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Beyond This Guide This guide is only a starting point for using a platform like Magento. We highly recommend building a test environment to get comfortable and play around with Magento. It can be very overwhelming at first, but getting your hands dirty in a test environment is a great way to learn about Magento’s features and flexibility. Another great resource is Magento’s main web site: . Aside from a huge community forum which is supported by the staff at Varien, there is an ever expanding Wiki Knowledge Base, screencasts, and other technical documentation.
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C H A P T E R 2 ■ ■ ■ 7 Installing Magento The community version of Magento is designed to run under the power of your own web server. In this chapter, you will be reviewing the standard installation process for version 1.3.2.3. Magento can also be installed on local host environments for testing and development. A local host installation follows a similar process that we’ve outlined in this chapter as well. For additional information about installation on a local host system, you can visit . System Requirements Before you begin the installation process, it is important that your server meets the requirements to install and run Magento: Linux x86, x86-64. Apache Web Server (1.x or 2.x). PHP 5.2.0 or newer, (PHP4 with limited support). Certain PHP extensions are required. Check Magento’s web site for a full list of required PHP extensions. Magento requires safe mode to be turned off to run Magento. MySQL 4.1.20 or newer. Additional details regarding system requirements can be found at: . com/system-requirements . If you are not sure whether your hosting server meets these requirements, a simple script is available for download to determine your server’s abilities. Visit knowledge-base/entry/how-do-i-know-if-my-server-is-compatible-with-magento for more information. Note While not a requirement, Magento is SSL ready and is recommended for sites performing transactions involving credit card purchases.
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CHAPTER 2 INSTALLING MAGENTO 8 Automatic Install Many webhosts provide automatic installations. This allows you to install Magento with a few simple clicks. While it is important to understand the installation process, an automatic installation can save time. Contact your web site host to find out if they support automatic installations. If they do not, Magento must be installed manually. Tip Be aware that automatic installations can sometimes erase entire directories during the installation process. It is recommended that you back up all files before you begin a new installation process, regardless of whether it is automatic or manual.
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