How to Choose the Best Magento Hosting How to Choose the Best Magento Hosting

Very often our customers ask us: what is the best Magento hosting?

Unfortunately, there is no exact answer for this question.

It all depends on many factors, such as your Magento version, the number of products, your average monthly traffic, performance you want to achieve, and more. Magento is a very scalable solution and can be used either for a small store with a relatively small amount of products, or for a large store with thousands of products

Magento hosting is, in fact, a part of the gear that’s powering up your store, and in some cases your revenue and reputation depends on hosting. So, don’t make too fast decisions, take your time and count your slowness as an investment into your store.

Let’s start with the basics!

First, we will explain which server and hosting types are available for you.

Hosting types

Hosting can be of two types depending on who’s maintaining the server: a managed or a self-service one.

In case of a managed hosting, server configuration, updates and fixing issues are the prerogative of the hosting technical specialists.

If you go for a self-service hosting, you have to run the server yourself or ask a third party server administration company or specialist to do it.

When it comes to Magento, you may have some issues on a managed hosting if you’d like to use Memcache, Redis or Solr, but the hosting company doesn’t provide them out of the box. Unusual server settings make its administration more complicated, and the company may deny you in installing this software or ask you for a great deal of money for that.

If you go for a self-service hosting, nobody could limit you in adding functionality you need, but you’ll have to manage all the possible issues yourself. Full control over your server goes as a bonus for these inconveniences.

Server types

With a shared server, you rent a certain part of the server resources, thus you can’t change your server settings at random. On a shared server your plan normally implies a certain amount of disk space, a fixed number of websites, databases and email accounts.

A certain and the only one advantage of the shared hosting is its price: in most cases, it’s the cheapest variant.

Why the only one? The server performance depends on the load the neighbor sites are experiencing. For example, if the server is attacked, all the websites located on this server will suffer. Penalties for spam or malicious software distribution of a single site will block the whole server as well.

VPS/VDS servers use various visualization variants, for example, OpenVZ/Virtuozzo, KVM, Xen, VMware. In this case, you are getting the server with the full admin access. The advantages of this server type are its relatively low price, possibility to install almost any software (which can be limited only by technical peculiarities of the visualization technology), and the setup speed. The latter is a very important option, if your site experiences significant traffic peaks. The negative side of VPS/VDS servers for Magento is that the virtual machines performance can depend on the neighbor sites load.

A dedicated server is the most expensive hosting type if to compare with shared and VPS/VDS ones, but in this case you’re the only user of the server, which basically guarantee the maximal performance. If the Magento site speed and ability to hold high loading is crucial, this is the variant you would want to go for. What is more, you could choose the server with the necessary type and number of disks, even up to certain disk models, RAID controller model and RAM type as well. As in case of a VPS/VDS server, you have full control over your server and can install any software you like.

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