You have finally decided to lunch your online and you are looking for a hosting option? You are probably stumped for choice as there are seemingly endless options in front of you. Do you go with an ecommerce platform of some kind? Do you do your own website and then look for a hosting option? What should you be looking for?
Platform or Pure Hosting?
Before anything else, you need to decide whether you will be using one of the popular ecommerce platforms like Shopify or BigCommerce. The good thing is that when you choose them, you also get hosting included in the price. For instance, Shopify’s cheapest plan will provide you with your own domain name and hosting, as well as everything else you will require to start making sales.
If you feel like you might want something different, you will be developing your own website and choosing a hosting company that will provide the service you need.
Before anything else, you will be looking at how much uptime your hosting company will guarantee. At the moment, the vast majority of hosting companies offer 99.9% uptime, with the number of 9s following the point varying to a degree. No one offers 100% because it is impossible to do so. And while uptime guarantees are pretty much the same across the board, a bit of snooping around will let you know that certain hosting companies are simply better than others. Make sure you get a whole picture before you commit.
Believe it or not, but support is one of the absolutely crucial aspects when choosing hosting for your ecommerce store. An ecommerce store is far more complex than a blog or even a website. It will feature all kinds of apps and background processes running all of the time. This can cause problems and you need to make sure your hosting company will have people on call 24/7, ready and able to take care of any unforeseen issues.
You will always be looking for security when choosing hosting. However, with ecommerce websites, it is an absolute must since you will be working with very sensitive data. Just imagine if something would happen and all of your customers’ credit card data was stolen? You would be forced to close down shop and you would be happy if you avoided lawsuits.
Because of this, your ecommerce website needs to be as protected as possible. This does not mean just enjoying the protection of all of the latest cybersecurity features. This also means that the physical locations where the servers are housed are protected.
Another big part of staying secure will be regular backups that will enable you to restore your ecommerce store without skipping a beat.
This is non-negotiable. Security is of paramount importance.
Often times, when you purchase hosting plans and you are in need of upgrading before they run out, you are forced to pay exorbitant prices to get your plan upgraded. If you run an ecommerce store, you never know how well things might start to go and when you will need an upgrade of your hosting. Because of this, you will always be looking at hosting companies whose upgrading options will not cost you an arm and a leg.
Sooner or later, you will need to start looking at the prices and this is where you really need to be smart. If you have to pay a few bucks more every month for a peace of mind, do it. Never choose the cheapest hosting for your ecommerce website just because it is the cheapest. This is a surefire way towards all kinds of problems and insufficiencies. Of course, you will not want to be taken for a fool, but you will also not want to skimp too much.