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Magento Used on 20% of E-Commerce Sites

A survey of e-commerce sites in the Alexa top million websites has found that, as of the first quarter of 2012, Magento is by far the most popular e-commerce solution. Alexa Internet Inc. tracks the web use of millions of internet users and gathers information about the sites they visit. A recent analysis of their […]

Simple Magento Sort Optimization Patch

While doing some profiling and benchmarking of Magento to test PHP-FPM I found that Magento was spending roughly a quarter of the run time for some page loads on comparing attributes. This struck me as odd, and so I looked into it more and found that it was specifically on pages with several products (like […]

Keeping WordPress Secure

Being one of the most widely-deployed blogging engines around, it’s no surprise that WordPress holds the interests of a wide audience. Unfortunately, not everyone is out to become the next rockstar blogger or tech pundit; the sad truth is that many WordPress installations exist simply to generate revenue through AdSense or other advertising platforms, and […]

Magento Enterprise and Memcached

I recently worked with one of our Magento Enterprise Cluster clients who wanted to improve the performance of their site. This client was using our Content Delivery Network to offload the serving of static assets, and was following all of our recommended Magento Optimization best practices. They were also using Memcached as the fast-backend in […]

Nexcess to Sponsor 2012 Magento Imagine Conference

Ann Arbor, Michigan, February 15, 2012 – Nexcess, a leading provider of superior web hosting services and a Gold Magento hosting partner, has announced participation in the second annual Magento Imagine eCommerce Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Acquired by eBay in 2011, Magento is the fastest growing eCommerce platform in the world, featuring over 250 […]

Nexcess Announces WordPress Cluster Hosting

Ann Arbor, Michigan, January 30, 2012 – Nexcess, a Michigan-based managed hosting company with specialized solutions in Magento and WordPress hosting, has announced a new enterprise line of managed server clusters that are uniquely optimized for WordPress-based websites. This brand new set of hosting solutions for WordPress cluster hosting has been built from the […]

Nexcess Announces UK WordPress Hosting Services

Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A., January 16, 2011 – Nexcess, a United States-based managed web hosting company with specialized services in WordPress web hosting, has announced a new line of UK WordPress hosting solutions to be made available effective immediately.  This decision was made with the intent of better serving bloggers that desired lower latency to […]

Debugging Apache Rewrites and Redirects

Apache’s mod_rewrite and mod_alias can be very useful, but they can also be a huge pain to debug when a problem arises. Luckily, there are a few things that can help, and since you’re probably not the first person attempting to rewrite or redirect something in a specific way, you’ll likely be able to find […]

Faking Magento Speed Test Results

Web hosting is a competitive industry. Hosting companies can often find success by differentiating themselves through specialization. To that end, companies specializing in hosting certain popular web applications such as WordPress or Magento have been able to compete against the bigger players. Yet even within these niches, the fundamentals of support and performance end up […]

How to Fix the WordPress Admin Upgrade Loop

WordPress is typically great about taking care of itself and dealing with upgrades elegantly. However, sometimes it gets stuck in a rut. One common issue we’ve seen is the upgrade loop, which presents you with a page in wp-admin explaining that you need to upgrade your database, and upon clicking the button to do so, […]