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Which Web Design & hosting service is best for me?

Nov 20, 2008 1:45AM PST

I'm looking at starting up a little e-commerce buisness. With these components:

1) A free area with news feeds that people can subscribe for free. I should be able to do this fairly simply using a blog/rss feed system.

2) A storefront where people can purchase doc pdf and ppt files. Ideally they make their payment through Paypal and then recieve a unique link or the file via e-mail. I have NO IDEA how to go about this part. I understand paypal and the e-commerce connection, but what about triggering an automatic e-mail that delivers the purchased product?

3)I don't need anything fancy as far as site design. I am horrible at designing my own site (I do not have an eye for beauty or ease of use!) so I just want a clean template where the above parts can work together.

So, what hosts would you recommend and what should I make sure they offer (besides the basics of 99.9% uptime, ect)? If this has already been answered in the above posts, just point me to them, I couldn't find anything.

Thanks for your help!

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Nov 20, 2008 3:29AM PST

Ok, I've done some more research and came across Payloadz. It seems pretty straight forward. Any thoughts or other recommendations?

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Which Web Design & hosting service is best for me?
Dec 8, 2008 5:32AM PST

From whatever little I know, I think CRELOADED is best for ecommerce websites

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Some Options
Dec 10, 2008 2:02PM PST

You have many options that you can choose from:

1st - You can pay a webmaster $250 to $5000 to build you a web site and allow them to host it.

2nd - You can go to a site like and find a web host that comes with sitebuilder software and you can build your own site.

3rd - You can choose any of the hosts listed at the web site above and use a free website builder software like wordpress to build your site... This is an easy way to build a quality looking website.

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Dec 15, 2008 4:04AM PST