Why are the specs so high? a lot off hosts arent upgrading their php4 installs, and even after installs of php5, most are crippled. A major example is the lack of php-mcrypt on servers, causing the installer to error. Is there a way to bypass that error? or a solution other than fiddling with the server config?
We could have had so much fun together Magento.
First, if you’re with a host who’s still using PHP4 then that’s your own issue. PHP4 have been EOL’d for months now - ANY/EVERY host should have upgraded to PHP5 long ago. There is a reason new versions of software come out - your host should know better.
“"The PHP development team has announced that support for PHP 4 will continue until the end of this year only. After 2007-12-31 there will be no more releases of PHP 4.4. Critical security fixes will be made available on a case-by-case basis until 2008-08-08.”
Second, you sound like you want to drive a racecar but then complain that it doesnt take unleaded gas. Of course it doesnt take unleaded gas - it’s a RACECAR!!!
Magento is a great product and you’ll really love it if you can find a host who is capable of staging the product. It’s NOT for everyone and MANY MANY MANY shared hosts are simply not going to let you run it - it’s server intensive. In fact, I am quite surprised we haven’t seen more ‘my host suspended my account because of Magento’ threads.
Magento wasnt designed for shared hosting. It was designed to be a professional level ecommerce solution.
Those two things can not exist together. Would you share a cash register with all the other merchants in a shopping mall? I mean, you could right - but, it’s not really too smart. This is true with Shared Hosting and eCommerce - You can make it work, but that doesnt make it good.