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Diagnosing slow PHP execution with Xdebug and KCachegrind

Tracking down a performance issue to the actual PHP app can be hard enough by itself, but what do you do once you’re sure that the app itself is the bottleneck? The excellent Xdebug extension has many useful features for assisting application developers, but today we’ll be looking at one specific feature that can help […]

Nexcess to Sponsor Magento Imagine Conference

Ann Arbor, Michigan, January 17, 2011 – Nexcess, a specialized eCommerce web hosting provider and Enterprise Magento hosting partner, has announced that they will be taking part in the Magento Imagine Conference from February 7-11 in Los Angeles, CA as a “Silver Sponsor” of the week’s talks. During this event, eCommerce industry leaders from throughout […]

Upgrading to Magento 1.4.2.0

The latest stable version of magento, version 1.4.2.0, was released on December 8th. Upgrading Magento Community Edition always poses some problem or another, mostly due to user-customized themes and third-party extensions. However, upgrading from a vanilla 1.4.1.x install does generate one error that we’ve noticed. There was a change in the way that Wishlists are […]

Securing Magento File & Directory Permissions

By default most software packages are installed with the most lenient file/directory permissions and ownership. This is normally done for the sake of the software developer given that their software must be installed on a range of diverse systems with varying configurations. This article is meant to give you an overview of how to setup […]

Scripting Magento

There are times when the web-based administration of Magento hits a snag and no longer works as quickly as we’d like it to. Perhaps product exports or backups time out, or refreshing the URL rewrite table seems to run for hours with little progress. Or maybe you simply want to automate these functions using a […]

6 Tips for Making Magento Production Ready

During the development of your Magento eCommerce store, performance usually takes a back seat to functionality and design. However, after you’ve installed all of your extensions and have checked the spelling on your last cms page, you’ll want to focus your attention on making your shop as responsive as possible for your customers. Granted, it […]

Increase WordPress performance with WPSuperCache

Last week, we covered speeding up WordPress with Memcache, which was simple enough, but most shared hosting plans don’t allow you to run memcached. Even if you are allowed to run the memcache daemon on your server and you have the WordPress memcache plugin installed, configured, and working properly, you’re still serving dynamic pages, and […]

Handle More Traffic in WordPress with Memcache

Memcache is a High-performance, distributed object caching system. WordPress is a great piece of blogging / CMS software. If you’re running a WordPress site and you’re having growing pains, you can combine the two to handle increased traffic and, more than likely, get pages to load faster for everyone. WordPress has built-in support for extensible […]

Finding the status of Magento cron jobs / tasks

As covered in our last article, you should have a “cron job” (crontab) set up to run Magento’s cron.php file every so often (15 minutes or so is fine) via PHP directly on the server to take care of housekeeping tasks that keep Magento working well. Some other tasks, like updating tracking / inventory status, […]

Speed up Magento DataFlow (Import / Export)

For as long as we can remember, Magento has had issues with Import and Export profiles, especially regarding performance. We have tried many different solutions for speeding up DataFlow and dealing with other import / export related issues. We’ve found a solution that seems to help in the majority of cases. First, I’d like to […]