How we sped up projects on Shopsys by up to 63% through upgrading infrastructure

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Our long-term cooperation with vshosting~ has taught us that they are reliable partners no matter how quickly we grow. Thanks to their prompt warnings and lightning fast infrastructure upgrade we’ve been able to bypass potential problems and most importantly sell more through our e-commerce projects.

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Shopsys in figures

The switch to EPYC processors improved the performance of the entire solution and lowered page loading time.

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800+

e-shops built

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55 %

average improvement in project speed

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year founded

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Since 2013

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Leading full-service solution provider for the biggest player in e-commerce, 17 years of experience, and the most cutting edge technologies: that is Shopsys. They develop tailored e-shops and B2B systems for their clients using their own open-source platform. Their customers include well-known names such as SCONTO Nábytek, Mountfield, Bushman, and Office Depot. The key for Shopsy is reliable and powerful server infrastructure which we have provided for them since 2013.

Infrastructure starting to reach its limits

In the fall of 2020 at vshosting~ we noticed that the previous platform solution for the hosting of projects running on the Shopsys framework no longer had large enough performance reserves. Thanks to the growth of Shopsy projects, the approaching Christmas season, and the expectation of new client arrivals such as Mountfield, we jointly decided that the solution deserved a comprehensive upgrade.

The entire Kubernetes cluster that Shopsys had with us was completely fine-tuned. For that reason, a hardware upgrade to a more powerful alternative was offered. We didn’t go for anything less than AMD’s extremely powerful servers with EPYC processors each with 32 cores and 64 fibers. A further improvement was to switch to faster NVMe drives.

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The upgrade led to a 63% improvement in website load time

The whole process took place on November 20th, 2020 for the database servers and November 25th for the application servers. The result? An average speed increase of Shopsys projects by 55%. Some of them by more than 60%!

A great example of such a project is Tropic Fishing, whose load time was already quite fast before the update. On average, 586 milliseconds. We managed to bring that down to an unbelievable 357 milliseconds, which represents a 39% improvement.

Tropic Fishing website load speed

A few other examples of Shopsys projects include outdoor clothing store Bushman which saw an improvement in website speed of 56% thanks to the hardware upgrade, for Papírnictví Pavlík it was a 56% improvement, and the electronic store EMOS saw a 63% improvement!

Better SEO and higher availability

SEO experts often talk about how website load speed improves rankings in Google etc. There is clearly something in this: the boost to the server infrastructure performance led to a growth in search engine visitors by 16%. The click-through rate to the website from search engine results also increased by as much as 5 percentage points!

In the future, we expect even more positive SEO outcomes for the projects running on the Shopsys platform. That is because search engine optimization takes a while for the full effects to be felt. With it comes a snowball effect of a lower bounce rate, and more page views, resulting into that which interests e-commerce sites the most: higher sales. This is only thanks to the modernization of hardware, and because of these results, the impact of modernization can be felt within a couple of days.

At vshosting~ we also created replicas for Postgres and Shopysys Elasticsearch. These replicas are to be used to improve the availability of services which for the customer means that if there is an overload, maintenance work, or even a database outrage, the backup is automatically deployed and everything continues as it was.

What have we learnt?

  1. A proactive approach is key in hosting – therefore we continuously monitor all clients’ server infrastructure. Then we can address dips in performance before they start to cause issues.
  2. Better server performance, in the case of Shopsys => faster page load time – Shopsys projects’ pages loaded an average of 55% quicker. 
  3. Investment in hardware must yield an immediate return – some e-commerce projects ended up 50% faster. This will significantly improve SEO and help with sales. 
We are deploying enterprise servers with AMD EPYC servers more and more at vshosting~ due to their unrivalled performance. During the Shopsys infrastructure upgrade it became the obvious choice – it ensures a secure base with powerful reserves for expanding services and marketing campaigns. In conjunction with PCI-e NVMe SSD drives which replaced SATA SSD, it really is the best we can offer a client from a hardware perspective.

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