Benefits of Hosted eCommerce Solutions.

By | July 8, 2009

Hosting an E-commerce website is fairly simple. There are multiple benefits to choosing an eCommerce web hosting solution offered by web hosting providers. They offer robust, reliable, relatively inexpensive hosting packages.

Along with the web hosting package you can avail of a combination of different shopping cart technologies, integration of payment gateways, easy installation scripts, and most importantly anytime support.

It might be confusing for some people to choose an appropriate web hosting service provider due to the lack of basic knowledge of web hosting. You may go through the following link to understand the basics of hosting.

While choosing an eCommerce web hosting service provider, it is important to check for certain aspects. It’s a common trend that we avoid choosing a host that makes us do most of the stuff by ourselves. We usually want things that are pre-existing and easily available.

Hence, while choosing an eCommerce host, you must check if they offer easy installations (one-click installation preferred). They should offer a wizard that can take you through the installation process, or else it can prove to be a frustrating task.

They must offer a choice of eCommerce templates, preferably customizable templates are of preference. A reputed web hosting provider would never say, that they do not offer or allow customized templates.

They must allow you to build a catalog of your own. You should be enabled to export or import your pre-existing data as it would be hard time for you if you have to manually keep typing the content each time you switch hosts.

Your task does not end here. Once, you done with building your store, the crucial task of marketing follows. Some hosting providers offer these services as well. It is important that the hosting provider offers an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate as well for online security.

PayPal, GoogleCheckout, 2Checkout, Moneybookers, etc are some of the most secure online payment gateways. You can integrate any of these with your website. A web hosting provider should provide multiple payment gateways.

It is necessary that the web hosting provider offers service, and post-sales support along with web hosting. Today, newer eCommerce technologies are being introduced, and the web host competent enough to meet those requirements and offers.