Have you been ‘Googling’ for Ecommerce hosting and ended up being unsure of which Ecommerce hosting plan is ideal for your application? Or unsure of which Ecommerce hosting retailer is worthy of your money? Well then, let me help you decide and select the right Ecommerce hosting retailer and the right Ecommerce hosting plan.
First off, if you’re looking for an all-in-one solution in yourEcommerce hosting plan then you should be looking for these features:
- Unlimited bandwidth or bandwidth that is no less than Your Ecommerce hosting space times 25. So if you figure you need roughly 1GB of space for your Ecommerce website, then your bandwidth requirement would be in the region of 25Gb per month.
What is bandwidth in relation to Ecommerce hosting?
Bandwidth in relation to Ecommerce hosting is the amount of data transferred between your website and your customers.
For example, if your homepage file size is 25Kb and there are another 500Kb of images within it, than anyone who visits the homepage of your Ecommerce website would have downloaded 525Kb and then some more data. The total of all such downloads from all the accessed pages on your Ecommerce website by all the customers who visited your website in a month would be the total bandwidth consumed for that month. Now all customers won’t be visiting all the pages of your Ecommerce website. So as a rule of the thumb, your bandwidth is calculated as total space occupied times 25. So you might want to look at the amount of bandwidth being offered in your Ecommerce hosting plan. You might need to look at any marketing campaigns that you intend to launch because more the marketing, more the customers who might arrive at your Ecommerce website and consequently, more the bandwidth requirement.
If your Ecommerce website is successful and you feel you need more bandwidth, you can always buy it from your Ecommerce hosting retailer.
- Adequate Ecommerce hosting space. To find out how much Ecommerce hosting space you would need, total up all the file sizes that you would need to upload (or ask your web designer about it) and multiply the figure by 2. So if the total all files sizes you would be uploaded is 1GB then you would need 2Gb of space (the additional 1Gb is for future expansion of your Ecommerce website).
While calculating Ecommerce hosting space, you need to find out from the Ecommerce hosting retailer whether space required for emails will be included within the quantum of Ecommerce hosting space purchased. If yes, then you should multiply total of all file sizes by 15. So in our example, you would require 15Gb of Ecommerce hosting space.
- Linux or Windows or DOTNET or WordPress?Ask your web designer whether you need a Linux Ecommerce hosting space or a ‘Windows’ Ecommerce hosting space or some other Ecommerce hosting space. Price differences if any would be marginal. All operating systems offer more or less the same features. WordPress however, is more geared towards blogging and blog publishing.
I shall continue this topic in my next blog.