Looking for Zen Cart hosting?
There are numerous hosting companies available nowadays and it's very hard to select one. Of course, most people don't have an unlimited budget and would like to save some money on hosting. This is possible, but you have to be extra careful because sometimes a few-dollar savings can bounce back at you and you'll lose much more than you've saved by choosing a cheap host.
You're probably wondering "why?"... It's simple. Your site needs to be reliable, secure and fast. Although you'll get the first two almost everywhere, speed is something that's quite hard to find. Unless you're prepared to pay $100+ per month for a dedicated server, you're probably going to decide for a shared hosting account. The problem with shared hosting is that one server hosts your site and a number of other sites at the same time. A server is just a computer and it doesn't have unlimited resources. If other sites are using a lot of resources, chances are your site will be slow. Some large hosting companies put thousands of accounts onto just one server resulting in extremely slow servers, but they can offer very tempting plans such as "everything unlimited for just $4 per month". Don't fall for that, you'll regret it!
Remember, your customers don't want to wait for your site to load while they go buy some groceries, your website MUST be fast. Otherwise it's very likely your potential customers will turn away and leave your site.
Our absolute #1 favorite Zen Cart host. Although their plans are not very cheap, the quality of their hosting is beyond imagination. We highly recommend using their (dv) hosting, although (gs) is absolutely fine. Their servers are extremely fast, reliable, powerful and well optimized for high loads.
If your Zen Cart site needs speed and resources, rest assured you'll get it with MediaTemple.
MediaTemple's servers are absolutely compatible with Zen Cart and all of it's features are supported out of the box.
One interesting story we can tell you about MediaTemple's hosting is this: one of our clients is using their (dv) service and all speed test give the site a perfect score. Well, almost perfect, actually. The speed is getting 94/100 from www.webpagetest.org and Pingdom's tests show that the site is faster than 84% of other sites tested. However, you must admit it's a very impressive score... And if you thought it's on a very expensive plan, we'll let you in on a little secret - it's not. It's on their lowest plan (512MB).
There is a hosting company that we would highly recommend - Host Tornado. We have many clients using their services and haven't heard a single complaint so far. Their SHARED servers are incredibly fast - so far, we haven't had a chance to see a shared server as fast as their servers. They have a fabulous customer support system with technicians available 24/7 (and those are actual in house technicians, not some rental students answering questions for some extra earnings). One thing that keeps amazing us is their ticket response time - the average response time is under 10 minutes! So, if you are looking for a FAST, RELIABLE and AFFORDABLE Zen Cart host, take our word for it - Host Tornado is a great solution!
If you're looking for a high quality Zen Cart hosting and you like Host Tornado's offer, why not save some more?
Host Tornado will give you a 15% discount on any hosting plan you choose - simply enter the following coupon during checkout:
We suggest using their EF5 package because you'll be able to host multiple sites under one account.
Basically, a must-have for any e-commerce site is an SSL certificate.
Your customers' personal information is private and you should do your best to make it secured. If you're running an e-commerce site, you will at some point ask your customers to give you their full name, address and some other personal information. If your site doesn't have an SSL certificate installed, that information can easily be stolen. Also, most online shoppers nowadays are aware of that and don't like shopping on sites that don't have an SSL certificate so you might be losing customers at this point. Having an SSL certificate shows your customers you value their privacy, makes the entire checkout process secured and, most important, protects you and your business.
We are authorized SSL certificate resellers and are able to provide you with all of the listed certificates with a discount up to 50% (depending on the certificate). For more information, please contact us.
As we've already said, there are lots of hosting companies offering extra cheap plans that might seem very attractive at first. Before you buy a plan, make sure that company has a money back guarantee or offers a monthly plan so you can test it and move on if you're not satisfied.
We've had clients hosted with Dreamhost, Bluehost, Hostmonster, FatCow and some other well known companies and none of them were satisfied with their hosting. And, when it comes to GoDaddy hosting - well, you can consider yourself lucky if you're just unsatisfied... Whatever you do, DO NOT use GoDaddy hosting for your Zen Cart site - their servers are awful slow and will make your customers irritated and leave your site before they finish a purchase...