For us to install a store for you, you will need to choose a web host and decide on a domain address. There are hundreds of web hosts available and most will work well with our store installation. However, some web hosts are too slow — their server performance is poor because they put too many websites on it and they are all fighting for the same system resources. If a server is getting too much traffic it will slow it down for everyone. Therefore, it is important that you choose a web host that keeps each server running smoothly and manages traffic effectively.
There are only a few web hosts we do not recommend for our store installation (GoDaddy, IPage, Fatcow, and 1&1). These web hosts have proved, in our experience, to be too slow or problematic. GoDaddy has some caching issues, that when you change something in your store the change doesn’t appear for many hours until their server updates (this seems to be mainly a GoDaddy issue). Also to be avoided: “site builder” type web hosts (these are not full web hosts and will not work for our store installation, such as Wix, Weebly, Shopify). You will need a regular web host that has the basics like FTP access and a MYSQL database. Luckily, most web hosts have these features.
Web Host Recommendations:
An example of costs … Each web host has different rates. Some charge less if you pay a year or two in advance.
For example, at the time of this writing pay only $5.95 per month with Blue Host (to get this low price, you pay 12 months in advance for a total of $71.40). With the Basic Plan, you get 50 Gigabytes of Storage Space, Unlimited Bandwidth, and a Free domain of your choice. If you don’t want to use Blue Host or any of our other recommendations above, there are hundreds of alternative web hosts available.