Great question for someone like me who hasn't begun to build their site yet but is throwing the ideas around in her head. My goal is to build a site for those who have to eat a gluten-free diet, as I do. The purpose of my site is to educate consumers on their gluten-free choices while selling those products that I review. I envision the use of You Tube videos on my site as I prepare foods and educate. I guess it'll be a hybrid e-commerce site/educational type of thing.
Obviously, I'm not there yet. All I've done is reserve the domain name! www.everythingbutwheat.com!
I look forward to learning more through your group!
We use an E-Commerce provider called Fortune3 for our Webstore, www.GunGearUSA.com. We searched quite extensively and had it narrowed down to Fortune3 and Volusion. The two features that pushed us to Forune3 were 1) no additional bandwidth charges. We saw a consistent theme of complants from users that they had outrageous charges and there was no way to estimate them. Since we planned on using videos and lots of pictures, this was a little scary. Otherwise, Volusion has a really nice platform and many people love them. 2) Fortune3 is actually software...so, you can make changes to the site offline and then upload the changes. This feature allows you to work faster since you do not have to wait for the internet to 'catch up.'
We also use Ebay, but that is another topic!
Great point about the bandwidth issue with Volusion. They've got a lot of people using their platform and I think it was probably a win-win with either platform you used.
Curious - What was your motivation to go with a hosted platform instead of self-hosted?