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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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.
I would highly recommend Linux over Windows. There are by far more solutions to choose from and they are mostly open-source and free.
Moreover, on the same hardware, you can serve ten-folds users on Linux than on Windows since MS-Solutions are resource (RAM, CPU) hungry.
I would strongly suggest to go with Linux based hosting, and make it Shared Hosting.
No need for something "heavy" like Amazon.
Your solution is much simpler, in the line of GoDaddy, BlueHost etc.
When selecting your hosting package, make sure you have the traffic capacity and disk space according to your needs.
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Why would you use a "basic HTML site" for a solution in today's marketplace, when Content Management Systems (CMS's) can help you meet your marketing objectives so more powerfully and efficiently? I ask, because the CMS used will determine the answer to your original question, and if you plan to use one in the future it will be important to select one that can host your platform of choice. For example, WordPress requires the "LAMP" platform -- Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP.
For a static HTML site just about any host will do, as suggested by Elaine you could choose from any of those. It wont make much of a difference and it will boil down to cost, do make sure you get the right amount of email addresses and server space required for your site aswell as a decent amount of bandwith (again, most of them will do).
Add google analytics to your site to get a world of useful info that might help you down the road if you later consider a redesign and in that case you can reevaluate your hosting provider, but for now most will work fine.
It does not really matter on what platform you host your website.Both platforms can handle HTML well. It can make a difference to the cost though. If you are not cost sensitive, you should be looking at the security options and their track record on the availability of the servers and whether they can provide the bandwidth your website needs. There are many hosting companies, who run from one box and have no redundancy built into they hosting systems. Looking at the top few companies would be a good start. | Report | Delete
With more than 50% of Internet access now coming from mobile devices in North America and even higher rates over seas, you should consider rebuilding your website with Responsive Design in HTML5. Tablet use alone is expected to increase by 67% in the next few years. That is way more important than who hosts your website. User experience is critical for conversion and ROI.
Most web hosting companies will support both. What often is more important to the customer (you) is the performance, technical support, and ability to easily upload new html pages (likely through FTP). If you use/plan to use a CMS such as WordPress, it will run on both. Without knowing your requirements, I would run it on Linux in a hosted environment (so you don't have to worry about it).
If you can afford it host on a "Dedicated Server" It's $200/month
Considering you only have a few products to work with, I suppose it would depend on the flexibility you want down the road. A pure HTML site is just fine but if you'll be marketing with dynamic content or need the ability to pull content from databases such as MySQL then I would consider an ASP/PHP option since they are so popular and very cost effective options. Again, Linux or Windows really depends on which way you go here. ASP requires Windows.
Companies like GoDaddy offer some nice canned approaches for this as do many of the smaller companies.
Linux vs. Windows for Website Hosting: http://goo.gl/byA8z9
I would go for Linux because it's cheaper with most hosting providers. Also think of the future maybe you will switch to an E-commerce platform which needs Linux as a platform. If you already have a Linux platform by then you will not have to switch and migrate everything. Why do yo uask this question? You want to move the current website or is the development of the website finished and you are looking for hosting? Good luck!
Checking the hosting review list I want to mention that I really really like Hostgator (#4) The support is amazing. That is if you are based in the U.S.