Magento 2.0 is Available to download

After releasing the Beta version, Magento announced the release of Magento 2.0 available to download. Magento 2.0 is a major update  from Magento 1.0 which was released way back is year 2008. Magento 2.0 has a new set of system requirements, some of which may cause backwards compatibility issues with existing Magento 1.x installations. Magento 2.0 comes with host of new and improved features some of which includes the following:

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Improvements

  • Modular code base
  • Automated testing
  • Inclusion of a Data Migration Tool helps transfer existing Magento 1.x store data to Magento 2.0
  • Client-side optimizations
  • Server Apache Varnish caching
  • backend improvements
  • New and improved Magento Admin user interface
  • Updated Product addition module making it easier and faster to add products
  • new checkout flow
  • One click customer account creation
  • More informed and improved product checkout summary

Visit here for a complete list of release notes.

For more information and Magento 2.0 support, please contact us.

A number of online stores has adopted Magento 2.0 some of which are as follows:

ALCATEL ONETOUCH

SEAT

CULTCHA KIDS

VENROY

and more. If you are seriously thinking to upgrade or migrate to Magento 2.0, we can help you. Magento 2.0 Upgrade

 

6 Best Magneto Extensions to pep up your store

Magento marketplace is now similar to Apple app store or Google Playstore where you simply look for any feature and you see hundreds of extensions available to make your life easy. The extensions are readily available (paid or free and can really help you save time and money.  We have complied a list of the some of the best and most popular Magento Extensions that could really bring quality and traffic to your website.

 

WordPress Integration (Free)

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This is one of the most popular WordPress extension for Magento eCommerce that integrates your WordPress blog with your Magento store. This extension is free and requires no core Magento or WordPress file modification. The extension also supports a large selection of WordPress plugins for free and others with add-on extensions.

 

One Step Checkout (Paid)

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Again one of the popular checkout extension. This extension Provides fastest checkout process with Magento one page checkout using Ajax, Google Suggest & multi checkout mode. The extension also supports 40+ international payment methods on One Step Checkout page making it one of the best one page checkout plugin.

GoMage Feed Pro v.3.5  (Paid)

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With the popularity of Google Merchant , Yahoo store etc, you need to create optimized product feed. GoMage Feed Pro extension allows you to provide information about products from your online store to search engines like Google Base, Yahoo! Store, eBay and other sites that collect and show information about your products.

 

SEO – Advanced SEO Suite (Paid)

 

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This is one of best know SEO tool that can really make the difference if implemented properly. SEO Suite allows you to optimize the specific categories and product groups for specific search terms  and helps improve the performance of your Magento store in search engines. This extension is used properly can help you get rid of duplicate content which is usually supplied by the manufacturer.

 

Yopto Reviews (Free)

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Google and other search engines prefer user generated content and reviews are one of the best source of user generated content. Yotpo helps Magento stores generate tons of reviews and use them to drive qualified traffic and more sales.  Yotpo lets your shoppers write their review directly in their email inbox, making it super-easy for them to leave feedback.

GuruIncSite Malware

GuruIncSite Malware attacks Magento websites

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A new type of malware called GuruIncSite Malware which is actually a javascript injection has affected thousands of Magento based stores. The malware exploits a vulnerability in Magento or a 3rd party extension to inject a piece of javascript malware into the Magento database, which then infects any visitor to the site. The bad news is that Google has identified these domains and has categorized these online stores as blacklisted affected by the hack.

As per the Sucuri Security blog , this malware is injected in the design/footer/absolute_footer entry of the core_config_data table, but we suggest scanning the whole database for code like “function LCWEHH(XHFER1){XHFER1=XHFER1” or the “guruincsite” domain name. The attack involves the injection of malicious scripts through iframes from the domain guruincsite.com. Both an obfuscated and non-obfuscated version of the infection has been reported.

 

Find out if your Magento store is affected

To find out if your store is affceted, go and scan your site for free using the following tools:

https://www.magereport.com
https://sitecheck.sucuri.net

How to remove GuruIncSite Malware

  • Since this malware is mostly attaching the footer, go to the admin and Navigate to System > Configuration > Design > Footer > Miscellaneous HTML and remove the malicious code there. The hack can be identified by the presence of the code function LCWEHH(XHFER1)[…]. If you prefer to edit the database directly, look for the design/footer/absolute_footer entry of the core_config_data table.
  • Delete any unknown admin user which you did not created. this may be a malware
  • Patch up your Magento store with latest Magento Security patches.
  • Updates your website to the latest Magento version.
  • change all login credentials just to be super safe!

