The web hosting environment

joomla support cheshire manchester merseyside north west ukThe web hosting environment is rapidly changing.

What was leading edge two years ago is now prehistoric!

It is necessary to have a little understanding of how the various components required by a Joomla! CMS website fit together to appreciate recent technological improvements in the hosting environment.

We hope this article will help you make better decisions when choosing a hosting company for your Joomla! website.

We recommend you read this article in conjunction with our related articles:


What does a Joomla! website need to be able to sing and dance?

All websites require at least three things:

  • a web server,
  • a server operating system and
  • a server application.

Dynamic database driven websites like Joomla! also need:

  • a specific web server configuration

which includes:

  • a database management system (or DBMS), and
  • a server side scripting language.

When seeking to improve website performance and security it is easy to focus all your attention on the Joomla! CMS.

But this results in not being able to see the wood for the trees. 1

If you really want to improve website performance you should also consider the hosting environment.

1 Meaning: If you can't see the wood for the trees, you can't see the whole situation clearly because you're looking too closely at small details, or because you're too closely involved.

Use a Web Application Firewall

Whatever hosting environment you choose for your Joomla! website, install a Web Application Firewall or WAF.

Joomla! Technical Requirements

You can see which versions of PHP and MySQL are recommended for use by the Joomla! Project at the following link.

Read more: Joomla! Technical Requirements.


PERSONAL Joomla! CMS Help & Support

We coach, help and support managers with responsibility for Joomla! websites in organisations across Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside, North West England & the UK.

Read more: WYNCHCO Joomla! CMS Help & Support.