Let’s mix up two of the biggest of web hosting trends for this Top 5. Linux is quickly becoming the operating system of choice for many webmasters. It goes without saying that where there’s web hosting, there is a need for E-Commerce. Given the enhanced reliability and added security that comes from a Linux server, more hosts offer it, and thus, it appears likely that the intersection between these two trends will only keep growing stronger.
If that’s the case, then it’s a good idea to go over the options available to someone investigating Linux servers and E-Commerce for their web sites. Here are five hosts that are good selections for the Linux E-Commerce user, judged not just by their specific E-commerce offerings, but by what else they have to offer surrounding those packages:
WebHostingHub’s Premium Website Builder lets you build a storefront from scratch without having to fuss with any other programs. For those of you who want to dive into the nuts and bolts, though, WebHostingHub should have everything you need to get started. Their supported shopping cart packages include Cube Cart, OS Commerce, and Zen Cart. Among important and related features are RingCentral, a virtual phone system, RatePoint, a word-of-mouth marketing program, and iContact, an email marketing tool.
This big name in the web hosting world impresses with a strong array of both E-commerce and other supporting features. They offer OS Commerce and Agora shopping carts, several types of security protection, Merchant Account and PayPal support. Their accounts also come with several different types of site building software and lots of ad credits.
The very affordable web hosting accounts at iPage have three shopping cart options (ShopSite, osCommerce and Agora), multiple content management system packages, $150 in ad word credits, related scripting and other software of all varieties. They are one of the largest hosts around today, meaning they have experience in managing and supporting these packages.
One of the better-kept secrets in the hosting world, DowntownHost has a dazzling array of features. CubeCart, OS Commerce and Zen Cart are all offered. Even more impressive is their dozen different portals and content management systems, 5 blogging software packages, 2 project management software packages, and a few miscellaneous programs that you don’t see often but could greatly enhance the right E-commerce site, such as Noah’s Classifieds and PHPAuction.
Another big player in the web hosting world with millions of sites on their servers, BlueHost has one of the largest selections of shopping cart systems, with OS Commerce, Agora, Cube and Zen carts all present. Rounding out their offerings is support for lots of types of multimedia, script support with some more rare inclusions such as DHTML, and an average 30 second hold time to reach a technical representative.
As stated above, the amount of hosting companies that we will be looking at for this category will likely do nothing but increase over time, and increase rapidly. It appears safe to say, though, that these five companies will continue to have a strong place on our list for some time to come.