Basics of eCommerce
From Lunarpages Web Hosting Wiki
Want to setup your own store online? Electronic commerce (also known as eCommerce or e-commerce) is the buying and selling of products or services over the Internet. How can you do that here, with your web hosting account? A digital storefront can be setup really easily with just a few tools in hand.
For more information on eCommerce, and what it is – see this entry in Wikipedia.
What Tools Do I Need to Setup a Store?
Here are several third party scripts that you could use to get your store up and running:
These two can easily be installed by Fantastico, if you have a Basic or Business hosting account. There are also a number of other scripts out there that you could download and install onto your hosting account, if these suggestions don't work out for you.
Also, it is worth mentioning that the LPQuicksite plan has built in eCommerce capabilities too.
Basic Facts About eCommerce
Do You Need a Dedicated SSL Certificate? Depending on your status with your store, you may or may not need to get a Dedicated SSL Certificate. You can learn more about the SSL Certificates here:
Shared SSL will not function with ASP, JSP or PHP pages. It will function only with HTML, and cgi/perl based documents/scripts/carts. This is due to security restrictions on the servers.
More eCommerce Tutorials
- What You Need for an eCommerce Web Site
- What is a Payment Gateway and Why Should I Get One?
- Choosing the Best eCommerce Shopping Cart
Where Can I Get More Help?
We have a forum filled with helpful staff members and customers that would be more than happy to help you with any eCommerce questions you might have. Come join us at:
Post your questions there, or perhaps you too can help somebody who is looking for an answer. It is a very useful community driven part of the Lunarpages hosting experience.