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The required server hardware is mostly dependent on the number of articles available in your shop and on the expected traffic (visitors per day). The requirements are covered by most hosting providers and certified hosters should be able to provide a suitable configuration.
Please note that the values here are to be seen as an absolute minimum. As soon as you have a high number of items in the store or a high traffic is expected and the store has to process many requests at the same time, it is strongly recommended to increase the server resources.
The requirements listed above represent the officially supported and recommended setup to install Shopware. Generally, the operation is also possible on similar setups (Mac OS, nginx, MariaDB etc.). However, please take into account that we cannot provide official support for setting up such server systems and setups. The setup of alternative server systems with all necessary requirements is the responsibility of the respective hosting partner.
Currently we do not support PHP 7.1.x or PHP 7.2.x for encrypted plugins. You can only use PHP 7.0.x with ioncube encryption.
When you are installing a new Shopware shop in a PHP 7 environment you don't have to follow this guide, no special actions have to be taken. If you bump your productive environment to PHP7, you have to take care, that all of your plugins are compatible.
If you bump your production environment to PHP7 without updating all plugins before, the shop will not be reachable after the update! You have to take care that all Requirements are met before updating!
The reason for the special treatment of encoded plugins is the requirement of a new IonCube loader for php7. That means, that all plugins must be installed in a compatible version, so they were encoded with the new ionCube encoder. If you download the plugins in Shopware with the Plugin Manager, Shopware automatically downloads the new encoded plugins.
Before updating to PHP 7 you have to update your Shopware shop to version 5.2, so first of all, do a Shopware upgrade. Take care of plugin upgrades as well. Create a backup of your shop system, especially important are the database and the installed plugins. The installed plugins are located in the folder engine/Shopware/Plugins/Community in the file system of your shopware installation.
After the system was prepared as described above you have to update the installed plugins. You can update your plugins by opening the plugin manager and click "My purchases" and click the "Download" icon, the Plugin Manager will download the plugins for your current installed Shopware version and change the binaries to the new version. Do that for all encoded plugins.
After replacing the files of all encoded plugins in this way you should test if there are any errors because of the update. If everything works as it did before you can now switch your PHP installation to version 7. If you can't configure that your own, please contact your hoster.