eCommerce web hosting essentials: the ultimate checklist
Looking for a web hosting plan designed to maximise your eCommerce site's functionality, security, and administration. Whether you're an eCommerce newbie or you're already running a thriving web store, you'll want to make sure your eCommerce hosting solution offers these 10 features.
Web hosting features that will boost your eCommerce
EuroDNS offers web hosting designed specifically for small businesses and eCommerce sites, our Advanced Web Hosting plan. But whether or not you chose our plan, you'll want to look for one that offers your eCommerce site these 10 features:
- Disk space
- PHP version
- SSL support
- Robust security features
- Server backups
- Control panel
- CMS software support
For a small to medium-sized eCommerce site, finding a good shared hosting plan is the way to start. Shared hosting not only offers you a simple, cost-effective solution but also more than enough disk storage for your text, photos, media files, product display - everything users will find on your site.
10 GB SSD disk space or approximately 2,000 pages (based on an average, rich content web page size of 2.5MB including a backup)
Bandwidth refers to the amount of date you can transfer between your eCommerce site and your users’ computers. Page size and the amount of visitors you receive effect the rate at which data can be transferred.
If you’re just getting your eCommerce site up and running, estimating your bandwidth needs can be tricky. Upon launching your site, you’ll want to start keeping track of the number of visitors you receive. That way you can determine your actual monthly usage and adjust accordingly.
A common formula to calculate how much bandwidth you needs looks like this: Bandwidth needed = Average Page Views x Average Page Size x Average Daily Visitors x Number of days in a month (31) x Redundant Factor.
50 GB /month or approximately 20,000 page views (based on an average, rich content, web page size of 2.5MB)
PHP is the Internet’s most widely used, high-performing scripting language. It is installed directly on your web server and offers affordable, superior security and quick turn-around time. Many popular websites (like Facebook) use some version of PHP. For maximum benefit, use a new version. PHP is constantly being updated and patched for bugs and vulnerabilities.
PHP version 7.3 (latest version)
See that a SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate is bundled within your hosting plan. An SSL ensures your eCommerce’s security by encrypting communication (like credit card information) shared between the server and a user’s computer or device.
Supports SSL (you'll receive a free free Alpha SSL certificate if your register your domain name at EuroDNS). A simple Security Advisor extension allows you to secure all your websites with a SSL certificate in a single click.
In addition to SSL support, you'll want to make sure your web hosting plan includes other security features to prevent threats eCommerce sites face. Firewall, for instance, will filter request activity before it reaches your web server. And look for protection against DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service), a type of attack which involves thousands of requests being sent all at once to your website, overloading its ability to process those request, effectively, shutting down your site.
Includes Firewall and provides level 3 and 4 DDoS attack protection.
A backup is a copy of your eCommerce site's files saved to a device other than your internal storage. You need to set up backups to avoid disasters that arise when data is lost due to hardware failure, viruses, natural disaster, or theft. Find a web hosting plan that provides backups as standard. (Some hosting providers may require you ask for them or even install your own backup client.)
Daily/weekly/monthly backups automatically performed. Provides simple ways for you to self-manage your backups according to your own needs.
Your web hosting control panel helps you perform every task associated with your eCommerce site: set up your server configuration, install your SSL certificate, or install extensions that will enhance all aspects of your site. From WordPress to Joomla, Drupal to Node.Js, Docker to Git integration, you'll be able to increase your site’s functionality straight from the control panel.
Includes the extremely popular Plesk control panel, considered one of the most user-friendly options on the market thanks to it's clean, intuitive user interface. Groups multiple features by category to help you save time and energy administering your website.
If you want to use a certain CMS system (like the aforementioned WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal), you need to make sure up front that your choice is compatible with your hosting plan.
Offers one-click installation of WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.
EuroDNS offer add-on services which will enhance your site's functionality and security: domain names and domain privacy, as well as free SSL certificates, DNS services, and professional email addresses.
If you're unsure of how much storage or bandwidth you’re likely to need or which SSL certificate is the right choice, we're here to answer all your questions. We offer immediate assistance by phone, email, or online chat in English, French, German, or Spanish.
Get Advanced Hosting for your eCommerce site
Our eCommerce hosting solution will take your selling to the next level, providing you every feature you need to run your site without a hitch.
So, ready to take your selling to the next level? Head over to our Advanced Web Hosting page and get set up today!
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