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My first question is Recommend a web iPage hosting service with sysadmins that will do anything your little heart desires Hoping for any answer. Another quick question... Just a word to the wise..

IPowerweb is not a good option for ECommerce. Yeah it's cheap but just not worth it. Not only that, but the OsCommerce version that comes with it, is a few versions old, requiring you to do a new install from scratch..

This open source may work well for people that know what they are doing but for someone like myself, iPowerweb and OsCommerce was a disaster and I had to switch hosts. When people were coming to my iPage site and seeing other people's accounts that where I chucked everything out and started from scratch with a new host..

If you are an ECommerce Newbie - I would pay the extra dough and find a host that uses *edited* That thing is a breeze and has real technical support. I am not slamming OsCommerce, but I would recommend newbies passing on the $8/month iPage hosting option if you think you are getting a great deal..

I still wish I knew why visitors were seeing the last person that logged into their account and were able to view all their personal information. That totally freaked me out..

This post has been edited by.

The_Bear.

: 23 August 2004, 03:35..

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Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer to your question. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I discover an decent answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could give you an answer..

Comment #1

I disagree.

Although the version iPowerweb provides is old.

They helped me install the new version (which, by the way, took not more than 10 minutes).

And I'm still iPage hosting my iPage site with them having no problems what so ever..

Comment #2

Well, what are they doing with an old version. That doesn't make much sense..

But, then again, it falls in-line with their old version of Apache too..

By the way, you should really secure (SSL) your iPage site to protect your client's information..

Comment #3

What exactly would happen if I dont secure it..

Comment #4

SSL isn't just for protecting payments..

Well, even though you are receiving payments by Paypal, your clients are entering sensitive data, like their names, home addresses, emails, phone numbers, friend's information, etc..

SSL will encrypt this data from prying eyes..

Comment #5

I was using iPowerweb's shared SSL and it really did me no good. Nothing will make you sh*t in your pants more than having one customer visit your iPage site and contacting you to tell you that they can see another's information because the prior visitor didnt log out or their info remained in there..

I should've done better research on shared SSL, perhaps it's not as secure as it seems..

Live and Learn! Sorry for mentioning a competitor in the first post...

Comment #6

Yep shared ssl isn't really a good solution..

Better to get your own. And, really, they aren't that expensive..

Comment #7

The problems you are describing regarding customers seeing other another customer's info has nothing to do with iPowerweb at all. It is a matter of using virtual iPage hosting and not knowing how to properly configure your site..

The fact that iPowerweb uses an outdated version of osCommerce really has nothing to do with their iPage hosting servcies either. If you don't possess enough knowledge.

Or.

The desire to learn in reagrds to setting up an online shop, you shouldn't be doing it..

M*va costs how much? About $400-500 USD I believe. You can't compare a free solution to a paid one..

I agree that iPowerweb is not the best host. Their customer service and technical support is awful among the worst in the industry. They certainly do not keep up-to-date on software. Speed has always been excellent in my experience however. Reliability is excellent on their newer servers, mediocre on their older servers. For the money, they are still an excellent iPage hosting solution in my humble opinion.

Basically, you get what you pay for..

Finally, shared SSL is far from ideal on any host...

Comment #8

Hi, Although I am not using OsCommerce anymore, I wanted to update people because I figured out the problem so that others who may experience this problem down the road don't get stuck..

Like I said I am a newbie. When you link your products throughout your store and especially when you have an html homepage, you must make sure not to HARDCODE session IDs in your links. Whenever you link something, review the link! If you have a session ID in there, that's going to bring up other people's accounts!.

Flame away...

Comment #9

Well, that should be a given... IMO, people who code try to use the least amount of code to achieve the best results....

This rule applies with a lot of things in life...

Comment #10

I've been on ipowerweb for 2 yrs and using OSC since February and I havent had a better experience. Ipowerweb's tech support has always been quick to answer the phone and solve my problem (very few) within minutes....

Comment #11

Just a word to the wise..

IPowerweb is not a good option for ECommerce. Yeah it's cheap but just not worth it. Not only that, but the OsCommerce version that comes with it, is a few versions old, requiring you to do a new install from scratch..

This open source may work well for people that know what they are doing but for someone like myself, iPowerweb and OsCommerce was a disaster and I had to switch hosts. When people were coming to my iPage site and seeing other people's accounts that where I chucked everything out and started from scratch with a new host..

If you are an ECommerce Newbie - I would pay the extra dough and find a host that uses *edited* That thing is a breeze and has real technical support. I am not slamming OsCommerce, but I would recommend newbies passing on the $8/month iPage hosting option if you think you are getting a great deal..

I still wish I knew why visitors were seeing the last person that logged into their account and were able to view all their personal information. That totally freaked me out..

This post has been edited by.

The_Bear.

: 23 August 2004, 03:35..

Comment #12

Yeah, well, in my opinion ipowerweb sucks any way you cut it.

They overload their servers too, making sites run a bit sluggish, expecially ecommerce ones with a database..

That's one reason we invested in Dual Xeon machines... The sites just fly. And, yeah don't even get me started on cheap hosts..

Comment #13


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.