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Best web hosting for e-commerce sites 2013

Best web hosting for e-commerce sites 2013

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When you own an online business, it’s absolutely vital that your site doesn’t let your customers down. When you’ve invested both your time and money into developing and designing the perfect site, you don’t want to encounter problems that are based solely around the unreliability of your web hosting service.

A great web host will ensure that your site will be up and running 24/7 and won’t encounter any blips. Around the clock general enquiries as well as technical support should be factors you look for before you choose to host with any particular company. If you’ve already got a site being hosted with an iffy service, this article will also be beneficial to you in hopefully migrating to a better service.

We’ve picked out 5 of the best web hosting services, which will be particularly good for business owners who are running stores online. Don’t put up with poor service when your profits and customer loyalty hang in the balance.

Host Gator
Host Gator is the most regularly chosen and trusted hosting company for e-Commerce sites. It offers its customers a brilliant set of choices for shopping cart functionality, including Zen Cart and osCommerce to name just two.

The hosting comes with SSL certification which makes sure that transactions between servers and browsers remain secure. They offer unlimited disk space which is perfect for data heavy sites. All clients are offered an up time of 99%.

Site5

Site 5 is the best choice for those wanting to host their site and use a trustworthy and reliable Cloud storage system. Site 5 offers various packages to suit clients’ needs. Unfortunately, Cloud inclusive accounts bandwidth and disk spaces are limited but can be scaled up when necessary.

If you have a heavy amount of data that you’d like to keep safe and securely stored in the Cloud, Site 5 makes an excellent choice.

FatCow

FatCow offers all the good standards that you’d like from a hosting service: unlimited disk space, bandwidth and domains, as well as a free domain name and registration. In terms of how they will benefit an e-commerce store there are loads of features that will be of use, such as PayPal Shopping cart, Shop Site and many others.

As well as a great service, FatCow offers many incentives to use their service such as $50 AdWords credit, a basic Submitnet account, $25 Yahoo Search credit and more.

Just Host

As standard, JustHost offer unlimited bandwidth and disk space but throw in unlimited file transfers too – great for those who need to regularly update and post images. They are a good choice for more simple e-commerce sites and offer simple yet effective features, such as a variety of shopping carts, directories protected by passwords and an SSL secure server.

iPage

iPage is a growing company that is on a par with all the other highly rated hosting services. For those concerned with safety, these are a perfect choice as that is what they put above all else. With a Security Suit and Site Lock, you can be sure no one will access yours or your customers’ data.

There are various shopping cart choices as well as unlimited bandwidth and disk space. Google Web Master Tools and Analytics come as standard which is great for monitoring site activity.

Always make a list of what you need from your web hosting so that you know what you’re looking for when you start looking around. All of the hosts listed on this article are good choices, but they all vary in services so do your research! After you have chosen your hosting company and have launched your ecommerce website, you need to make sure you are prepared with other things that are essential to keep your business going, including packaging and cardboard boxes to send your items and a constant pipeline of staff to handle various aspects of your business.

Written by Katie

Katie Belliveau loves to write about a number of subjects, including business; she writes at home, during her spare time.