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Web Hosting With Free Shopping Cart

by Gen Wright

The Internet marketing gurus are predicting that for the next ten years, a large number of business owners are going to rush to acquire an online presence. Why is this so? That is because many business owners are starting to realize that for their businesses to go forward, the only way to do so is to go online. That is also an indication that there is still room for expansion on the Internet.

Many of these businesses have got existing products and services that are being sold in traditional distribution channels. Now, these business owners want to take the same products and services and try to sell it online. There are many ways they can do this, but one of the easiest way, is to setup a shopping cart.

Just a decade ago, setting up a shopping cart involves costly fees. To setup a functional eCommerce website can easily cost you several thousand dollars. Fortunately, with the widespread adoption of the Internet, hardware and software costs are plunging. Today, there are two affordable options that you can choose from.

Option A) Hosted shopping cart solutions.

Giant companies like Yahoo provides hosted solutions. Hosted means you don't have to meddle with any technical stuff. You pay a small monthly fee and you get the use of a fully functional shopping cart on your own domain name. As such solutions are usually hosted by reputable companies, they are often very reliable. You need reliable hosting solutions to ensure that your shopping site stays online 24 by 7.

Option B) Free shopping cart.

You can also get your own shopping cart (for free) with a reliable web hosting company. Linux with Cpanel hosting is highly recommended. Using Fantastico (a software installation feature), you can easily install your favorite (open source) shopping cart in a few minutes. One of the most popular open source cart is OsCommerce. It supports most of the popular payment gateways.

More and more business owners are opting for option B because of the greater amount of flexibility. The only advantage that option A has over option B is that you don't have to do any of the technical stuff yourself. But with Cpanel, most of the technical issues can be easily solved. The advantage doesn't seem so apparent any more.

But for those who choose Cpanel hosting over the hosted solution, they enjoy great flexibility. They can install additional modules, customize their shopping cart, redesign the whole cart, etc. In other words, they have more control over their shopping site. The flexibility offered by Cpanel hosting is too attractive to be ignored. Besides, if there are any technical issues to be handled, the business owner can always hire a programmer.

Once the shopping cart is setup, you may start loading in the products and/or services that will be sold online. This may take some time, depending on the number of products that you have. Be sure to upload high quality product images to encourage visitors to buy more!

Monday, Feb 15th, 2010