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Join Us for the Grand Opening of our Huntsville, AL Data Center

10:18 11 July in Events, News by Simple Helix Marketing

You're Invited! Join Us for the Grand Opening of Our New Data CenterJoin us for the grand opening of our new data center! Get an exclusive look into our cutting-edge facility, meet the team and learn about our services. Small group tours will be running every 20 minutes. Come anytime from 11:00am - 3:00pm and stay as long as you would like. Food trucks, live music...

Magento Paypal IPN Patch

15:27 14 June in E-commerce Solutions, eCommerce, Magento, News, Security by Simple Helix Marketing

Paypal will end support for HTTP callbacks to their Instant Payment Notification (IPN) service on June 30th, 2017. After that date merchants and partners using IPN will be required to use HTTPS for postback messages to Paypal.If your Magento store uses Paypal with IPN enabled we highly recommend upgrading to Magento 1.9.3.3 or applying the recently released SUPEE-8167 patch. Magento 2.0 stores are urged to...

Free SSL replacement for Symantec certificates

14:13 30 March in Magento, News, Security, Specials by Simple Helix Marketing

Google plans to downgrade the level of trust for Symantec SSL certificates in the Chrome browser. If this will negatively impact your traffic Simple Helix will issue you a free SSL replacement.[caption id="attachment_18719" align="alignright" width="178"] The inviting green lock indicating a secure connection to your website may soon be a thing of the past for websites using an SSL certificate issued by Symantec.[/caption]Google has proposed...

Security Vulnerability in Zend Framework

09:06 16 January in Magento, News, Security by Simple Helix Marketing

The Zend Framework announced a potential remote code execution on December 20, 2016. Magento followed up with an announcement on January 13, 2017, explaining that this exploit makes Magento 1 and Magento 2 installations vulnerable if the zend-mail function is used in combination with the Sendmail binary.In conjunction with the original announcement on December 20, 2016, Zend Framework also released patched software that resolves...

Black Friday 2016 Sale!

10:40 21 November in Cloud Computing, Magento, News, Server Technology, Shared Hosting, Specials by Simple Helix Marketing

  Holiday shopping season is nearly upon us and Simple Helix plans to offer some great deals this Black Friday and Cyber Monday!   50% off Dedicated Hosting plans With coupon code SIMPLEDED16 new customers will receive their first month on a Dedicated Server plan for 50% off the regular price. This means you could get our DH-302 plan, a quad core Intel Xeon processor with 32 GB of...

Dirty COW exploit

13:44 25 October in Maintenance, News, Security by Simple Helix Marketing

Over the last several days a new security exploit has gained a lot of attention online. CVE-2016-5195 also known as “DirtyCOW” is a vulnerability affecting any distribution using Linux kernel 2.6.22 and later. The exploit allows a regular user to escalate privileges on the server to the highest level. While this is an important issue to deal with there are actually a couple of reasons...

Simple Helix at the Second Annual eCommerce Expo South Florida

17:00 07 December in E-commerce Solutions, eCommerce, Magento, News, Uncategorized by Steve Shickles

Simple Helix, LLC  is proud to announce they will be a sponsor and co-host of the second annual eCommerce Expo South Florida on February 17, 2015!This year's eCommerce Expo South Florida will be hosted by Rand Internet Marketing who has put together a collection of leading eCommerce experts from around the world at the Bahia Mar Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Topic Discussions will range from...

Magento 2.0 has been released

15:09 17 November in Magento, News by Steve Shickles

The Magento team has announced the official general availability of Magento 2.0 On November 17, 2015 the Magento team released the long awaited Magento 2.0 to the Magento community.  It is available for download in both the open source Community Edition and the licensed Enterprise Edition. The new Magento 2.0 features a vastly improved architecture, with a focus on scalability and modularity. As a result there have...

Don’t let your site arrive DOA this Holiday Shopping Season – Get CPR from Simple Helix!

09:54 07 October in CDN, Cloud Computing, Cloud Hosting Benefits, Dedicated Hosting, E-commerce Solutions, eCommerce, Events, Magento, Managed Hosting Benefits, News, Shared Hosting, Specials, Tips by Steve Shickles

2015 should be the best year yet for online retailers. Online retailers are poised to generate over $1.8B in sales on Cyber Monday and $1.4B on Black Friday sales, easily topping the amount consumers spent online in 2014.   [caption id="attachment_17941" align="aligncenter" width="683"] Sales figures for 2015 are expected to easily exceed the record numbers set in 2014.[/caption] Year after year more shoppers are choosing to start their shopping...

Simple Helix chooses CloudFlare to ignite white-hot Magento performance

10:42 01 September in CDN, Events, Magento, News, Security by Simple Helix Marketing

Some months ago, we made a big bet on partnering with CloudFlare for performance improvements and website security for our Magento hosting customers.  Customer experience is core to our business and relying on another company is a major deal.  CloudFlare is now included in Default–On mode for select Simple Helix hosting plans and can be added to any existing plan. The results have been great...

Magento Team releases vital SUPEE 6482 patch

11:53 04 August in Magento, News, Security, Uncategorized by Steve Shickles

The Magento team has released a critical patch to address four serious vulnerabilities with the Magento suite. It is imperative that you install these patches at your earliest convenience to address these vulnerabilities.The four issues resolved with the patch include:Cross-site Scripting Using Unvalidated Headers Autoloaded File Inclusion in Magento SOAP API XSS in Gift Registry Search SSRF Vulnerability in WSDL FileExplanations of each of these vulnerabilities can be...

Go Faster!

