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    My wife and I are setting up a business and would like some direction on picking a host for our website, it will be multipage with small retail section. Any suggestions? Thank you!

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    Depending upon the nature of your business and site, perhaps a shopping cart script would work best. What level of experience do you have with all this? Let me know if you need help.

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    Since you're going to have a retail section you will most likely need a billing system or shopping cart. Any host with fantastico can provide some pretty good free carts for you.

    Other then the basic things you should be looking for (reliability, uptime, speed, & customer service) you may want to look into an e-commerce host.
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    Stay away from hosts with bad reviews.
    You should avoid hosts such as: Site5, 1&1, IX Webhosting, and Lypha - these hosts have very bad reviews on these forums as well as others.

    Go for a host that has great reviews such as hostgator. Hostgator's CEO even pops in these forums and takes care of unresolved issues (in those rare cases). I've had 100% uptime with them and super fast load times. Their support is speedy as well.

    They offer more than you need, but they're a host with a reputation and with great prices. I'd go with them any day for any reason even if I don't need all the resources, (and no one ever does).
    I'm currently hosting with: hostgator

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    Since the site is for a business, reliability is what you really need. Just make sure to do good research on the hosts you choose. Also picking one host isn't permanent (actually recommand you keep your hosting / domains in two different places). Lastly, make good backups of your site and data.

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    Greetings SodaPop

    For your site with a retail shop, perhaps you should find a company that will also help you with developing an e-Commerce site. e-Commerce is a little bit different than your standard hosting.
    1) You will need a "dedicated IP" ... basically your own personal address on the internet.
    2) This IP will be needed in order for you to have SSL security encryption for things such as accounts and credit card #'s.
    3) In addition, you will have to purchase an SSL security certificate.

    Your host should be able to help you with most of this.

    Good luck.
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    A security certificate can be found at a site like :

    http://www.**************.com/

    They offer one for $14.95 for one year or $12.00 (per year) for 5 years
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    Quote Originally Posted by imountain View Post
    1) You will need a "dedicated IP" ... basically your own personal address on the internet.
    2) This IP will be needed in order for you to have SSL security encryption for things such as accounts and credit card #'s.
    3) In addition, you will have to purchase an SSL security certificate.

    Your host should be able to help you with most of this.

    Good luck.
    I disagree with all the above 3 statements, none of them are needed, i ran webhosting business for 2 years without bothering to get SSL certificate nor getting dedicated IP, and still i am able to accept orders via paypal, cc and echecks etc etc.

    All OP needs is hosting,a script capable or processing orders, and a cash processing portal like 2CO or paypal or googlecheckout etc etc. noone of them require you to have SSL or dedicated ip.

    Just my 2 carrots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Energizer Bunny View Post
    I disagree with all the above 3 statements, none of them are needed, i ran webhosting business for 2 years without bothering to get SSL certificate nor getting dedicated IP, and still i am able to accept orders via paypal, cc and echecks etc etc.

    All OP needs is hosting,a script capable or processing orders, and a cash processing portal like 2CO or paypal or googlecheckout etc etc. noone of them require you to have SSL or dedicated ip.

    Just my 2 carrots.
    That's a good point, an SSL is not needed if you are going to use a payment portal.

    However, we've found that an SSL is needed for this as well:
    1) It's a best-practice to keep User Account information under lock and key, this cannot be done without a SSL.
    2) Ease of use with comodity software instead of having to use a programmer
    3) Buyer confidence

    With so many on-line scams these days, the more your buyers trust your site, the more likely they will buy from you.

    It's a matter of choice, but I think anything you can do to increase buyer confidence will increase the success of your on-line retail shop.
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    You need shared hosting. As per your requirement i think you need 2 GB web space. If you have developed website in asp.net then you should go for windows hosting. If you have developed your website in PHP then you should select linux hosting. It will be cheap for you. There is cheapest linux hosting are available they have excellent hosting plans are available and they providing java (TOMCAT) service also.

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    I would probebly go with shared hosting of some sort dont worry about SSL if your using a portal or another service where customers will be taken off site to handle the transaction (paypal etc). Find a cart thats PHP based and get something that comes with cpanel w/fantistico this will make it easy to find a cart script and install it. As was stated above just check reviews on your hosts and also check there sites for up time etc. See if you can find someone using the host and ask them what they think.

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