Magento

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...

Magento Versions & Upgrade paths

10:09 01 June in Magento, Specials, Tips by Simple Helix Marketing

For those on Magento, or hoping to build a new Magento store, understanding which software version you’ll want, and what maintenance and growth will be like, may seem elusive. However, understanding the right version of Magento for you and how to grow with that version, doesn’t need to be vexing. By the Versions For starters, you have a choice between Magento 1.x and Magento 2.x. Magento 1...

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...

Imagine 2017

10:05 29 March in Magento by Simple Helix Marketing

The Simple Helix team has been hard at work preparing for the Magento Imagine eCommerce Conference in Las Vegas. We are very excited to be sponsoring the Marketplace Grand Opening Reception! Make sure you stop by booth #216 and have a drink on us. While you're there, you can learn about optimizing server performance by leveraging modular hosting technologies and pick up some sweet swag!  ...

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...

Cleaning up after a Magento compromise

15:11 25 October in Magento, Maintenance, Simple Helix Support, Uncategorized by Simple Helix Marketing

The reality of the world today is that Magento site compromises can happen. And when it does, your Business Continuity plans must include steps to bring your online presence back to full capacity as fast as possible. Very often a compromised site may not even appear to be down. Instead it will infect your visitors with malicious software or steal their credit card information. In...

Image Upload Issue with Magento after the SUPEE-7405 Patch

11:48 29 January in Magento, Security by Steve Shickles

The latest Magento security patch SUPEE-7405 tightens file permissions on images uploaded from the Magento admin dashboard. Before the patch, the Varien file uploader used 0777 permissions for image uploads. Part of the patch installation changes these permissions to 0640 for files and 0750 for directories, which means only the user and group on the server can read these files. This is inconvenient for hosting...

Ten things that cripple your Magento Store (that you might not even realize you’re doing)

16:07 19 January in Magento, Tips by Steve Shickles

The first thing your potential customers see of your site will normally be the blank browser window that displays as your site begins to load after they clicked on a search result link to your website. That’s the moment the countdown begins: from that moment on, your website is being judged, albeit subconsciously, by the customer. Hopefully within a few seconds your customer is presented...

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...

Litemage: Raw horsepower for your Magento Store

14:43 15 September in Hosting Tools, Magento, Uncategorized by Steve Shickles

The unending quest for speed Over the past couple of months, Simple Helix has been actively testing the new Litemage full-page caching solution for Magento from Litespeed Technologies, Inc, developers of the successful Litespeed web server. As mentioned in our previous blog entry , we had high hopes for Litemage, and we certainly weren’t disappointed as you’ll see below. Benchmarking Litemage We have an excellent case study that we did...

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 File Explanations 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...

Customizing your Magento store emails for a more professional look.

13:53 06 May in eCommerce, Magento, Tips, Uncategorized by Steve Shickles

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...

Introducing the Simple Helix ScheduleViewer for Magento

15:36 03 April in Magento, Uncategorized by Steve Shickles

  Cron jobs are a vital part of operating and maintaining a fast running Magento storefront. This functionality is well documented and works great, but troubleshooting it when something goes wrong can be trying, especially when you're under a deadline.  Information on which jobs have been executed, what their exit status was, and what is going to be running in the future can only be gleaned...

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...

How to create an additional Magento Admin user account

10:27 25 February in Magento, Tutorials by Steve Shickles

How to create an additional Admin user in Magento Often times if you are enlisting the help of another developer to assist you in building your Magento store, you may find yourself in need of a temporary Admin-level account that will allow the developer to work on the site without revealing your own credentials, and giving you the ability to revoke the account once the work...

Security Notice for Magmi Product Importer

13:51 22 October in Magento, Security by Steve Shickles

The Magmi product importer is used by many Magento stores to quickly and easily import a large number of products. Unfortunately, a recent security vulnerability has been found in Magmi that can allow an attacker to upload malicious code if the Magmi installation is publicly available. This could allow the attacker to gain credit card information or other confidential data from your store. If...