Everything you need to know about eCommerce Hosting Services

If you’re an eCommerce store owner and your business sales and revenue rely more than ever on technology, you can often find yourself in a situation where you experience lack of time, technical expertise or resources to spend on hosting and system administration. Your website performance and reliability of its hosting are critical for success. And if your team is not able to properly operate and maintain the underlying infrastructure, you need to consider to hire a hosting service provider.

Hosting providers take all your frustrations associated with the eCommerce industry away and provide a robust environment for your online store to thrive in. They are equipped with customized hosting solutions and take special care of your servers to let your store reach full potential.

Here’s a quick guide to types of hosting services and what role do they play to meet your eCommerce needs for the highest level of performance and uptime.

Types of Hosting Services

Hosting services offer store owners the opportunity to display diverse content on the Internet by providing the server space and related services. Most hosts offer multiple hosting packages which may be wildly different, so first figure out your hosting needs and then look at various providers and what they offer for your business needs. Here are the four major categories: Shared, VPS, Dedicated and Cloud hosting services

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is a budget-friendly option, best for beginners. It is incredibly cheap and boasts lots of unlimited features, but it’s not always very accurate. In a shared hosting environment, the host puts multiple users on a single server where each user may have a number of sites and all websites share the server’s resources. If one website has some faulty code or just gets a lot of visitors, it could use most of a server’s memory. This can lead to websites loading slowly or going down for people who have nothing to do with the site the issue originated at.

VPS Hosting

Virtual Private Server (VPS) is the most popular hosting service to upgrade. VPS servers are highly configurable, scalable and provide great flexibility as your account is contained within virtual machines, you can make changes or modify your environment without affecting others.

Managed Hosting

Managed or dedicated hosting is the best option if your site exceeds 100k visits monthly. It is an IT model where the host or the third party hosting provider offers support for all the tasks for servers that are owned or hired by you. This also includes automated backups and monitoring. With managed hosting services, the hardware, the OS, and other applications – all are managed by the hosting providers which usually comes with:

  • Installing software applications
  • Provision of technical support
  • Deployment and configuration of the infrastructure
  • Supervision and management of resources
  • Detecting and fixing any problems that may occur and installing updates

The basic services of different managed hosting companies are similar, but how and what they manage vary from company to company. The host usually provides the services in three categories: Application Management, Infrastructure Management, and OS Management & Monitoring.

So, which type of hosting is the best for your business?

The one which fits better with the tasks to be carried out and can fully serve your business needs.

To make things clearer, let’s have an overview of advantages of managed hosting:

Benefits of Fully Managed Hosting

  • The environment in which your online store runs is always up-to-date.
  • The hosting service provider always takes care of website speed optimization, so there are fewer chances of downtime.
  • The provider is responsible for handling data backups and security with high priority.
  • There’s a wide range of hosting solutions for any type of client need and problems.
  • The infrastructure maintenance is the responsibility of the hosting provider
  • Cyber-security is of high importance; the hosting service providers have a multilayered authentication and protection

If you’re ready to outsource your infrastructure and give its charge in someone else’s hands, it is very important to have a clear picture of your competence and your expectations towards the hosting partner.

In the next post, we’ll cover deep insight on how to choose the right managed hosting service provider and how Krish TechnoLabs proves to be an ideal managed hosting partner in the Magento Commerce Cloud environment.

Justin Thomas

An eCommerce Specialist with over 4 years’ experience specializing in advising small to medium sized online retailers including start-ups.

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