Category Archives: Magento

Keep Magento Secure with these 12 Tips

12 No-Brainer Security Tips for Running a Secure Magento Server

By | Magento, Web Development | No Comments

Recently we have been getting a flood of calls from distressed Magento store owners with compromised servers. As a result we compiled a comprehensive list of security tips on running a secure Magento environment. Some tips are basic but still it is worth mentioning it here sine I have seen so many cases were the basics are not covered properly. Like any other eCommerce application residing on a web server, Magento needs to be secured and one will be surprised how often these basics mistakes are done on live production servers.

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PHP 5.4 and APC producing Segmentation faults

PHP 5.4 and APC causing Segmentation fault with Magento

By | Magento, Web Development, Website Speed | No Comments

At the moment, December 2013, there seems to be a stability issue with PHP latest versions and APC (Alternative PHP Caching) module under Magento. Once you run latest PHP 5.4 with latest APC module and let Magento run or an hour a bunch of errors show up in the apache log files. There seems to be more impact on the checkout process and several admin operations but so far it has been extremely random so we were not able to pinpoint exactly the specific use cases that trigger these errors.

The errors reported in the logs are pretty consistent and show:

The PHP community seems to be eager to try and resolve these issues and get APC to a stable status but it has been taking for far too long. In fact, it seems that Zend have started developing their own OPCache module that may be shipped with PHP beginning with version 5.5. Here is a short article describing how to use the new OPCache module.

But before we go and rush to install an unstable version of PHP and a beta version of OPCache, we confirmed that reverting to an earlier stable release of PHP and APC will work just fine and produce great performance results for Magento: stick to the latest stable PHP 5.3.x and APC version 3.1.9 and you will be safe.

I hope this saves someone some stressful moments.


7 Tips for Effective Product Pages in Magento

By | Magento, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) | One Comment

Assuming normal traffic patterns, a Magento website will most likely receive only 40%-50% of its traffic directly to the Homepage. The rest of the traffic goes to the Category pages, CMS pages, and mostly your product pages. This means that product pages are highly important for most eCommerce websites. Here are 7 useful tips to help provide effective product pages and improve usability & SEO

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