Whether you are planning to start a new online venture from scratch or taking your existing brick-and-mortar business online, finding a platform that is uniquely tailored for eCommerce and is equipped with features that can cater to your hosting requirements, is paramount to online success.
Apparently, Magento is the world’s most powerful and flexible eCommerce platform engineered for online businesses of all types. However, being a highly scalable solution that doesn’t rely on external software to run efficiently, Magento requires strong servers and more resources than other platforms. Also, which edition of Magento you choose for your online store function will affect your hosting requirements.
So, before we get into the hosting requirements, let’s take a quick insight into the two editions of Magento.
COMMUNITY EDITION (OPEN-SOURCE)
This edition is free to download and specifically designed for small businesses and developers who know their way around Magento. It includes basic Magento features as well as community-driven support.
ENTERPRISE EDITION (PAID)
Aimed for fast-growing and large businesses, this is a paid edition which provides additional functionalities to give you more control over your website. With the paid edition, you have access to expert support, features and extensions that allow for higher scalability and performance.
Both the Magento editions offer out of the box features which make it easier for small and large businesses to set up online but require an optimised hosting plan for efficient function.
Let’s move on to Magento hosting requirements.
To set up Magento, your system must have a LAMP or LNMP stack.
L stands for Linux Operating System.
A stands for Apache HTTP Server or Ngnix Server.
M stands for MySQL relational database management system.
P stands for PHP programming language.
Before you download and install Magento, you must configure your local server to run these four elements.
The next requirement is a hosting plan.
You will need to select a hosting plan depending on which Magento edition you are using for your eCommerce website. There are four types of hosting plans you can choose from:
In this hosting, a single server is dedicated to a single website. The option gives you much control over your resources and the server.
Advanced technical support
No security risks and performance issues due to other websites
Admin access which allows you to customise your resources.
Higher hosting costs
Basic knowledge of server technology needed in case of unmanaged hosting service
Ideal for: businesses that operate multiple websites and want more control over their hardware and data privacy.
Virtual Private Server
It provides a dedicated server in a shared hosting environment. A physical server is divided into several virtual machines which are used by each website as a dedicated infrastructure.
- More stable and reliable than shared hosting
- Provides more flexibility to customise
- Resources are distributed evenly amongst all websites
- No website’s performance issues will affect others’ performance.
- It is more expensive than shared hosting.
Ideal for: website owners that want the control of a more private server but aren’t willing to invest in a completely dedicated server.
It allows you to store and run your website on the same server as multiple other websites and share your resources (CPU, RAM, memory etc.) with them.
- Affordable pricing
- No technical knowledge required
- The configuration and setup are taken care of by the host
- No customisation
- Resources are shared so there’s less for you to use.
- Speed issues may occur if one of the websites incurs traffic spikes or a functional error.
- Poses security vulnerabilities
Ideal for: small websites and personal blog that do not receive much traffic.
It is somewhat like VPS hosting where your website is stored on a virtual machine which is part of a whole network of computers instead of one physical server.
- High scalability
- Pay only for resources you use
- Reduced chances of downtime due to server malfunction
- limited control over the cloud infrastructure.
- Even with best security standards in place, storing data in external cloud servers can cause security issues.
Ideal for: growing websites that need to be scaled further frequently.
If you are still confused which hosting plan will work best with your Magento website, speak to one of our experts at Amaze.
Besides hosting requirements, configuring your server properly is important to ensure great efficiency and website performance. When it comes to the hardware past, heavy Magento websites demand a more powerful processer (CPU).
Another crucial hardware consideration when setting up Magento, is RAM. How much RAM your store requires is generally determined by how busy your store remains. In general, it is advised to have a minimum of 512MB of RAM dedicated to your Magento store. Moreover,
- 1 GB is a baseline for most small stores that don’t received much traffic.
- 2 GB is optimal if you get a fair number of visitors on a daily basis.
- 2GB + is recommended if your store is constantly growing with its daily traffic rate increasing at a decent pace.
Larger stores will need over 5GB of disk space, preferably SSD for smooth performance.
Apart from hardware recommendations, a great hosting plan should include reliable programs and features to protect the website from hackers. Regardless of the hosting plan you buy, Amaze hosting service includes a firewall program, DDoS protection, SSL integration and regular backups. Our expert team makes sure that your server is running on the latest software and is regularly updated with latest security patches.
Last but not the least, when you are running an online store, things may go wrong when you least expect them. A few seconds of downtime can cost you thousands of dollars of sales. We don’t want this to happen to our clients. Thus, a dedicated team of technical specialists is always on standby to assist you with your queries and address any functional errors as quickly as possible.