Embarking on a journey in the choppy eCommerce waters on your own can be overwhelming and time-consuming. Challenges arise almost every step of the way and you are never 100% sure what the outcome is going to be.
That’s why you need a reliable partner in your corner. This makes everything so much easier. Whether it’s the right Magento development agency that will handle all the technical project requirements or an experienced cloud hosting partner – you have to be sure that your eCommerce business always has a safety net.
And that safety net was the underlying topic of a recent interview that our CEO gave for a prominent website, joining other Magento industry leaders and influential figures who were featured there.
In the interview, Milos talked about his Magento journey and how he entered the entrepreneurship waters as the Lobbster’s CEO. He also covered various aspects of leading successful Magento projects and addressing recurring problems such as security and optimization. As he likes to point out – A store can be perfectly built, managed, and optimized, but if the underlying structure fails, everything still goes down.
Unfortunately, this happens more often than not. In the early stage of planning their business, eCommerce owners spend a lot of time researching things like domain names, brand names, website layouts, and how to create the overall appearance of a website. But many of them overlook finding a good hosting provider that can meet the necessary technical requirements of their eCommerce business. And we all know that your platform is as strong as your hosting provider. Without reliable website hosting, your shop is exposed to security vulnerabilities, data loss, downtime, slow loading times, and poor SEO performance.
Cloudways & Lobbster: Partnership Made to Last
The only way to avoid this is to do your research and find a trustworthy cloud service provider. Or leave that heavy lifting to us. We already have long-lasting partnerships with several providers, one of them being the renowned Cloudways.
They can ensure all the elements necessary for your eCommerce success: a stable server environment and resources, minimal downtime, effortless operations, and round-the-clock support. We can build you an enticing and user-friendly website that converts, but when it comes to hosting, Cloudways is the provider to turn to.
Website Hosting 101
If you are new to the eCommerce world and are still struggling with grasping the whole hosting conundrum, you’re in luck. Below you can find everything you’ll need to make a good hosting choice.
A good cloud hosting service provider is one that ensures a stable server environment and minimizes downtime. Maintaining effortless operations is crucial in eCommerce so make sure to find a provider that you can rely on. With that in mind, here is the list of things you need to consider:
First, you should decide what kind of hosting you want.
Shared hosting is a good choice for small websites that have low traffic. You would have to share the resources with multiple users, which can impact your site’s performance, but for very small websites, this is sometimes a sensible and cost-efficient way to go.
Virtual private server (VPS) hosting: offers better control compared to shared hosting, but for this you need to have your own virtual server environment.
With dedicated hosting, you get a physical server on your own. This ensures a very high level of customization and performance.
The best option for sure is cloud hosting. It guarantees scalability on demand. With cloud housing, you can scale your resource up or down instantly.
Secondly, there are some important things that your future provider should have:
- Server Stability:
When you have it, it strengthens your server infrastructure with ongoing maintenance, security updates, as well as performance optimizations. All this keeps your website secure and up to date.
- Good Performance Optimization:
This helps enhance the speed and efficiency of your website. Good hosting providers often offer caching mechanisms, CDN integration, and other techniques that improve loading times.
- Technical Support:
You should have it round the clock. Having technical support 24/7 means there is always someone adequate to assist you and prevent further issues and money loss.
Allows you to handle increased traffic and transactions during peak periods without compromising performance or user experience. If you choose a good provider, you’ll always be able to scale your resources and accommodate rising traffic.
- Appropriate Server Location:
The physical location of the servers can significantly affect your website loading times. So you should look for those geographically closer to your target audience.
- Security Features:
SSL certificate, DDoS protection, and regular backups are a must. Do not opt for server providers who do not have it.
Last but not least, you may want to take into consideration the following as well:
- Cost – always compare hosting plans and features provided
- User interface – intuitive control can save you a lot of time
- Additional services – domain registration, website builder tools, and email hosting are nice to have
- Reputation – read all the reviews, just in case
I hope you find the list helpful, but if you have any more questions, feel free to ping us any time. The Lobbster team is always happy to help, no matter what kind of eCommerce doubts you have. From building robust e-shops that entice more purchases, to support, maintenance & hosting issues, the Lobbsters got you covered!