Contact FutureLearn for Support
Skip main navigation
We use cookies to give you a better experience, if that’s ok you can close this message and carry on browsing. For more info read our cookies policy.
We use cookies to give you a better experience. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or read our cookies policy for more information.
Cloud with different computer devices
Self Hosted eCommerce

Self Hosted eCommerce

Self hosted means you have installed the software on your own computer - examples of self hosted eCommerce platforms are WooCommerce and Magento.

Advantages

  • More flexibility on customisation of look and feel of the store, providing your customers with the user experience you want them to experience
  • Easy to change as your business evolves
  • Policies regarding what is displayed, ownership of images etc. are controlled by you, not by the host provider
  • If the host company closes its doors, you are not impacted and your shopfront will still remain operational.

Disadvantages

  • Coding knowledge and outsourcing is often required (increasing your costs to start up your online store)
  • Poor implementation can result in increased system vulnerability and exposure to fraudulent activity by hackers
  • Increased costs to ensure extra security
  • There can be limited support beyond forums and blogs.

Share this article:

This article is from the free online course:

Online Business: Planning for Success

RMIT University