WHICH ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF THE TWO ECOMMERCE PLATFORM OPTIONS?
General Rules When Shopping for a Suitable Platform
What Do You Need to Watch Out For In Cloud-Based Platform Options? It has been briefly
mentioned already, but now we will elaborate on it. Security. Many business owners prefer to be solely
responsible for the security of their data (including the valuable data of their customers), so handing over
permission to someone else to handle their business is a no-no.
Another disadvantage of cloud-based platforms is the absence of total control from the business owner end (who
now is a customer for the cloud hosting company). There are options for personalization, but there are not
infinite. You can access your platform from everywhere (using a stable internet connection), but you will not be
the only one.
What Do You Need To Watch Out For In On-Premise Platform Options? Cost is one of the two major
disadvantages of hosting an eCommerce platform on-premise. You will need a strong IT team to develop, deploy,
and maintain the platform, and that translates to human resources, time and inevitably, cost, on top of the cost
of the server. Depending on the balance between sustaining a team and paying a monthly fee to a cloud-based
platform provider, budgeting for the initially substantial cost of the on-premise option might be worth it,
especially given its other advantages.
Another big issue that on-premise platforms face is the difficulty in scalability. If data storage runs out due
to increased traffic, business expansion, or anything else, it can be tricky to scale up, and there might be
required to even purchase a new server. In comparison, scaling up a cloud-based platform is quite easy, as all
you need to do is purchase a larger plan.