Great news from the makers of Litespeed: introducing LiteMage for Magento!

12:39 29 June in Magento, News, Uncategorized by Steve Shickles

Simple Helix has been a fan of the Litespeed web server for quite a while, mainly because of the high quality httpd replacement and the amazing performance of their replacement PHP interpreter lsphp5.  Combined with their controllable smart caching technology, we have seen remarkable improvements in the performance of our customer's sites after upgrading.   When Litespeed recently announced their custom caching product for Magento  we...

Magento v2.0’s new “Tech Stack” and what it means to you

12:16 13 May in Magento, News, Uncategorized by Steve Shickles

One of the new things in Magento 2 will be the replacement of what has been referred to as the "Tech Stack" The "Tech Stack" is essentially the LAMP stack that we've always been familiar with along with a few other FOSS tools that improve the overall robustness and speed of Magento. The new version also contains much less JavaScript and CSS than the 1.x line,...

Magento 2.0 2015 Beta Release Timeline

15:18 07 May in E-commerce Solutions, eCommerce, Magento, News, Uncategorized by Steve Shickles

The Magento development team laid out their release milestone roadmap back at the end of 2014 and so far they appear to be meeting their goals as expected. This is great news for those of us who have been following along at home, and if you're not familiar with the roadmap we'll present it here with explanations of what each phase will mean for clearer...

What’s new in Magento 2?

16:19 20 March in eCommerce, Magento, News by Steve Shickles

If you are like most folks in the Magento community you've been watching the development of Magento 2.0 since it began back in 2011.  Now the Magento Team have finally hit their last development milestones and the release candidate was released on Github on March 10, 2015.Here at Simple Helix we've been following the development process closely and we have been pleasantly surprised with the...

CVE-2014-3566 – Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption attack (POODLE)

16:02 20 October in News, Security by Steve Shickles

A new vulnerability has been found in OpenSSL, the open-source software used to encrypt and secure web communication, that could potentially allow attackers to steal sensitive information normally protected by SSLv3 encryption protocol via a man-in-the-middle style attack. The vulnerability CVE-2014-3566, dubbed the “Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption attack” or "POODLE," does require access between network devices which makes this less severe than Heartbleed discovered earlier this year.Even though...

Response to October 1-2, 2014 High Network Latency

17:04 03 October in News by Steve Shickles

At Simple Helix, we strive to provide industry-leading eCommerce webhosting for our customers. It is our commitment to this philosophy that shapes our business and our communication with the eCommerce community.Recently, a major service-impacting network incident caused connections issues for many of our customers. As part of our quality commitment to our customers, we have detailed the cause of the network issues below.At the datacenter,...

Google to Give Search “Edge” To Websites Utilizing Encryption (SSL)

21:09 07 August in eCommerce, News, Security, Tips by Steve Shickles

Google will soon begin using a new ranking signal based on the encryption utilized by websites (SSL and HTTPS). While this move is welcomed by site owners that already make use of encryption, it may serve as a wake-up call for those developers that still do not implement secure connections by default.For Magento and e-commerce stores, we highly recommend using encryption to protect the checkout process. This...

Why you should have a development environment and backups before you upgrade

19:45 19 June in Magento, News, Tips by Steve Shickles

Magento 1.9 is now released. This typically means we will have a lot of customers upgrading their Magento to the newest version. If you have kept your store up to date with the latest version, you shouldn’t have many issues with this upgrade. Ideally, an upgrade should happen with no problems. Realistically this is not always the case. We implore our clients to take precautions...

Magento 1.9 CE “What’s New”

14:47 18 June in Magento, News by Steve Shickles

 Recently, Magento CE version 1.9 was released. At Simple Helix, we advise our clients to keep their applications updated to the latest version whenever possible. For many of our clients, this means that you should be upgrading your CMS. As with all change, this may be causing some anxiety, but don't worry - Simple Helix is here to ease your fears! This blog post is...

Why Magento?

20:10 17 June in Magento, News by Steve Shickles

eCommerce growth has made a substantial impact for existing traditional commerce businesses looking to expand their market reach, and for small startups venturing into the world of sales far easier than ever possible. As easy as it is to get started in the eCommerce world, choosing a well rounded, reliable platform will make your venture through growth far easier.Building your eCommerce business on the Magento...

Simple Helix – Truth and Transparent eCommerce Hosting

15:30 29 January in News by Steve Shickles

Webpage titled, “Truth in Hosting,” speaks little truth about Simple Helix.Recently, a webpage was published containing information about the products and services that Simple Helix provides. Simple Helix believes that the content of this webpage contains numerous errors of facts, misleading speculations and malicious interpretations. After many attempts to contact the creators of this webpage to have the information corrected, we feel the right to...

Magento Releases Enterprise Edition 1.13.1.0

21:19 19 November in Magento, News by Steve Shickles

Magento released Enterprise Edition 1.13 today. According to the Magento blog, 1.13.1 "Builds on the performance and scalability improvements released earlier this year, and advances overall product quality and eases operations by providing significant tax calculation updates, a wide range of functional improvements, and several security enhancements."Highlights of this upgrade include:Improved Tax Calculationsto provide more accurate and consistent Value Added Tax (VAT) and Fixed Product...

Updates to Affiliate Program!

14:53 17 April in News by Steve Shickles

Expand your business and create a new revenue stream with no start up costs! Simple Helix is excited to announce changes to our affiliate program! We have updated our current program and hope that this re-launch will help decrease the hassle, while maximizing profits. We hope it's simple formula is a welcome change from the complicated structures with limited terms other hosts have offered.Our affiliate partners...