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Technological advances in society are slowly on the road to making actual physical buying and selling a thing of the past. Gone are the days when we had to commute through endless traffic, stand in long queues and wait endlessly for goods. Ecommerce is a boon in our hectic lives and virtual shops are a dream comes true. Put simply virtual shops as places created to advertise and list the goods and services offered by retailers or business groups and a method to buy the products. Such virtual shops are set up by Ecommerce Hosting. Today there are many firms that provide the service of Ecommerce Hosting and this works out to be an efficient and cost effective method for small business houses.
Ecommerce hosting is where a company provides other companies whatever they need to sell their products and services on the World Wide Web. An Ecommerce Hosting Service Provider typically helps the client company create its own virtual shop/store and provides enough tools and technical support to perform online sales, without any hassles. Ecommerce Hosting providers also provide the special capabilities needed to accept, process, and confirm sales orders. These tools include merchant account services, software for electronic shopping carts, Secure Socket Layer (SSL), web promotion and advertising packages, and database support.
An ecommerce hosting service provider essentially enters into a contract with the business house or retailer and sells web hosting space on its server on a monthly rental basis and also licenses the necessary software to process its orders and sales. Depending on the size and nature of the business and the expected traffic, the server provided by the Ecommerce hosting service provider would be either exclusive or shared.
A good ecommerce hosting service provider would ensure quality of the services offered to the business. Before setting up an online store one has to ensure that these minimum standards are maintained by the Ecommerce hosting service provider. Good ecommerce hosting includes a good shopping cart software so as to enable customers shop easily along with a good marketing strategy in the form of store templates, online marketing strategies like search engine optimization, newsletters, and compiling demographic information for increasing its sales. A proper and accurate inventory has to be maintained. Ecommerce hosting is effective if credit/debit card transactions made on the Internet are transported through Secure Servers which ensure privacy and security in transactions. Bandwidth and disk storage space offered by the service provider have to meet the needs of the company. Good ecommerce hosting means quality technical support given to the client company to ensure that there is no glitches in the software used or the design which can lead to reduction in hits and finally sales are avoided.
Ecommerce hosting is a very profitable and value added service that is provided to all businesses. Identifying and choosing a competitive service provider having quality plans is the key to good ecommerce hosting that will ultimately lead to increased sales.