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Choosing reliable web hosting for your ecommerce website

2 Mar
So how do you go about choosing a reliable ecommerce hosting provider?The key ingredients I look for are (1) good support, and (2) good reputation.

Having good support is very important because I want someone to be able to respond to me quickly when something goes wrong. For example, the email server stops responding for some reason. There may be a temporary glitch somewhere. But without having someone to talk to, there is no way I can know for sure. Reliable hosting providers try to provide live chat support. This feature is very useful as anyone can get the assistance they need within minutes.

Reputation is influences my buying decision because you shouldn’t believe everything that is written on the service provider’s website. For example, every hosting provider says that they offer 99.9% up time guarantee. But from personal experiences, this is not always true. Some smaller service providers have trouble keeping the servers online. When sites go offline, haggling over uptime guarantee becomes immaterial. The damage has already been done. So I would rather sign up with a more reputable service provider. Someone who has been in the business for years, and know how to keep servers online. I highly recommend that you read web hosting reviews

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Ecommerce Web Hosting

19 Dec
Ok, you have a website and desire to find ecommerce web hosting? Let’s look at what you need to have in order to be successful. There are myriads of so called ecommerce web hosting sites out there, but here are the bottom line requirements and features needed:

Shopping Carts

Make sure whatever web hosting you go with has a variety off FREE shopping carts that you can download. We suggest finding a web host that uses Fantastico, because it comes ready with a variety of click click shopping cart installations including such types as osCommerce and Agora Shopping Cart.

SSL

SSL will give the ability of your eCommerce web hosting site to take credit card payments securely online. This is not only important for you, but also for your potential customers as they want to have confidence while shopping online on your site. A good web host will certainly provide for SSL

Disk space and bandwidth

You are going to want to look for as much of the above as possible. I had the unfortunate experience of have a site where I began getting a ton of traffice (with potential buyers), but my site kept going down because I exceeded my quota of disk space and bandwidth. Therefore, look for a ecommerce web hosting site that offers unlimited bandwidth hosting and you’ll save yourself some pain.

Finally, there are other considerations to look at when shopping around for ecommerce web hosting:

Reliability:

The place where you’re hosting your site needs to be reliable. That is, their servers need to be able to guarantee at least 99.5% uptime for its servers. You need to know your customers can always find your site whenever they want. It’s a horrible thing to have customers trying to click on your site, but not being able to.

Price

You are in an online business to make money not lose it. There are many cheap web hosting companies out there that offer ecommerce hosting for less than seven dollars per month. These types of shared web hosting plans can easily handle small and medium sized online businesses.

FTP

If you have an online small business there are times where you will need to upload files or affiliate links. Having FTP access will make all this possible and easy to do.

Support

I cannot tell you how important this is, especially if you’re not a tech geek. Whatever ecommerce web hosting company you decide on, you will inevitably run into an issue you cannot solve on your own. With good tech support, you have tons of back-up help if you ever need.

Overall, as you shop around for ecommerce web hosting research the above areas about all of them, and choose one that fits your needs. So remember, don’t let the price of the hosting or its basic features be the only things you investigate before signing up with your new ecommerce host.