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Hosting for E-Commerce Hosting Services The total costs of setting up your own in-house Web commerce site are expensive. Web hosting services allow businesses to start electronic commerce inexpensively. Web hosting services provide all the services that an ISP does. Types of hosting services

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hosting services
Hosting Services
  • The total costs of setting up your own in-house Web commerce site are expensive.
  • Web hosting services allow businesses to start electronic commerce inexpensively.
  • Web hosting services provide all the services that an ISP does.
types of hosting services
Types of hosting services
  • Self-hosting
  • Shared hosting
  • Dedicated hosting
  • Collocated hosting
implications of self hosting
Implications of Self-hosting
  • The online business owns and maintains the server and all its software.
  • It implies full control, instant hardware access, and complete flexibility.
  • Business must have additional staff, Web expertise, expensive equipment, and a high-speed direct Internet connection.
implications of shared hosting
Implications of Shared Hosting
  • Your Web or commerce site resides on the same server as several other sites.
  • It is inexpensive, requires very little of an online store’s time to maintain.

It has a very high-speed connection to the Internet.

It may lose direct control from online stores.

Security concerns arise from unrelated online businesses sharing the same server.

implications of dedicated hosting
Implications of Dedicated Hosting
  • A Web host provides a server for your Web site alone.
  • More Web and commerce software options, a good high-speed connection, more control to site’s design become available.
  • Higher software costs and maintenance costs can be incurred.
implications of collocated hosting
Implications of Collocated Hosting
  • The server is owned by the online store but is located at the Web host’s site.
  • The Web host provides maintenance based on the level of service the online business requires.
  • Maintenance costs are higher than self-hosting.
  • “ValueWeb” is an example of a Web hosting service. It provides services of shared hosting, dedicated hosting, and collocation services.
what should you look for in a host
What should you look for in a host?
  • Usage limitations
    • Most hosting plans limit how much data you can transfer to and from their servers in a given month. Once you reach 500MB or 1GB of data transfer, most companies charge you by the megabyte for any additional traffic
  • Script and extension support
    • If your Web site uses or will soon use:
      • SQL databases
      • CGI scripts
      • FrontPage 2000 extensions
      • PHP
      • Active Server Pages.
what should you look for in a host9
What should you look for in a host?
  • File-transfer options
    • You'll need to upload your site from your local machine to the server it lives on, and you may want people to be able to download files directly from your site. Look for a host that offers unlimited password-protected FTP uploads to get your site online
  • Mail options
    • How much e-mail will you need for your domain? Estimate the number of mailboxes you'll want. You might pick one for each employee, for example, and add some for functions such as sales, info, complaints, and feedback
what should you look for in a host10
What should you look for in a host?
  • Site statisticsYou may not think much about hit rates and browser versions and types now, but once you get the site off the ground, you might want site statistic tools so that you can evaluate traffic and plan future site development.
factors to evaluate when selecting a hosting service
Factors to evaluate when selecting a hosting service
  • Functionality
  • Reliability
  • Bandwidth and server scalability
  • Security
  • Backup and disaster recovery
  • Cost
how do you narrow down your hosting options
How do you narrow down your hosting options?
  • How's the tech support?
    • Check out the host's service policy at its site
  • Are other customers happy?
    • The best insight you'll get into your prospective Web host is unedited customer feedback.
      • Host’s own online forums
      • other online discussions
        • WebHostingTalk
        • Usenet newsgroups at Google Groups.
how do you narrow down your hosting options13
How do you narrow down your hosting options?
  • Is the service reliable?
    • Check out online forums for comments about a host's performance.
    • Check out hosts’ other customers at key times of day to see how quickly they load or whether they seem sluggish or unresponsive.
    • Test those sites using the free NetMechanic monitoring service.
how do you narrow down your hosting options14
How do you narrow down your hosting options?
  • If I back out, will it cost me?
    • Can get out of your hosting contract should the deal go sour.
    • Opt to pay month to month, even if your host offers discounts for year-in-advance payments.
    • Look for plans with free setup, too, so that you can test your site before your payments start rolling in.
    • Most important, register your own domain instead of having your host register it for you. If you administer your own domain, it's easy to switch hosts.
how do you narrow down your hosting options15
How do you narrow down your hosting options?
  • Will my host be around in a year's time?
    • In theory, a big, publicly traded hosting company is less likely to go belly-up and take your Web site with it.
    • Have a back up plan READY!!!
where to find hosts
Where to find Hosts
  • Make a shortlist of your needs
  • Comb directories of Web hosting companies
    • CNET's list of basic hosts
    • the Web Host Directory
    • TopHosts
    • WebHosters.com
    • and the Web Hosts List.
  • Shorten the list by first picking the type of hosting that suits you best (basic, shared, e-commerce, dedicated, and so on).
  • Next, look for plans that satisfy both your budget and basic requirements.