expand into eCommerce.
Either will suit your initial needs, but whatever your future needs might be, that should govern your choice of host. If you're leaning towards a particular system (crm, business processing), then you'll obviously want to make sure that it'll run on your hosting platform. You could also look at the amount of apps that any particular host provides for the platforms concerned, and base your decision on that.
Linux tends to be cheaper than Windows, but that doesn't mean it's less powerful or flexible.
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That said, typically Linux servers typically cost less as hosts usually run distributions that don't have a license see (as opposed to a Windows Server). There are often other operational benefits, including excellent selection of Open Source tools you may need (which again are usually cost free and supported by strong communities)
Judging by the description and the overwhelming responses, it looks like it's not really a matter of which platform, but a matter of the hosting company itself. Since it was done in HTML, it doesn't sound like it's a very complex site. Therefore, it's a matter of working with the right hosting company so that you can scale up as you gain greater traction. Also, a company that provides the support you are comfortable with is the other important aspect. Everything else that people are describing between responsive, database, etc., it's really more about relying on the right professionals to get you from point A to point B on either platform.
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For a basic HTML site Linux platform is good enough. there are a lot of open source ecommerce tools available as well for selling activities. you could hook up PayPal for the transactions covering US and Intl. sri.at.ecotechservices dot com
It is well believed that Linux is more secure than Windows, but with that said - an incompetent server host on Linux will most likely be less secure than a competent one on Windows. So - based on that alone, I would say either one is fine.
There are also lots of debate about total cost of ownership. While Linux is free software, supporting it is not. Windows is paid for software, but there are people that feel that total cost of ownership is lower. But, since you're hosting a plain, static HTML website, on most likely a shared web host, this is a non-issue as well - so again, either is fine.
This brings me to the last possible motivation I can think of, considering your requirement: monthly hosting cost. Linux hosting is usually cheaper than Windows hosting available through shared hosting providers. The reason I am distinguishing monthly hosting cost from total cost of ownership is because you never really "own" the software that you're hosting on with your host. So - based on monthly hosting cost, Linux is most likely the way to go.
But - with all this said - the hoster themselves should be a key part of your investigation into which host to choose. If you are tech savvy, you can simply speak to them or view their website, and determine the quality of their hardware and services, but if not, I'd go with a hosting ranker as suggested by Elaine Slatter on a comment earlier today.
Hope this helps!
I would certainly select a Linux platform as it's Open Source features far outweigh Windows based hosting.
All depends on what e-Commerce platform you are going to use, but I would strongly suggest using a Linux server. You only need a Windows server for specialized applications.
Elaine is right, any hosting company and either Operating System will work if you don't have a complicated site or need a specific programming language or type of database. Some hosting companies do have slightly better connectivity overseas so you might want to check reviews for that datapoint, or you can do a mirror site on a server outside the USA.