How to choose the best hosting for Magento 2
Did you know that due to the increased demand for high-quality services in recent years, 47% of users expect a webpage to load in 2 seconds or less? While there are a lot of factors that affect website performance, today we’ll be focusing on the most vital part – hosting.
Choosing the right hosting provider is a critical step when building your store, and even more so for a Magento website. Before you decide to go with the first hosting company you see on the web, make sure you understand your company’s needs and technical requirements relevant for your future website.
The first thing to look into is hosting type. There are 4 most common types of hosting:
Shared Web Hosting
As the name implies, this type of hosting allows you to host your site on a server shared by other websites. The main advantage of this solution is that you get to use a shared superserver for a relatively low price, therefore it’s great for small and medium websites that don’t get too much traffic. For an enterprise, this might not be the best choice.
There are serious potential drawbacks here, however. If the others on your shared server have frequent load spikes it will affect your performance. And if you’re server neighbors are spammers and you have a shared IP, your email might not reach your customers.
Dedicated Web Server
Dedicated hosting, on the other hand, is more expensive than a shared one, but you have the entire server to your needs. This makes it a great solution for large eCommerce stores that get a lot of traffic and therefore need to ensure the best loading time and performance. Additionally, if you’d like to, you can have full control over everything that happens on the server.
Cloud-based hosting is a relatively new technology that has become popular in recent years. Rather than leasing a physical machine with a fixed hardware profile, you lease resource usage which can be scaled up via software. Consider needing extra hard disk space for your laptop vs Dropbox and you can understand the appeal of cloud computing since it increases uptime and at the same time decreases the possibility of errors while eliminating hardware costs and maintenance. This scalability is definitely an advantage for fast-growing businesses.
Virtual Private Server
Virtual Private server, or VPS, is somewhere in between shared and dedicated types of hosting. A dedicated server is split into a few virtual ones. This way, even though the main server is shared, you get dedicated resources for your site’s needs. VPS hosting is best for small or medium-sized businesses that have outgrown the resources of a shared hosting plan and need a more reliable hosting solution.
While all of these hosting types have their own pros and cons, cloud hosting is generally considered to be the best choice in 2020.
You should also be aware that when it comes to Magento, there are a few more tricky details.
The first one is a LAMP or LNMP stack. These acronyms stand for the Linux operating system, Apache HTTP Server or Nginx Server, MySQL relational database management system, and the PHP programming language. All of these things are needed for your Magento store to run smoothly. They must also be able to run scheduled cron jobs with PHP, and override options in .htaccess files.
Another factor that is extremely important for any eCommerce site, is security. The essential security features include the following:
- server hardening
- an advanced firewall
- DDoS protection
- SSL integrated
- automatic backups
When choosing a hosting solution for your Magento store, select a provider with a proven track record in Magento tuning. Do not forget about proxy, caching, reverse proxy, load balancing, and other recommendations your Magento development team might have.
Decima Digital team is always here to help. If you have any doubts on what type of hosting to choose, do not hesitate to reach out to our team for expert advice. Stay tuned!