As I have mentioned earlier that a hosted website powered by a shopping cart is the better platform for an online business compared to a blogshop run on the Blogger or WordPress blogging platform, the next step would be to look for a good web hosting service provider and a shopping cart software. One web hosting provider struck my mind as I say this – GreenGeeks!
GreenGeeks Green Web Hosting
The first is GreenGeeks, who claims to have the world’s best green web hosting. I’ve not came across many other web hosting providers who even mention about the environment, so GreenGeeks is something interesting indeed. GreenGeeks prides itself in being green by purchasing 3x wind credits to replace the energy used by their servers. Wind power, indeed something cool! GreenGeeks also implements other environmental-friendly measures such as the reconfiguration of their servers so that they run using less energy and require less cooling, recycling, telecommuting, auto-lighting control and reduce eating out (so now you’d know that you can reach their customer support better!).
Eco Site Plan – E-commerce web hosting plan
GreenGeeks’s web hosting plan is called Eco Site. For an attractive price of $4.95 monthly if you sign up for 36 months ($7.95 per month if you take a one-year contract), you’d get unlimited disk space, unlimited domains, unlimited email accounts, unlimited email auto-responders, unlimited FTP accounts, unlimited bandwidth allowance and unlimited MySQL databases. These features are similar to what you’d get with most of the other web hosting providers, so you might as well go for Eco Site as the price is very competitive.
In addition, GreenGeeks throws in a free domain and setup with every sign up – a bargain as some providers do charge a registration fee for your domain. And on top of this, you will also be rewarded with a $25 Yahoo advertising credit.
Simply enter the coupon code 100WH when you are ordering to get US$30 off any annual hosting package.
GreenGeeks has some good features that I’d like to highlight:
Free website migration
If you want to move your website that is currently hosted with another host to GreenGeeks, GreenGeeks takes care of everything for you, for free. The task is handled within at most 48 hours, all site files, databases and emails are migrated, the changing of nameservers is taken care of and assistance is provided for the transferring of the domain registration. Therefore, there is no trouble at your end and there isn’t any reason you should stick with your current host if GreenGeeks can offer better.
Free site builder with templates
If you don’t have much knowledge in building a website or even if you do, the What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG) website editor comes with website templates that make your task easier. There are more than 600 templates to choose from, powered by RV Site Builder.
One-click application installer
Powered by Fantastico, this application installer helps you to install applications such as blogs, shopping carts and content management systems with just one click of your mouse! Many popular scripts are included, such as WordPres, b2evolution, Drupal, Joomla, Mambo Open Source, PHP-Nuke, CubeCart, OS Commerce, and many more!
GreenGeeks web hosting plans are e-commerce ready. You can optionally install SSL on your account. GreenGeeks also has 3 shopping carts for you to choose, namely OS Commerce, Agora and Zencart shopping carts. The hosting directories are password-protected too and there is open PGP/PCP encryption. With these features, you can integrate into Paypal and accept credit cards to run a fully-featured e-commerce website.
Free advertising credits
You’d get $25 worth of Yahoo advertising credits. On top of that, your website is also entitled to free search engine submission.
Backups are done every night to the servers in order to ensure that important data isn’t lost under any circumstances. Some hosts only perform backups weekly; GreenGeeks does this seven times a week!
Extensive customer support
Customers have access to a knowledge base where they can view the frequently asked questions if they face any problems with the hosting. There are also video tutorials that guide users through the services. If the issues are still unresolved, make use of either the live chat support or simply pick up the phone and dial 1-877-ECOSITE (1-877-326-7483).
If you prefer to email, GreenGeeks has email addresses for each category of your issues – support, billing, sales and affiliates. This way, you know that your feedback goes to the right people and that prompt action can be expected.
GreenGeeks is a recommended web hosting provider if you are looking for a company to host your e-commerce or online business website. GreenGeeks makes an excellent combination with a shopping cart system such as CS-Cart to deliver the advantages that your website would have over a blogshop. Check out our previous article on this subject – Blogshop vs Hosted E-commerce Website with Shopping Cart.
When you are placing an order with GreenGeeks, make sure you take advantage of their latest offer. Enter the coupon code 100WH to get $30 off!