If your website is affected by a malware, contact us for a free analysis. We offer professional Website malware Removal services.

Magento 2 Beta now released

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Magento 2.0, the next generation Ecommerce platform has been beta released now.  Magento 2.0 is a significant improvement over Magento platform with lot of upgrade and enhanced featured geared to next generation of Ecommerce solutions. Magento 2.0 is built on a new and modern technology stack and integrates better with third party solutions.

Magento 2.0 is clainming to focus on the following 7 features:

  1. Update the technology stack
  2. Streamline the customization process
  3. Facilitate frontend development
  4. Reduce upgrade efforts and costs
  5. Improve performance and scalability
  6. Deliver better quality, testing resources, and documentation
  7. Increase engagement with the Magento community

Magento 2.0 is a future of Magento ecommerce and is a welcome update benefiting both developers as well as Ecommerce merchants who are looking for more scalable and powerful solutions. check out all the enhancements and updates to Magento 2.0 here.

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Magento Users Alert! Security patch (SUPEE-5344)

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If you are running a Magento based ecommerce website, then this Alert is for you! A critical flaw in Magento has been exposed which can enable hackers and cyber criminals to exploit your Magento based website and steal your customers Credit card information and virtually take control of your website.

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Magento has realized and acknowledged this threat and therefore has released a critical security patch (SUPEE-5344) to counter this threat. The remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability, or popularly called “shoplift” bug, was first by Check Point Software Technologies in late January 2015. They called it RCE (remote code execution) vulnerability. It was then demo to Ebay who owns the Magento platform. Upon confirmation, Magento released the security patch.

Magento Community Edition Patch

 

How to protect your website:

We suggest all Magento users to immediately download the security patch SUPEE-5344 released by Magento and update your website. Contact your Magento developer for details on this exploit and get the website patched up at the earliest. This flaw affects both Magento Enterprise Edition and Magento Community Edition. To check if your website is already patched, you can go the the following link or click on the image and enter your URL to test.

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http://magento.com/security-patch

https://info.magento.com/rs/magentocommerce/images/Installing-a-Patch-for-Magento-Community-Edition.pdf

 

 

 

 

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Magento Enterprise 1.14.1 launched

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Magento has recently launched Magento Enterprise 1.14.1, major update over the previous version. Magento claims Enterprise Edition 1.14.1 is incredibly faster and stable over it’s predecessor. Using a third party testing Zynovo, Magento claimed the following benchmark stats:

  • Enterprise Edition 1.14.1 provides superior application server response times versus earlier versions of Enterprise Edition:
    • 38% to 44% faster home page
    • 48% faster simple product pages
    • 27% to 47% faster checkout pages

Server load which is usually on the higher side with Magento was also substantially lowered with the new version. Less load means low utilization of CPU resources making it faster and stable.

  • Enterprise Edition 1.14.1 provides superior application server CPU utilization:
    • 43% lower than Enterprise Edition 1.14.0
    • 37% lower than Enterprise Edition 1.13.1
    • 39% lower than Enterprise Edition 1.12.1

You can download the complete benchmark testing report here.

For complete Support on Magento Enterprise version,  please visit us at www.platinait.com

Magento Frequent Issues and solution

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Question: Sometimes you don’t want to display out of stock products in search results. How can you enable that option:

Answer: You can hide out of stock products in categories and catalog search through : System > Configuration > Catalog > Inventory > Display Out of Stock Products

Question: Can I easily upgrade Magento to the latest version:

Answer: Magento upgrade can be a tough cookie especially if you have done a done of customization on your website. Magento upgrade should be done through a qualified magento development company who has good experience with upgrades and migration. Try to log the changes and ask your developer about what and where the coding has been altered so that you have a complete log of the changes. this would help to retain all the customization during upgrade process. Always stay updated and upgrade your website to the latest version.

