Need a domain? If so find your perfect domain otherwise, start with Hosting
Any reasonably sized eCommerce website based on the Woocommerce Framework will require a minimum of a Business Class Hosting account. Shared hosting will not cut the mustard. Based on the amount of anticipated traffic we recommend starting minimally with Enhance. We can easily upgrade if demand requires more hosting resources. Each of these hosting accounts include an SSL certificate.
Next you will need Security
They are out there, the hackers, the bots, the SQL injectors, 24/7. It doesn’t matter what size website, eCommerce or not, they are creating havok on the net. All eCommerce sites need to be surrounded by proper security.
Some developers will use security plugins, some of which are free. These solutions can be appropriate for small websites, but once you are selling or getting any significant traffic these plugins start to reveal their inherent problem, and that is that they fight off intrusion at the point of hosting. By trying to secure the site at the point of hosting you’re letting the bad traffic eat up your hosting resources.
Proper security never lets the traffic get to your hosting account. It’s like fighting them off at the door of your house vs fighting them off at the fence surrounding your property. We only recommend the Deluxe plan because it includes an actual Firewall that acts as the fence. The Deluxe plan also includes a CDN (Content Distributed Network), that hosts your site on multiple servers, allowing faster content delivery closer to your customer.
While we provide backup services, as often as every 12, 6, or 1 hours, we run the backups from our master account console. Any restore would have to be initiated by us. Having your own backup plan within your account would allow you, in the unlikely event that we are unavailable, to initiate a restore from within your account. This is optional, and we recommend that if you have an issue you try to let us diagnose the issue, most of the time, resolution of the issue does not require a restore.
Everyone needs email, and you will look more professional if your email address reflects your website domain. There are other options available but depending on your needs either of these plans will do the trick.
SSL – Secure Socket Layer
An SSL certificate is included with your Business hosting account, however the included SSL covers only 1 site. There are configurations that may require either multiple indiviudual SSL’s or a multi-site SSL.