When it comes to PrestaShop hosting, you need to make sure the right company is handling your hosting. This is the foundation of your web store and without the right hosting, you could lose customers fast. Some hosting companies state they offer great support and use the best servers, but they don’t. ITX Design provides 24/7/365 Customer Service and Support.
The Right PrestaShop Hosting for Your Online Store
Since hosting is such an important part of your business, you need to start with the requirements needed to install PrestaShop on a website, which include:
- A domain name
- Apache 1.3, Apache 2.x, Microsoft IIS or Nginx web server
- PHP 5.1 or better
- MySQL 5.0 or better
- FTP access
Some of the optional things you may want to consider include:
- An SSL certificate (necessary for processing payments internally)
- PHP extensions cURL, SimpleXML, GD and SOAP
- MemCached and mycrypt PHP extension
- Set memory_limit to 64M in PHP configurations
- Set file_max_upload_size to 16M in PHP configuration
This might all seem a bit over your head and that’s okay. When you choose the right hosting package for PrestaShop, the support of the hosting company will know what you need and how to help you with these requirements and optional choices.
Can PrestaShop be Used on Any Hosting Package?
As long as the hosting package meets the requirements of PrestaShop, it can be used for hosting this free ecommerce tool. However, this doesn’t mean you will get the most out of your hosting when you choose shared hosting for your PrestaShop hosting.
Shared hosting is the introductory type of hosting and will work for most applications. However, as your company grows or if you plan to build your traffic to a large daily amount, shared hosting won’t cut it any longer. Even the packages that give you unlimited resources can only handle so much traffic.
If you plan to start with shared hosting, it’s vital that you choose a company capable of handling your needs. Some companies overload their servers, which causes downtime, slow load times and many other issues. This isn’t something you want to deal with considering you already have plenty to deal with as it is. Choosing a company with a good reputation and fast response times to support requests will help you avoid a hosting company with overloaded servers.
You can test the support to find out how long it takes to receive a reply. When you do this, you will be able to gauge how busy the support team is with the current clients of the hosting company. If they respond quickly, they don’t have many requests and, in most cases, don’t overload their servers. However, if they leave you waiting for a long time, it’s time to find a new hosting company.
Moving from Another Hosting Company
If you currently use PrestaShop hosting, but you need to switch because you’ve outgrown the shared package offered or they don’t give you the support you need, it can be a hassle. Choosing a company offering to help with the transfer is necessary. This will save you many headaches and you’re site(s) will be moved with the smallest amount of downtime.
At ITX Design, we move everything for you when you switch hosting companies. Our packages start with shared hosting, but also include VPS and dedicated server package to ensure you don’t have to switch hosting companies as you grow. This makes the transition from one type of hosting to another much easier.
PrestaShop Web Hosting you can Trust
ITX Design is a leader in the hosting industry because of the experienced experts behind the business. With only the best hosting experts providing support for your hosting, you won’t need to worry when you contact support. The packages surpass anything you will find on the market in quality and all of the ITX Design hosting packages fit the requirements of PrestaShop.
If you’re new to hosting, you can start with shared hosting for a low monthly price and increase your package as your company grows. However, if you’re moving from another company to ITX Design, you may want to contact support for a package recommendation.
Those requiring a higher level of security or those with high traffic sites needs to consider a VPS or dedicated server package. This type of package will ensure you get the resources and security you need for your PrestaShop hosting.