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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 […]

October 10, 2010

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 […]

October 03, 2010

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, […]

September 24, 2010

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 […]

March 31, 2010
By Brad

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 […]

March 22, 2010
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 […]