Premium Magento Themes Now Available

We are pleased to announce that ProperHost has just partnered with Template Monster, one of the oldest and most renowned providers of high quality website templates on the Internet, which brings a vast collection of Magento templates to our users. By choosing a turnkey template for your Magento site you can quickly set up a beautiful and professional looking online store.

Go check out the templates here.

PHP 7 Now Available on All Servers

As previously announced, PHP 7 support has now been added to all our shared hosting servers. PHP 7 brings significant performance improvements over PHP 5.x and new language features that will help developers create better and more efficient code.

For backwards compatibility with Magento and other web applications, PHP 5 is still the default PHP version on our servers. PHP 7 can be enabled on a per-directory basis by adding the following code to the .htaccess file:

AddType application/x-httpd-php7 .php

All .php files in the current directory and sub-directories will now be processed by PHP 7.

Please note that Magento 1.x does not officially support PHP 7. However, several blog posts exists which explains the steps needed to get it working. There is even an extension on GitHub that adds PHP 7 compatibility to Magento

Disclaimer: ProperHost is not responsible for website crashes or damage caused by installing extensions or 3. party modules. We recommend to always create a backup first.

ProperHost Launches Magento 2.0 Hosting and Adds PHP 7 Support

Magento 2.0 Hosting

Back in 2008 we were one of the first providers to introduce Magento optimized hosting. Today we are excited to announce to the public our brand new Magento 2.0 hosting platform with full PHP 7 support! Since Magento 2.0 was released at the end of last year we have been working hard to build a state of the art hosting environment for the next generation eCommerce platform. Because Magento 2.0 has a completely new set of system requirements, we have decided to introduce three new hosting plans which incorporates this new technology stack. At this time you will not be able to use Magento 2.0 on our existing Magento 1.x plans.

Magento 2.0 Hosting Plans

(available in both US and UK locations)

M2 Basic ($27/mo)
10 GB SSD storage
150 GB transfer/month
2 vCPU cores

M2 Pro ($97/mo)
25 GB SSD storage
250 GB transfer/mo
4 vCPU cores

M2 Pro+ ($197/mo)
50 GB SSD storage
500 GB transfer/mo
8 vCPU cores

The Pro and Pro+ packages also includes Redis and Memcached support.

Limited Free Trial

For a limited time we are offering free 30-day trials on the new Magento 2.0 hosting packages. For more information check out the new Magento 2.0 hosting page and sign up directly using this link to start your trial.

Magento 2.0 Demo Stores

We have set up the following demo stores to allow you to test the speed and functionality of Magento 2.0:

Speed Test

ProperHost has always strived to be the fastest Magento host on the web, and we wanted to stay true to this goal when we built our Magento 2.0 platform. Check out the test results by clicking on the picture below.

Magento 2.0 speed test

Official PHP 7 Support

Together with the launch of Magento 2.0 hosting, we are also adding PHP 7 support to all our servers. PHP 7 on average is 2-3x faster than PHP 5.6 and is fully supported by Magento 2.0. Check out these benchmark tests published by Zend to see how it compares.

We start by rolling out the upgrade on our Magento 2.0 servers first, and within the next 1-2 weeks PHP 7 will be available on all our shared hosting servers.

How to enable PHP 7

PHP 5.6 will still be the default version for quite some time in order to ensure backwards compatibility with Magento 1.x and other web applications. PHP 7 can be enable per directory by adding one line of code at the top of your .htaccess file:

AddType application/x-httpd-php7 .php

This will force all .php scripts in that directory and all sub-directories to be handled by PHP 7.