Ecommerce Web Hosting? Going To Use Hostgator Which Plan? Business, Baby Or Reseller?
Nov 3, 2008
I've officially decided to go with Hostgator but I'm having a hard time choosing which type of plan would make the most sense for; maybe there is something I'm not seeing and I'm hoping to get some additional insight...
Here is my plan; I plan on hosting multiple domains (business and personal) and atleast one e commerce website to start and it will eventually grow into about 5 down the road (this is going to be a drawn out process and I want to do it right).
The problem I have is I realize in order to get a true ecommerce website up in running I will need a dedicated IP address and SSL certificate for each site. If I purchase the Business plan it only comes with one dedicated IP and one SSL cert; Hostgator also told me that I'm unable to add an additional dedicated IP address or SSL cert to the business plan so I would have to purchase an additional Business Plan (12.95) per each site. It sounds like I could still host private and not SSL required sites on the business plan and as much domains as I want.
If I go the reseller path then the cost per month will be twice as much as the Business Plan and there is no dedicated IP address included. I will also have to purchase dedicated IP addresses at 2.00 a month and SSL certs as well so that method could get expensive.
I'm also not sure if the baby plan would suffice as well, but apparently not because there is a limit of 1 dedicated IP per plan
What would you guys recommend I do; I want a plan that will allow me to grow with them.
Just curious on what your guys thoughts were..
Also I read a previous post in this forum that someone said their SSL cert prompted the end-user to install the certificate; Being in Ecommerce this is obviously unacceptable to me.
The more I read on the forum, the more I'm beginning to consider a reseller plan.
Basically, I'm an ASP.NET/MS-SQL developer and I foresee myself developing (and possibly managing) a relatively small number of websites for people who likely have neither the technical skills nor desire to get too involved with maintaining their websites. So, I need to be able to host multiple domains, have multiple databases, and probably multiple FTP accounts.
The obvious advantage of reseller accounts, as I understand them, is that they give you the ability to provide the website owner (my customer) the tools to manage their site in more or less the same way they could if they directly set up their hosting account with GoDaddy or whomever. But, if my customers end up being people that don't want to mess with any of that, then this capability is not important. However, after looking at ResellerZoom.com, which I saw recommended in another thread, it seems the sheer capacity of resources available, e.g. unlimited databases, 200 domains, make it worth the slightly higher cost.
I see Site5 have a 5 dollar deal on their homepage, but I don't know if it's any good. I hear from a lot of people to get a reseller account if you plan to make a lot of websites. It's more expensive than the 5 dollar plan with less bandwidth and storage, so there got to be something to it. What are the benefits of a reseller account compared to that 5 dollar deal plan?
I like to create some service plans using the cli-tools, /usr/local/psa/bin/service_plan.I am able to create a service plan, but I'm unable to create a service plan inside a reseller plan. For example I cannot "tell" the service_plan script to add the created serviceplan to a reseller plan. Is it possible to create a serviceplan inside a reseller plan, using the cli?
I see on the HostGator sign up page they are including a 100 minute toll free number, with additional minutes bein 4.9 cents... this is with the Business plan. That is downright visionary product synergy in my opinion... ol Brent has done laid down some VISION spankins!
Click on the little question mark for more detail... strangely, there is NO discussion that I can find of it in their own forums, so I posted it there as well, in the public pre-sales section, so anyone interested should probably keep an eye on both spots for maybe some official info droppage... I'd definitely like to know more about how it will operate and whatnot. Very interesting. I know I DEFINITELY have some good uses. I want to take live calls on a show, fer one.
I am not happy with my current reseller web hosting plan. I have about 12 sites which are Wordpress blogs. My current reseller plan get many 500 server time outs and slow page load times. Support basically responded that that I was using to many server resources.
Knownhost has many positive reviews at WebHostingTalk.com. However, I could not find a specific review for their reseller hosting used for Wordpress blogs.
Is Knownhost KH Pro reseller plan a good choice to run heavy PHP, MYSQL, dynamic scripts like Wordpress withoust server timesouts and slow page load times?
Also is it possible to transfer Cpanel created email accounts and email forwarders? If so how?
the reseller account is for my personal use. All my sites get almost zero traffic; but I have not really promoted them.
