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E commerce WEB Hosting

Before we see E commerce web hosting, let us see E commerce first .

E Commerce:

In the term E commerce , the letter “ E ” has taken on a meaning all it's own, but it used to mean electronic commerce.

But if you put an E in front of anything, now it means that it's on the web! I'll bet there are more domain names that begin with E than any other letter! Like .......Ebay, Eloan, Etrade, Egads!

We define Ecommerce as business done online.
Any site with a shopping cart can be said to be doing Ecommerce

WEB HOSTING :

When you have a web site, you need a web host to store your web pages on a server that serves up your web pages to visitors.

That is very different from your ISP or Internet Service Provider, which gives YOU access to the web.

A web host simply gives your web site a home accessible by others on the web

Web hosting is a service that provides Internet users with online systems for storing information, images, video, or any content accessible via the web.

WEB HOSTS:

Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server they own for use by their clients as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center.

A Web hosting company is a company that specializes in hosting Web sites for other companies on their computers. Typically an ISP also offers Web-hosting services.

Web hosts can also provide data center space and connectivity to the Internet for servers they do not own to be located in their data center.

Web hosting (also known as Web hosting , Web site hosting, and hosting) is the business of housing, serving, and maintaining files for one or more Web site.

WWW : World Wide Web is a massive collection of web sites, all hosted on computers (called web servers) all over the world.

The web server (computer) where your web site's html (Hyper text mark up Language) files, graphics, etc. reside, is known as the web host.
Web hosting clients simply upload their web sites to a shared (or dedicated) webserver, which the ISP maintains to ensure a constant, fast connection to the Internet.

Selection of Web Hosting Platform :

Linux or Windows Hosting - which is right for me?

Deciding which plan-type is right for you is often a difficult decision. We hope this explanation can help you in choosing the correct hosting platform for your website. The choice is between Windows-based and Linux-based web hosting platforms.

While both are very reliable and widely used platforms, each has their own plus and minus.

Windows hosting is often mistaken as a "must Take" only because the operating system you are running may be Windows.
In fact, the majority of all websites on the Internet are hosted on the Linux platform, so most websites you have been visiting are likely to be hosted on Linux servers.

If you have Windows on your machine, you can still manage a website hosted on a Linux server and also browse any website hosted on a Linux server.

You only need Windows-based hosting if you need Microsoft-specific applications, such as ASP, ASP.Net, MS SQL Server or MS Access databases.

Better choice if ....
If you do not need any of these Microsoft-specific applications - or if you don't even know what they are, then the better choice will always be to host your website a Linux server.

Linux servers host the majority of all websites on the Internet and will provide you with highly reliable hosting services.

If you are absolutely certain that your website requires Microsoft-specific applications, such as ASP, ASP.Net, MS SQL Server or MS Access – then you need Windows based hosting.

High Performance Web Hosting:

Here , Your site can be hosted by not just one web server, but an entire cluster of high performance servers connected to one of the most advanced networks . The system can be completely fault tolerant ..

Your hosting package also includes an industry leading amount of storage space and bandwidth – ensuring you won’t run out of capacity when your site takes off
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Web Features
1. 20 GB Disk Space
2. 500GB Data Transfer
3. SSL Secure Server
4. 128-bit Encryption
5. Web-based Account Control Panel
6. 99.9% Uptime Guarantee

Email Features
1. 100 Mailboxes
2. 1GB Disk Space Per Mailbox
3. Webmail

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Advanced Features
1. 100MB MySQL Database
2. ASP, PHP, Perl
3. Server Side Includes (SSI)

Hardware & Network
1. Over 2 Gigabytes/sec of connectivity
2. UPS Battery Backup
3. Diesel Generator Backup
4. Daily Tape Backup

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OTHER FEATURES AND OFFERS GIVEN:

1. Domain Name
2. Professional web design software
3. An on-line catalog and order management system
4. Marketing and search engine promotion tools
5. A enterprise grade web traffic analysis tool
6. Free activation and discounted merchant processing rates (
7. High performance high capacity website hosting (99.9% uptime
guarantee)
8. 24/7 Expert phone support
9. 30 day money-back guarantee


Setting Up Your First Web Hosting Account:

The FUNDAS:

Setting up a web hosting account for the first time can be confusing and frustrating for the Beginners. This article will guide you through the steps of setting up a new web hosting account for your website.

Setting up your web hosting account will depend upon many things,
The first thing is:

Do you already have a website built and ready to be hosted?

