WestHost

If you’re looking for a Virtual Private Server that is specifically geared towards ecommerce needs, WestHost.com currently has three different plans that fit this bill. Their value plan starts at just $6.95 per month, while the Pro Plan is only $32.95 a month and includes just about everything a small business needs for their site. Let’s take a look at all that this Pro Plan has to offer.

For ecommerce sites that are running out of disk space and data transfer limits, this plan offers 10 gigs of storage and 150 gigs of monthly bandwidth. These amounts are very generous given the monthly fee, and should be more than enough for most ecommerce sites. Many hosting plans in this price range feature around a 1/3 of these limits, making this plan worth a second look. If you have rich media files, the Darwin Streaming Server is provided, and you’ll be able to stream Real Audio and Video files from your server.

Unlimited MySQL databases are provided, as well as a number of development tools and capabilities. Miva Merchant 5 is included, or if you prefer, you can use the popular open source OSCommerce shopping cart for your online store’s needs. Miva 5 is typically not included with many other hosting plans in this price range and many people may find that this feature alone makes the plan worth the monthly fee. A shared SSL certificate is provided, but if you would rather have your own certificate, you’ll appreciate the included dedicated IP address with this account.

To assist you in promoting your store, WestHost provides you with several search engine tools as well as a $50 credit for Yahoo’s Sponsored Results search marketing service. Other tools for your site include blogs, photo galleries, Apache Watchdog, the Joomla content management system, Site Builder for easy web site creation and much more. You’ll be allowed to host several domains on this plan, and there are tools that will allow you to manage your DNS records and web aliases.

Toll-free telephone support is provided 24/7, as well as live chat, a trouble ticket system and email support. There is a 30-day money back guarantee and WestHost is currently not charging a set-up fee for new accounts. There are significant price breaks if you elect to purchase six months of hosting or more in advance.

This is a well-priced plan that includes all of the features an ecommerce site needs to be successful.

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Posted on 03/2/06 3:44 AM

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