Fri, 23 Apr 2021

A tough but critical choice every online business owner will make is finding a reliable, fast and secure hosting platform. A few seconds of downtime and you can wave goodbye to tons of potential customers. Given this, Magento users can't use unstable hosting platforms. Your Magento hosting platform shouldn't just meet the required server essentials - it should go above and beyond.

Magento's list of best server requirements goes like this:

  • OS Linux
  • Composer 1.x or 2.x
  • Web servers: Apache & NGINX
  • Database: MariaDB or MySQL
  • Magento supports 7.4.0
  • Required PHP extensions (ext-bcmath, ext-ctype, xt-curl, ext-dom, ext-gd, ext-hash, ext-iconv, ext-intl, etc.)
  • PHP OPCache, Redis, Elasticsearch & Varnish
  • Security: SSL Certificate

In this article, we'll talk about how Cloudways supports all these server requirements, and why it's the best hosting choice for Magento users.

Easy to Host Magento Applications on Top 5 Cloud Providers

Cloudways is partnered with top-notch 5 cloud providers, including AWS, GCP, DigitalOcean, Linode and Vultr, with 65+ data centers around the globe. What's so exciting about Cloudways is that you don't need any technical knowledge to deploy your Magento application.

  • All you need to do is create an account on Cloudways
  • Then choose the latest Magento 2.4.x
  • Name your application & server
  • Choose the cloud provider
  • Select the server size as per your Magento store requirement
  • Pick the server location
  • Hit launch!

Please note: It's recommended that Magento applications utilize a minimum 4 GB hosting plan, due to Magento's complexity and heavy architecture.

Managed Services: Peace of Mind!

Cloudways is the best choice for the people who want to focus on business strategies instead of wasting time on server resource configurations. All Magento servers support the latest requirements to deal with day-to-day challenges. With Cloudways, you don't need to install any dependencies to optimize the server; everything is all set for the Magento stores.

  • Support PHP version 5.6 - 8.0
  • Cache technologies (Redis, NGINX, OPCache)
  • Database: MariaDB
  • Elasticsearch
  • Apache
  • New Relic
  • Memcached

Server Scalability

A mitigation plan against a sudden traffic surge for an ecommerce store is crucial for all the merchants out there. Again, Cloudways has got your back! Firstly, you can easily track the bandwidth consumption with the server monitoring dashboard. If it gets exhausted, you can easily scale the server size without prior confirmation throughVertical Scaling.

This feature comes in quite handy during events like BFCM, Christmas and Halloween. Once you don't need the additional resources anymore, you can easily downgrade via the server cloning feature..

Deployment via Git

Cloudways offers a Git deployment option via UI. So, the developer can push the code on the live servers as soon as the changes occur in the repositories.

Ironclad Security

Security is a keen concern for Cloudways, which is why they support multiple strategies to ensure ironclad security.

Free SSL Certificate: With the Cloudways console, anyone can easily configure the SSL certificate for Magento store. It helps build trust with the customers, and lowers the bounce rate for improved external dependencies of ranking.

IP Whitelisting: This Cloudways feature lets you block unwanted IPs, or to list IPs that you think might exploit SSH/SFTP and database access.

Other Security Perks with Cloudways: All the servers are enabled with dedicated firewalls that ensure an extra security layer from unwanted malicious code. Apart from that, Cloudways is also partnered with Securi and StackPath to ensure maximum server protection.

Staging Environment

Test your Magento application by creating a staging environment so you can be completely satisfied before pushing it to a live server.

SMTP Add-on

At Cloudways, you can configure an elastic email SMTP add-on that starts from as low as 0.10$ per month.

Besides, you can also configure custom SMTP services such as SendGrid, Mailgun, or AuthSMTP.

Server & Application Backup

Backup is crucial for every online business. So, with Cloudways you can always take easy backups with 1-click or set your schedule for backup.

Similarity, you can also take an application and restore it at the time you need.

Application Monitoring

Application monitoring is categorized into two major sections - Analytics and Logs. The Analytics section is further divided into five more sub-sections, allowing you to look after the Traffic statistics - any requested IP and BOT Traffic. Monitor PHP performance like Running Pages, Requested Pages and Slow Pages.

In the same way, you can also see the summaries for MySQL, Cron Jobs and Disk Usage.

With Logs, you can see Access log details (this section represents the logs for PHP, Apache and NGINX.)

Lastly, you can check the Error log to understand what problems the application so you can see what to fix.

Server Monitoring

Cloudways allows you to check on your server resource consumption so you can make informed decisions. With the monitoring dashboard, you can keep an eye on your server's health with RAM, CPU, storage and Bandwidth usage. You can also integrate New Relic for deeper insights.

And That's It!

Well, that's not entirely it. Cloudways offers a bunch of more features that has been helping thousands of merchants, agencies and developers achieve their dreams everyday. If you want a complete overview of the Cloudways Product, you can book a FREE demo and one of their experts will be assigned to you.

And there's a FREE 3-day trial on DigitalOcean, Linode and Vultr so you can explore the product on your own as well!

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