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    Hey guys just checking to see what the best web hosting cheap site is. Thinking of starting a site.

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    Dunno. You have a lot of choices. Things like whether they offer the technology you need, what their uptime is like, how much bandwidth they give you, etc, might wind up being more important than price.
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    I would like to start selling cycling apparel for the big guys like me.

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    Some hosts have shopping car packages available so consider that. I use readyhosting.com . Many good hosts though.... and many crappy ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbiker2012 View Post
    Hey guys just checking to see what the best web hosting cheap site is. Thinking of starting a site.
    As the others have noted there are a lot to choose from.
    You might want to have a look at this one. I have used them and no real complaints, however, I have not used them for any commercial activity. http://www.netfirms.com/

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    I owned my own business for 7 years and started small with godaddy.com At that time, the price was right and the tech help was pretty good but I preface this but saying that it was a while ago.

    I would totally buy from you. I think a lot of jerseys, for example, are cut to tight for clydes. Even some brands that I use which sell a 5 x are not consistent with their cuts. The best I have gotten was from Areotec. Good quality but would love more designs on their jerseys.

    Just my two cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbiker2012 View Post
    I would like to start selling cycling apparel for the big guys like me.
    Are you going to make the web site yourself? What about the stuff that requires programming? Will you do it, or will you hire someone, or will you find some off-the-shelf solution and try and tweak it to fit your needs? Do you need IIS (for things like ASP.NET) or does Apache (for PHP) make more sense for your plans? How will you accept payment? How will you store and deal with the data involved in a venture like this?

    The point isn't to make things seem daunting (it probably won't be), but ... no one can give you terribly useful recommendations for a web hosting solution, without knowing the answers to these questions.
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    Seattle: No, it doesnt have to be. It is much easier these days, especially with the integration of Paypal.

    I ran my business for four years with the old fashioned "I will send it to you and you can send payment" way. I only got ripped of once. It was a great way to build trust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    Seattle: No, it doesnt have to be. It is much easier these days, especially with the integration of Paypal.

    I ran my business for four years with the old fashioned "I will send it to you and you can send payment" way. I only got ripped of once. It was a great way to build trust.
    The next step to this is to agree on an order and you send them a payment request via paypal. It is a valid way to go until volume gets high enough to make you do a more integrated solution.

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    Not to be negative , so i appoligise in advande if i seem that way.

    Have you thought about just useing ebay ? you can become a seller on there, and still have you own small store to develop and you get a lot of the tools and the backbone given to you .

    Also the advantage to that would be you are more likely to be seen and less likely to be judged. I know a few online store in Australia i refuse to buy from becuase there website sends me nuts

    The cost of selling on eBay is probably cheaper in money and time than paying and maintaining you own site. Oh and you can sell to international people HINT HINT



    Let us know how you go.
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    If I wanted to get a small business site up with the least pain and with a lot of flexibility I would be using a Wordpress install on Godaddy Linux grid hosting.
    Then I would use Stripe instead of Paypal for payment processing.

    Wordpress has evolved to be a good content management system.
    Godaddy's Linux Grid offering gives you good bandwidth.
    Stripe has a Wordpress plugin for a very easy way to implement a payment process.
    Last edited by peteydink; 03-07-12 at 04:41 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    Seattle: No, it doesnt have to be. It is much easier these days, especially with the integration of Paypal.

    I ran my business for four years with the old fashioned "I will send it to you and you can send payment" way. I only got ripped of once. It was a great way to build trust.
    How does your web site know whether a particular item is in stock, and how does your shopping cart work?
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peteydink View Post
    If I wanted to get a small business site up with the least pain and with a lot of flexibility I would be using a Wordpress install on Godaddy Linux grid hosting.
    Then I would use Stripe instead of Paypal for payment processing.

    Wordpress has evolved to be a good content management system.
    Godaddy's Linux Grid offering gives you good bandwidth.
    Stripe has a Wordpress plugin for a very easy way to implement a payment process.
    I've never heard of Stripe, I'm going to check it out.

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    Wow.. I have a lot to think about. I would like to just try to provide some local shops with my idea to see if it sells. I just want to see the big guy stuf in the stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WonderMonkey View Post
    I've never heard of Stripe, I'm going to check it out.
    Sorry I should have put a link in for Stripe

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    I'd be glad to talk to you about it. I've been doing freelance web design/development for about 10 years now, and have had my own site selling things for quite a few years. PM me and I can give you some suggestions.

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    If I may, you're asking a poor question (my apologies). You sort of asked, "What's the cheapest house?" or, "What's the cheapest car?", or more BF-related, "What's the cheapest bike?".

    If you want a good site, you're going to have to do some homework, and you've already started (stating the site will be for selling). But also: How much traffic are you anticipating? How much bandwidth will you need? What type of internet connection do you have: fast, slow, in-between? How much of the creative or content management processes will you be doing yourself? Are you an advanced user or beginner?

    The answers to these questions and more will help narrow your choices. I would definitely take IAmCosmo up on his offer, though, and start there. Sounds like he could really help.

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    Mkadam68 thanks buddy I have been thinking about this for years. Computer savvy well in everything but web development mt best bet is to complete the designe of the jerseys I would like to sell. Thanks again for all the great insight. I have some question that I will be pm some of you.

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    If you are going to have a business I would highly recommend you take credit cards for payment and just skip paypal. The per transaction fees are a lot lower and I'm not sure what paypal charges but $35 a month was what I paid. I'm sure it can be done for a lot less. Paypal is just a ripoff waiting to happen and forget any notion of customer service. Take paypal as a last resort.

    Google paypal ripoff if you want more details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    How does your web site know whether a particular item is in stock, and how does your shopping cart work?
    Easy: If I am out, I go online and make the changes. It is the "old fashioned" way of doing web based sales. See, most people make mistakes when it comes to starting a business and spending too much time and money on the web site at first, is not the right idea.

    Just how I see it.

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