I know that it may be hard to believe, but the holiday shopping season is fast approaching. If you have an ecommerce site, or have aspirations to set up an ecommerce solution, you need to start preparing now.
Whether you are launching your first online store on Magento’s ecommerce platform or you are re-architecting it with Magento Enterprise, you need a cloud or hybrid hosting partner that is seasoned in hosting Magento platforms to build secure, scalable and highly available online stores.
The constant battle a web site administrator must fight is the resource requirements of their site in contrast with the resource requirements of the configuration it is run on. In the end, this will almost always dictate how many user requests can be handled at any point in time. A common tool in the arsenal to fight this battle is to find clever ways to off load these common, or static, requests, off the server and allow it to spend as much time as possible delivering dynamic content as quickly as it can handle. This allows a server to not handle more request than before, but leaves it free to address more than previously it would have.
We recently published a cross-comparison of four popular e-commerce carts: Magento, OSCommerce, XCart and Volusion. Most shopping carts have similar features: shipping modules, coupons and gift certificates, inventory tracking and numerous other admin and marketing functions. Selecting the best option, though, isn't simply picking a name out of a hat.