Developing an e – commerce web site that is professional and appeals to the customers is very challenging. Web design for an e – commerce web site is a very complex task which will take some time to complete. It is very important to get the design right because it is one of the “make or break” factors of any e – commerce web site. To reduce the time taken for development, several web hosting companies have started offering templates for web hosting, also called as “hosting with templates”.

Whether you are planning to develop a simple website or a fully functional e – commerce web site, there is a good chance that you will be able to get some web templates at some hosting company, if not at the hosting company you are currently dealing with. A web template for a simple web site will cost around $20, however a professional and well designed e – commerce web site will cost you hundreds of dollars or more, though not in thousands. The cost of a professional and well designed template is much lesser than a custom made e – commerce web site where the professional web designers will charge you any where from twenty dollars to hundred dollars per hour. These web hosting templates also requires a shopping cart application that can support online payment processing like PayPal and online catalogue. Web hosting templates for e – commerce web sites mostly include navigations and common pages for shopping online, browsing or searching products, making payments and also for, adding products or services to the shopping carts. The web hosting templates don’t come with a shopping cart application or they are not connected with a shopping cart.

There is an alternative to e – commerce web hosting templates which is e – commerce turnkey solution., Yahoo! And EBay are the most widely used turn key e – commerce solutions that are available for small and medium scale businesses who want to set up an online store easily. Different hosting plans will have different fee structures. The cost of most hosting plans will mostly vary on the volume of the transactions.

When you are comparing the functionality of different hosting plans there are several questions you should ask:

  1. Whether debit card or online check is accepted by the shopping cart application
  2. Whether you can set up only a limited number of categories and products
  3. Whether an automated e – mail notification system is integrated with the shopping cart

When you are comparing the costs of different solutions, you have to ask the following questions:

  1. What is the minimum monthly transaction fee?
  2. Do you have to pay any set up fee for a new internet store?
  3. How are the taxes handled?
  4. How much will I have to pay on every transaction?

Before making your final decision make sure that you talk to a few experts and resolve all the hosting issues. Make a good plan and then go ahead with hosting your site. Contact one of our helpful account representatives to assist you in the setup of a high risk merchant account or offshore merchant account for a high risk merchant.