For all its flexibility, scalability, and power, Magento 2 is a demanding CMS. So demanding, in fact, that choosing an appropriate host can be challenging. Unlike other platforms, Magento 2 won’t work out-of-the-box with just any shared server.
Magento 2 promised to keep the same flexibility of Magento 1.X while improving speed, out-of-the-box functionality, and admin interface. A few features like full page caching achieve this brilliantly, but the CMS now demands even more of the back end.
How can you make sure things run smoothly? Luckily, there’s a checklist of hosting requirements. When used to its full potential, Magento is the most effective ecommerce platform currently available on the market.
What does my host need?
Magento is surprisingly large. In order to give developers the best scalability, all elements are segregated in CMS’s architecture. This means you can change one thing without affecting another.
Sounds great right? Unfortunately, this led to huge problems with the first release. Namely, speed. Every page was having to reference and bring up thousands of disparate blocks, modules, and classes via XML files.
Luckily, Magento 2 delivers 20% faster page loading times. It achieved this by upgrading all the frameworks needed to run it. Now the front moves faster, but the back end struggles.
So, what do I need?
Apache 2.2.X or 2.4.X. Running on a Linux x86-64 operating system, this web server software is the driving force behind all other processes.
PHP 5.5 or later. Magento 2 will also work with PHP 7.0, which performs twice as fast as previous releases. Some additional extensions are required for PHP.
MySQL 5.6. Keeping this database management system updated is essential. Because of the sheer amount of SQL queries, MySQL 5.5 and below aren’t suitably optimised for Magento.
Your host must be able to accommodate the above. Although hardware requirements can vary, if a host is only able to offer MySQL 5.5, Magento 2 won’t work properly. This is typical for shared servers where companies are concerned about spreading resources too thinly.
What kind of hosting do I need?
People can often overlook problems caused by hosting. Shared hosting and Magento just don’t mix well. If an ecommerce shop with a heavy server load is jostling for bandwidth with hundreds of other sites, there’s going to be problems.
For a medium sized ecommerce store, dedicated hosting is always going to be the best option. This offers the best security, performance speed, and technical support.
But can you afford this? In the world of startups and SMEs, there are better solutions.
A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a great compromise. Blending elements of both, it’s possible to get the performance of dedicated hosting with the prices of shared. VPS hosting runs multiple sites on a single server, but gives each its own operating system. By segregating server resources, site performance isn’t affected by others.
Cloud Hosting offers a good alternative for smaller businesses looking to expand in the future. Unlike other types of hosting, cloud hosting is a large network of machines with partitioned resources. If necessary, it’s possible to increase hosting space to cover several servers, making this a highly scalable solution.
You should always communicate directly with your hosting company. Letting them know what your intentions are will let them flag issues up early on. Some providers have a hardline stance on certain CMSs due to their server load. Magento hosting should always be specifically optimised.
Magento 2 gives advertisers the power to back up their business concepts with a flexible, scalable ecommerce platform. With unmatched functionality and a host of features, this is a complex but effective CMS. This power isn’t without limitations. Finding proper hosting is paramount to your business.