Many people new to web hosting may have the perception that having a website for their business necessarily indicates that they need business hosting or ecommerce hosting. As a result, they often pay more for hosting even when they may not need it. There are plenty of situations where ecommerce hosting is absolutely necessary, but you should first understand what it is and be able to determine if your website needs it.
Ecommerce hosting is no different from regular hosting on the surface. What it provides are added services that are designed to make hosting easier for conducting ecommerce. In other words, it aids in the buying and selling products on the Internet. Therefore, ecommerce hosting is great if you are creating an online store and/or plan to store customer data on your server (requiring encryption).
If you do not have an online storefront and simply want to display your business’ information on the web, ecommerce hosting may be superfluous. Furthermore, even if you are selling something, such as subscriptions to your site or advertisements for your content, ecommerce hosting may not add anything you need to your hosting experience.
There are, however, instances when you might want to get ecommerce hosting even if you do not have an online store. Some web hosts may add useful SEO or business optimization tools to their ecommerce hosting packages, which adds value for people who may just want to monetize content-based websites. Moreover, your business may not have an online store now but may get one in the near future. If the cost of ecommerce hosting is not much greater than regular hosting, it may be worth it to go ahead and get it or make sure your host offers an upgrade path.