If the answer is yes, then your next set of questions should be:

How was your website designed? By using which software?
Did you design it yourself using Microsoft FrontPage, or did you use some other WYSIWYG website building software?

Did any other professional designer build your site for you?
Did they use Microsoft Front Page, or did they use some other WYSIWYG website building software? Did your designer use a database driven software, such as Cold Fusion?

Maybe they coded your site using a text editor – you’ll need the answers to these questions.

If you have a Front Page website, you’ll need a web host who supports Front Page.
If your site was developed with Cold Fusion, you’ll need a web host who supports Cold Fusion.

This also applies to other design software not mentioned here. Check with your web designer and/or web design program’s documentation for further help with this.

Maybe you haven’t yet designed your website.

ON LINE WEB SITE BUILDING SOFTWARE:
Many web hosts offer online website building software that requires no programming or HTML knowledge – easy to use and absolutely user friendly.

COST OF THE SOFTWARE:
If this is your strategy, make sure your web host offers such software, and find out if there’s a cost for you to use it.


Finding The Right Web Host

Locating a web host that gives you the reliability you need, plus excellent customer service, and that offers all the features you’re going to need, can be a challenging task .

You can begin your search by asking business associates, friends and relatives who have websites of their own, who they use.
Just as you would get a recommendation for a good restaurant, word of mouth can sometimes steer you in the right direction. Experienced people can share and save your valuable time .

You can also check out the many web hosting directories on the web.
These directories are set up to allow you to search using the features that you’re looking for in a web host.

Beware:

Keep in mind though, that many of the listings you see may also be paid listings that are pushed your way for obvious reasons.

Visiting WEB Hosts:

Once you narrow down your search to a few potential web hosts, your next step will be to visit the many web hosting message boards and forums on the web. Perform a search on each of the potential web hosts that you have in mind – read through the posts and see what other people’s experiences have been with the hosts you have in mind.

If you see too many negative comments or experiences by others, you might want to take a hint from that and rule out that particular hosting company.

Once you’ve narrowed down your search to a few web hosts, you should make contact with them and get answers to any questions you have.

TELEPHONE SUPPORT:
Since you’re a beginner at this, you might strongly consider using a web host that provides telephone support.

A web host that provides only email support may not be able to fully answer questions that you have – this applies to sales questions as well as support questions.

When you make your inquires, keep track of which host responds to you the quickest. Which of these hosts answers your questions patiently and takes the time to go over details with you? Do they seem more interested in getting you to sign up, or do they address topics you have no concern about, beware of those danger signs.

Signing Up For Your Web Hosting Account:
Most web hosts have multiple plans that you can choose from.
Sign post for right host:

The trick is to choose a web hosting plan that provides you the features you actually need, without choosing a plan that offers you features you don’t need, or may never use.

This is probably the most difficult thing a beginner will be faced with, when choosing a web host.

You’ll need to choose a plan that strikes an even balance between what you need right now and what you may need a month or two down the road.

Your website might remain the same size as it is today, by next year; however, your site may grow quickly, requiring additional resources in a relatively short period of time.

Consult with your web designer and with your potential new web host about these issues.
UP Grading facility:
Ask you potential web host if it’s easy it is to upgrade your account if you need additional services. Ask if there are any additional charges if you upgrade your account.

Terms before Games:

The last thing you should do before signing up for a web hosting account is to read your web host’s AUP (Acceptable Use Policy), and/or their TAC (Terms and Conditions), and/or their SLA (Service Level Agreement). Make certain that you understand and agree with your new web host’s policies, and that your website does not break any of your new web host’s rules and regulations.

Anticipated Future miss haps:
By not reviewing your new host’s contracts with you, you may find your website and email shut down without prior notice for breaking a rule you were not aware of, or you might end up paying for fees you didn’t know you were liable for.

The majority of web hosts require you to sign up for a hosting account by using your credit or debit card.
Some hosts offer online check payment, as well as paper check payments. Many web hosts accept PayPal. You might want to ask if your host offers discounts for advance payment.

Some hosts offer substantial discounts if you prepay a year in advance.

I don’t recommend this until after you’ve had some time to experience your new host’s level of service and support.

Don’t rush :

Most importantly, don’t rush into signing up. Wait until you get all of your questions answered to your satisfaction.


Author : C.EASHWER – SINGAPORE
Published: 2006-04-10
Author: C.EASHWER - SINGAPORE

About the author or the publisher
Iam a professional writer for various websites .My interest is in Current affairs and any public related topics , Management development and On line related issues. Iam from Singapore .

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