More and more people in the world prefer tumultuous shopping trips to various online shopping sites. It is profitable and convenient — the cost of goods is lower, and the range is much more saturated, and the product can be selected by setting the necessary search criteria. Online shopping platforms are becoming a very popular way of doing business.
What does an online store need?
Marketplace on the Internet above all is obliged to bring to the owner profit. What do you need? Convenient site, flexible price policy, high-quality goods in a wide assortment. And «for dessert» — high-quality hosting. After all, if the site-server store constantly «falls», the site may go down in the search engine issue of Yandex or Google, or drop out of the index of search, and the owner will lose potential customers.
What should be a good hosting for an online store
The ideal hosting provider is required to meet several stringent requirements.
Adequate cost of hosting services
Choosing the hosting company and the optimal tariff, you must immediately give up thinking to save by choosing too cheap or free hosting. Mischief, as they say, pays twice — practice has already shown to many businessmen that saving on the availability and quality of the store's work is not allowed. The price for the «plug» for the services of providers for an online store is large — the price of services is determined by the type of lease.
- The first and least expensive form is a virtual hosting that does not have large resources. At one server, there may be several thousand information sites, and many of them have one IP address. This type can satisfy the requests of the owner of the Internet kiosk, or the site of the wizard, who sells a small assortment of their own products;
- Dedicated virtual server (VPS or VDS) — a physical server that usually supports a small number of different virtual servers — is more productive and more expensive. This solution is ideal for an online store not too big a firm;
- A dedicated server guarantees you a powerful web hosting with a minimum number of bugs. Your site is located on a separate server, only you use all its resources. This kind of services is the most expensive, it is expedient to use it for large trading platforms with attendance of more than 10 thousand unique visitors per day. This includes, in particular, DropShip stores. You can also rent a server if your online store is based on a complex multicomponent CMS, such as 1C Bitrix.
Free trial period
The test hosting period will allow you to understand how the services of this hosting provider are suitable for you. You will be able to evaluate the server performance, the level of hardware, the professionalism and efficiency of the technical support service, the speed of downloading sites and much more.
Reliability and stability of work
Aptame, guaranteed by the host, may not be less than 99.9% (no more than 50 minutes of inaccessibility of the site per month). It depends on the modernity and power of equipment used by the hoster company. Data centers, where the company's iron is located, must be reliable and secure, namely equipment that is modern and powerful, which was not in use. When choosing a hosting provider it is worth examining the technical data of its servers — the amount of RAM, hard disk capacity, processor power, availability of firmware updates installed on the server.
The host-tracker.com service, or similar, can help you determine the Aptamy sites on one or another host, and the response time is the download time of any of the pages of the site, and it should not be longer than 3 seconds. It's also important to have a daily backup of your site with a copy of the site for a period of two weeks — it will protect your resource from the consequences of unauthorized access or loss of information.
Professional operational support system
Technical support should help clients around the clock in the shortest possible time, not only via eMail or via tickers, but also by phone or chat. Select a host that provides technical support in a language that you understand. In addition, will it be able to quickly and qualitatively cure your problems?
From our experience, the steepest support in the company of Tucha. We have not yet met such a fast and adequate process of cooperation, and are also very happy and what they usually do more than promise. What is rarely found on the market.
Compliance with hosting capabilities and CMS requirements
Developers of content management systems report what requirements their system makes for hosting. Hosts often have a fare designed specifically for popular CMSs such as 1C Bitrix, WordPress, Drupal or Joomla, as well as Opencart and Magneto — the most popular online store building and management systems that have developed hundreds of thousands of sites. A large number of add-ons for such systems allows you to create high-tech projects.
As for us, we recommend our non-variable partners on virtual servers company Tucha