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February 28, 2011

Nexcess Announces Magento Cluster Hosting Solutions

Ann Arbor, Michigan, February 28, 2011 – Nexcess, an Enterprise Magento Hosting Partner with facilities in Dearborn, MI, has announced a new line of managed cluster solutions designed to work specifically for websites that use the Magento shopping cart platform. The company’s fresh options for Magento cluster hosting are designed with the scalability needs […]

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February 20, 2011

Nexcess Announces Content Delivery Network (CDN) Services

New offering will bring dramatically improved web performance to Nexcess customer sites ANN ARBOR, MI – FEBRUARY 21, 2011 – Nexcess, a leading provider of managed web hosting and e-commerce hosting services, today announced the availability of high-quality content delivery network (CDN) services to its hosting customers. The CDN services are powered by EdgeCast, one […]

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January 29, 2011

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 […]

January 19, 2011

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 […]

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December 31, 2010

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 […]

December 13, 2010
By Brad

Configuring Memcached in Magento 1.4

In the Magento 1.4 release, the memcached backend configuration has changed. There are now more options listed than in previous Magento versions. Some confusion has resulted in how to configure memcached in this new version as the previous configuration for memcached no longer works resulting in the Magento site failing to load if used. Documentation […]

December 06, 2010

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 […]

November 26, 2010

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 […]

October 22, 2010

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 […]

October 16, 2010

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 […]