Perhaps one of the best ways to build up a decent and sustainable income online is to operate an eCommerce website. If you market it well and have a decent amount of stock then the world is your oyster.
Of course, before you start thinking big you need to start small. In fact, on this page we are going to go right back to the basics.
Your eCommerce web site hosting is where your website will be stored online so that it can be accessed 24/7 by people all over the world. When you build an eCommerce website you will be uploading the files to your web server.
If you wish for this type of hosting then you are going to need to track down a company which will allow you to do that. I want to give a couple of ideas about the sorts of things that you want to be on the look out for.
Perhaps the main thing you want to be thinking about is whether you can actually host a site on their servers. You need (at the minimum) a host which supports PHP and MySQL (most ecommerce platforms are built upon these two). You will also want to ensure that you have the ability to add an SSL certificate to your account (many customers will not buy from you if you do not have one!).
You also need to make sure that you have plenty of bandwidth and storage space available. You could always opt for an 'unlimited' account. However, bear in mind that if your traffic starts to build up, you will quickly discover that unlimited really does not mean unlimited.
When searching for eCommerce website hosting you should always check out as many reviews as you possibly can to decide whether a host is good for you or not. Under no circumstances should your decision be made on price. You are building up a business here.
You do not want to cut corners. You will want to base everything on the quality of the host. If you are a successful site then you will pay for your hosting many times over anyway.
Now, a number of people ask me whether they should opt for shared or dedicated hosting when it comes to their eCommerce web site hosting. The choice is completely yours. During the early stages of your website I really do suggest that you go down the shared hosting route. You do not need a lot of space or bandwidth to build up your site.
However, as you get further along into your eCommerce website development you are going to need to start to add more and more products to the website. This is going to take more and more space and the speed of your site will dwindle away on shared hosting. It is not a very good experience for your customers. I therefore suggest that at this point you start to look into dedicated hosting. Yes, it will cost you more. However, you will most likely make more in the long run. Remember, 'fast websites' also have an advantage when it comes to search engine optimization!