With more managed Magento deployments than any other provider, Rackspace is the long-trusted market leader for Magento hosting on dedicated hardware and in the cloud. Award-winning and powerful infrastructure, Rackspace is a Platinum Hosting Partner for Magento and for InteractOne. Learn More
Hosting thousands of Magento sites doesn’t guarantee anything, but this depth of experience certainly tips the balance toward Rackspace in terms of security, capability and reliability.
InteractOne steps gingerly through the risky business of recommending hosting services to our Magento eCommerce clients; we don’t partner with every service out there. Rackspace has a track record of highest quality and extremely tight processes that help it earn our trust as well as that of our clients.
The Rackspace support network includes an extensive online knowledge base, API Documentation and product forums. Developers, engineers and administrators can access specific “how-to’s” and configuration tips for different hosting setup problems that can arise.
When selecting a Rackspace platform, merchants are afforded access to the company’s Magento certified server architects who can assist in specifying not only the choice of public cloud, private cloud, dedicated hardware or hybrid, but how your environment will built to deal with your site, your catalog and your traffic. Near-infinite scalability is a hallmark of the RackSpace mix of solutions – an absolute must-have for merchants whose growth could be held back by more restrictive arrangements.
Further capabilities and services from Rackspace include:
- No downtime guarantee for approved topologies
- Full Compliance with PCI-DSS standards
- Automated Magento platform configuration
- Around the clock support
- Performance monitoring with automated scaling
- Optimized hybrid platforms
Choosing Magento hosting for your Magento store should not be approached lightly. As a developer and a Magento partner, we’re cautious to the extreme when it comes to these recommendations. We have chosen to be an industry partner with ZeroLag because of our positive experience working with them. As a developer, we require access and information on behalf of our clients. This is a strength with ZeroLag that can’t be overemphasized. Bottom line: Problems, when they happen, can be resolved more quickly and securely.
Although ZeroLag is a custom hosting solution – offering 24/7 support and Magento-dedicated configurations – they have positioned their pricing on the “value” side of the spectrum, often charging less than comparable hosting vendors.
Hosting Built for Magento
For merchants requiring dedicated Magento servers, ZeroLag has tiered their offering with two different LAMP stacks built specifically to provide maximum page-load speed, indexing, and security for Magento. Both LAMP versions include Debian Linux, Apache, Percona MySQL, and Alternative PHP Cache (APC). Memcached can be added to this service for faster caching and resolution of PHP instructions, along with web nodes to share cache and PHP sessions in muti-server configurations.
Other advanced services available through ZeroLag include Varnish, Solr, Magento Payment Bridge, CDN, or PageSpeed (mod_pagespeed) for Apache.
All ZeroLag Magento server configurations include:
- RAID Storage Systems
- Around the clock support
- Daily Backup
- Server status monitored every five minutes
- Munin resource monitoring tool
ZeroLag’s Tier 4 data center is SSAE 16-certified, with security guards on premises at all times, biometric access, N+1 redundancy and three discrete ISP connections on 10 Gb backbones.
As a Magento merchant, you have likely encounterd a tangled mess of sales tax obligations when you sell to customers in various jurisdictions and states. If you’ve tried to set up your cart to calculate the sales tax rates and variables across your catalog for thousands of jurisdictions – you know this is a huge expenditure of time and is ultimately error-prone; this adds risk to your bottom line. InteractOne is an active development partner with Avalara for Magento eCommerce merchants. Avalara products offer merchants the prospect of tax compliance with cloud-based transactional tax solutions that free you from having to become a sales tax expert.
Avalara AvaTax allows Magento merchants to automate sales tax calculations within the cart, based on the customer’s purchase location. We have found that this Magento extension provides the most accurate and affordable way to calculate sales tax within Magento. Secondly, it removes any need for regional limits you may have placed on selling based on perceived tax complications. And finally, the extension generally works well and is not a resource hog on your cart or checkout pages; maintaining speed on these transactional steps is a huge factor in conversion.
How AvaTax Works
AvaTax also helps you manage exemption certificates, file returns, and remit payments across numerous tax regions. The tool calculates rates based on more than 100,000 rules in thousands of locations and applies them within Magento to every transaction.
Magento and Avalara AvaTax integrate via their API’s, calling on powerful logic sets to deliver a host of features and preserve the flexibility of your cart and checkout configurations.
Merchants who use the Avalara AvaTax integration with Magento will benefit from more complete information and a better view into the transaction processes. There is no “batching” process – all of the rules are applied instantly, reducing any possible inventory discrepancies as well as nearly eliminating any ongoing IT issues with your Magento database – related to the extension. Transactions become searchable by document code and type, customer vendor code, and more, all sortable by invoice. The AvaTax interface enables Magento merchants to explore a lot more detail in researching jurisdictional tax rates – and which ones were applied to each transaction.
Listrak is the leading provider of automated email marketing for top-tier Magento merchants.
The Listrak to Magento extension features:
- List Subscription and Synchronization
- Multipass Messaging
- Order History Analysis
- Catalog Synchronization
- Triggered Messaging
- Advanced Segmentation
Listrak built their solutions focused on enabling retailers to create personalized digital marketing campaigns. Listrak’s goal? Driving incremental revenue and ROI. The eMail marketing giant can be described as “merchandising-enabled.” Meaning merchants can use Listrak to trigger all sorts of customized follow-ups like upsells and related products. All based on your shoppers’ actions. Listrak relies on industry partners like InteractOne to help merchants integrate and use the tools.
Listrak’s Magento extension offers a single, integrated digital marketing platform. The platform provides omnichannel solutions for retailers featuring acquisition, recommendations, back-in-stock alerts, shopping cart recovery, advanced retail segmentation and post purchase solutions. Listrak’s modules expose data for use while reducing IT involvement through a seamless integration, saving your team valuable time.
Proud to be a Listrak partner, InteractOne frequently recommends Listrak to our Magento clients because of their single, integrated digital marketing platform. Listrak provides deep shopper insights that power sophisticated, relationship-building campaigns. The weak point of any marketing campaign is lack of customization. No one likes to get a “generic” message and shoppers’ ability to detect an automated reply has become more finely tuned as the technology improves. Listrak’s toolset allows you to create automated, yet much more personal communications that feel like “one-to-one.” In this case, the extra effort can definitely yield better results.