Achieve Seamless Cloud Integration for Your Website
Unlock the full potential of your website with our expert cloud consulting services. Our technical consultants translate your business strategies into enhanced e-commerce solutions powered by the cloud.
By leveraging advanced technologies, cutting operational costs, and seamlessly integrating functionalities, we give your business a competitive edge in today's fast-paced digital landscape.
Harness the Power of Advanced Technologies
The cloud offers an explosion of affordable and innovative technologies that can take your website to new heights. Our consultants help you explore system enhancements that differentiate your brand and drive business growth. From third-party user authentication to intelligent product selectors, the extended capabilities lower operational costs and extend marketing reach. We implement solutions that deliver tangible results. Let's review some of the options available.
Third-Party User Authentication
Authenticating users with a 3rd party service is a convenience to the user because they avoid creating an account and remembering login credentials. The merchant offloads risk with privacy regulation because there is no password storage. Account management, including password resets, gets offloaded to a 3rd party. Finally, the system integrator has one less deliverable. The diagram below highlights well-known providers supporting the OAuth (Open Authentication) version 2 protocol to authenticate users. These include popular email and social services like Microsoft, Google, and Facebook.
Intelligent Product Selectors
Intelligent product selectors cut marketing costs by reducing the number of pages requiring content development and SEO management. Typical examples are sizes and colors for clothing. A more sophisticated option changes the price based on the leg cut of the pants. Another option is changing the unit price based on the number of items sold.
Private and Negotiated Pricing
Some businesses use private pricing or negotiated pricing named user accounts. The most cost-effective approach defaults to guest pricing and recalculates the discounted price for the selected user. Creating a second price list for each product is a second option that might be more attractive when selling in multiple currencies.
Website translation can be a cost-effective way to grow market share because there is less competition on non-English websites. The consultant reduces deployment costs for secondary languages by restricting the differences to text files. Then it reuses deployment management, web design, and images. Automatically selecting a language based on the web browser setting further improves user convenience.
Multi-currency payment processing lets the website display prices and invoice users in their local currency. There are multiple methods to automatically select the local currency and allow users to override if needed. Merchant banks typically consolidate payments into a single currency, but more significant vendors can opt for more sophisticated solutions to reduce conversion costs.
Automatically feeding data to and from the website becomes more cost-effective as the transaction volume grows. Integrations need to maintain the website speed and availability regardless of the status of the connected systems. Websites can also direct data orchestration and scheduling. Using the website to manage the data migrations is a more secure option because it reduces the scope for PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry - Data Security Standard).
Global Server Cluster
A global server cluster places a stand-alone website in multiple geographic regions. The advantages are:
- Local infrastructure improves SEO.
- Page load times are consistently fast around the globe.
- There is no single point of failure. Unlike a CDN (Content Delivery Network), each server has everything a client needs.
- Outages affect a fraction of the users because they happen in a local region.
- Disaster recovery reroutes traffic to web servers in other areas already delivering content to customers, minimizing recovery times and failover complexity.
Switching Service Providers
Switching service providers can be straightforward or complex, depending on the approach. Providers in complete control of their environment have more flexibility in managing the subtleties. Those on shared hosting platforms operated by 3rd parties cannot control the target infrastructure, making the migration process rigid.
Website Migration Between Hosting Platforms
Migration from one hosting platform to another preserves the value of the existing content, URLs, and domain name. It fixes the technology and drops the legacy infrastructure. Testing ensures pages are error-free and mobile-friendly. Graphic and content redesigns are an option, but they increase the complexity of the migration and can be a separate deliverable. An agile service provider can easily modify the web design at a later time.
Before switching to a new platform, check that it will meet your prerequisites when fully loaded with all the functionality installed. Frequently missed details include:
- Certify the website, and not a subsystem, with PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry - Data Security Standard).
- Test updates offline before promoting anything to the production environment.
- Commit to a verifiable quality standard. The most impactful are passing tests from 3rd party providers like Google, W3C, SSL Labs, and Facebook.
- Website support agreement that proactively identifies and fixes issues before the website crashes. The alternative is to bill you for failing to maintain the website.
Most websites have an abundance of inefficient and dead code, which causes security and performance challenges. It also makes the deployment more costly to maintain.
The following chart outlines the percentage of domains by the number of CSS files. The best practice is to have zero because web pages load much faster. Websites over 32 wait a long time before they start rendering the page.
Creating Technical Requirements
Formulating technical requirements mitigates the risk of omissions and misunderstandings discovered after deploying the website.
Augmenting Technical Requirements
The consultant ensures the technical requirements for the website are complete. Frequently added requirements include:
- Fully populate relevant SEO metadata based on best practices. That includes everything from the pricing currency to the company address.
- Web pages load in less than a second.
- Compliance with the PCI - DSS (Payment Card Industry - Data Security Standard), as the card brands require.
- Fix issues identified by 3rd party testing tools from Google, W3C (HTML Standards), Facebook, and others.
- Recover from simulated disasters within minutes. Scenarios include loss of data centers, ransomware, and server failure.
Flawless deployment of website updates, such as new server hardware, requires the following steps:
- Fix SEO, security, load, and other glitches before promoting to production.
- Test the deployment in a test environment before certifying it for production.
- Have plans to deal with deployment disasters and verify they work.
100% Availability During Upgrades
A website can remain entirely online during upgrades. A blue/green deployment is a design paradigm supporting the highest level of availability during promotions. If the existing deployment is blue, green becomes a production candidate. If the testing fails on green, it gets removed, fixed, and redeployed. If green becomes unstable after receiving the production load, the user load returns to blue while resolving the issue. Once blue proves stable, green gets purged. The diagram below shows a blue/green deployment extended to a global server cluster.
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Our experienced team of cloud consultants provides seamless integration and superior results for your website. We understand the complexities involved and will guide you through every step of the process. Your website will benefit from enhanced functionalities, improved performance, and increased efficiency when using our hosting platform and services.