PrestaShop is an open-source e-commerce platform, and its server requirements can change over time as new versions are released. As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, here are the typical server requirements for PrestaShop 1.7, but please note that you should always check the official PrestaShop website or documentation for the most up-to-date requirements, especially if you are using a newer version:
- Apache: PrestaShop is commonly used with the Apache web server. Apache 2.2 or later is recommended.
- Nginx: You can also use Nginx as a web server. Make sure it’s properly configured to work with PHP and MySQL.
- PHP version: PrestaShop 1.7.x generally requires PHP 7.1 or higher. It is recommended to use the latest stable PHP version for better performance and security.
- PHP extensions: Ensure that the following PHP extensions are enabled:
- PHP memory_limit: PrestaShop may require a minimum of 128MB of memory_limit in your PHP configuration, but it’s recommended to set it higher if possible.
- MySQL: PrestaShop primarily uses MySQL (or MariaDB) as its database management system. A compatible version of MySQL (usually 5.0 or later) is required.
- Database user: You’ll need a MySQL database user with sufficient privileges to install and manage the PrestaShop database.
- Server type: PrestaShop can run on Linux, Windows, or macOS servers. However, Linux is the most common and recommended choice.
- SSL: It’s highly recommended to use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) for your PrestaShop store, especially if you are handling customer data and payments. Many web hosts provide free SSL certificates through Let’s Encrypt.
- File permissions: Ensure that your server’s file permissions are set correctly to allow PrestaShop to read and write files where necessary. This includes permissions for cache, logs, and upload directories.
- PHP settings: Configure PHP settings in your server’s php.ini file as needed, including upload_max_filesize, post_max_size, and max_execution_time.
- URL rewriting: PrestaShop relies on URL rewriting for clean URLs. Make sure your server supports this feature, such as using mod_rewrite with Apache.
- Cron jobs: Set up cron jobs to run scheduled tasks for PrestaShop, such as order processing and catalog updates.
- Server resources: Ensure that your server has sufficient CPU, RAM, and disk space to handle your expected traffic and product catalog size.
Remember that server requirements can vary depending on factors like the size of your store, the number of products, and the traffic it receives. Always check the official PrestaShop documentation for the specific requirements of the version you plan to use, and consider consulting with your web hosting provider to ensure your server environment meets these requirements.