Shopping online has become one of the many conveniences this digital world has to offer. As a result, many businesses, even those with brick and mortar are now deciding to create an online store. But, to have a successful online store, you’ll need to figure out the right eCommerce host to use. You also have to look at the possible eCommerce hosting costs.
First, consider all the elements involved in creating your eCommerce store before actually starting. Allow Hosting.co.uk to help you. We have all the right tools to help you get your eCommerce website set up in no time.
What to Expect for Ecommerce Hosting Costs?
Let’s get right into some of the elements you need to consider when calculating the overall cost of eCommerce hosting.
1. Purchasing a domain name
Purchasing a domain should be your starting point and when you use Hosting.co.uk, you’ll be able to acquire a domain with much ease. All of our webhosting options come with world-class customer support.
As long as you are an eCommerce store, we have a plan that will meet your eCommerce needs. We’ll also help you to find the perfect domain name. Your domain name is how people find you online and it is a major part of your brand identity as well. Our team of experts at Hosting.co.uk are constantly adding more top-level domains and domain extensions, so you will have choices from .com to .online.
Acquiring your own domain can cost you anything from £2.00 to £20.00 per month or even higher. It all depends on the type of website as well as the webhost that you’ll use.
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2. Setting up your website
Have you considered the cost of using Hosting.co.uk’s eCommerce templates as opposed to hiring a web developer to create and set up your online store? If you haven’t thought this through yet, you should start. All eCommerce sitebuilder plans come with over 200 expert-made sitebuilder templates, free web hosting and even a domain (the first year is on us). So, what’s not to love, you get all you need to get the ball rolling, all under one roof.
As long as you have a website, you need a web host; whether it’s through a hosting service like Hosting.co.uk or self-hosted. Self-hosted eCommerce platform costs range from as low as £80.00/month to as much as £730.00/month. Of course, these costs depend on the type of plan you subscribed to, the features of your website, among other things.
At Hosting.co.uk our web hosting plans range from £2.00 to £8.00 per month depending on the plan you choose and your computing needs. As long as you are subscribed to a web hosting service, the security of your website and all-important server updates are taken care of.
3. Choosing between shared, VPS or Dedicated Hosting
Shared hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated hosting are all beneficial but in different ways. As an online store, you will need to decide which one is best for you based on your needs.
Shared Web Hosting
As the name suggests, this type of hosting involves sharing with other users. Most people when starting use shared hosting because it’s cheaper. Shared hosting isn’t a bad idea for newer websites as well as those sites that operate on a smaller scale.
Virtual Private Server Hosting (VPS) has one parent server that’s separated into many other virtual servers, each having its own RAM. Users are given their own login, applications, system processes and files. Each user has unlimited access to all these processes. Learn more about our VPS packages here.
Dedicated Server Hosting
This form of hosting facilitates a single user per server. So, if you rent a dedicated server you’ll in tern get to use of all its resources at its dispensation. You can choose to have a managed or unmanaged dedicated hosting service, depending on what your needs and capabilities are.
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All 3 types of hosting of course come at a cost with Shared hosting being the cheapest of them all and Dedicated hosting is the most expensive.
4. Acquiring your SSL certificate
Owning an SSL certificate is essential for the integrity of your website as well as for accepting payment. An SSL certificate can cost anywhere between £7.50 and £100.00/ year.
Having an SSL certificate is important for the security of your website and your customers and it also allows you to place higher in ranking on search engines.
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Now that we’ve covered some of the basic things you’ll need for your eCommerce website, we can now give an estimate for your eCommerce hosting cost. Indeed, it is possible to budget anywhere between £300- £1500.00 to incorporate everything that has been previously discussed.
Of course, if you want to save money while taking advantage of the best and most secure hosting services available, sign up with Hosting.co.uk for as little as £2.00/ month to get started. Allow us to take the hassle out of getting started with your domain, and the creation of your eCommerce website.