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How much traffic can the server handle?

We expect to have thousands of orders placed each day when we go live with our new online store. Can the Modular Merchant shopping cart software handle this?

Yes, the shopping cart software should be able to handle a volume of several thousand orders per day without breaking a sweat. The real question is how many website visitors and how much bandwidth this is expected to push through the server. That is where picking the right hosting option for your store becomes important.

For example, among the highest sustained traffic levels recorded for a client's online store coincided with the launch of a new product and resulted in an order being placed in their store every six seconds (roughly 800 orders an hour) — and this traffic level was sustained for a period of several hours.

The store in that test case was hosted in our standard shared hosting environment, where a server is shared between a maximum of 100 clients. However, if ongoing traffic levels of that magnitude are expected, then a semi-dedicated or dedicated server may be the right solution.

For clients with high demand traffic needs, semi-dedicated and dedicated servers are available. Semi-dedicated servers host a maximum of ten clients. Dedicated servers host just one, allowing the client to push high levels of traffic and bandwidth through their website without the fear of the server's resources being leeched away by other websites on the same server doing the same.

— Last Edited - 12/23/2011 3:19pm PST
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