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If you have a web designer/developer company or you are a hosting company (or any related field) you are welcome to submit your application. Our mission is to review and list the best hosting companies and you don’t want to be left out. Submit the details listed below and once we consider inclusion of your company within our list, we will contact you to let you know the information we require to have your company reviewed and listed with us.

How We Rate Hosting Providers

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When we rate and list the hosting providers you find on this site, we are careful to choose for you the best web hosting providers in the market. We combine both user reviews and editor reviews based on real users and specialists who are professionals in this industry. The editors who are knowledgeable in this field have first-hand experiences to be able to give fair ratings to providers. This is done in a transparent manner and we consider it important to let you know what we look at while doing this.
The following are the factors we consider when reviewing and rating hosting providers in order to give our customers the best service-:

Statistics count

We are determined to help our customers choose the best web hosts by all means. In order to do this, we use a lot of statistics to determine whether the hosting provider is performing as expected. We utilize this information to gauge if a web host is providing clients with the best service as stipulated. If at all we notice that the host is falling short of delivering quality hosting to you as their client or anyone else in that matter, then we do not list them here at all.

Continuous check-ups

The statistics mentioned above helps us identify top-class web hosts that offer high-quality services. However, this is not enough. We conduct continuous check-ups of the providers to ensure that the service they provide is constantly sufficient. Your website is important and it needs to be up and running as expected 24/7/365 except during maintenance and this should be within reasonable time. On the overall, the hosting service provided should be fair and there is a limit to this.

We pause as secret shoppers

What we do is to pause as secret shoppers of the webhosting service to know what users are getting. We conduct tests by pretending to be real customers looking for webhosting services. We use the services and get first-hand experiences of how the web hosts act towards customers. Some of them can promise one thing and deliver the other, so it is important to use their services ourselves before we rate them.

We monitor the uptime

Uptime is one of the most important factors in hosting for all webmasters. Although no web host can guarantee 100% uptime due to unavoidable circumstances, they should not be far from it. We monitor each web host’s uptime to see that it is what they claim to offer. Only when we are satisfied with the uptime guarantee with minimal downtimes offered by web hosts to their customers, do we rate and list them on our website. So, you can rely on our word.

We strive for the best

We seek the best hosting providers we can get. This may not be the largest or what is advertised or known as the best. We rate the hosting providers that provide the best services to their clients, that meet their needs. In our list we include popular web hosts as well as smaller ones which may not have made a mark in the industry due to their size as long as the service they offer their customers is high-quality and the best in the market regardless of their size.

Efficient customer support

The score we give the hosting provider also depends on our experience with the support team when we pause as secret shoppers. What we gauge is the response time, whether support is friendly and knowledgeable as well as how they handle issues that arise. This adds the score we give the hosting provider and the reverse is also true. So, the support team can add the score for their company or drag it down.

Latest Technology

Web hosting providers should have the latest hardware, tools and features to meets their customers’ needs. When the service matches your needs whether in terms of technology, features, prices software updates or any other factor, then you have value for your money.

Your Opinion is Important

When we rate hosts we take into consideration user reviews. Give us your opinion and we will look into it before rating. When an issue is raised by several of our visitors we look into it before we publish our ratings. Your voice matters a lot.

Your Needs Matter

Our main objective is to ensure that you get the best hosting service. We leave nothing out when we are considering the hosting service providers. This is to ensure that we help you choose the best service for your needs. When your needs are fulfilled we feel equally satisfied.
It is our hope that by using the information we have provided on this website you will find a web host service that matches your needs. Write your comment below and let us know if you find the content we have provided in this website, useful.

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This is a reputable web hosting directory that is widely respected among internet users. The online directory is highly respected, well established and effective in helping the site users make choose the most suitable web host for their needs. It consists of the major resource of unbiased webhosting information that visitors seek on the internet to know about hosting providers, their services and products in order to make informed choices. The hosting providers who are spread all over the world determine the experiences that users encounter as they host their sites with them.

Users who already have first-hand experience are glad to share their experiences with others to help them choose the providers wisely depending on what they need. That is why we offer unbiased information about the hosting providers based on these customer experiences and professional reviews from our editors. We allow real users to post their reviews and ratings on our site.

Our site was the first directory to offer a search tool that enables users to search for providers’ details on specific categories such as price, disk space, bandwidth, domains, extras etc. Although others followed us, this put us ahead of online directories that provide such standard information.

In addition to these standardized categories, the site also provides search of specified categories which include shared hosting, VPS, Dedicated hosting, Reseller hosting, Business hosting, e-Commerce hosting, Unix and Windows hosting among others. Those users who are interested in a show tour can access the visual presentation of what different web hosts offer, some of who have a free trial or demo on their websites.  

