Ecommerce Hosting – Fact Guide for the Newbie
When economy is not stable, there are fewer jobs. When there are fewer jobs, there are more unemployed people. Unemployment either makes or breaks you. Fortunately, the ever-reliable computer and the World Wide Web provide a venue for people who are looking for work. But some of these people have been really lucky enough to get into a relatively new way of doing business and became successful with it – ecommerce hosting.
If your initial reaction is to ask what that meant, then here are some facts to make things a bit clearer:
- Commerce – for those not familiar with the term – is basically buying and selling. An “e” in front of the word can automatically conjure up images of a computer, laptop, or something electronic. So technically speaking, ecommerce (also known as electronic commerce) is an enterprise that is into buying and selling via electronic means. Examples of ecommerce – airline ticket reservations over the internet, withdrawing money from an ATM (automatic teller machine), buying books via online shopping, etc.
- Ecommerce just started a little more than a decade ago, and is slowly growing in popularity.
- Ecommerce hosting is a business that usually operates via internet. A web host for ecommerce is a company that gives other companies an edge over others via tools to help their businesses perform better in the Web universe. Mostly, these can help regulate a big volume of traffic – enough for the business owner’s system not to freeze or get clogged – and at the same time makes sure that the client-owner (or in some cases, owner-client) transactions are safe and secure.
- Aside from the ones mentioned, a web host for ecommerce (also known as hosting providers) can do a lot of other things. Web hosting can automatically send information (or newsletters) to members, have an automatic-response system (so members will always be informed), encrypt data (to ensure the protection of both business owner’s and client’s data), having a help desk and forums (for marketing purposes), etc.
- Hosting providers are the ones who make sure that your business becomes successful by getting the right amount of internet coverage and exposure to potential clients.
- There is nothing more upsetting for the web-dependent client than going to a site, only to find the server down and unresponsive. So if you feel that your business is big enough then you may want to consider having a server that is solely for your business. This is called having a dedicated server. Some of the advantages of having a dedicated server is having less (if not 0%) downtime due to site traffic (because the bandwidth is all for you), and assurance of having more secure data storage and transaction exchange.
- If you are just starting out in your business, you can opt for semi-dedicated hosting providers – so-called because of server sharing between just a few businesses, lessening traffic-caused server downtime.
Alas, not all providers are as passionate as the business owner in promoting the business’ services and products. So should you need a business boost, do not cut costs. Invest in ecommerce hosting and see the difference it can make in your company’s growth.