Magento is a powerful open source e-commerce platform that continues being popular. This is mainly because of the professional, easy to install store you get from the start. Customizing the store for brand purposes is easily manageable by creating a theme or modifying an existing theme. You can find plenty of options on the Magento Marketplace. Along with this, there is also a variety of extensions that help you enhance the Magento features like adding a wish list. However, the one thing that Magento lacks is hosting capabilities. This is where MagePlus comes into play – the Aspiration Hosting’s latest cloud hosting plan. Let’s look at how it works.
8 Ways Magento with MagePlus is Superior
#1. Open Source
If you want to stand out among your competitors, then an open source program is the best way to go. There are two great open source programs on the market: WooCommerce and Magento. However, WooCommerce isn’t up to par with Magento where features are concerned. In addition, WooCommerce isn’t actually an e-commerce platform, but rather a plugin for WordPress. You need to install WordPress before you can use WooCommerce.
Magento with MagePlus takes full advantage of open source capabilities by providing an optimized server with all the requirements needed to run Magento smoothly. Other popular options like BigCommerce and Shopify aren’t open source, which means their coding is restricted, thus decreasing your chances of creating a totally unique store.
Magento is similar to the cookie monster on Sesame Street. Instead of cookies, it eats resources, which is why MagePlus comes with ample RAM and storage to feed the beast. Another benefit of MagePlus is that it is a cloud plan and is just as flexible as Magento. Anytime the number of visitors to your store increases, MagePlus handles the extra load without causing problems.
Besides this way, you get 4 great server locations to choose from – London, California, Singapore and also Sydney. Aspiration Hosting experts recommend choosing a server closer to your customers for faster store loads. With BigCommerce and Shopify, you are stuck with whatever server location they give you. However, with WooCommerce you have to take into account the server location the WordPress site has.
#3. Design & Development
Shopify is easy to set up and so is BigCommerce. They both also come with hosting. Magento, however, is considered very difficult to design and develop. But, with MagePlus, this is no longer true. Magento 2 is installed by our experts and we set up your store within one day. Additionally, we also install your chosen theme. We also add and update all patches and extensions for you. Moreover, we can recommend important extensions that your particular store should use. With MagePlus you are free to expand your business without worrying about the technical side of the store:
- Unlimited bandwidth;
- Unlimited products;
- Unlimited orders;
- No transaction fees;
- A wide variety of payment methods;
- Shipping integration and more…
Customers get impatient when they have to wait, thus making a store fast is very important. Magento 2 is more than 15% faster than the previous versions. So, with MagePlus, you get 3 ways to speed up your store.
The first (a) is that you get SSD storage drives with your plan. These are 20 times faster than any other hard disk in the market, so getting information from storage is fast. The second (b) method is by using LiteMage. It has been proven that this Magento cache extension is 3 times faster than Varnish. Finally, the third (c) method is using Aspiration’s CDN with over 50 relay points worldwide.
Online stores are always vulnerable to malicious attacks. This is probably the main reason why SSL certificates are no longer optional. With SSL, you can secure your store and allow your customers to shop in peace and confidence.
Although all e-commerce stores offer some form of security, Magento with MagePlus double down on security. You get not only the advanced Magento security features, but MagePlus servers are regularly scanned using Malnet and ClamAV and all plans get SpamExperts for outgoing mail. Aspiration Hosting is very vigilant about security.
Most people don’t consider backup important until something goes wrong with their store. While others find the backup process very tedious. Shopify, WooCommerce and BigCommerce do allow different forms of backup, but most are manual and take time. With MagePlus, however, backup is as simple as the click of a button. We automatically back up your website in two ways, and even provide a manual backup from cPanel if you need more custom made backup files.
All industry experts applaud Magento for remarkable SEO features. It is easy to use, flexible and covers almost all aspects of SEO. Consequently, with MagePlus, SEO becomes unbeatable due to the faster page loads that Google loves. Other e-commerce programs usually require apps or additional customization.
Finally, we come to the big Question. How much does Magento with MagePlus cost? What about additional costs? No fees for using the Magento 2 program, as you will be using your own Merchant account. No automatic plan updates (read price increase) if your orders suddenly increase. You are absolutely not charged any hidden fees. All our plans are – what you see what you get – at the price offered.