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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 […]

PHP open_basedir and Magento Performance

The PHP open_basedir directive is a security feature within PHP that allows you to specify which files PHP is allowed to be opened. With open_basedir, you specify the directory tree or trees that PHP can open and PHP will not open anything outside of these directories. There are negative side effects in relation to system […]

By Brad

Enabling Memcached in Magento

To help increase the speed of Magento page loads as much as possible, it is recommended to use the Memcached support built within Magento. Memcached is a high-performance memory object caching system that is designed to speed page loads on dynamic content websites. Magento supports Memcached for caching many objects, but it is not enabled […]

By Brad

Announcing the new Magento SIP hosting plans!

We’re excited to launch our newest product line, the Secure, Isolated Platforms (SIP). Each SIP is a tightly integrated combination of top of the line hardware and software optimized for speed, security and stability. Each SIP will be focused around a third-party web application, with the goal of providing a “one stop shop” for hosting […]

We're now on RatePoint

Please review us! We’ve just partnered with RatePoint, a website that provides tools that will help us better gain and respond to customer feedback. By submitting a review you’ll help us learn what we’re doing well – and what we could do better. We already have a few reviews, which you can see on our […]