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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]