What is Composer?
Composer is a dependency management tool, used in installation and management of many complete website platforms including Drupal and Magento as well as self-built PHP scripts which require libraries (common sets of functions which are managed by development communities).
How easy is Composer to set up and use?
Composer is a command-line tool. This means that it is used by entering text commands into a terminal window, rather than using a web-based control panel. For the beginner it might not be considered easy to use but even for those not maintaining websites regularly, it's potentially not a steep learning curve to get used to the most frequent five to ten commands that you would use.
Does Enbecom web hosting support Composer?
Yes, and we have been doing so for many years. Hosting plans with command line access have it already installed for use.
Any other tips?
There are two main versions of Composer - 1 and 2. At the time of writing we provide version 1 by default and this works in most cases. You can install version 2 within your own hosting plan if you need it - for example, for very recent versions of the Magento e-commerce platform.
How do I get started?
If you already have our web hosting, just log in via SSH or the Terminal facility in cPanel and enter commands as per the guidance for the website platform you're working with. If you need version 2 of Composer, follow online guidance to install it into your hosting plan and create it as an alias. Sometimes Composer can be very memory hungry and if you occasionally see it exceeding the memory allowance of your hosting plan, let us know and we might be able to help you work around it.
We recommend advanced web hosting such as Gold Plus or Business Platinum if you are going to be using Composer for anything other than simple projects.
Once your hosting account is set up, get in touch with us if you need any support.
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