By setting up an online shop you will not only need a general business plan or a website layout. You must also take care of what is necessary for the proper functioning of the website. It is, of course, about buying a domain and hosting. What is hosting and domain? And what should be taken into account when selecting them?
Domain – what is it?
Domain is the name of the website or the internet address at which your shop will be located. There are both free and paid Internet domains. And while the former will work in the case of the first attempts for an insignificant website, when it comes to choosing a domain for an online store we should tend to pay for it. Especially that what is free of charge is often burdened with additional restrictions – e.g. advertising, or domain photo without giving a reason.
What is hosting?
Hosting is the place on the server where the data of our website is stored. Active 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, it allows customers to access the website at any time, browse its contents and make purchases. The hosting server also collects data that is inaccessible to customers and is crucial to the operation of the service. It is therefore essential for the proper functioning of the website.
What kind of hosting should I choose?
In case of a domain, what we have to choose is only a good name and, of course, a good price. When it comes to hosting, the matter is a bit more complicated.
If you are just starting your business certainly enough, whether traditional hosting, which is used successfully by both owners of home pages and small businesses that do not serve a large number of customers. For a relatively small administrative fee, we receive access to a panel managing the service, as well as administrative care. We share computing power and space with other users.
If you see an increase in the number of users, you may already need a VPS server. The VPS server allows you to upload your software and operating system, and we don’t share storage space or computing power with other users.
For large shops that have thousands of products in their catalogues and provide daily service to thousands of customers. It is worth investing in a dedicated server. All the power is designed for one customer only, and its selection, as well as all the details of the software and its operation are matched to the requirements of the online store.