Hey all Magento administrators or developers out there, just a short tip here on how to avoid locking tables when you perform a full mysqldump on a live server. This does not apply for any shared hosting, but only the more advanced dedicated hosting (VPS/cloud or not). When you perform a mysqldump on a live environment, the default behaviour is to lock the entire set of tables until the dump is complete, even if it takes 1 minute or less, it means that during that minute, users will not be able to checkout, or admins may not be able to perform any transactions in the back end.
I’m excited to announce a new division of Activo was recently born: Magento Extensions. This new division will focus on the various magento extensions which we have working on in the past 3 years. Essentially, every single piece of code that we have developed or delivered to our clients was written properly by extending Magento via their extensions mechanism. Some (not all) of these functionalists were developed further to easily integrate with other websites and hence allow a wide variety of online merchants to enjoy these advanced features.