Question: My Magento site is very slow: how to improve site speed and performance:

Answer: There are some the steps to improve your speed

  • Choose a specialized Magento hosting provider
  • Optimize images
  • Enabled magento caching
  • Enable memcache
  • Enabled APC
  • MySQL Query caching
  • GZip compression of html,css,js
  • minify HTML, CSS, JSS (remove all unnecessary white space)

Question: How to get active store information like store name,and line number etc in magento?

answer: Use the following code:

<?php
$store = Mage::app()->getStore(); 

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Question: How to generate an XML sitemap in Magento

Answer: You can easily generate an inbuilt XML site map in Magento using the following option: System -> Catalog->Google Sitemap.

Question: How to clean Magento Log Data

Answer: You can easily do this as Magneto system has a built-in for cleaning up log information.

System > Configuration > Advanced > System > Log Cleaning

You can also configure your store to automatically clean up these logs.

Question: How can I delete a test order

Answer: You can either use an extension to delete test order or use the following method:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4526914/how-can-i-delete-test-order-from-magento

For more questions or requirements on Magento Web design, contact our sales team at 416-273-7206

Zend Releases Z-Ray for Magento

Zend has recently released a PHP based Application Debugging and Productivity Solution for real-time visibility into applications created with Magento.

Z-Ray the PHP debigging solution for Magento provides the following:

  • Analyze errors and warnings.
  • Mobile and Web Services debugging capabilities
  • Get deep insight on blocks, events, functions, handles, observers, request properties.
  • Production snapshots
  • Identify database queries issues.
  • Inspect page requests.
  • Monitor Events
  • Debug mobile app requests.
  • Debug web services API calls.
  • Get insight on URL performance.

Magento 1.9.1 Community Edition now available

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Magento has announced that the latest version of Community edition which is 1.9.1 is now available to download. The latest version comes with a host new and improved features for better shopping experience. We have highlighted some of important features for version 1.9.1.

  • Better site speed performance and security: Magento Community Edition 1.9.1 works with MySQL 5.6 and PHP 5.5. This is a good update as MySQL 5.6 is a great enhancement and offers merchants improved site speed and scalability, reduced memory usage while PHP 5.5 provides security improvements and ensures merchants have continued access to PHP code updates.
  • Responsive Design Improvements: This is a major update toward mobile compatibility, the latest version responsive design reference theme includes all core Magento features, including gift registries, downloadable products, multiple wish lists, add-to-cart by SKU, and private sales. Even default email templates are responsive now and can be easily viewed on any device.
  • Configurable Swatches: Configurable swatches help you optimize the way products are presented on your site. New “swatch” capabilities make products more appealing—and boost conversion rates—by offering shoppers quick access to information, like available colors, fabrics, sizes, and more. Clicking on a swatch automatically updates the product image so shoppers see exactly what a color or fabric looks like, giving them confidence to proceed with their purchase.
  • In case of lost password, there is a security enhancement, to change their password, a Magento administrator must first enter their existing password.
  • Check out with PayPal and PayPal Credit buttons now display on product pages for gift cards and dynamic bundled products.
  • The Zend Framework version has been updated to 1.12.7.

Common Magento problems

Listing here some of the common Magento problems or issues faced by our customers.

    My Magento website is very Slow!

  • Solution: Use a good optimized Magento custom design or theme
  • Make sure the images on the home page and inside pages are web optimized
  • Enable Gzip Compression in .htaccess
  • Install APC or Xcache for faster loading
  • Apache configuration should have KeepAlives enabled
  • Enable Expires Headers
  • Enable Flat Catalog

All website pages are not indexed

  • Make sure you have an sitemap.xml generated and submitted into Webmasters tool
  • A site having over 50k pages need to split sitemaps
  • Use a good extension to split sitemaps
  • Manually add pages to webmaster tool to make sure they are indexed
  • Check for errors on webmasters, be it page error or server error
  • Fix errors on webmasters tool

I have issues upgrading Magento version:

  • Magento upgrade has always been one of the major headaches and most Website owners hesitate to upgrade as they don’t want any disruption to their already running business. But Upgrade is also critical and therefore we need a proper planning and precautions. If your website is heavily customized or your site has core Magento changes, upgrade would remove the customization. Discuss your changes with your Magento developer so that he retain all the changes during upgrade.