When setting up an online store, you will need not only a general business plan or website layout. You must also take care of what is necessary for the proper functioning of the website. This is, of course, about buying a domain and hosting. What is hosting and domain? And what to pay attention to when choosing them?
Domain – What Is It?
A domain is the name of the website or the internet address where your store will be located. There are both free and paid domains. And while the former will work in the first attempts for a non-important website, when it comes to choosing a domain for online stores, we should lean towards the paid one. Especially that what is free is often burdened with additional restrictions – e.g. advertising or a photo of the domain without giving a reason.
What Is Hosting?
Hosting is a place on the server where our website data is stored. Active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it will allow customers to access the website, view its content and make purchases at any time. The hosting server also collects data that is inaccessible to customers and is crucial for the operation of the website. It is therefore necessary for the proper functioning of the website.
Which Hosting To Choose?
In the case of a domain, what we choose is only a good name and, of course, its favorable price. When it comes to hosting plans, the matter is a bit more complicated.
If you are just starting your business, it will certainly be enough or traditional hosting, which is successfully used by both home page owners and small businesses that do not serve a large number of customers. For a relatively small administrative fee, we get access to the service management panel, as well as administrative care. We share computing power and space with other users.
In the event that we observe an increase in the number of users, it may turn out that we will already need a VPS server. The VPS server allows you to upload your software and operating system, what’s more, we do not share disk space and computing power with other users.
For large stores that have thousands of products in their catalogs and deal with the daily service of thousands of customers. It is worth investing in a dedicated server. All power is intended only for one customer, and its selection, as well as all details about the software and its operation, are matched to the requirements of the online store.