If you are in the process of starting an ecommerce business, one very important decision that you will have to make is where to host it. This decision will affect your business for years or longer, because once you make the committment, it can be very difficult to change your mind later.
Here are a few basic site hosting options.
Find a free host
This is by far the worst option in most cases. It is, by definition, free, which makes it ok for someone who isn't sure about their idea and wants to spend as little as possible trying it out, however, for any serious business owner, this should not be a consideration. This is because these hosting services generally offer very little flexibility and functionality, and almost always add their name to the URL, which looks very unprofessional and will raise questions for customers.
Use a paid host
For most, this is the best option. Of course, it will cost you a little money, but it'll be worth it. There are numerous companies to choose from, and the right one will provide you with the tools to do almost anything you want. Make sure to shop around. Website hosting companies are almost endless and some are much better than others.
Host it yourself
Although this is not the most common choice, it is a legitimate one. It is possible to host your website on a computer in your house or office. This option will cost you more upfront, but may save you money in the long run. Also, keeping it running properly will require much more attention and energy from you, but it will give you even more flexibility than the paid hosting sites.
Every online business is different. Before you make a decision, make sure you look into all of your options and find the best suited solution for your ecommerce business.