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How You Can Select The Best Webhosting Solution For Your Commercial Site

Oct 16th 2010 at 1:25 PM

How You Can Select The Best Webhosting Solution For Your Commercial Site

Thinking of dipping your fingers into internet marketing? Are you ready to take the challenge of the internet and the high demands of internet consumers? If that is the case, then we suggest that you start conceptualizing your website and you also need to start shopping for a partner that can help you launch your websites online.

The partner that we are talking about here is a webhosting provider that can help you launch your e-commerce site online, and the one that can help you introduce your products and services to a wider audience. So how do you power up your designed e-commerce site? Consider the following factors if you want to hosting service that can sustain your operations and day to day transactions.

• Look for the hosting provider that offers loads of e-commerce applications and software. There are a number of software programs that can serve the needs of the business. If you are selling something, then you need to have an application that can handle the product payments. Other application that is worth adding together with the hosting service is the shopping cart. When looking for a shopping cart, its best that you try it out first before buying it outright. Find out if the shopping cart that you have selected has the SSL and TLS (Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security) certificate. Also before agreeing with the provider, ask the provider how the software process customer payments. Will the sale happen on the site or through a third party website?

• If possible, look for a webhosting provider that can offer you e-mail and blogs. You may have your own personal e-mails and blogs, but it would be a nice addition if your webhosting provider can give you business e-mails and blogs. And make sure that this comes free with the webhosting package. But remember that e-mails and blogs may take up your precious disk space. Consider its impact on the space, and if it's okay then you can go all the way with the e-mails and blogs. The moment the provider charge you an extra for the e-mails and blog capabilities, then its better if you just opt out and consider the free e-mails and blogs out there.

Other than these two important requirements for your e-commerce site, there are other things that you can do for your commercial website. If you really want to up the ante for your website, then you can add a number of important features for your site. For example ask your webhosting company if they support and offer the PHP  (Hypertext Preprocessor) or the SQL (Structured Query Language) or if they have the infrastructure for the CGI (Common Gateway Interface).

But these terminologies and applications- or bells and whistles as they say- are reserved for those knowledgeable website owners and for those who want the best out of their hosting service. If you think that these things don't apply to you, then smaller hosting providers will be a better option for your growing online business.

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