Online Retailers

As an online retailer, the last thing you need to worry about is whether your site will be able to handle all the traffic it attracts. Committing to lots of server resource that will only be utilised during peak times is not a cost effective solution. At Steamhaus we understand how important it is to keep e-commerce sites online without overspending on the underlying environment.

Whether you’re cloud-curious, or a full-on cloud fanatic, we’ll help you embrace the power of the cloud.


See how we've helped branding agency Ahoy improve performance on their client's e-commerce site.

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We understand that ecommerce environments can be complex and subject to peaks and troughs in visitors; we’ll take away the stresses that come along with this.

As a consultancy, we have the expertise to build an environment for your site to run on that automatically expands when you have an increase in visitors, and then decreases in size during quieter times. This means your hosting spend is intelligent and effective without compromising availability.

Our aim is to understand you and your aspirations, enabling us to act as an extension of your team. This continual partnership results in an environment that will be consistently:

  • Faster
  • Secure
  • Fault-tolerant
  • Cost-effective
  • Geographically distributed if necessary
  • Hosted in the most appropriate way for your websites or application

The end result being you get to concentrate on what you do best, rather than worrying about keeping your site online and responsive.

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Our consulting process

Making sure you receive the right solution is part of our raison d’etre; we follow a process to ensure nothing is missed.

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Our architects are experts in all things cloud and have extensive knowledge in the common platforms and applications that typical app developers use.

How we’ve helped our customers

https://getbunting.com/Bunting is a high growth ecommerce optimisation business with an international customer base. Their solution includes product recommendations, shopping cart abandonment prevention, behavioural targeting and newsletter personalisation.

Customers report over 50% increase in conversion rate through using Bunting.

The Bunting application required a custom environment to operate to its full potential. It had very specific requirements and needed a lot of resources to manage every aspect. In addition, Bunting needed to ensure that the technical team managing the platform knew precisely how the application works, what its needs are and how best to deal with any issues that arise from it.

After discussions with Bunting about their current environment and future needs we proposed our AWS Management package.

We started by taking over the ongoing management of Bunting’s existing platform that was still with a traditional hosting company. Whilst managing the existing platform, we assisted with a database schema migration to maximise the potential of the hardware they were contracted to.

At the same time we designed and built Bunting’s new infrastructure that was to be hosted on AWS.

Bunting’s move to AWS has been beneficial to both them and their customers. Their application responds to requests three times quicker than previously, whilst at the same time being at less than half the load of the previous solution.

Web transactions time before our involvement:

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Web transactions time after moving to our AWS package: 

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As an extension of their team we’re working to bring modern development workflows and the latest technologies to the Bunting service. Working closely together and having a strong level of trust has proven what can be achieved in a very short amount of time.

Our migration and re-architecture process

Being hosting-agnostic allows us to create a service that isn’t restricted by a particular environment. It frees us from following the standard process of having a hosting platform first and offering management as an afterthought.

We’ll take care of everything for you using the following process:

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Building the right technical solution in the first place

We start by working out both what’s technically and strategically required. Depending on requirements this will generally fall into one of three packages:

These packages are based around our most commonly requested services, however as a consultancy we tailor solutions around your business’ requirements.

Only once that’s clear do we follow up by partnering it with the right hosting environment. This goes hand-in-hand with what’s been specified above. Options to consider would be:

  • A true large-scale public cloud such as AWS, Google Cloud or Azure.
  • Our high-availability SteamCloud platform, based right here in sunny Manchester.
  • A ‘traditional’ hosting provider who offer dedicated servers if that’s what you’re after.

…the point being, you’ll end up with the most appropriate environment for your sites or applications.