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Nexcess Will Soon Be Introducing Magento 2.0 Hosting

March 17, 2015 8 Comments RSS Feed

Magento 2.0 HostingWith the news that the Magento 2 developer beta had been released, we got to work testing it for addition to our high-performance Magento hosting platform. We’re happy to announce that in the very near future, we’ll be adding Magento 2.0 to our eCommerce hosting plans. It’s been a long time coming, but once you see the new and improved Magento, we’re sure you’ll agree that it was worth the wait.

Magento 2.0 will be a significant and comprehensive upgrade, with innumerable new features both in the user-facing parts of Magento and under-the-hood. There’s good news for eCommerce retailers and Magento developers alike.

The Magento team have been focused on seven major areas for improvement, but I’d like to introduce you to Magento 2.0 by focusing on the three areas that will have most impact on our hosting clients.

  • Performance — Magento will be faster than ever. The application’s indexers have been considerably improved to deliver faster query performance and increased efficiency for updates. Static pages get full-page caching, which has the potential to significantly improve performance on some pages, and Magento 2.0 will include out-of-the-box support for integration with Varnish. Additionally, the Magento performance toolkit will provide a set of test scripts that can be used to verify system performance.
  • Comprehensive technology stack upgrade — Magento can still go toe-to-toe with its more youthful peers, but its technology stack was getting a little long in the tooth. Magento 2.0 includes some of the shiniest cutting-edge web technologies: JQuery, HTML5, CSS3, and RequireJS are all baked in, and Magento 2.0 works great with PHP 5.5 and MySQL 5.6, which bring improvements in scaling and efficiency. Magento 2.0 also includes built-in support for CSS preprocessing with LESS, which will streamline theme development workflows.
  • And speaking of themes — Magento 2.0 makes front-end development much more straightforward. Business logic has been separated from the frontend, freeing developers to make changes to the interface without having to worry about underlying functionality. Additionally, Magento 2.0 will include a blank theme to get developers started and will make available a UI/Pattern library that should allow developers to create and modify themes much more quickly.

Magento 2.0 is a welcome update, and it addresses many of the issues that have bothered Magento users for the past few years. We’re looking forward to integrating Magento 2.0 with our advanced Secure Isolated Platform and bringing all the new goodness to our clients.

If you want to keep up with the progress of our Magento 2.0 hosting plans, keep an eye on this blog or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus.

Posted in: Magento, Nexcess
  • I’ve been building on Magento for years and recently moved a store to
    BigCommerce thinking I would have more success. What a waste of time and
    money that was. I’m eager to get back with Nexcess and on the Magento
    platform. I know the plans are currently deploying with version 1.9. My
    question is: how difficult will it be to upgrade from 1.9 to Magento2.
    Will it cost hundreds of dollars for a developer to upgrade? Curious as
    to how this will be handled on the server side or what packages will be
    available.

  • I am using nexcess hosting for one of my clients running magento. The servers provide 5.1.73 whereas magento recommends mysql 5.6+ for 1.9.*+ versions. can anyone explain?

  • Jeries Eadeh

    @snieves818:disqus our apologies for the delayed response. Seems your post fell into our spam folder and we only now saw the question. If you haven’t read about the migration process yet, migrating from a M1 to M2 will require the expertise of a developer to ensure the data is properly migrated into M2. A full assessment will require of any redundant data and the offiicial migration tools issued by Magento. See more info here:

    http://magento.com/resources/magento-2-migration-whitepaper

    On the hosting infrastructure we prepared the environments with the updated PHP 5.5 and MySQL 5.6 versions according to the Magento Whitepaper requirements. We’ve released a Magento 2 demo on a Nexcess SIP-400 dedicated server.

  • Joe d. St. Clair

    Now that Magento 2.0 is in general release as of November 17, 2015 does Nexcess support v 2.0?
    Will we be able to run both M2 and M1 instances on the same sip package?

  • We do support Magento2 right now and do allow clients to run both versions on the same SIP package, although the PHP version will need to be updated to 5.5+ for that plan. So you will need to make sure your existing Magento 1 install and all plugins are compatible with PHP 5.5+ to do so.

  • Joe d. St. Clair

    Thank you for the heads up.

  • R. S. Harding

    Have you upgraded to PHP 7 for the SIP’s?

  • will_hough

    PHP 7 is available on our SIPs. You can upgrade in siteworx (https://docs.nexcess.net/article/how-to-change-php-versions-in-siteworx.html) , or request an upgrade via ticket.