Understanding Managed Hosting For E-Commerce Sites

Published February 10th, 2014 by Michael Farin

The Internet has changed the way that consumers shop. Today, more and more people are going online when they want to purchase something, and data shows that consumer spending online is continuing to increase each year. This is great news for e-retailers, but in order to have an e-commerce site that can compete, it is important to consider several factors.

With so many managed hosting options for websites available, it can be difficult to choose one. But unlike many websites, e-commerce sites have specific requirements that not all managed hosting provider can support. It is imperative to choose a managed hosting provider that is experienced in the unique needs of an e-commerce site. Please keep the following factors in mind when searching for a qualified provider:

Security- Online shopping is easy and convenient, but e-commerce sites have also become a main target of cyber criminals who steal sensitive financial and personal consumer data. When choosing a managed hosting provider, look for one that offers the highest security measures available. Having the most secure site possible will protect your customers’ information, while also giving customers the confidence to make a purchase from your website.

Scalable Solutions- Flexibility is key when it comes to an e-commerce site. Look for a managed hosting provider that offers scalable solutions, so you are able to utilize all of your resources during peak sales times, and scale back during slower sales periods.

Maximum Up-time- If your website is not working properly, it can cost you thousands of dollars in revenue. A quality managed hosting provider will have backup systems in place, and will also be able to clearly explain the backup plan that they implement in the event of downtime.

Load Speed- Internet speeds continue to increase, and consumers have no patience for slow loading sites. How your site performs is incredibly important- one study shows that a 2 second load time equates to an 8% abandonment rate. When it comes to choosing a managed hosting provider, look for one that can guarantee the fastest load speeds available.

The managed hosting provider that you choose for your e-commerce site can directly effect the success of your business. By understanding what an e-commerce site needs from its managed hosting provider, and thoroughly researching your options, you are sure to find the best company for your needs. If you have any questions, please contact us! Our e-commerce experts are always happy to answer your questions.

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