I'm looking for a fairly inexpensive host and domain registrar that offers some kind of catalog/cart online store.
I've looked at Catalog.com which seems to offer the best I've found, but the how-to says to be careful with hosting that offers unlimited bandwidth. I don't plan on using "unlimited" bandwidth but i do like not having to worry about it.
I know very little programming in assembly, C, C++, so I'd like a store that is fairly easy to set up.
Has anyone used catalog.com's store? I'm looking at their 10/month everything plan. It includes a 50 item catalog, which aren't exactly to my needs.
I wanted to sell sports team stickers so most products will be exactly the same except for the team name. I've seen that some hosting plans offer variants of each product, and that would fit my needs well since I'll have few products (5-10), but about 230 variants.
Any suggestions will be very helpful.
=> 100mb space
=> 15GB transfer
cart/store feature that allows => 20 items w/ unlimited variants
20 pop3 accts
If you look for a host that offers cPanel with Fantastico (a huge number do) Fantastico has two shopping scripts that you can easily install with a few clicks, oscommerce (http://oscommerce.com) and cubecart (http://cubecart.com)
You could try the "hostquote" link at the top to get some quotes, just mention that's what you need, or have a look in the offers further down the board.
For your domain, id suggest registering it separately (then if there's ever a problem with one, site or domain, you have control over the other still)
I have a question, when I use a store or script like catalog.com's store or Cubecart's script, do i get to custimize the way the page looks? Can I make the page myself then add the products and the links to add to cart etc?
You might want to do a search on the hosting providers you are asking about to find out what other people on this forum have experienced, before you sign up with them. Also search other forums and Google, etc. (Don't limit yourself to WHT opinions.)
Even if you don't plan to use "unlimited bandwidth", companies that advertise it are being IMO dishonest, so it's a bad sign about their business practice in general. You might want to look at the OSCommerce web site to see what the server requirements are - and if you need to know what version of PHP a host is running, just ask them - sometimes they might have different versions depending on the server or a particular customer's request...
Originally posted by Applied I think I've decided on using Catalog.com's $10/month hosting.
What do I need to make sure osCommerce will work with it? Catalog supports MySQL and PHP 4. Do I need to check for anything else before I seal the deal?
OSC just needs a database and PHP. I have an customer running an OSC site, and uses 30-40g per month, so I'd pick another provider... unlimited does not equal 10gig by a long shot... they should just say its 10gig. I know many online stores that can easily go over.
find a host with about 500meg and 15-40gig bandwidth that's reliable, there are plenty on here.
OSC's demo yes it installs like that, and is very easy to use. I've created custom OSC sites with addons such as coupons and affiliate programs as well. If you dont know PHP the addons can be tricky, but generally I think OSC is a fine FREE product.