E-Commerce IT Consulting

IT Consulting determines the best way to build the e-commerce website based on the strategy. It is a how-to guide for development, IT support, and compliance with the Payment Card Industry. Deliverables provide: E-Commerce Website Migration

Website Migration

Website migrations fix underlying issues by replicating text, images, and videos from the old platform to a better one.

Content Migration

Content migration preserves existing investments while removing problematic implementations. Common goals are:

Transition Planning

The transition plan preserves the online reputation by maintaining the existing external links. However, it only becomes relevant when there is commercial value in the existing backlinks and organic search traffic. The plan includes the following:

Reliability

There are many 3rd party testing tools to validate websites. Using them improves SEO because the website renders correctly in all scenarios, meaning your website can appear in any device's search result. Just because the page appears on your web browser, only assume that is the case for some users. Many websites show a massive number of errors using the following tools. We drive test scores to perfection because we want the best solution for our customers.

Sub-Second Page Response Time

A fast website enhances the user experience. It makes the website accessible to slower clients, over slower networks, and at greater geographic distances from the server. That increases the page ranking. Our designs are the fastest on the web because we factor performance into every design decision.

The websites we build are 100% approved by Google performance per, as shown in the report below.Google Page Insights Report

Number of URLs per Page

The number of URLs on a web page is the number of separate downloads the browser needs to complete to render the page. The fewer there are, the faster the page loads. The following chart shows the number of CSS files per page across 100,000 websites. Reducing them is critically important because the browser waits for all of them before starting to render the page. So fast sites have zero CSS files, as shown in green. Most e-commerce services are deep into the red.CSS Files per Page

Payload Efficiency

An efficient payload is faster because it reduces the data sent through the network and the time rendering the content. Failure to keep code efficient leads to bloating. The following chart shows the ratio of visible text on a page over the payload size. It outlines that 13% of websites allocate 1% or less of the payload to content. The 4 to 15% range tends to be optimal because pages should provide metadata for SEO, security, and layout. There are many ways to increase payload efficiency. The most effective are: HTML Text to Payload

Multi-Regional Deployments

Clients can deploy websites into multiple regions to enhance scalability, system availability, and page response time. Our solution is faster and more robust than a Content Delivery Network (CDN).

Selecting High-Performance Technology

The best response times come from websites using the fastest technologies. We find them by analyzing data from over 100,000 local businesses. We look at DNS, networking, programming languages, and everything else that correlates with speed. Then we prototype solutions to optimize the hardware with the configuration settings. The most critical design decisions for performance are: technology decisions are:Fast Server

Highly Available Design

The cloud significantly reduces the required investment to obtain high availability. That prevents many outages from happening in the first place and reduces recovery time should it occur. The following sections outline how to increase uptime in a cloud-providing IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).

Software Currency

Many issues get fixed by applying current patches. However, most web servers are out of date. For example, WordPress powers over half of the websites but only patches the current version. The following chart shows that 81% of websites are out of support, as shown in the following chart.Software Currency

Testing Environments

Testing is standard practice to mitigate IT risks, but most website services cannot clone production to build a test environment. Testing becomes increasingly crucial as the sophistication increases. Test environments support: Testing Environments

Network Redundancy

Network redundancy provides multiple internet connections to the data center. The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) runs core internet routers and is the network protocol supporting concurrency. Hosting websites in a data center with many BGP links improves speed and reliability. However, many data centers have a single connection, while others have over 30.

Blue / Green Deployment

A Blue/Green deployment tests a deployed production candidate before sending it production loads. Even if the candidate fails after rolling forward, the load can move back to the old version. The old environment remains in place until the new one proves stable, say after a week. The approach maximizes uptime during deployments which is the most unpredictable IT task.Web Server Deployment

Hard Disk Redundancy

Hard disk redundancy supports continuous data uptime even when one disk fails. Unlike other types of hardware redundancy, disk redundancy is cost-effective due to the availability of sophisticated technology. If a disk fails, the other disks in the array rebuild the content onto the replacement. It is relevant because disks are a frequent mode of server failure.

Server Redundancy

Cloud solutions changed design patterns for server redundancy. It does not pre-purchase redundant capacity. Instead, it deploys them on demand and leverages the excess resources of the cloud provider. Even if the provider does not have an exact replacement, hardware virtualization ensures the image will run on different server configurations.

Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery is the ability to recover from unexpected events. It's a matter of time before a solution crashes. Planning for that event lowers the probability of failure happening in the first place and minimizes the recovery times when it happens.

Disaster Recovery Requirements

IT disasters have well-known failure modes making recovery planning straightforward. A complete set of disaster recovery scenarios are: Disaster Recovery

Business Continuity

Business continuity includes disaster recovery and the surrounding business processes. The supporting IT tasks are:

Recovery Point Objective (RPO)

The RPO is the maximal possible time between the last backup and the point of failure. It represents the window of data loss. The inability to manage RPO can have a significant business impact, such as losing e-commerce purchase data. The business needs to know what the RPO means and a plan to address the effects.Recovery Time Objective

Failure Detection Time

The failure detection time is the duration between a failure and the start of recovery processes. A monitoring solution reduces detection times and shrinks outage windows. Although, monitoring does not detect failure modes.

Recovery Time Objective (RTO)

The recovery time objective (RTO) is the time from deciding to recover to completion. Our designs can recover most e-commerce solutions within 15 minutes. That includes all recovery from all disaster modes.