I have a static html site I want to upgrade to an ecommerce site, and I am, quite frankly, overwhelmed by the options. I'd like to narrow down the search. It would also be great if I could host a few other static sites (unrelated) with the same host (more than one domain under one account). My storage needs are probably less than 500mb for all sites, but transfer can spike (we occasionally have national stories about us and get a spike of traffic). We'll have under 250 items to sell, and they are produced by us to be sold directly to the consumer. Our buyers are high-end. I don't know coding, so some kind of site builder/store builder is needed.
Many Web Hosts who offer cPanel w/fantastico will be able to meet your needs and stay within your price range. I think choosing a host with fantastico would work very well for you because it allows you to install many different scripts with a few mouse clicks.
For example Fantastico allows you to install these 3 shopping carts:
It also has about 40+ other scripts which allow you to install all different kinds of web applications.
After you find a host that offers the above, email their sales/support department and see what options they have for hosting multiple domains on one account. Not only will you see if they can meet your need, but you can also test out their response time which is equally important.
Originally posted by juncusbalticus Thanks for the good help so far!
A spike is probably still under 20G in a month.
Do you know which Shopping Cart you are interested in? I am not sure about other shopping carts but I know that osCommerce is very easily customizable.
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One host that offers e-commerce features on all accounts is Micfo. They have some built-in shopping carts you can use, too. And they let you host a couple of sites on one account. My own experience with Micfo has been just fine
(Haven't used their e-commerce things, though).
What price do you put on a reliable web host... if you make money from your website, logic dictates that anytime that your website is down, you're not making money... opportunity cost etc, and you'll not only not see those customers again, they won't be telling other people about you.
Either way, whichever host you pick... do plenty of research, and make sure there's an SLA in place that gives you some kind of recompense if anything goes wrong.