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 126.96.36.199 or applying the recently released SUPEE-8167 patch. Magento 2.0 stores are urged to...
In an earlier blog post we announced that Simple Helix will be a sponsor and co-host with Rand Marketing in the second-annual eCommerce Expo South Florida, on February 17, 2016.
Part of our participation in the Expo this year will be an expert talk with the Chief Technology Officer of Simple Helix, George Cagle. George will be covering the topic of site tuning and optimization. Drawing...
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...
09:54 07 October
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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...
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...
By default Magento comes "out of the box" configured to use whatever your default username would be if you sent an email through the local Sendmail binary. Typically this is your '[email protected]" email which cannot actually accept email under most control panel packages.
This is undesirable of course as you need a reliable way to receive bounces and feedback from your customers whenever they need to...
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...
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...
Securing E-Commerce Emails with DMARC
What is DMARC?
As E-Commerce sites have gained popularity in recent years, malicious activity such as spamming and phishing has also been on the rise. DMARC addresses these issues by providing a way for E-Commerce site owners (and mail senders) to protect their end users by securing and verifying communication channels. DMARC stands for “Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance.”
An important upgrade that all Magento store owners should consider is the installation of an SSL certificate to provide the secure processing of sensitive information such as credit card data and login credentials. SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer and is used by web servers to encrypt data between the client and server to protect against a wide variety of malicious attacks. Not only will...
Yesterday, Magento Go and eBay ProStores announced that they will be closing up shop on February 1st, 2015. As the announcement stated, MagentoGo is in partnership with BigCommerce to continue to offer a SaaS plan. Now, we know that most people don’t like change, especially when it comes to learning an entirely new software package for a complex online store. Luckily, if you would like...
Humanity has three methods of implementing security and authenticating themselves to a system:
Something you know: This refers to a password, PIN or some other knowledge that is kept secret from others that the system knows and can authenticate the user by.
Something you have: The best example of this type of authentication is a debit card or ATM card. The card carries information that it shares...
Accidentally forgetting the admin password to your Magento store can be devastating. Luckily, password recovery is a fairly simple process! In the following examples, we will walk you through the process of recovering a Magento admin password. The examples will be using MySQL from the command line, but you can slightly modify these steps to work with PHPMyAdmin.
Before we begin, you need to either know...
As with any online account, Magento security starts with a strong, unique password that is not used for any other accounts. Passwords such as “admin123”, “password” and “magentostore” are literally begging to be guessed with minimal effort by an attacker. Make sure that your password is:
1) Strong: at least eight characters, a mixture of capital / lowercase letters and numerals and even special characters.
15:39 04 February
by Steve Shickles
EdgeCast has developed an easy-to-use, white-label content delivery network (CDN) service that automatically pulls and caches new media on your site in as little as one hour. The result is faster load times from servers that are located around the globe. They are strategically located at the center of the world's fastest data interchanges, allowing us to deliver more content with less overhead than other...
We’re proud to announce our official partnership with Magento! We are now the first and only Magento Gold Hosting Partner, further cementing our ongoing relationship with our favorite eCommerce delivery platform.
As a hosting partner, we will be able to work even closer with Magento to deliver the best eCommerce hosting experience to our customers. Simple Helix will utilize our Gold Hosting Partner status to deliver...
The SKU is pretty basic stuff for Magento merchants but is also very important when it comes to running large e-commerce websites. A clean, accurate and properly formatted set of SKUs is crucial for your business.
Here is some great information we found about how to deal with Magento SKUs. (For the original blog post by Adam Moss, view the link here.)
Every product in your Magento...
Simple Helix is now offering optimized web hosting for PrestaShop! Our advanced hardware configurations create the optimal PrestaShop hosting environment. Our expert system administrators team will ensure the best performance for your PrestaShop website, even during excessive traffic peaks and our knowledgeable support staff is, as always, available 24/7 to assist you with your PrestaShop store.
Interested in learning more about PrestaShop? Here is a quick...
Very recently a bug has come to light in the Zend Framework on which Magento is built. Please review the link below:
The implications of this vulnerability include total local file disclosure.
This means that any party able to connect to the store in the manner described in the article may be able to view the contents of all files on the site including databases.
We've compiled the latest statistics to help you understand how your Magento site could benefit from cloud hosting. Check out our cloud infographic below. For more detailed information about cloud hosting and why it is a great fit for the eCommerce environment, check out our previous blog post: "Why Choose Cloud Solutions for your eCommerce Site?"
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When you count on your website as a primary source of revenue, every second and every visit counts. That's why choosing the right host and the right environment for your eCommerce site is a crucial decision.
eCommerce is an ideal space for cloud computing because of the cyclical nature of the business. Some of the main benefits of cloud hosting to an eCommerce site are:
Themed, “What’s your story,” the 2012 Magento Imagine eCommerce Worldwide Conference was full of energy and enthusiasm as 1,300 Magento merchants, developers and partners from over 35 countries took over the M Resort Spa & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada for the three day event. Simple Helix attended this conference as a gold level sponsor and we are excited to reveal all that we learned...
On the first day of the 2012 Magento Imagine eCommerce conference, the newest version of Magento Community was unveiled. In addition to expanding features that benefit merchants, Community 1.7 supplies new APIs, as well as backup and rollback systems for developers.
According to the Magento blog, “The recent enhancements to our powerful eCommerce offerings help merchants provide a more personalized shopping experience for their customers. These...
The Simple Helix team has been hard at work preparing for the Imagine eCommerce Conference in Las Vegas! With just one week left until the conference, we couldn't wait to show you a sneak peek of some of the premium swag we will be giving away at our booth. We will also be offering the chance to win a new iPad and 1 year free...