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Magento Hosting Requirements and Recommendations


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Magento is a great solution for e-commerce, but it has higher server demands than other open source e-commerce platforms. It is mostly related to the fact that Magento’s architecture is very flexible and powerful, which allows developers to extend it easily, but requires more resources to maintain this flexibility. Anyways, it does not mean that Magento site cannot work fast, if you set up the site properly and invest in a good web hosting for Magento you can get a very fast website. Let’s overview what are the options for Magento hosting.

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Magento Hosting Requirements and Recommendations

  1. 1. Magento Hosting Requirements and Recommendations 1
  2. 2. Magento architecture is very flexible and powerful. And, it requires more resources to maintain this flexibility. Anyways, it does not mean that Magento site cannot work fast. If you set up the site properly and invest in a good web hosting, you can get a very fast website. 2
  3. 3. 3 Hosting options for Magento websites What are they?
  4. 4. 4 Virtual Private Server (VPS) Shared Hosting Dedicated Server Cloud Hosting
  5. 5. Shared Hosting Shared hosting allows to share a physical web server and its resources among the multiple hosted websites. 5 Affordable pricing within $5-20/month range No administration skills required No customization High chances for security vulnerability Performance issues due the lack of capacities
  6. 6. Invest some time in selecting a reliable hosting partner that can handle the stated issues. 6 Tip 1 You should consider this option, if you have very small amount of products and do not expect much traffic on your website. Tip 2
  7. 7. Dedicated Server 7 Reliable option Advanced technical support Great performance Administration access that allows to install and configure software Hefty monthly charges starting from $50/month; for decent hardware - from $200/month This is a single server dedicated to a single customer or task.
  8. 8. You should consider the dedicated server solution, if you have many products, several websites/stores under one Magento installation or/and a high number of daily visitors. 8 Tip
  9. 9. Virtual private server VPS is a virtual server that the user perceives as a dedicated/private server even though it is installed on a physical computer running multiple operating systems. 9 Better performance compared to shared hosting Cost effective (starting from $40/month) Full control over the server settings Better security Limited resources Requires technical knowledge
  10. 10. If you are getting stable amount of traffic and need more functionality without burdening your budget – VPS is the best solution. 10 Tip
  11. 11. Cloud Hosting 11 It is hosting service that is provided to customers via multiple connected servers that comprise a cloud. The best stability / cost ratio performance Scalability Control over server configuration files Security problems The most of times no real support
  12. 12. Great option for growing companies. 12 Tip
  13. 13. Сonfiguration of your server 13
  14. 14. Hardware the most important components ● Powerful processor (CPU) ● Memory (RAM): starting from 512Mb ● Disk Storage: 5GB+; preferably SSD storage 14
  15. 15. Configure your server properly. Well- configured weak server may perform better than improperly configured powerful one. 15 Tip
  16. 16. Host your site in the same country where your clients are. The closer to the server they are the faster the site will load. For sites oriented on global market use CDN. Static content will be delivered from the server closest to customers. Server location 16
  17. 17. Administration and Support ● Technical staff must be experienced with Magento. ● When selecting hosting provider check reviews about support staff – their responsiveness, competence, reaction time. 17
  18. 18. Security and Reliability ● Firewall ● SSL certificate ● DDoS attacks protection ● Server monitoring/alert ● Backup tools/services ● RAID 0 storage 18 Services offered by hosting companies:
  19. 19. Operating System and Web Server Nginx Apache 19 Linux CentOS Operating System Web server
  20. 20. Server performance utilities 20 Magento requires solid caching, so the following tools should be set up on server: ● APC (sometimes it will be enough) ● Memcached ● Redis ● Varnish (more advanced tool, should be configured very carefully)