Just because you have a brilliant business idea does not mean that you have a ton of cash to get it started. Thankfully, starting an e-commerce website does not have to be an expensive endeavor. If you know who to host with, then you may well be able to find very cheap e-commerce web hosting and affordable web hosting services.
So what are you looking for, exactly?
What you need from hosting is a low price, unlimited space and a lot of bandwidth. With poor bandwidth, you wind up with a site that is crashing and burning constantly. Unlimited space is a given, of course. A couple of gigs may look like a lot for now, but it will not once you have been running the website for a couple of months.
• Domain Registration
You can get this through your host or through another service, but in any event, it can be incredibly cheap to register a domain name these days. There was a time when people could get away with charging an arm and a leg for registration, but today it can be done for the change in your couch cushions.
• Web Design
You may take a more DIY approach to your website, but luckily, if you want to have a professional design it, the web is flooded with a generation of young web designers who are looking to make a name for themselves with smaller projects done on a budget. In other words, you can get some of the most innovative and hip designers around on your project for far less than you might expect.
Web content can be bought through content “farms”, directly from freelance writers, through your web designer and his/her writers, or you can write it yourself. It depends on what kind of content you need and how much time, money or effort you want to put into it.