The Difference Between Conventional Hosting and Ecommerce HostingThe difference between conventional hosting and ecommerce hosting is that the latter comes pre-loaded with software such as a shopping cart, a catalogue builder, an online store designer, and a payment processor. If you are comfortable with purchasing and managing your own software, you can gain a substantial price advantage with conventional hosting.
Ecommerce Website Hosting Evaluation
Internet Server HardwareYour ecommerce website will be hosted on an Internet Server. The technical specifications of the server will determine your website's performance. Make sure that your ecommerce server has adequate resources to scale up over time.
Reliability and UptimeFor a website to be reliable, not only do you need the right hardware, but also the right maintenance regimen. Two identical servers may have substantially different performance, if one is maintained well, and the other is not.
You can determine the quality of maintenance by checking server uptime. Also, you can judge the reliability of a server in the following ways:
- Many hosting providers maintain a real time log of server status. Keep track of the log.
- Scores of websites publish consumer experiences.
- After you narrow down your choice of hosting providers, make sure that they are not notorious for chronic hardware issues.
SecurityMaintaining the highest levels of security is critical when you transact money online. Evaluate the security measures that the hosting provider offers. Additionally, make sure you do searches on the hosting company to find out about security-related issues.
Ability to Deal With Traffic SpikesTraffic on most ecommerce websites is seasonal. For instance, on some shopping websites, traffic rockets during the pre-Christmas period. You should determine whether your hosting service can cope with the demands of traffic spikes.
Reliable Shopping CartA well-supported open source shopping cart is the most common choice of ecommerce businesses. Ensure that your hosting provider supports your preferred shopping cart software. Ideally, the shopping cart should come pre-loaded with your hosting account.
Hosting PricingThere is little correlation between the quality and price of hosting. A premium priced service could well offer inferior hosting, and a discount-hosting provider might have all the specifications which you require. Ensure that you pay a competitive price for all the hosting features you need.
Also ensure that you do not ignore the cost of scaling up. Some hosting providers will lure you with bargain-basement prices, only to fleece you later with ridiculous upgrade prices.