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.