The Ultimate Guide to Magento Hosting

A definitive playbook to help you build, optimize and secure your Magento store in the cloud.

Adobe acquired Magento in May 2018. Apart from Magento Open Source (earlier known as Magento 2 Community) and Magento Commerce (Magento 2 Enterprise) editions, Adobe also provided a fully hosted edition of Magento Commerce, called Magento Commerce Cloud later rechristened as Adobe Commerce. Today, Adobe Commerce is available for self-hosting/on-prem or as a fully cloud hosted solution. Merchants can host their storefronts on Magento Open Source and Adobe Commerce editions on a variety of cloud delivery platforms available or even on their own dedicated servers.

Introduction to the Magento Platform

Understanding the Different Versions of Magento

Magento Hosting

What is Magento Hosting?

Given its powerful features and functionalities, Magento works best with a solid hosting infrastructure that can deliver a great user experience: 100% availability, unlimited scalability, 360-degree security, and consistently fast performance.

Magento Hosting Requirements

To host Magento effectively, your server needs to meet the following technical specifications (also acronymized as LAMP stack):

Linux – x86-64

Apache – 2.x/ Nginx – 1.7.x

MySQL – 5.6+

PHP – 5.4+

Now, these requirements can be met by nearly any kind of hosting environment – shared, dedicated, VPS, or cloud. Managed or unmanaged. But how do you know what’s right for you?

Types of Magento Hosting

Shared Hosting for Magento: Shared hosting is when you take up server space alongside other businesses. This means that your server maintenance costs are eliminated and you can reduce your hosting service costs. In addition, hardware maintenance costs are borne by your hosting provider. The best part? You’re left in peace, free to focus on running your store via a dashboard from where you can access your files, folders, and apps.

However, there’s a major drawback to shared hosting – when you’re sharing server space, you’re also sharing bandwidth. In other words, your service can be crippled if other sites on the server witness high demand. Shared servers are also particularly vulnerable to malicious cyber-attacks. Any threat to the server will mean that all the websites using it can be exposed.

This is not to say that it’s impossible to host Magento on shared servers. But it’s only recommended for smaller stores that can take the downtime and don’t plan to scale aggressively.

Dedicated Hosting for Magento: When you opt for dedicated hosting, instead of sharing space on a server, you lease an entire server – which is usually housed in a data center. The first, immediate advantage of this setup is that it gives you full control of your server. You can run general software updates and install security patches, all without having to seek permission from your hosting provider. In fact, you can even select the type of hardware and operating system you’d like – as long as it’s Magento compliant.

The biggest downsides are price and lack of scalability. Dedicated hosting on average costs more than nearly any other hosting option. And given that you’ll be bound by the physical limitations of servers, you won’t be able to acquire the agility you need to quickly scale out during times of peak demand, meaning that your performance will start to lag. And if your server crashes for any reason (such as overwhelming, unmanageable traffic during the Holiday Season), it could be some time before you’re back up and customers can complete their transactions.

Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting for Magento: VPS is technically a hybrid of dedicated and shared hosting. With VPS, your store’s hosting account is again on a server shared with others. However, you have dedicated virtual spaces within the servers, meaning that you have more dedicated resources for performance, which are split equally among other hosting accounts on the same server. So for all practical purposes, you have a dedicated virtual server on a shared physical server.

One of the big advantages of a VPS is that it’s more stable than a shared environment because there’s no sharing of performance resources, and since 10–20 stores can run on a single server, there’s more room for scaling as well. Finally, a VPS offers you considerable operational flexibility without affecting others sharing your server. This is not possible with shared hosting, since any customizations will affect other users’ configurations.

VPS hosting is, however, more expensive than shared hosting. Without adequate experience, you may find the configurations complicated, resulting in accidental deletion of important files. This hosting model works best for businesses that are just beginning to grow.

Cloud Hosting for Magento: Used by the largest businesses on the web, cloud hosting is both popular and perfectly suited to the unpredictability of the ecommerce environment. The best part about using the cloud for hosting is that it allows virtually unlimited scaling of your server.

Since cloud hosting spans across multiple servers, unexpected peaks in traffic can be handled with ease, and without resulting in downtime or performance slowdowns, especially when your customers are browsing your products, or worse, attempting to checkout.

One more benefit of moving to the cloud is the pay-as-you-go model. Managed effectively, cloud hosting can be significantly more cost-effective because you are only using the capacity you need, when you need it. Poorly managed cloud hosting deployments, however, can be quite the opposite.

Managed vs Unmanaged Hosting

A fully managed Magento hosting provider is a specialist in Magento, and offers a complete suite of services from site migration and deployment, to the ongoing optimization of site security, scalability and performance as well as day-to-day management. Managed hosting requires little expertise or work from the business owner’s side, and entails a monthly retainer fee. Effective managed hosting service providers should provide a suite of technologies that are optimized for the Magento platform, such as elastic scaling (in and out) to handle sudden changes in traffic.

Managed hosting ensures constant monitoring, maintenance, and securing of servers and all critical applications. This makes managed hosting an extremely attractive option, since it ensures that systems will never be left unpatched and open to known or unknown vulnerabilities.

Unmanaged hosting, on the other hand, is like having your own server to maintain and control. It’s up to you to install security patches, configure all necessary software, and fix issues. Unmanaged hosting is, at face value, a cheaper option because you don’t have to pay for any routine support, but the hosting company’s responsibility stops at the maintenance of the physical hardware. Don’t expect help with anything beyond keeping the systems on and connected to the Internet.

Your host may be able to help fix issues outside of your skill set, but this will be an entirely manual process, and will be charged at an expensive, hourly rate. Unmanaged hosting is designed to give you full control over your own environment, provided you have the expertise and time to manage it. Without the right personnel, a site crash or cyber-attack could compromise your customers’ data and leave you without the means to get back online.

Choosing your Magento Hosting Provider

Optimizing a Magento Store for Performance

Securing a Magento Store Against Cyberattacks

Magento Hosting with Webscale

Webscale is more than just a provider of fully managed cloud hosting. We are changing the way ecommerce businesses monitor, optimize and secure their online storefronts allowing merchants to make intelligent, data-driven decisions; to create a safer, more engaging user experience for their customers; and to increase conversions and brand loyalty. 

Powering thousands of Magento storefronts in the public cloud, our Intelligent CloudOps Platform, Webscale One, provides ecommerce merchants with a robust suite of software and managed services to simplify the cloud migration, optimization, deployment, and ongoing management of their digital commerce storefronts. 

Webscale’s automated code deployments and managed CI/CD helps you migrate to any public cloud environment, so you can realize the true benefits of the cloud – extreme flexibility, infinite capacity, predictive scalability, and up to 75% lower costs by having an infrastructure that is always right-sized, so you only pay for what you use.

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