E-commerce Hosting

I am trying to start an online business and build an e-commerce site.

If there are any small-to-medium business owners out there that have their own e-commerce sites (particularly if you built it yourself!), then I would like to know…

1.) Who do you use as a web host for your e-commerce website?

2.) What major web hosts would you avoid?

3.) Would you go with a Virtual Private Server or a Managed Account?

4.) What is a reasonable amount to spend per month on hosting? (I plan on using a Linux server.)

Sincerely,

Debbie

It really does depend on how much traffic you are going to generate to even guess at what sort of a server / host you might want.

For example if you have a high traffic site you wouldn’t consider a hosting provider that specialises in shared servers, but equally that might be more than you need for a startup site that is very low traffic.

you need to work out how much traffic you are going to be doing, and how much you are willing to spend per month on the hosting, then you will be able to look at which types of hosting you can get with your budget and which won’t work for your traffic predictions.

Well, I wouldn’t go with Shared Hosting for security reasons.

And I probably couldn’t afford a Dedicated Server. (More so, I wouldn’t know how to administer it!!)

Isn’t there something in between? :-/

With a Virtual Private Server, do you just get a naked area like a Dedicated Server?

Or can you get a VPS that has the key software installed?

(I believe that is what a Managed Server is?)

How much traffic?

I’ll tell you if/when I get my business going online!! :wink:

How much do different options/configurations cost?

What could I get for US$50/month? $100? $200? $500? $1,000?

I do know that a Shared Server with GoDaddy for US$3.99/month ain’t gonna happen!! :slight_smile:

Debbie

A VPS can be anything - it can be anywhere from a fully managed vps all the way through to a diy job (same as a dedicated).

Managed Servers are, as the name suggests, Managed for you. They tend to be dedicated servers where teh host manages certain elements of the server configuration for you.

$50 would get you a VPS somewhere
$100 and up would get you a dedicated server (My site for example runs from a cheap dedic at what was ThePlanet and is now SoftLayer - @ $70 / Month).

So there, it depends what you predict your traffic will be like as to where to start, I’d probably say the lower end unless you expect to drive a lot of traffic straight away from adverts for example.

Okay.

Managed Servers are, as the name suggests, Managed for you. They tend to be dedicated servers where the host manages certain elements of the server configuration for you.

Right.

$50 would get you a VPS somewhere
$100 and up would get you a dedicated server (My site for example runs from a cheap dedic at what was ThePlanet and is now SoftLayer - @ $70 / Month).

What currency is that?

What do you get for $70? Is it a DIY, or do you get a “managed” solution?

Honestly, I’d be pretty lost doing anything on a server. (I’m having a hard enough time getting PHP, MySQL, CSS, etc down?!) (:

Ideally it would be nice to have the benefits of a Shared Plan but with my on space - virtual or physical - and have full admin rights.

If I could get that for US$70-US$100/month, then I’d give it a try.

Debbie

USD and thats fully DIY, you can build custom solutions at the point of creating / ordering the server from Softlayer, they do do managed solutions.

Shared probably isn’t a wise idea for an e-commerce solution so you’d probably be best looking at a VPS with a control panel (cpanel / plesk etc) to help you manage the server.

I believe only small %% of people using web hosting for ecomerse account. But your request sounds as general one.
If I were you I would find a ecomerce web application first, which will work for you the best and nest you will need to find web hosting for that web application.
Maybe that would be the best scenario for you.

If you are wondering in what circumstances you should opt for a VPS/dedicated hosting solution or a shared hosting solution it all depends on factors like websites traffic, applications to be used, control on server, etc.
If the website is just starting off, a shared package will be fine.

Certainly be aware of what may be needed for an upgrade path too if your site does get popular / busy.

Shared to Dedicated isn’t necessarily the easiest of things to do, but upgrading a VPS may be easy to expand (cloud based?).

It certainly won’t be for my e-commerce site…

Debbie

You can’t say shared packages will be fine for startups - there is quite often the case where this won’t be enough, depends on a lot of factors.

It seems like your budget and project are well in the realm of $100 or under a month…if you are just starting things up.

If you aren’t that tech savvy, I would look for managed VPS or dedicated to start off. Different hosting companies offer different levels of difficulty on managing these services though, and that’s what you have to look out for. Also, make sure that the webhosts you are looking at can accommodate/work well with ecommerce sites. Once you find your hosts in question, I’d do a little more digging before you make your final decision.

I’d also shy away from anything that offers “unlimited” in their pricing. From reading sentiment over time, people usually are not too happy with these services.