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    Need Web Hosting Recommendations

    Hello, I'm about an hour old here and hoping you guys can help me out. I am looking for a web hosting site that includes product filtering by attributes (color, size, price, etc.). Currently I am with Big Commerce and filtering via attributes is not offered through the standard plans. I need a company that offers this feature but the monthly plan is under $100. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thank you!

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    Most of us subscribe to a standard shared webhost (like GoDaddy), where we have created our own websites and database. Therefore, all scripting is done by the site owner. This includes installing our own ecommerce programs, or CMS systems, like WordPress, Joomla, etc.

    It seems like you're looking for a webhost that actually hosts their own ecommerce system that you use ... not necessarily your own website, but something hosted by them. You only have control over uploading your items? They have control over the shopping cart, transaction, etc?

    What do you sell, and how many items are you talking about?
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    Thank you for responding. I am selling prescription glasses, sunglasses and accessories. I do not have the technical know how to build a database via Big Commerce. That is why I was hoping I could find a site that has attribute filtering built in. I have about 175 styles right now (which means probably about 300-ish skus). I will be adding several new brands soon so that number will probably triple shortly. Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! -Angela

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    It looks like you might have to hire a programmer to help out?

    You could subscribe to a webhost like godaddy, and have a responsive template installed.

    Here are examples of templates that can be purchased:
    Google

    A template which is on its own would need programming to allow to upload products and content. But you can view those demos to see what templates can do.

    It might give you ideas and inspiration.
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    Max is right. You need one of two things:

    1) A third-party cart that combines hosting and product attribute filtering. That could be tough. I don't know of any off the top of my head, but then again, I usually build my own carts.
    2) A cart such as Cactushop that comes with attribute filtering, but requires a programmer to customize it for you. I've used this one for a client, and it's dated but still does what you want. If you go this route, this is where Max's suggestion of a separate web host comes into play. If you want to see it in action, go here: Creating Comforts Marketplace . "Shop by Mattress" on the bottom left uses the filters. Some more filters are being added in the next few weeks (that's where I come into play...I'm the programmer. Someone else created the layout.)

    The major advantage to #2 is that you control everything as far as where it's hosted, where your data is stored, how often it's backed up, etc. You don't have that with a third party cart. The downside, obviously, is the cost of the programmer.
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    Thank you! I welcome continued advice on this attribute topic.

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    Not to sound negative, but this might be all you get. Most people on here don't have e-commerce experience and quite a few are in your boat...newcomers looking for information and that have legitimate questions in that regard. It's great that you're asking and it's great that you're trying to find out, but even in 2015 there aren't a lot of us that have built or maintained an e-commerce website.

    What I would suggest is to take what we've given you thus far, albeit not a whole lot, and combine it with what you can find out. Keep asking questions as well. You might only get 1-2 answers, but hopefully the quality makes up for the quantity.

    Another cart you might want to look at is VP-ASP, as they offer a hosted solution. They do allow for attribute inclusion, although I'm not 100% sure about filtering. The client I have that uses this cart organizes all his products by category/subcategory and that's how I filter them. I don't know if there's a built-in product attribute filtering aspect, although you can ask them. Someone may have coded an add-on as well. If not, it's pretty easy to work with from a programming perspective and it can be built in.
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    Hey Amiconi,

    You can take a look at the hosting plans, this might be a source of help

    Have a great day!


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