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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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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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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.
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.
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.
I would certainly select a Linux platform as it's Open Source features far outweigh Windows based hosting.
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!
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
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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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)
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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.
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.