Three Top Reasons Why Your Magento Installation Can Get Ruined
Now that you have a Magento eCommerce website, you might want to know what’s under the hood, so that you can get to know your Magento website better. However, if you are unaware of what’s under the hood and you get ahead by tweaking the wrong things, then you might be in for big trouble. So, lets’ get to understand Magento better before trying to understand how a Magento installation can go awry if you attempt to do it wrongly.
First of all, Magento is based on PHP5/MySQL, which makes it possible to install it on any server. Since, it is also easily scalable and extendable, it is also suitable for organizations, companies, and businesses, of all sizes. For merchants who want to play a bigger role in their field of business, the higher version of Magento, i.e. Magento Enterprise is available.
Now, a lot of people believe that after installing Magento, their store will start delivering top performance right from day one as if miraculously. This is one of the gravest errors while installing Magento. You need to delve a little deeper and understand three more factors that will also lead you down the same lane – taking your Magento store down the dumps.
- Magento is capable of working on any server configuration that supports PHP5 as well as MySQL. However, there are a few more things that are essential to understand, so that Magento can be configured correctly.
- Firstly, it is not proper to install Magento on shared hosting. It is the first essential mistake committed by many people when it comes to building a brand new store. As Magento requires a lot of system resources, it is difficult to make it survive on a shared server. Hence, Magento requires a dedicated or shared server for itself.
- When it comes to the PHP.ini configuration in PHP, this file configuration impacts many aspects in Magento such as performance, memory limits, security issues, and a lot more. At the same time, as PHP is an interpreting language, it needs to process a lot of code slowly, hence a PHP accelerator becomes essential.
- Magento simply cannot work without a decent caching system. Even normal request flows in Magento comprise of really bulky resource consuming actions. You need to know that at least fifteen percent of Magento is XML Markup.
- Additionally, when the Magento page is being loaded, the application uses a significant amount of time while opening XML files, merging content, loading to memory as well as processing the blocks of information, and such.
- Since Magento depends heavily upon database-specific data, it is very slow in fetching and loading that data, even more slower than the PHP code interpreting or file system operations.
- Merchants who request instances to various third-party services via the network API can find this service to be even slower than accessing the local database.
- Hence, Magento has included various cache levels, and it is important to configure the cache storage properly. By default, all cache values for a Magento store are stored in files. Magento can be configured to store cache values in files. it can be configured to store cache in the database, but this is less commonly done because of the slower approach.
- Of late, Magento has begun supporting a range of fast and easily configurable NoSQL databases, and these easily configurable databases can store cache values there.
- One of the most important things while facing the aforementioned issues is code efficiency. It is extremely essential to optimize your Magento code properly, because this is the next best thing after efficient caching. The code needs to be optimized so that it does not take a long time to load pages in addition to having dropped the cache.
- You will also need to follow a few basic rules so that you don’t damage the Magento Code. First, you should never ever modify the original Magento Core code-base, especially if you want to update your website to the latest version of Magento.
- You will also need to follow the Magento architecture principles when you create or modify extensions. The extension you create should be transparent to Magento otherwise you might end up with further complications.
To conclude, there are various other ways that you can ruin your magento installation. However, the top three ways have been described in the preceding paragraphs. Let’s hope that you learn better from your experience and prevent any Magento related fatalities.