If you’re starting an online business, you’re probably reading this article as part of your initial research. (As a research addict, I commend you for that.) You have probably heard that you will need a good web hosting provider. But with so many hosting options available, how do you pick? We’re helping you choose an ecommerce web hosting provider by highlighting 5 important features.
Speed, specifically fast load times, is very important. According to “How Loading Time Affects Your Bottom Line” published by leading research companies, 47% of consumers expect a page to load in seconds. 40% of them will abandon the site if it takes too long to load. Once a customer gets to your site, it would be a shame for them to leave before they see your products. Your web hosting provider plays a key role in your site’s load speed. PrestaShop users are in luck! We’re partnered with InMotion Hosting, a world class provider of web hosting and our #1 recommended hosting partner. With MAX Speed Zones, InMotion Hosting delivers fast worldwide speeds for fast load times regardless of your location.
2. Customer Service
As with most technology, things work until they don’t. You’ll want customer support that is available 24/7/365 with quick response times. Chat with the sales team or call support to experience the customer service firsthand. For an added bonus, check to see if they have forums. InMotion Hosting not only has a forum but specifically offers an Educational Channel for PrestaShop users. Also, look for companies with credible awards. Having an A+ rating from the BBB for 4 consecutive years speaks for InMotion Hosting’s dependable customer service.
Ecommerce storage is determined by the pictures and videos you use. Both their size and quantity quickly take up space. Some web hosting companies limit not only the amount of data stored but also the amount transferred onto their servers. Host servers like InMotion Hosting provide unlimited storage and data transfers which are essential when starting your online business. Your new ecommerce site should not be limited by data storage.
The domain name is the web address that will access your site. Check out our recent blog post for tips on picking the right domain name. Having a free domain is great but you’ll also want a few extra ones. These extra domains work as if you’re calling dibs on another web address, which is especially helpful when your web address is commonly misspelled. For example, someone who types www.prestashop.org will be automatically redirected to www.prestashop.com. With 6 parked domains included, InMotion Hosting helps ensure customers can easily find your site.
As an ecommerce site, you’ll receive payment for your products. A private SSL will help build customers’ confidence in your site. They protect not only credit card information but also user logins and passwords. These issues don’t normally arise with regular customers but are needed to discourage and prevent hackers from stealing confidential information.
In addition to meeting and surpassing our top 5 features, InMotion Hosting also offers PrestaShop merchants:
● 99.99% uptime ● Automated backups ● 300+ free applications ● SPAM Safe E-mail Accounts ● Money Back Guarantee
Start your online business today with InMotion Hosting’s fast hosting Speeds and the auto installation of PrestaShop at a special discounted rate!