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jaydream
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HI All

Just a quick question will Magento run on Shared hosting without any major issues?

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NeilA
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The quick answer is: it is possible to run Magento on some shared hosting, but you will encounter serious issues in due course.
If you want to avoid the hassle of changing to a more appropriate hosting arrangement, avoid shared hosting.

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Neil is right in general, but to be fair, a VPS on an oversubscribed machine with 32 VMs all scratching away at the disks is no better than well set up shared hosting with adequate resources allocated to each client.

It’s disk IO that is the main slow-down, Magento needs RAM and caches set up properly. Just because this doesn’t usually happen on shared hosting doesn’t mean that it can’t. Or shouldn’t!

 
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Totally agree… wink

 
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createonline
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With the correct hardware and optimisation, you can successfully use shared hosting for Magento. The key is to find a hosting provider that truly specialises in Magento and fully understands resource requirements and optimisation principles, and won’t oversell server resources.

There are many shared hosting companies that can tick the box to say that their servers meet the minimum requirements, but without utilising the latest hardware (e.g. RAID 10, DUAL XEON, 32GB RAM, etc), MySQL optimisation (e.g. query caching), APC, etc, it most likely won’t be sufficient.

As a business case, from our experience most Magento Hosting customers do not have the knowledge, expertise or time to correctly configure a VPS or dedicated server for Magento, and then to correctly maintain and keep the server patched securely. And they shouldn’t need to, it is too specialised. Rather, with a Magento Hosting optimised plan, this has already been setup for them.

So in conclusion, while this reply is somewhat biased, my answer is yes - you can use shared hosting for Magneto. Just choose wisely.

 
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pardus
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Having a server with the right server setup is key. I built a magento store on bluehost with about 4000 skus. sometimes it is brutal slow, 10-15 second page load times. We started development on a new retailer with 6000 skus and new we had to move to somewhere better. Did my research, and went with aspiration hosting. These guys rock, it is shared hosting but the plan we are on limits 80 clients per machine and they specialize in magento. Support is fantastic, can’t say enough good things about them. I have signed up on their reseller program which allows me to fully rebrand their service as my own.

btw, besides being a customer, not affiliated with them in any other way.

Randy Friesen

 
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