The biggest fear of any ecommerce store owner is to see their website crash during the peak shopping season. As a smart ecommerce store owner, you would not want that to happen to your website. Would you?
At this point, many thoughts will be bubbling in your head like ‘not another rant on hosting…’
And, this one isn’t a rant. In fact, it helps you learn the gems that work behind the scenes and help you make a sensible decision while choosing the right hosting plan for your ecommerce business.
Most ecommerce store owners simply ignore the basic requirements while buying a hosting. And, when they have paid for a whole year, and are down the lane… around two to three months, they come to realize how crucial choosing the right web host is. =
We aim to help you make the right decision about the best hosting for Magento before you proceed with the inception of your ecommerce store.
Here is what you will learn in this post:
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Why Hosting Matters?
Your website is only as powerful as the type of web hosting service it uses. A website hosting not only empowers you to publish content/feature products online, but it also helps you earn more revenue from the website.
For example, a faster hosting will increase the speed of the website. This in return will help the customers buy more products from the website or ecommerce store, improving the conversion rates.
So, in short, we can simply settle on the fact that a feature-rich hosting benefits the users more.
Types of Web Hosting
The best way to understand web hosting is through the ‘flat and house’ example.
Let’s say you purchase a flat or an apartment. The apartment is great but it has certain limitations. You can only have a few people living in it. The washing area is shared. Parking is shared. The waiting area is shared. Except for a few rooms, all the space in the apartment building will be shared among other users. You can’t invite more people because your neighbors will probably get angry and ask your guests to leave.
In hosting lingo, this is a shared hosting space.
Now let’s replace it with a house. You have a whole house to you. Your house is spacious and you can invite a lot of people to your house. Now you don’t have to share the space with other people. In short, you can do whatever you want. But, your costs have suddenly increased. Moreover, what if you want to throw a bigger party? You can’t ask your neighboring house to rent the space to you.
In hosting lingo, this is a dedicated hosting space or a virtual private server.
Now let’s consider that you have bought a whole society. And, you can rent more societies in the area on a day’s notice. How will that feel? In fact, you can limit your requirements to a single house, or an apartment, if you want to. How does that sound?
In hosting lingo, this is a cloud hosting service. You can get as many servers as you want or can limit yourself to a single one. You will only be charged for the services you use.
Which Type of Hosting Is Best For Magento Ecommerce Stores?
Well, there is no single honest answer to this query. For many, a simple shared hosting will suffice. For some, even a virtual private server won’t fulfill the requirements. So, what is your best bet?
Let’s see what some other hosting experts have said about this dilemma.
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Almost all of these are in favor of a reliable web hosting company that offers faster page loading speed, improved bandwidth, and data transfer speed, and helps optimize websites for SEO.
Now, let’s shortlist some of these hosting features.
Hosting Features to look for in a web hosting provider
The first thing to check while buying a web host is its scalability. A simple rule of thumb is that hosting services that are on a single server are not scalable. This includes shared hosting, dedicated hosting, and even VPS hosting. These are not scalable at all.
On the other hand, you are left with the cloud hosting service. Cloud hosting is scalable because you are not limited to a single server alone.
You should be paying for only the resources you use. Shared hosting and VPS hosting services ask for a monthly payment for unlimited resources. In reality, there is always a limit to anything.
Point to note: Nothing is unlimited
So, when a website hosting service tells you that it is offering something unlimited, make sure to dig further. Don’t just trust them for the words.
With that said, most shared hosting prices range from $3 to $10 per month. VPS hosting can range from $7 to $20. Cloud Hosting can range from $10 to $200 or even more as it depends on the requirements of the company, the type of cloud used, and the company offering it.
Next thing to check while buying a web hosting service is if it offers one-click installation. Many shared hosting services have a Cpanel that uses Softaculous software for one-click installation of CMS and ecommerce platforms. But these are limited to just installation. On the other hand, VPS and Cloud servers need to set up by installing an OS and then apps or software on top of it. Most server administrators prefer CentOS, a Linux based OS, to set up the servers.
However, you can get the 1-Click installation of services through managed hosting services like Cloudways. They offer optimized apps for faster speed. These apps consume less bandwidth and offer a tweaked stack for hosting web content.
Bandwidth plays a crucial role in searching for a decent hosting for your Magento ecommerce store. A web hosting service may offer ‘unlimited’ bandwidth with a shared hosting plan. In reality, what it is offering is either 20GB or 50GB bandwidth.
But then again, it depends on the type of store you have. A decent ecommerce store with a page size of around 100KB, receiving 1000 visitors per day, will require a bandwidth at a minimum of 10GB. But, the story gets a little complicated when more users stay signed-in will need at least 1TB of bandwidth. A shared or a VPS hosting server won’t suffice it.
For an ecommerce store that is on the verge of scaling, and receives a decent number of visitors on a daily basis, a basic cloud will be a better option than VPS or Dedicated servers.
Here are a few reasons why:
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