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Planning to start up an online store

Discussion in 'eCommerce' started by Jesse27, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. #1
    Hello guys,
    SEMrush
    I am planning to build a online store. Do you recommend using a VPS for it? or i should probably get a dedicated server for better security?

    Also do you know where i can get cheap ssl certificates for startup?
     
    Jesse27, Apr 15, 2013 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Nigel Lew

    Nigel Lew Notable Member

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    Well, if using Magento, which you likely should, you should probably use something centric to that. I am launching a big site that is hosted with these folks http://www.nexcess.net/ its cheaper than a dedi but tuned for magento and quite fast.

    I am also launching another one on a dedicated server. It don't see it paying for itself for a little while.
    Just a thought.

    Nigel
     
    Nigel Lew, Apr 15, 2013 IP
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  3. Jesse27

    Jesse27 Well-Known Member

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    I'm planning to use OpenCart. Hmm, do you think shared hosting will be fine for a online store that will be receiving payments and orders? It's a jewelry brand here in the Philippines and my client has 3 brands to show on their website.

    I do know on managing servers but I'm also seeing on cutting costs for my client. Since a monthly expense for a dedi server is really not cheap but I think it would be better security.
     
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    Nigel Lew Notable Member

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    I am not a huge fan of open cart but its frankly pretty close and much less resource intensive on peoples hardware. So yeah, sure. That should be fine for a while.

    You can safely do that.
    Nigel
     
    Nigel Lew, Apr 15, 2013 IP
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    Check out Prestashop to.
     
    Revelations-Decoder, Apr 15, 2013 IP
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    Sorry missed the SSL bit. godaddy not so bad. I just dug this up real fast http://www.cheapssls.com/

    hope that helps
    Nigel
     
    Nigel Lew, Apr 15, 2013 IP
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    rashida Active Member

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    Zeuscart is the best open source to create your store.
     
    rashida, Apr 16, 2013 IP
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    tradr Greenhorn Affiliate Manager

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    Feel free to try out Tradr.

    All feedback appreciated !

    It is free to setup. 3% fee on successful sales
     
    tradr, Apr 16, 2013 IP
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    i have experience with Opencart which is okay..
     
    dynamichost, Apr 16, 2013 IP
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    Roselyn Baldon Greenhorn

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    try 3dcart. it may be paid though it is worthit.
     
    Roselyn Baldon, Apr 16, 2013 IP
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    You may visit and get SSL Certificate at most affordable price from http://www.clickssl.com
    They also provides 30 Days money back guarantee, 24/7 Live chat support, coupon code to purchase your SSL at lowest price.
     
    Roger Pelt, Apr 17, 2013 IP
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    Brontos Peon

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    If you just starting your business and don't know how it will grow I think it's always better to start with some simple hosting service and look how your business will go as you are always can move later to VPS or dedicated server which may also require additional costs for it management.
     
    Brontos, Apr 17, 2013 IP
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    #13

    I agree nexcess.net is the place to go for magento hosting. I used them for a while and they are experts when it comes to magento. However, that is if you use magento.

    Its like anything you should start small and then work your way up as you need to. Hostgator is a good host to start with because you can always move up to VPS hosting or a dedicated server.
     
    unbeatablegroup, Apr 22, 2013 IP
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    None of the above - go with a hosted solution like Volusion or BigCommerce. They'll provide the SSL automatically for you, and you'll never have to worry about your cart becoming outdated.
     
    ronrule, Apr 23, 2013 IP
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    Been somewhat surprised someone actually has a clue around here when you post but, that is patently absurd. Hosted anything sorta solutions suck. No way in hell I would advise a client to run a business that is predicated on what someone else is doing.

    You must work for one of the those folks :)
    Nigel
     
    Nigel Lew, Apr 23, 2013 IP
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    No, SaaS just makes more sense for eCommerce sites than self-hosted scripts, especially when you are just getting started. More features, less to worry about, and no need to worry about upgrades. Better all around.
     
    ronrule, Apr 23, 2013 IP
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    SAAS is BS if you know anything about security. Do you really want somebody else to have all your info and data?
     
    scubadive, Apr 23, 2013 IP
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    Magento is for large websites with many products. Although free and open-source, it is expensive in terms of server resources and staff.

    We work with Magento with big clients and to small clients I suggest something like WooCommerce.
     
    scubadive, Apr 23, 2013 IP
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    Right, that's why nearly all of the big companies are using hosted solutions instead of scripts.

    Do you host your sites on a VPS? Do you use Google Analytics? If so, "somebody else" already has all your info and data.

    I could list a ton of reasons why SaaS is a better choice for the majority of storefronts than a shopping cart script, especially if you're new to eCommerce. Redundancy and realtime backups, security, maintenance, configuration, etc. are all someone else's problem for starters. I've been doing this stuff a long time and used to think the way you do, but the reality of it is consumer engagement has outpaced most scripts. If you're comfortable frequently installing updates and plugins, confident those updates are going to work with any customization you've made to the code or database, and don't mind reconfiguring things when third party sites you've integrated like Facebook or Twitter decide they're going to change things resulting in you having to update your code, then by all means go for a self-hosted script. Tell 2005 I said "hi" ;)
     
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    That doesn't make sense, if you host your content remotely than someone else does have your data. Doesn't matter if its SaaS or not
     
    djacobs, Apr 23, 2013 IP