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Magento 2 Launch Dates & Facts

With all the Magento 2 Optimizations we can expect, it's not surprising you want to get your hands on the latest version of Magento. From performance boosts to an enhanced dashboard, Magento 2 certainly sounds like the real deal. However with Magento 2 still in beta, it may be a bit of time before we can move to 2.0 on production sites. While we sit and wait for the latest and greatest version to get released, Magento published a rough timeline of events so we can at least have a reasonable idea of when this new version will be made available.

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Magento 2 Optimizations

Recently we took a look at a technology stack comparison of Magento 1 vs Magento 2. Just a few of these improvements featured in Magento 2 include PSR compliance and CSS3. Of course the technology stack is just one of the many optimizations found in Magento 2. Here's a quick look at some of the other improvements featured.

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Magento 1 vs Magento 2

With the beta release and the steady movement towards the stable release of Magento 2, are you getting your plan ready to upgrade to Magento 2? There are going to be a number of improvements in Magento 2. Let's look at the differences in the technology stack between Magento version 1 and 2, and how they will improve the performance of your store.

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Upgrading To Magento 2

If you are a Magento user, you're probably well aware of the fact there is a beta version of Magento 2 currently available. Since this is a beta version, you won't want to upgrade your production site quite yet. However since this beta version will eventually lead to a stable version, now is as good of a time as any to start planning your upgrade. That way you can get the fastest and most secure version when Magento 2 becomes available.

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The Dramatic Performance Increase Of PHP 7

In previous blog posts, including our comparison of HHVM vs PHPNG, we talk about how PHP 7 typically beats HHVM by up to 20% and it is up to 100% faster than PHP 5.6 (even though we do need to run our own performance comparisons here at A2 Hosting). These numbers are definitely provide a nice broad overview of the dramatic performance boost and memory efficiency enhancements offered by PHP 7.

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PHP 7 vs HHVM

If you are not a developer, you probably aren't familiar with HHVM and PHPNG. If you're hosting your site with A2 Hosting though, it's more than likely your site is powered by PHP. The beta version of PHP 7 was just released on Friday so it doesn't hurt to learn how this new version of PHP can dramatically increase the performance of your site. First we need to step back about 7 years and look at another project called HHVM to get a better idea of the direction of PHP 7 and why PHP developers focused on certain features in this version.

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PHP 7 – What’s New & The Nitty Gritty Technical Details

As you may have read on our June 29th blog post, the alpha version of PHP 7 was released. Since that post was published, PHP released the first beta version of PHP. We know that PHP 7 has a clear cut focus on performance. Let's look at some of the contributing elements to those performance improvements and the other enhancements included with PHP 7.

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Blocking Referral Junk & Spam Traffic In Analytics

Do you ever look at your referral traffic in Analytics and notice sites that aren't even linking to you sending hundreds and maybe thousands of visits? At first glance you may be tempted to pat yourself on your back because these referrals gives your traffic stats a boost. At second glance however you realize these aren't real referrals; they're spam referrals. These so called visitors aren't actually going to your site. Instead they are sending data to Google Analytics making it look like they're visiting your site.

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Barracuda Advanced Spam Filtering

Tired of drowning in spam just so you can get to your important emails? With our Barracuda spam filtering service, now available on our Web Hosting accounts, you can quickly get to those crucial emails without having to sift through spam.

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PHP 7 Hosting Overview and Release Date

With the recent Alpha release of PHP 7, A2 Hosting is proud to be one of the first providers to offer PHP 7 Hosting. PHP 7 is available on A2 Hosting's Turbo Web Hosting service. Our PHP Switcher makes it easy to move between multiple PHP versions including PHP 5.1-5.6, and of course PHP 7.

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