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  • #25892
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    Milan Stojanovic
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    Hi symbiostock,

    I’m thinking of choosing this platform for selling images online. What I found problematic is that platform is non that user friendly, as I was hoping for. First thing first, at start I got the impression that any hosting wordpress service is good enough. Later while reading this forum I start to see little things that do matter, for example not every hosting has installed Imagick PHP extension, and that even some of them have but it is not the right version (I really have poor engineering skills … something like binary and non binary …).
    So I would find it really helpful if there was official information, from developing team, not to recommend single hosting service but to give list of thing we, as buyers of hosting services can ask them directly before paying, to have best symbiostock experience.

    Thanks in advance! 🙂

    #25893
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    George Sheldon
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    Hi Milan,

    I do not work for the development team. I am just another independent photographer producing stock photos. So I can only tell you what I am using, and it is working.

    I am a GoDaddy web hosting customer (actually, I have a dedicated WordPress managed account).  I had this before I opted to become part of Symzio. I had it paid for a year yet, and didn’t want to give that up. So I kept it, and thought I’d try the plugin on it. And it worked!

    I was on the verge of changing to a new WordPress theme, so I wasn’t into it too long before I switched to Symbiostock Express.  That worked fine with GoDaddy.

    One thing: if you go with a WordPress managed website – whether on GoDaddy or elsewhere – it will automatically update WordPress. This could be a problem with Symbiostock Plugin, although so far, it hasn’t caused any issues for me. But it would be a reason to go with regular hosting and not WordPress managed plans. When I bought my plan, I got so much more with WordPress Managed over what I would have gotten for the regular hosting, it was an easy decision for me.

    George

    #25894
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    Videoopp
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    What is your budget?  I can recommend Inmotionhosting and Wired Tree as being well suited to this kind of site.  They both limit users on VPN servers, don’t choke your bandwidth, and have the imajic.  It’s a jungle out there and buyer beware that when sites advertise unlimited this and that, it does not really mean unlimited.

    worldviewstock.com

    #25895
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    Robin
    Keymaster

    This is a good suggestion, however, it is mostly mentioned in the official installation guide on WordPress: https://wordpress.org/plugins/symbiostock/installation/

    As for version of PHP Imagick, this is generally not specified and you do not have to worry about it. Very rarely has there been an issue, and if so, it’s a rare issue with watermarking certain EPS files which cannot be predicted prior to setup.

    The only thing we recommend other than PHP Imagick that is not mentioned in the installation is the ability to execute shell_exec functions within PHP – some hosts disable this. It is not necessary, however, but is needed to write metadata to images.

    Symbiostock even works without Imagick, but is much better with it.

    We will update the instructions to be more clear on the official site, and I will create a sticky thread regarding it here as per your suggestion. Thanks.

    #25902
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    Milan Stojanovic
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    Thanks Robin, so I should only ask hosting company for support of PHP Imagick (“ability to execute shell_exec functions within PHP”) and Woocommerce, ok!

    @Videoopp
    My budget is really small, as smaller as it can be about 50$ per year or even less. I’m a recent college graduate just starting microstock so every penny is problematic for me (that means shared hosting for sure), also living in Eastern Europe. I will maybe try with Godaddy as George Sheldon suggested. Currently I have about 10gb of images ready to upload, and that number is increasing.

    @George Sheldon
    Did you have experience with shared hosting plans from GoDaddy?

    Thanks in advance guys!

    #25903
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    Robin
    Keymaster

    You dont need to ask about WooCommerce – just:

    1) PHP Imagick (not via command line – the PECL extension)
    2) The ability to execute shell_exec

    that’s it. If you have those two, sufficient memory and disk space, you can run smooth as butter. Without Imagick you will need more memory and will not be able to do vectors. Without shell_exec you will not be able to write image metadata, may not be able to read certain metadata, and will not be able to process videos.

    #26427
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    kennykiernan
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    Hey Robin – I’m following up on this thread – a I’ve posted elsewhere that I’m unhappy with Bluehost and have never used GoDaddy. Can you confirm that GoDaddy is good for selling vectors on SS: works with PHP Imagick, can execute shell_exec and works with all Woocommerce plugins?

    My tech guy says I have to run my Stripe credit card processor plugin on an Apache server, and the reason it crashes my site when a credit card purchase is made as Guest without creating an account (https://wordpress.org/support/topic/must-have-at-least-one-lettererror-message?replies=10#post-8318395) is that Bluehost is using not Apache but NGinx for my SSL.

    Does any of this sound familiar to you?

    Kenny Kiernan
    https://www.clipartman.com

    #26465
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    Milan Stojanovic
    Participant

    I’m using ehosts, so far so good. They support both:
    1) PHP Imagick (not via command line – the PECL extension)
    2) The ability to execute shell_exec

    It’s only shared hosting plan they have.

    #28673

    Yes Please “<span style=”color: #272727; font-family: ‘Open Sans’, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;”>We will update the instructions to be more clear on the official site”

    I was also lost until i discovered this thread. In summary I have asked my Host Ipage to:

    </span><span style=”color: #272727; font-family: ‘Open Sans’, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;”>1) PHP Imagick (not via command line – the PECL extension)
    </span>2) The ability to execute shell_exec

    I hope i have not missed anything?  Many Thanks to everyone for contributing

    Cheers Simon

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