"Network Solutions is a simple, flexible solution to selling online."
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Pros
  • Excellent 24/7 customer support
  • +100 templates for your store
  • Multiple payment processors to choose from
  • Optimized for SEO
Cons
  • Many of the themes look dated
  • There’s a large price jump after the first payment term
Company Background

Network Solutions is one of the oldest website builder and domain hosts still functioning. It got its start in the early 90s and was the first DNS registry subcontracting for the U.S. government. It survived the dotcom boom and bust while building out more and more tools for small businesses and freelancers.

Plans & Pricing

Network Solutions has three core eCommerce plans which are divided based on the features you have

Starter
$7.95/mo
Standard
$9.95/mo
Premium
$19.95/mo

Starter

The entry-level tier starts at $7.95 for the first term then increases to $29.95/m. It comes with support for up to 25 products, automated resizing for photos, 1GB of storage space, up to 5 mailboxes, integrations with 15 payment gateways, and allows you to set up subscription-based products.

Standard

The standard plan starts at $9.95/m then increases to $54.95/m. It builds on the starter plan with support for 300 products, 2GB of storage space, and 50 mailboxes. Like the Starter plan, it has SEO-optimized URLs, an XML sitemap, the ability to create subdomains, and 24/7 phone support.

Premium

The premium plan starts at $19.95/m then increases to $99.95/m. It supports up to 100,000 products, allows you to create product variations, provides order import and export, supports up to 200 mailboxes, and has 5GB of storage space.
Network Solutions is priced similar to comparable eCommerce solutions but doesn’t have a free trial or free plan to test out the features. It does offer a money-back guarantee for up to 30 days so you can try risk-free and determine if it’s right for you.

Features & Functionality
General Features

Network Solutions provides the core features you’d expect from an eCommerce solution such as inventory management, multiple payment processors, and a mobile-friendly store. It also offers additional features to help you grow your brand.

Direct Quickbooks integration

The Quickbooks integration allows you to sync with the accounting application and automatically import transaction data. You’ll cut down on manual data entry and errors while saving hours preparing your books every month.

Integrate with other CMS

If you’re already running a website that gets traffic, you may not want to start over with an eCommerce store builder. Network Solutions allows you to incorporate what it calls a floating shopping cart. Just customize it and integrate it with your current CMS following the helpful guides available.

Shopping Lists

With Network solutions, customers can create and manage their own shopping list or wish list. This allows them to come back and purchase at a later date while keeping your brand top of mind in the meantime.

Product Listing & Inventory Management

The platform allows you to list up to 100,000 products on the largest pricing tier with no limits on your ability to set prices. You can also create multiple product variations, upload an unlimited number of photos for every product, customize products at checkout, and even sell downloadable goods.

You can manage inventory from the backend and any changes you make are automatically reflected on the front end of your website. It comes with a bulk upload feature which makes it easy to import a large number of products and start selling.

Payment options

Irrespective of your plan, Network Solutions offers 15 payment options including Authorize.net, PayPal, Google Checkout, CyberSource, etc. It even provides merchant account services for credit card payments. What’s interesting is that Stripe is noticeably missing as a payment option.

Security

Servers are backed up every night and there’s constant security monitoring at the data centers. It uses 128 bit SSL security for all online stores which can be upgraded to a 256 bit SSL at any time. It’s PCI compliant and has completed an SAS70 audit.

Your customer’s payment card details are not stored in a way that you can access them. Even if your website is compromised, there would be no way for attackers to steal card details which means your customers are safe in that regard.

Features
  • Number of templates
  • Drag & Drop Editor
  • Free Stock Photos
  • SEO tools
  • Social media integration
  • Visitor statistics
  • Third-party apps
  • Data security
  • Multi-lingual website
  • Inventory management
  • Payment options
  • Returns & Refunds
  • Shipping management
  • Mobile - friendly
Design

When you sign up for Network Solution’s eCommerce platform, your products are eligible to be added to MonsterMarketplace which has millions of products across different categories. Your eCommerce store is SEO optimized and has a friendly URL structure. You can also submit a product feed to major search engines and their shopping arms so they’re always up-to-date on the latest changes to your products.

Features
  • Number of templates
  • Mobile compatible templates
  • Add HTML code
  • Blog
  • Portfolio
  • Design flexibility
  • Drag & Drop Editor
  • Multi-lingual website
  • Fully customized
Multimedia Automations
Features
  • Free Stock Photos
  • Video Plug-Ins
  • Audio Plug-Ins
Marketing

When you sign up for Network Solution’s eCommerce platform, your products are eligible to be added to MonsterMarketplace which has millions of products across different categories. Your eCommerce store is SEO optimized and has a friendly URL structure. You can also submit a product feed to major search engines and their shopping arms so they’re always up-to-date on the latest changes to your products.

Features
  • SEO tools
  • Social media integration
  • Widgets + Apps
  • Abandoned cart tools
  • Newsletter tool
  • Monetization
  • Product reviews
  • Visitor statistics
  • Promotions & Discounts
  • Advertising credits
Hosting
Features
  • Number of sites
  • Free custom domain
  • Space
  • Bandwith
Ease of Use

The eCommerce website builder has a basic editor which allows you to adjust the layout, colors, fonts, images, etc. If you’ve used a website builder before then you’ll be able to find your way around the platform fairly quickly. If you’ve never used a website builder then there will be a learning curve but the key features can be mastered in a few hours or at most a few days. It’s beginner-friendly but may not have enough design flexibility for advanced users.

Customer Support

There are multiple channels you can use to get support. This allows you to select the one that’s most suitable for you and interact with the knowledgeable support team at any time.

Additional customer support:
Blog
The Network Solutions blog is focused on tips for small businesses.

24/7 Help & Support
24/7 Help & Support
24/7 support is available via phone, email, & live chat
Phone Support
Phone Support
Phone support is available to all customers
Live Online Chat
Live Online Chat
Live chat is available for all customers 24/7
Email
Email
Available for all customers and used to escalate issues
FAQ
FAQ
A short FAQ helps customers better understand the service
Final Word

Network Solutions has been around nearly as long as the internet and started as a simple domain registrar and web host. Over the years, it has evolved into a one-stop-shop for hosting, email, and website building for small businesses. The company offers a large collection of templates to build your eCommerce storefront, brings in simple SEO tools, and supports up to 100,000 products. The eCommerce platform itself is pretty rigid and doesn’t give you much design flexibility but you can whip up a decent-looking site in a matter of minutes. It excels where it matters by providing multiple payment integrations, a secure shopping platform for customers, and unlimited bandwidth. It’s for you if you want to get online quickly and don’t have complex customization needs.

Daniel Ndukwu
Author: Daniel Ndukwu
Daniel is a small business owner at large helping his peers navigate the challenges they experience on a day to day basis. His philosophy is simple, if it isn’t broken you can still make it better.