E-commerce seems to be not only saving grace, but also a strong future for many businesses around the world in these pandemic times. As physical stores and businesses are experiencing hard times, many are moving to an online space. And to many, a question rises – is VPS a good choice for e-commerce startups?
What to know and avoid?
First, know the disadvantages you might get when running an e-commerce website on a shared hosting plan. Shared hosting is a cheaper choice than a VPS, yet it comes with certain downsides. All providers will promise you things like unlimited space and resources when choosing their services. Yet that is not entirely true. As the name implies, a shared hosting plan puts you on the same server as other users, where you all share the same computing power, speed, and space. As most e-commerce businesses tend to grow, your provider will eventually hit a limit when it comes to satisfying your website’s needs. Also, you would be smart to avoid any shared SSL certificate offers thrown your way to sweeten the deal. In truth, you will be sharing the certificate with other websites, so when people visit your website, they will be greeted by a message that your certificate does not match the domain name it is registered under. Such a warning will ward off many potential customers who are seeking a reliable platform to purchase goods.
A happy beginning with a VPS
Even if the initial price seems higher than shared hosting, you will still do better with a cheap VPS. Having an easily scalable server at your disposal, with all the resources dedicated solely for your website is a surefire way to a successful e-commerce website. And as mentioned before, the initial cost of a virtual private server can be as low as 15$ to 20$ per month. As the server is a virtual partition of a single powerful server machine, even if other people using the same provider have their server crash, yours will stay intact, because the virtualized environment has no impact whatsoever on the hardware. The same goes for speed. Even if other virtual servers have high traffic, our website’s speed will not be affected at all.
Shared hosting might be infamous for its server hiccups that happen from time to time, but a VPS guarantees you stability as well as all the space you might need. In the case of shared hosting all the space is shared equally by all the people on the server, however, a VPS allows you to have all the space you paid for to yourself. And if you happen to run out of said space, there is always an option to upgrade your server remotely with just a few clicks, keeping everything running smoothly. And lastly, for those with more technical knowledge, a VPS will let you have more control over your project via the root access function.