Running an ecommerce business is no easy task. The list of daily tasks could be endless. But one thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is your ecommerce server. Finding an affordable server with rock-solid reliability and scalability can be more difficult than you think. With so many server hosting providers available, how do you know which one to choose?
In many cases, there are providers that host an ecommerce store for you, but you end up completely locked into their platform with no way to migrate in the future. Continue reading to see how ServerMania can help.Chat with an Expert
What should you look for in an Ecommerce hosting provider?
There are three main server types to choose from for your ecommerce website hosting: Hybrid, Cloud, and Dedicated Servers. The server type you select is largely based on the size of your ecommerce website. It’s important to choose an appropriate server type from the beginning as server migrations can mean downtime for your customers.
For large-scale ecommerce sites, Dedicated Servers are the best option as they provide you with resources completely dedicated to your customers. You are the only client using the hardware, so you can use the entire resources of the platform without worrying about other users impacting you.
Cloud Servers are ideal for ecommerce sites that have moderate traffic, but may see a surge of traffic in the future. These servers pool resources across hundreds of servers, guaranteeing 100% uptime. They are instantly scaleable, which means that server resources can be instantly increased at the touch of a button. This is great for flash sales or if your site gets featured on social media.
Hybrid Servers are suitable for small to medium sized ecommerce businesses. They use the same technology as a Virtual Private Server, but feature much fewer tenants per server. This delivers significantly increased performance over traditional VPS hosting. Hybrid Servers are not scalable, so you would need to migrate to a new server if your site grows significantly.
The processor you select for a ecommerce server will impact how efficiently the server is able to handle the daily traffic from your customers. Larger ecommerce sites with thousands of products and many active users will need much more processing power than a shop with only a few SKUs.
It’s best to take a look at the recommended processor requirements of the ecommerce software you are using. Many will provide you with resources to understand the best processor for your needs.
Dual Xeon E5 processors are a popular choice for many large ecommerce sites, so they are a good starting point for most site owners.
There are two main types of storage disks: Hard Disk Drive (HDD), and Solid State Drive (SSD) SSD drives provide significantly faster I/O performance compared to HDD, which makes them absolutely perfect for ecommerce hosting.
As customers visiting your site will expect your pages and product images to load quickly, we recommend choosing SSD over a traditional HDD. The performance improvements will more than pay for their increased cost.
Data redundancy is an important aspect of an ecommerce site. Any hard drive failure could mean hours of downtime for your clients, costing thousands of dollars in sales. RAID is a great option for maintaining disk integrity. It duplicates and stripes data across multiple hard drives to ensure that no data is lost in the event of a drive failure.
Ecommerce hosting solutions need to be hosted on premium network connections to ensure that users around the globe can quickly order products from your business. If a user navigates to your site and sees it loading slowly, they are much more likely to head to your competitors.
Take a look at the network upstream providers that your ecommerce server provider utilizes. A company that stands by its network connections will provide you with test IPs and files to show how the networks perform with your location. You will also want to work with a provider that offers excellent connectivity to your client’s location so if your target audience is located in Canada, you will want the server to also be hosted there.
You should look for a provider that offers Tier 1 connectivity and redundant network routes. A Tier 1 network is a network that can reach every other network on the Internet quickly with low-latency routes.
Another important factor is the Service Level Agreement (SLA) that the provider guarantees on network connectivity. An ecommerce server needs to be accessible at all times, so look for a provider that offers a 100% network uptime guarantee.
The network speed and bandwidth of an ecommerce server is critical as you want your potential client’s to be able to quickly access your order form and become a customer. Any high latency that occurs during this experience could end the relationship before it even begins.
It is important to choose a bandwidth plan suitable for the amount of customers who will navigate your site. 1 Gbps network ports are the best option for ecommerce hosting as it ensures that any client connecting to the server can browse your products at an exceptionally fast rate.
One of the most important features for any ecommerce website is robust DDoS protection.
Every server on the internet is vulnerable to a Distributed Denial of Service attack. Server botnets target a server in order to take it offline, often for a ransom. This could take your site offline for hours, or even days, costing you thousands of dollars in lost revenue.
Adding DDoS protection to your ecommerce hosting services provides advanced protection against all known DDoS attack types.
When DDos protection is engaged, traffic is continuously filtered through DDoS protection appliances, resulting in no delay in protection when an attack begins. Industry leading DDoS appliances can detect attacks and mitigate them within 0 to 90 seconds.
ServerMania has the tools and expertise to provide you with the very best ecommerce hosting solutions. Our enterprise grade hardware utilizes components exclusively designed to handle even the largest ecommerce websites. Tier 1 premium network routes on DDoS protected 1Gbps ports deliver blazing fast data transfer to and from the server and a 100% network uptime guarantee means your clients can always reach you.Storage Server Hosting Solutions can be provisioned in 6 locations in 4 countries
Our servers support any Linux or Windows ecommerce software solutions. Some of the more popular ones include:
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An ecommerce server is a server designed exclusively for hosting a website that can sell products or services to clients. This could be a small site to sell products to a local community, all the way up to a cluster of thousands of servers that could host a site like Amazon.
If you already have an existing online business, or are looking to launch a new site that sells products or services to clients, then an ecommerce server is a good option for you.
A variety of data redundancy options are available depending on the number of hard drives in the server. We offer RAID 0 all the way up to hardware RAID 60 with battery backup.
Our servers support any Linux or Windows ecommerce software. Some of the more popular options include:
We have a variety of server management packages available to choose from for those looking to utilize our team of professional server administrators.
Every ServerMania data center meets the strict PCI compliance requirements. This allows you to deploy a dedicated server that is PCI compliant.
Our servers utilize the same enterprise-grade hardware used at companies like Shopify. Unlike other providers, we don’t lock you into our platform. You can install any ecommerce software you would like on your server, and the data is always in your full control if you ever wish to migrate it to another provider.
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