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Hi there,

I made my way to your page through this post on webhostingtalk: http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showth...highlight=hawk

Your comment regarding always registering domains with namecheap came at the right time, and I have another questions that is somewhat related: Where should SSL certificates be purchased from?

By the way, thank you for the article on which web hosts to go with. I am currently with Hawk Host, and even though I have had a good experience with them, I only use them to host personal sites that never were quite fully developed, so now that I am about to launch a startup (photo equipment rental), I am starting to thinking about web hosting because I am working on the ecommerce website.

Anyway, aside from the good information you provided, I just had to drop a note because you are also in the photo business as well.

Thank you,
Tom


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Namecheap again!

In fact, I just bought another one there today. Buying domains and SSL certs there is so pain-free and easy to do. In years past, buying SSL at other places was such a nuisance, and I hated it. With Namecheap, it's actually pretty easy.

When it comes to advice on hosting, just give me an idea of what you need, and I'll let you know what I suggest. Most ecommerce platforms are resource-needy, and you'd want to look at semi-dedicated or VPS hosting.

I'm actually in the middle of writing several articles on this very topic -- when to use a VPS, and when not to use a VPS. I just now finished part 1. It's not even announced anywhere yet! There's going to be at least two more articles on that: part 2 of myths, managed vs unmanaged, and reason you must use a VPS. You can read Part 1 at The Myth of VPS Hosting: Reasons to Avoid It! Part 1. You might find that helpful. It's going to take a number of days to finish the other 3, as I write them between paying projects.

Yep, shoot with a Nikon D3s, amongst others.

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Thanks for the response.

Originally I had decided on using Magento because it's supposed to be more robust, but I also heard about it being a resource hog. I tried it for a few weeks and thought it was okay from a user's standpoint.

I then tried OpenCart because I didn't want to just go along with what people are saying, and I ended up liking it. There were a few features unique to what I needed that was already built in to the options with OpenCart, so I decided to stick with it simply because I got further along with process of building the site.

By the way, I am not a web designer or developer. I can log in to cpanel, use the one click install and set-up wordpress or Magento/OpenCart, and familiarize myself with the user panel to make the customizations. That's about it.

As for hosting, I read the 'Myth of VPS' article before I messaged you, and it made me feel more at east about sticking with shared hosting for now until I build an audience or notice the site is starting to bog down....unless there is a reason for me to move to VPS already.
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I'd developed some Magento store sites in the past, and they were okay. I was never in love with the platform. A base install of it took quite a few resources - and that's with zero site traffic, mind you. From what I know, OpenCart is the same. (I may put OpenCart on one of our dev servers; it's looks more mature than it was 3-4 years ago.)

On CloudLinux servers, it's going to run slow.
On non-CloudLinux shared servers, the host will likely suspend the site for using too many resources.

I'd look into semi-dedicated hosting for that site, which only runs $20 from Stablehost or MDD Hosting. I don't see any need to use a VPS here, especially given your skill level. That would be your safest bet. Yeah, you can tempt fate and try to run it on a cheap sub-$10 account, but I wouldn't.

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