Guest Post from our partner, Nexcess.
Despite the proliferation of third-party eCommerce platforms, self-hosting is still the best option for small and medium eCommerce retailers.
New eCommerce retailers have two basic options for selling products. They can choose a third-party eCommerce platform — the usual options are marketplaces associated with established eCommerce retailers. Amazon or eBay are typical examples. Alternatively, they can choose to self-host — use an open source or paid-for eCommerce application like Magento, with the infrastructure and networking handled by a hosting company, but with much of the application management left to the retailer.