In addition to providing information about web hosting providers this site also provides current news on a daily basis about matters that relate to the web hosting industry as well as about consumers who determine the trends. When you subscribe to our Newsletter you will receive news updates on a daily or monthly-basis which is sent directly to your inbox. We also conduct interviews with key players in this hosting industry to gauge the current and future trend of the web hosting industry. We publish a wide range of articles on relevant topics in all aspects that range from what would help a novice select their first web host with ease to advanced topics for tech gurus. Our lively forum is a favorite of users.

ECommerce web hosting does most of the work for you and we makes it easy for you to choose a web host that is right for you.

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You are invited to get in touch with us using this contact form. Once you fill the form we will contact you as soon as possible.
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E-Commerce FAQ

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What is E-Commerce?

Electronic commerce which is generally known as Ecommerce in short is the term used to refer to buying and selling products or services online. These can be physical goods and services or virtual ones such as downloadable software, videos, games and music. Usually, an online store is created where goods and services are displayed. A shopper can browse the items, place an order, choose the shipping method, destination and "Check Out" with just a click of the mouse.
Other terms commonly used are e-business for online businesses and e-tailing for retail selling over the internet. Any type of electronic business transaction is still ecommerce and this goes beyond online buying and selling. It includes electronic payments and fund transfers, inventory management, supply chain management, exchange of data, online auctions, internet banking, online ticketing, Mcommerce "mobile commerce" and Fcommerce “Facebook commerce"etc.


What is a Shopping Cart?

A shopping cart is software used to enable shoppers to select and pay for the items they want to buy on a site, by adding them to the cart or basket for purchase. The shopper may browse and select the items, add them to the virtual cart, place an order and pay for them using credit cards, debit cards, PayPal, electronic checks or any other method. The shopping cart calculates the total cost, handling and shipping charges as well as taxes. It also performs other functions like inventory control management and the re-order level to avoid the online store going out of stock.
Shopping carts' function is crucial for every e-commerce business. It enables you to create your Web site and integrate an online store, add buttons to enable shoppers click the items they want to purchase and add an online store as a new web page to an existing Web site. The shopping cart should be user-friendly, quick and efficient so online shoppers can purchase products easily without hassles.
Choosing the right shopping cart is important if you have to start selling right away. The most popular shopping carts are Magento, Cube Cart, osCommerce, Zen Cart and Agora Cart.


What do I need to set up an ecommerce Web site?

Setting up an Ecommerce website depends on whether you want to do-it-yourself or you want to engage a web designer. If you have some technical knowledge you can set up the Web site yourself from scratch. This has been simplified by the use of video tutorials and ready-made Web site templates which you can use even if you have no technical knowledge. It is easy to customize the templates to have something of your own regardless of your skill level. However, the fundamentals are still the same.
Not all ecommerce Web sites are the same. It depends on which transactions you want to carry out and the security system you want to provide. If you want a fully featured Web site which processes "real time" online transactions and accepts credit card payments within a secure environment, you will need:
• A domain name
• A web hosting account i.e. shared hosting, VPS or dedicated server
• SSL Certificate
• A shopping cart
• Internet-ready merchant account or third-party payment processor i.e. PayPal
• Payment gateway
• A dedicated IP address which is optional


How much does it cost to set up an online store?

You can start an online store using minimum investment. There are low-cost pre-designed templates which you can download and customize instead of creating a Web site from scratch but if you need to engage the services of a web designer you will need to pay hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the online store you want. After you have set this up, costs of ecommerce plans range from $20-$130 per month. This will depend on the number of traffic you receive on the Web site, the transactions you handle and the type of security you provide.
Some costs are once-off while others are on-going. You will need to pay for the shopping cart software, web hosting account, merchant account, payment gateway and SSL Certificate all of which depend on the provider and the services you require.


I already have a Web site. Can I integrate an online store into it?

Yes. It is possible.
Integrating an online store into your Web site is easy and straight-forward. If you are a new customer you can buy an ecommerce hosting plan which comes with all the features that you require. If you are an existing customer all you need to do is create you online store and provide a link from your website to the store.
You can also add the products and services onto your existing web pages where shoppers can view them and buy from you. Use clear images with attractive colors which shoppers can view from many angles, be able to zoom and check relevant information. People buy what they see. Setup the different styles, sizes, prices, colors and product descriptions to attract the online traffic.
What are third-party online credit card processors?


A third-party processor like PayPal accepts online credit card payments on your behalf if you do not want to do this yourself. It incorporates a merchant account and a payment gateway into one. The shopping cart is usually part of the deal although not always.
Many start-ups and small businesses may not afford the fee charged on a merchant account so in such a case a 3rd party processor is the most suitable for handling online payments to limit the bite on profits.


