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Ecommerce Shopping Cart and Hosting Provider Recommendations

There are many, many choices to make when running a business, and referrals can make choices easier. The ecommerce recommendations below are either companies I’ve worked with personally or who come highly recommended.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

Web Hosting and Domains

  • For regular web hosting, especially WordPress hosting, I recommend SiteGround. They are very competitive value-wise, with good customer support.
  • If you need dedicated servers, I recommend LiquidWeb. They have excellent technical staff.
  • For domain name registration, I recommend Dynadot.


  • Merchant account that I use and recommend: Stripe
  • Integrated payment processing and shopping cart: PayPal
  • Hosted shopping cart that I have worked with: Mal’s E-commerce
  • For more complex e-commerce needs: Shopify and 3DCart

Search Engine Optimization & Marketing (SEO, SEM, PPC)

  • HitTail – great tool to help you find and optimize your long tail traffic.
  • A good place to learn is Jill Whalen who has a great site and newsletter.
  • If you want to really get into it, the WebmasterWorld forums are frequented by many industry experts. You might have to dig a little, but there is an amazing amount of information there.

Web Design

  • Sortfolio is a great tool to find designers, sortable by location and budget.
  • Folyo is another good place to look for designers

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EmmaWelcome, I'm Emma. I've been helping small biz owners get online for over 10 years. Here I present practical tips and perspective on the e-commerce adventure. more about me & the site »