E-commerce hosting is a type of web hosting platform where the hosting provider offers individuals and organizations to sell their products and services on the internet. The hosting provider offers server space and other resources like bandwidth, email server that will allow the client to sell their merchandise online. E-commerce hosting is different from the traditional web hosting as it requires some additional software features like database support, domain name registrations, SSL certificates, shopping carts, payment processing services, delivery tracking tools, inventory managing software and other security provisions. The clients can set-up, manage and process an e-commerce business with the tools provided by the hosting service provider. The host also offers round the clock technical assistance for any server related assistance.
The e-commerce hosting provider ensures that the online store is available to their visitors 24/7 and the requested content reaches the visitors at high speed. The website owner requires the services of a web hosting provider in order to start their business online. The clients pay on a monthly billing which again varies based on the type of server taken by them. Large e-commerce stores typically prefer the powerful dedicated server which they exclusively use for their e-commerce store. To ensure that the process of payment goes smoothly without any risk to the website visitors, the web hosting provider assists the online businesses in setting up merchant accounts to complete their purchasing process through credit card transactions. The e-commerce host may also extend EDI (electronic data interchange) services that include emails, faxes and other business related transactions and information.
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