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Former Magento Lead Architect Creates Sellvana, A New eCommerce Platform

There have been numerous attempts to build the perfect eCommerce platform over the years. For many, Magento is the closest — it’s an extraordinarily powerful eCommerce application, capable of supporting everything from the smallest boutique vendor to the largest eCommerce retailer. Much of the groundwork for Magento’s success was laid by Boris Gurvich, Magento’s original […]

TLS 1.2 and openssl 1.0.1e Frequently Asked Questions

As we’ve upgraded a lot of our servers to openssl 1.0.1e we’ve seen a handful of problems with APIs or payment gateways. The companies whose API is being used say they don’t support openssl 1.0.1e and/or TLSv1.2 is not support and the server will have to use TLSv1.0. There seems to be a lot of […]

Cron Job for Every Three Days

Previously, I talked about creating a cron job for the last day of the month. This time around, I’m going to show how to set a cron job to run every so-many days. We’ll use every three days as an example. If you know cron you’re probably thinking, “That’s easy!” Yes, it is. Here’s how […]

WordPress Is Still The Best Choice For Small Business Websites

For new small business owners, a website is a necessity. Tech startups get all the attention in the media, but the fact is that most small business startups don’t have a web technology expert among the founders. The plumbers, electricians, realtors, and consultants who form the largest contingent of new business owners usually don’t have […]

A New Perspective

Having been given an opportunity at Nexcess a while back, I’ve been able to work with Magento since it was in beta. That experience has given me the opportunity to connect with many ecommerce pioneers, and I’ve often found myself on calls discussing a technical matter with a client, but then found myself engaged in […]

PHP Sessions and Objects

For the majority of my PHP career I didn’t store objects in a session. Not that it’s a difficult thing, I simply didn’t have a need to in the past. Now that I do, I have discovered a peculiar (in my opinion) aspect of it. This came about because the session data on a certain […]

Grand Theft Auto V: Grand Indeed!

As I’m sure most of you have guessed by my love of Batman, I’m a giant child. I take no offense to this. As a matter of fact, I embrace it. I have two kids, 10 and 8, and they LOVE that I’m a giant child. It just makes playing with them that much more […]

Cron Job For the Last Day of the Month

I think cron is a wonderful creation. It is simple in what it does while being extremely useful. Allow me to present a short introduction to it for those unfamiliar, then I will show you a handy trick you may need someday. Keep reading this blog to learn about cron and the crontab command — […]

The Microwave Minute

How do you set your microwave to one minute? For some (like the one I used to have at home) you could just press the number 1 and it would start running at one minute. I like that because I’m lazy it’s efficient. Do you press 6 – 0 or 1 – 0 – 0 […]

How Magento Sends Email

If you use Magento, then you depend on its email functionality to send order confirmations, invoices, and shipping confirmations to your clients. Aside from technical people, many Magento users do not know how Magento sends email. While knowing how Magento sends email may not be essential to running your online store, it becomes extremely useful […]