Looking for an ecommerce platform? Not sure what to choose?
Self-hosted vs. hosted ecommerce platforms - this is the question you need to ask yourself when choosing an ecommerce platform that is right for you.
We usually ask ourselves which platforms are best and most suitable to use. Well, best is a relative term that is in the eye of the beholder, as each individual has different needs when it comes to ecommerce platforms. Some individuals want the ecommerce platforms to be as easy to use as possible, others want them to be as versatile as possible, and others refer to the price as a factor in their final decision. Even though some platforms are technically free of charge, that does not mean that there aren’t any hidden expenses.
Before we discuss the hidden costs that come with self-hosted ecommerce platforms, let’s talk about what is hosting.
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Hosting is the estate upon one website lives. There is no need to own the hosting, you need to rent the space from a certain hosting provider. Hosting offers the server where your website and all of the files live and it can be accessed by anyone who is interested in visiting your domain. In other words, anything you see online on the internet is hosted somewhere. So, if you want your new online store to be accessible online, it will have to be hosted somewhere. The process of hosting as you already know happens on a server and there are various ways you can get access to the server:
- Hosted server: create your own online space on a platform that has built-in hosting
- Leased hosting: you could rent space from the hosting provider which is probably the most common way
- Own your own server: this is completely unnecessary if you are just starting out your company, however, it can be cheaper in the long run, if you are planning to buy your own server, build out your server farm, and hire a systems administrator.
If your goal is to create and launch an ecommerce store, one of the most important decisions you will ever have to take is whether to create your new online store on a self-hosted or a hosted platform.
Hosting is an essential element that is highly responsible for the site’s loading time and obviously, the faster the hosting is, the better for you.
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