E-Commerce Websites: Making the right call with Web Hosting Services
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E-commerce website projects are the most modern version of the archetypical cash cow of this century. Now, more than ever, in a post-COVID-19 world, which is pushing more and more people towards contactless delivery and online purchases. These days people want to avoid shopping in crowded and public places as much as possible. So, like it or not, many businesses have to improvise, adapt and overcome the challenges they face in the wake of the pandemic. That is necessary if they want to stay relevant and maximize their earning potential. And we can guarantee that 99% of businesses want exactly that. This is also a great time for newcomers to make their mark.
Whether you are an old business looking to establish a digital presence, or a new one making things from scratch, it all starts by selecting the right web hosting service. You do nоt want to overspend on something you will not need, but you also do not want your website to experience issues by underestimating its needs!
In this latest blog post, HostArmada gives you the much-needed know-how on choosing the best solution for you based on the needs of your budding e-commerce website. Keep on traversing this post for more information!
When is Shared Hosting suitable for E-commerce?
Let’s start with the most common and accessible type of web hosting available on the market for your e-commerce project: Shared Web Hosting.
Several customers and websites (you guessed it!) share the same server when it comes to shared hosting. It is, on average, more affordable and practical in more ways than one. It is uncomplicated and straightforward to get started. The web hosting plan’s pricing, technical support, disk storage, and optimization are essential features to consider when purchasing a shared web hosting service.
We spent a lot of time refining our Shared Hosting services to give you the best in all those categories mentioned above. This is why we can speak with certainty that our shared solutions are excellent for both startups and already existing websites. However, there is a slight exception to keep in mind: If you are ready to get serious about your project or see web traffic increase, you probably will not want to settle down with a shared hosting plan in the long run.
Of course, some cases are unique, and if you have questions regarding your e-commerce fitting on one of our Shared Hosting plans, we encourage you to contact our sales chat and discuss it with our trained agents!
Heading straight for VPS and Beyond
What is known as a Virtual Private Server (VPS) is similar to Shared Hosting in the sense that VPS customers still share a server, but advanced partitioning technology allows the VPS user to have greater control, flexibility, and customization over those who use Shared Hosting. With a VPS, you almost always get a slew of extra features, including what most people look for in a VPS: root access and a dedicated IP address. And our own VPS solutions are no exception to that norm!
Whenever you do some digging around, you will always find that any enterprising e-commerce website always outgrows Shared Hosting sooner or later. And in some particularly ambitious or well-established projects, Shared Hosting was skipped altogether in favor of starting out with a VPS server. In some cases, a VPS will even be necessary because a Shared Hosting environment might meet not the demands and needs of the online project the same way that a Virtual Private Server would.
Fully Managed means Fully Reliable for E-commerce projects
What does it mean to be fully managed when it comes to VPS or Dedicated Servers? It is simple. The web host, who provides the server, also provides technical support and manages the server for the customer. We all know that it takes time and effort to manage and grow your e-commerce project, so having a web hosting solution that is already managed, will allow you to focus all your energy on your business instead of having to worry about the VPS as well. So this is a great feature to have and why you should consider getting a VPS if your own e-commerce website will require the resources and custom environment that it offers.
*Note: The more custom and niche your e-commerce software and requirements are, the greater the chance that your web host might not be able to provide you with a fully managed solution. In cases where you are not sure if we will be able to provide you with a fully managed solution, it is best to consult directly with our team on chat.
Upgrade guidelines for existing e-commerce projects
Let’s say you have already got a web hosting solution on a shared hosting plan but are experiencing some issues with your website that do not seem to originate from the website itself. Then you are likely reaching the resource capabilities of your hosting environment. This is quite normal and actually a sign of the success of your e-commerce. After all, usually, this will happen only when it has been growing or getting more traffic. The background processes running behind the scenes to keep your commercial project moving along and earning capital can push your shared hosting to its limits if there are a lot of customers and visitors on your website.
Just so we can help you understand better here is a list of resources that your website could have reached the acceptable usage on your shared hosting plan in order to make you seriously consider upgrading to a VPS solution.
These are the resources in question:
- CPU Consumption
- RAM Usage
- Database Size
- Monthly Bandwidth
On HostArmada the acceptable usage of server resources varies based on the Shared Hosting plan that you are using. To get more in-depth information about each type of resource and whether you need to upgrade, it is best to consult with our team. You can be sure that whenever you have reported an issue and we have detected the need for an upgrade from Shared Hosting to VPS, we will tell you about it and immediately suggest the most suitable upgrade option for you based on your individual case.
While there are many factors to the success of e-commerce, everything starts with the foundation, and the foundation is always built upon the web hosting solution used to host the website. This is why we want you to be aware of what is the best choice for your online project. This is a balanced choice made between affordability, room for growth, and the demands of the website itself.
If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns feel free to reach back to us at any time. HostArmada remains ready to be deployed 24/7!