I just realized I have one additional mouth to feed in the family. So I asked my boss if I could host the company's server at home for extra money for diapers and formula. The answer is "negative". So I asked if I could start a business aside and hosts the server.
The answer is "not SOX compliance" since I am the employee. With that in mind, I am curious how this "reseller" business work. The company that hosts our server charges $500/month for 1/4 rack space, 1mbit bandwidth. We got 2 public ip addresses. One firewall and one for static mapping. Everytime I called them and want to visit the site, they escort me to the data center. Also, they are being escorted to the cage with me by DC staff.
I'm the SA for the company and I manage our infrastructures from desktop/server, phone systems, cluster active/active sql, SAN, etc... I setup VPN, domain controllers, email... I am familiar with LAN corp environment. However, I do not understand how this reseller colocation business works. It seems very "easy" but I am sure no such thing is easy when you run a business and stay in business.
I'm new at this site and see so much information how to start your business plan to details on technical info from other posts. I have two potential former employers who would want to host their servers with me.
With that in mind, I would like to know if you help identify a few things. Basically, I think I need to find a DC that allows me to rent 1/2 or 1 rack. Then maybe a 10 mbit speed to the internet. I dont' know how much this will cost. Then, some equipment that I could shape or limit the bandwidth of each client. I don't want them to use the full 10mbit to the internet. Basically, being able to restrict the 1mbit just like the colocation business that hosts our server. Also, if i could find more customers, then what kind of equipment I need. I talked with Cisco Sales Reps and he recommended a PIX ASA5010.
I'm not planning to do any webhosting. Just host servers and manage and IT consulting. I would like each client has its own public IP address so I could do vpn tunnel for them.
I will get either shared(baby or business) or reseller(Aluminum) from Hostgator but which one is better for me? I will never resell but I will make lots of websites though none of them will probably get too much trafic. If I get shared baby/business, can I host many small websites and control them efficiently? Are all my websites gonna have different directories?
an ecommerce site someone is planning on hosting. They will be selling around 100 products using OSCommerce and no creditcard etc details will be stored on the server. Do you think its a wise choice to start off on a shared host? If yes, are there any additional requirements they should look out for?
After a few threads on Web Hosting Talk, I have decided to go with Magento eCommerce CMS because it is powerful and I like it
The only thing I am looking for is a host that will support it and that will let me either upgrade to a VPS, or straight to a Dedicated Server (or maybe even a co-location). Because I am a startup business, the costs need to be low (yes, I know good hosting doesn't come cheap and I know I need to put into consideration SSL).
1 major thing. It NEEDS to be in the UK.
I was chatting to one of Rackspace UKs live help support people and they priced their entry level server at "Ã‚Â£255 - Ã‚Â£355 per month", which being a startup is a bit of a hefty price.
So, how do you think I should start? Shared, VPS or straight to dedicated? Also, what UK hosts do you recommend?
I run an established web design business, and currently host my client sites at resellerzoom.com
I offer hosting to my customers and the numbers are growing so I need to upgrade to something more robust, but keep the end-user support (my customers can get support directly from host, and they will attempt to operate without their branding)
Here are my requirements: End user support WHM/Cpanel preferrably (or plesk equivelant) 512 - 1GB ram 50 - 100GB monthly transfer I have been looking at modvps.com as they are owned by Hosting Zoom, which also owns resellerzoom.com
I have several small websites that I currently host with HostGator without any issues (although I wish customer service was better).
The websites are very small and currently don't require any significant disk space or bandwidth requirements (we currently have less than 10.000 visitors every month).
The problem I currently have is that these websites were all set up in different accounts which are a pain to manage and probably more expensive than required.
We plan to grow both in number of websites and bandwidth capacity requirements in the near future.
I have come to two options: Stay with Hostgator and get a reseller account( http://www.hostgator.com/resellers<dot>shtml ), or switch to MediaTemple and get a dedicated-virtual account ( http://www.mediatemple<dot>net/webhosting/dv/ ) (I have heard good things about MediaTemple).
Can you guys suggest which option would be better? Or a different one? Below are the characteristics I'm looking at.
Price - As long as it’s within market standards according to service I don't mind paying more for a better service. It is important that payment is easy from outside the US. Customer service - fast, effective, available 24x7. Ease of use / reseller - Easy to maintain several independent websites in a single plan. A plus if they have a good reseller setup.
