In the times when eCommerce segment is fast-growing and number of cash transactions increase every day, eCommerce hosting providers play a key role in ensuring smooth operations of their clients’ businesses.
With thousands of companies providing Magento hosting in the market it can be difficult to choose the most suitable for you, yet this will be one of the critical factors in your web store performance and smooth user experience for your customers.
Every hosting provider will promise more or less the same set of benefits: maximum uptime, extensive resources, high level of security, accessible support, overall reliability, and you are certainly looking for reasonable rates.
But what you should really focus on are the priorities of your web store.Be it lightning-fastsite or credit card compliance, high-quality 24/7support or a good backup system, specific Magento tools or Magento support, your hosting company should be able to deliver in that specific aspect.So first of all, identify the components of the service that are key to your business and evaluate hosting providers accordingly.
Among the numerous Magento hosting providers there are a few, whose services are renowned as particularly good, getting the most positive reviews, and some receiving partnership status from Magento itself. Here is an overview of top 10 Magento hosting companies, which hopefully will help you in the decision making process.
RackSpace is a trustworthy hosting provider for large-scale, high-volume online stores. This company is currently the only Platinum hosting partner of Magento focused on large eCommerce businesses.
Nexcess is a Magento Gold hosting partner specializing in medium-to-large sized businesses. Their SIP (Secure Isolated Platform) Plans are designed for eCommerce hosting and include a one-click install Magento store. Nexcess has servers located in US, Europe and Australia.
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Neoverve is an agency specializing in Magento eCcommerce and open source CMS platforms located in California. It provides Magento optimized hosting for small, medium and enterprise businesses and offer design, development and support services.
Speed: Server capacity varies from 4 to 128 GB RAM. There are a few technologies used to help speed up Magento sites including Nstack Server Performance Optimization, Varnish Full Page Caching and Redis Cache, although not all of them are available in the basic package.
Compliance:PCI compliance assistance and optional scanning
Support: Support of Magento native features, full server management, DNS and backup management; uptime monitoring.
Pricing: Shared server price is $149 per month and includes support with basic system configurations.
Web 2 Market
When you want one company to host, develop, and customize your Magento site, with flexible hosting options Web 2 Market is the one to address. Specialization: a full-service Magento development, hosting, security, support, and optimization company for medium-to-large businesses.
Pricing: Email support is included in all Web 2 Market hosting plans. They also include Varnish and Turpentine caching on all of dedicated hosting levels at no additional cost. Plans start at $49 per month for a shared server and $495 for a dedicated server.
Arvixe offers professional web hosting for personal, small business and enterprise websites. It is one of the leaders in Magento web hosting with a full range of services including shared, VPS, dedicated and cloud hosting.
Speed: Arvixe has servers located in the US, Europe and Asia. They offer unlimited storage space and bandwidth. By using multiple Tier 1 telecom providers and direct Internet connections, they bypass transit networks and shorten the network path between websites and their visitors. Arvixe also offers 1-click professional Magento installation and secured database.
Compliance: PCI compliance is available with the VPS Class or Dedicated Class hosting packages.
Support: Live chat & Ticket, 24/7 support based in the US.
Pricing: Price of base package constitutes $4 per month. 60-day refund is available for new customers, 99.9% guaranteed uptime.
SiteGround’s focus is on small-sized companies. The basic package provides hosting of one website, 10,000 visits a month, and only 10GB of web space, which can be sufficient for online stores with little traffic.
BlueHost is one of the most popular web hosting providers on the market with almost 20 years of experience in the industry and offers a wide range of features for Magento websites.
Speed: It is one of the oldest web hosting companies and is known for its low rates and reliability, its clients are mostly small and medium-sized businesses.
Compliance: Bluehost supports PCI compliance on all accounts for A and B compliance.
Support: 24/7Livechat& Ticket.
Pricing: start at $3.95 per month. This package is good for smaller shops with the average number of visitors of 1000 or less. There’s no limited period for Moneyback, you can request refund at anytime if you’re not satisfied with their service.
Founded in a dorm room at Florida Atlantic University by Brent Oxley, today Hostgatoris one of the most prominent Magento hosting providers, which hosts over 9 million domains worldwide.
Speed: Hostgator offers unlimited disk space and bandwidth. It has recently increased the number of its enterprise-class servers. They provide 24-hour monitoring and stronger UPS backup capability.
Compliance: HostGator servers support PCI compliance, and although they are not configured to do so by default HostGator is able to assist with some PCI compliance settings.
Support: Live chat & Ticket.
Pricing: Hostgator’s base shared hosting package costs $3.95 per month if you purchase 3-year billing cycle or $4.95 if you go with 2-year billing cycle. You can get full refund in 45-day period if you’re not satisfied with the hosting. Dedicated hosting is offered for the special price of $76.56 if you choose 3-year billing cycle.
A2 Hosting has been in the market for 15 years now, and has been providing Magento hosting since 2008 and promise the best configuration for eCommerce sites and the quickest response time of Magento sites.
Speed: To speed up the disk by 300% A2 Hosting provides unlimited server capacity, Magento Optimized Server and SSD. Performance Plus option is promised to help maintain the site’s speed during traffic spikes, but it is not available on the base level, and neither is caching configuration.
Compliance: Does not support PCI compliance.
Support: 24/7 US-based Magento support;Server rewind backups; Perpetual Security withfree HackScan.
Pricing: Starting from $3.92 per month. 30-Day Money Back Guarantee.
Oleg Yemchuk is the marketing manager at MavenEcommerce (Magento development company) sharing office space with Magento business experts and software developers. Oleg is marketing expert by day and geek by night. As a geek culture fan, he spends his free time playing video games and reading comics.