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Updating an Old Theme to Work With Magento

Many Magento store owners continue to operate old versions of the rapidly maturing e-commerce application. With the 1.6 release looming on the horizon, now seems like a good time to consider upgrading. If you’re running a version prior to the 1.4 release, you will need to make some changes to your theme in order for […]

Unhide Magento Connect Extension Keys Without Logging In

When you’re working on your store and trying to get something important done, momentum matters a lot, and anything that interrupts your workflow can really get you out of the zone. I find that this happens to me a lot when I just want to take a free Magento Connect extension for a spin. Normally, […]

How to Manually Install a Magento Theme

Sooner or later, you will probably want to install a Magento theme other than the default. The good news is, Magento theme installation is quick and easy. This will be accomplished in just 3 simple steps. Step 1: Download a Theme There are lots of places to find a good Magento theme. Here are a […]

Clearing the Cache in Magento

“What is the difference between the “Flush Magento Cache” and “Flush Cache Storage” buttons?” We get this question often enough that it’s worth making a short blog post about it. In order to understand the difference between these two options, it’s important to know a little about how caching works in Magento. Specifically the concepts […]

Logging Database Queries in Magento

In previous weeks, we’ve covered some debugging tools for both MySQL and PHP that can be very helpful in troubleshooting problems with your LAMP-based web applications. However, there is a little known feature in the Varien library installed with Magento that will automagically log database queries to a file. This feature not only provides a […]

Magento Catalog Search XSS on Some Themes

We’ve seen a few customers failing PCI scans due to Cross Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities on the catalogsearch page. Initially it seemed like it was a bug in Magento where it wasn’t sanitizing its input but when we tried to see if a new install, using the default theme, was vulnerable we found it wasn’t. […]

Optimizing APC Cache Settings for Magento

APC (Alternative PHP Cache) is an opcode cache for PHP that works very well to speed up page loads when used on servers running Magento. There are many opcode caches available (APC, accelerator, xcache, etc) which can be used with Magento, but we will be focusing on APC here as it along with eAccelerator are […]

By Brad

The 54 Most Useful Magento Articles of All Time

Magento has emerged as one of the Internet’s leading eCommerce solutions, and perhaps the greatest reason for this is the massive community that is constantly documenting new tricks and writing extensions. Want to get started with your own web-based storefront? There is no better starting place than this definitive list of articles written by actual […]

Using The Hosts File Test Your Magento Site

We often have clients that set-up a staging environment in addition to their production e-commerce environment. We also do a lot of website moves for clients who want to see their site on our servers before the final cut-over takes place. While many web applications are domain agnostic Magento is finicky about being run under […]

Upgrading to Magento 1.5.0.1

Magento version 1.5.0.1 was released on February 9th, 2011. It adds a number of performance improvements in the areas of dataflow and checkout, and comes with the hot new Magento Mobile module installed. While we have not run into the same sorts of upgrade woes that plagued the 1.3 and 1.4 releases, the upgrade method […]