Long term company stability and management - I wouldn’t like the company to disappear or be inconsistent in its business practices. I would like to avoid making changes in hosting provider. Scalability - We shoot to grow and develop additional businesses that require more capacity. Don't want to change later of host provider when this happens.
Security - Known reliability of external attacks and good backup model Known reliability running the latest version of Drupal and Expression Engine.
I registered a domain with the godaddy.com. I also have a free web hosting plan attached to it. Now i purchased(not upgraded) a new web hosting plan(economy plan.). Now I want to attach my domain with the new hosting plan. But the godaddy is not allowing me to do so.
I currently have a small hosting plan (4 gb traffic , 400 Mb space) that I use for a few email accounts from my company.However , the disk space is not enough for what we need so I have to move the emails to another hosting plan. I'm looking for something with 5-10 gb space , 10-20 gb traffic/month , unlimited email accounts. I'm not looking for it to be cheap , just dont like the overselling idea for my hosting needs so I can pay if it's good. Also I was wondering what kind of program do I need in order to create a webmail interface so that the employees could check their email without having to use the webmail clients from cPanel.
I have spent several hours on this forum over the past few days doing some research and have officially confused myself. I am a volunteer with a nonprofit organization and our online forums (running on vbulletin) are maxing out the database SQL connections several times per day. The host has a max_user_connections limit of 15 but doesn't have an intermediary step from shared hosting to dedicated hosting. Dedicated hosting is cost-prohibitive and the rest of our site has more than enough room to grow on our current hosting plan (including traffic bandwidth, disk space, etc).
We are planning to register a new domain name for the forums and move them off to another hosting provider. I donate the hosting fees to the organization and I don't have much of a budget to work with ($20/mo or so ideally). I am looking for recommendations for a hosting provider that will support a somewhat busy forum (usually only between 30-50 users online at once but anywhere between 1,000 and 2,500 pageviews per day) and also allow a stepped growth plan (instead of from shared straight to dedicated.)
I've seen Hawk Host, Siteground and URLJet mentioned frequently on posts here and over at vBulletin but I don't want to just jump into a new host and face a similar problem in the future.
Our website/app is on a shared host (downtownhost.com - who are great btw - I strongly recommend them).
Now have a question for the experts here:
We have come up with a plan to give away some freebies to our visitors and we feel there is a very good chance that we will be digg 'ed/Stumble 'd.
I need suggestions from experts as to how to go about this from a hosting perspective.
1. Go for Amazon or Gogrid.com? 2. Go for mediatemple.com or mosso.com? Not sure with all the reviews posted here.
I don't want to go for a full blown clustered hosting - with high fixed costs - we won't mind paying based on how successful or not our 'freebie' exercise works.
A little bit about our site - it's an ecommerce site running on LAMP and uses imagemagick. Users upload images to our site and tell us what they want with an annotation tool in a UI. We give em a price and they can pay us. They pick up the edited image back on our site when it's ready
- Sorry bout not being able to give you any 'technical' details about CPU usage etc., - I am more of a layman! But as I said a shared account at downtownhost.com seems to be holding up. Our current traffic averages about 100-200 visitors a day - with an average of about 50 images uploaded everyday.
- Think that the above description should give a fair idea of computing/resource requirements.
I work for a company who is wanting to provide email accounts for about 300 users. There doesn't need to be any bells or whistles, only the ability to send and receive email. In fact, there probably won't be an enormous amount of activity on the accounts, though it could grow in time.
I'm a newbie at this and am unaware of all the available options. My first thought was to consider web hosting.
It seems like there are a hundred companies out there offering unlimited mailboxes for shared web hosting accounts. After some investigation, I saw that alot of these companies limit the sent emails to 250 an hour. This seems too low for comfort.
I started looking at VPS and Dedicated Servers and they seem to be a little more reasonable. Most of these hosting companies offered some type of squirrel mail or imp client, which would work fine.
Am I heading down the right track using a VPS or Dedicated Server at a company like inmotion? Did I misunderstand the 250 per hour limit? Could a shared hosting plan work comfortably for 300 active email accounts?
I've heard Exchange and Google Apps are popular, but after a cursory glance, they seem quite expensive for our needs (but maybe someone can explain why they are worth a closer look).