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    Hosting Differences Between Magento 1 & Magento 2

    When migrating, replatforming, or otherwise making the journey from Magento 1 to Magento 2, hosting is often one of the last considerations that you’ll look at. However, different versions of M1 and M2 have different hosting needs and requirements, and without a properly configured hosting environment, your new Magento 2 website launch will ultimately fail in one way or another. That’s why, as with most things Magento, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

    Technical requirements notwithstanding, your new website build is a great chance to leave behind an aging hosting environment, which may contain obsolete files and software along with security holes. An older environment may also be on dated, underperforming hardware. A new site is a chance to leave behind old headaches, and start fresh. In relative terms, if you’re moving to a new phone carrier, do you really want to port over your 5-year-old iPhone? Or would it make sense to start fresh if you’re going to pay a monthly fee for it anyway?


    Curious about the differences in hosting environments when moving from Magento 1 to 2? Here are some prime examples:


    – Different versions of Magento 2 require different versions of PHP & MySQL, for instance:

    For example, Magento 2.1.x  is compatible with PHP 7.02, 7.04, and 7.06-7.0.x

    Magento 2.1 PHP Requirements


    While Magento 2.3.x is only compatible with PHP 7.1.3+

    Magento 2.3 PHP Requirements


    – M2 sites can be updated through Composer

    – Make sure that Composer is installed on your system

    – $ apt install composer (Ubuntu)

    – $ yum install composer (CentOs)


    – Magento 2 has built-in Varnish full page caching (FPC) capabilities

    – These native capabilities can be enhanced with a Magento 2 Varnish extension that’s free for JetRails customers. Rather than updating configurations using bin/magento this extension allows for faster / improved site management, including:

    – Adds Command Line Functionality to Magento Admin

    – URL based purging

    – Store based purging

    – URL Excludes from Magento Admin

    – Clustering of Varnish

    – Composer repo access for installation & updates

    – Catalog and Product Cache Refresh on Save


    – Magento 2 is not intended to be run from the root directory. Instead, the /pub/ directory is intended to be set as the webroot. This helps to keep hackers out of your /var/, /setup/, and other directories that should not be publicly accessible.


    – Magento Commerce (i.e. Magento Enterprise) websites can take advantage of database sharding. Instead of having one large database, you can split into 3 separate databases to spread which can have their own hosting resources. These include:

    – Main

    – Checkout

    – OMS (Orders)


    Have questions about Magento 2 hosting optimization and best practices to ensure site stability, security, speed, and scalability? Our team is here to help. Reach out for a free Magento hosting consultation!


    About The Author
    Jarett Ehas
    Director of Technology Operations

    Jarett has been a member of the Jetrails team since 2012. He’s a seasoned Linux Engineer, a certified AWS Solutions Architect, and an all-around expert in Magento Hosting. Whether designing complex hosting environments within our data centers or the AWS cloud, Jarett is one of the foremost industry experts in keeping Magento sites fast, secure, stable, and elastic.

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