What do I need to handle “real time" online credit card transactions myself?

To be able to handle online credit card transactions yourself you will need to have an internet-ready merchant account, a payment gateway account and obtain a Secure Sockets Layer SSL Certificate.


What is a Merchant account? How do I get one?

Accepting credit cards is vital for any type of business whether it is conducted online or offline. A merchant account is a bank account that enables you to accept online credit card payments. There are different kinds of merchant accounts such as the brick and mortar type of retail merchant account and the "internet-ready" merchant account which is a specialized type used by online businesses. If you have a Web site you will need to get a merchant account before taking credit card orders to help you payments from the customers' bank accounts.
The internet-ready merchant account is convenient because it enables you to accept "real time" credit card payments without anybody's intervention. If you choose accepting payments directly, you will need to set up security systems to prevent fraud and to protect customers' sensitive financial information. This type of account has additional security checks to greatly minimize any chances of fraud since online payments are more risky. There are many internet-ready merchant account providers.
You can get your own merchant account from Chase Merchant Services, E-onlinedata and PayQuake or any other provider of your choice that supports payments from the following-:
• Authorize.Net
• CyberSource
• VeriSign/PaymentNet
• LinkPoint Card Service
These are reliable and affordable merchant account providers that charge minimal fees and provide online processing and payment systems to give you and your customers a hassle-free experience. If you already have a merchant account from another provider you can still use it to accept credit card payments that are presented on your Web site.
The merchant enters into an agreement with the merchant acquiring bank. Choosing the right merchant account is beneficial to you and your customers. It is convenient it saves money and time for you as well as improves your cash-flow.
Acquiring banks offer payment processing through gateway accounts on behalf of merchants for a fee.


What is a payment gateway? How do I find one?

A payment gateway such as Authorize.Net is a service that authorizes payments for e-businesses, brick-and-mortar businesses and online retailers. It connects your ecommerce store with your online merchant account provider. It also verifies whether the customer's credit card account has available funds to purchase the goods and services ordered on the website within seconds.
Some merchant account providers have their own payment gateways although the majority of businesses use third-party payment gateways. You can choose a merchant account that also provides a payment gateway service or get them separately.
The payment gateway service automatically processes, verifies and accepts or declines the payment transaction between the customer and the merchant in "real time". This is done on behalf of the merchant who pays a fee for the service. It enables the merchant to accept or decline credit card payments, electronic checks and other electronic payments from customers.
When a customer submits an order of goods or services on a website, mobile phone or other payment medium, the credit card transaction is presented to the payment gateway to facilitate authorization and transfer of funds over the internet. The merchant forwards the credit card information to the payment gateway that processes the payment transaction securely.
This is done by encrypting the information as it passes from the customer to the merchant then to the payment processor and to the credit card issuer back to the payment gateway and to the merchant to fulfill the order. All this is done using secure internet connections until the money is deposited in the merchant's account. The money is then transferred to the merchant's bank account.


How can I assure my customers that their transactions are secure?

Customers are weary about submitting their credit card details or other sensitive information over the internet. For them to do so, you have to assure them that their transactions will be secure. If customers are not satisfied that the information they provide on your Web site is safe they will not buy from you. You will need to assure them by securing your site on a server that supports Secure Sockets Layer SSL or the recent Transport Layer Security TLS which has been based on SSL. It is also important to comply with the "Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard" PCI DSS and have regular audits from time to time.
A site that has been secured by SSL has a special symbol like a closed padlock which is displayed on the browser window. The URL of a secured site starts with HTTPS instead of the usual HTTP.
What is SSL (Secure Sockets Layer)?
Before customers give out their credit card details, or any sensitive personal information they want to be sure that this is not misused by unauthorized users. Secure Sockets Layer is the protocol which is used to ensure security of customers' transactions over the internet so that unauthorized users do not access this information and that it is secure as it is presented on your Web site and as it travels through the internet. When a site is secured with SSL the private information is encrypted using a public key and decrypted using a private key when it reaches the designated user to avoid fraud and data tampering.
An SSL secured site has a symbol in form of a padlock icon on the browser window or a green address bar that indicates that the site is secured. In this case the information you provide whether it is credit card details or contacts is only seen by the owner of the website.


What is an SSL Certificate? How do I get one?

A web server requires an SSL Certificate to be able to utilize the SSL protocol. To obtain the SSL secure connection you will need an SSL certificate which is a digital certificate that enhances security. For this to be possible, both the source and the destination must be secured with SSL. The website that is receiving the credit card information and the website it sends the information to, should both have obtained an SSL Certificate.
An SSL Certificate contains relevant information such as validity duration, Certificate ID, name and email address of the owner of the SSL Certificate etc.