E-commerce Hosting Plans
Evaluating E-commerce Hosting Plans
Besides the requirements of standard web hosting plans, Web hosting
for e-commerce operation needs a shopping cart that supports online
catalog and online payment processing.
Standard Web Hosting Plans
Standard hosting plans varies in terms of programming languages,
operating systems and server performance. The commonly used web
development languages include PHP, ASP, JSP and PERL. The hosting
plans that support those programming languages are referred as PHP
Web hosting, ASP Web hosting, JSP Web hosting or PERL Web hosting.
Once you've picked up the programming language(s) for your Web
development, you still have freedom to choose the operating system
that hosts your Websites. Besides ASP which works only on Microsoft
Windows, PHP, JSP and PERL work on Windows, Unix and Linux.
Hosting plans that support particular operating systems are referred
as Window Hosting, Unix Hosting or Linux hosting. When webmasters
are talking about Web servers, they're most interested in the server
performance - Managed Web Hosting, Shared Hosting, Dedicated Servers,
or Virtual Private Servers (VPS).
Shared hosting is the cheapest plan, and you can host as many sites
as you like with a Reseller Hosting option. VPS costs around $50
a month, and Dedicated Server plan will cost from $50 - $100 or
more a month dependent on storage space and bandwidth of the hosting
E-commerce Web Hosting Plans
Evaluation of e-commerce web hosting plans involves investigation
of needed functionality and price comparison of each plan. The comparison
of functionality is straight forward, but the comparison of cost
for different e-commerce hosting solutions is little bit tricky.
Different hosting plans may have different free structures.
The cost of each hosting plan often varies on transaction volume.
EBay Stores, Yahoo! Store and Microsoft bCentral are the most popular
turn-key e-commerce solutions for small businesses that want to
setup online stores easily and fast.
When comparing functionality, there’re many questions to
- Whether a shopping cart accepts online check or eCheck beside
support on online credit card and paypal for payment options;
- Whether there’s a limit on the number of products and
categories that you can setup;
- Whether it automatically sends out an email notification once
an order is placed successfully.
When looking at the cost of commerce operation, you’ll need
to ask questions about
- what’s the basic monthly subscription fee;
- whether there’s a setup fee for a new online store;
- whether you have to pay for the addition of new items to the
- how much it charges for each transaction. High volume sites
may prefer the plans that charge a higher monthly-fee but a lower
fee on each transaction, while low volume sites work better with
hosting plans that charge zero or low monthly fee and initial
setup fees but a slightly higher fee on each transaction.
Bruce Zhang has over 10 years experience
in developing ecommerce and e-business applications such as Order
fulfillment and supply chain management systems.