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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...

Backup your own website with FTP

09:55 06 February in Hosting Tools, Tips by Simple Helix Marketing

One of the most popular methods of accessing website files is FTP (File Transfer Protocol). This method is also useful for making a simple backup of your domain to a local machine. There are some caveats to FTP that you should be aware of before using it as your go-to backup method. Pros of FTP Abundance of FTP clients There’s no shortage of excellent, user-friendly FTP software. Most of...

Backup your own website

07:35 06 January in Cloud Computing, Cloud Hosting Benefits, Hosting Tools, Maintenance, Tips, Tutorials by Simple Helix Marketing

A website can be a lot of different things. From the small family photo albums to the specialty vendor’s online webstore, anyone and everyone can setup a website. As mentioned in another blog post, maintaining backups of a website is absolutely critical for ensuring a sustained web presence. Although paid backup services are more than adequate for most site owners, there are many distinct benefits to...

Why you should care about EasyApache 4

17:18 06 December in Cloud Hosting Benefits, Dedicated Hosting, Hosting Tools, Server Technology, Shared Hosting, Tips by Simple Helix Marketing

cPanel users may have heard about “EasyApache” but didn’t know what it is or why it matters. This is understandable because engineers at your host provider are typically the only people to interact with it. EasyApache is software cPanel will use to install both the Apache webserver and PHP. Some exciting changes were introduced in version 4, the most recent release. For starters, EasyApache 4 will download precompiled...

data backup

No reason for Simple Helix customers to not have backups

09:52 08 November in Tips by Simple Helix Marketing

In the world of E-Commerce things can go wrong due to seemingly simple events: a code update introduces a showstopping bug, a new theme doesn’t play nicely with the mission-critical shipping extension, or maybe your overzealous junior developer deleted a few extra directories instead of just the old staging site folder. Any of these events can result in an online store running poorly, or in the...

Install MySQL 5.6 on CentOS 7 / RHEL 7

13:23 25 March in Hosting Tools, Server Technology, Tips, Tutorials by Simple Helix Marketing

Install MySQL 5.6 on CentOS 7 / RHEL 7 MySQL is a popular open-source relational database management system widely used by a number of web platforms including Magento and Wordpress. With the release of RHEL 7, MySQL is no longer included in the default RHEL / CentOS 7 repositories and has been replaced by MariaDB. MariaDB is an excellent platform that is considered to be a drop-in...

Troubleshooting 500 Internal Server Errors

17:09 29 February in Simple Helix Support, Tips, Tutorials by Steve Shickles

The dreaded "500 Internal Server" error is one of the worst errors you can encounter on a website since it is very generic and requires digging into a plethora of logs just to find a potential cause. The first step needed to troubleshoot this is to track down the Apache/httpd/web error logs. The location of this depends on if you're using a control panel and, if so, which one you're using. In...

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...

Nginx and HTTP Authentication

10:35 08 January in Security, Tips by Simple Helix Marketing

This article will teach you how to implement HTTP Authentication to password-protect a site, subdomain, or specific server block using the powerful Nginx webserver.  Nginx is an HTTP server that has gained considerable popularity in recent years due to its small footprint, modular architecture, load-balancing reverse proxy, and acceleration features. Implementing HTTP Authentication is a great security layer to help protect your high performance sites running on...

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...

Installing and Configuring Pure-FTPD on CentOS 7

08:51 08 September in Hosting Tools, Server Technology, Tips, Tutorials, Uncategorized by Steve Shickles

This article will teach you how to install and configure Pure-FTPD on CentOS 7 without a control panel (such as CPanel). Pure-FTPD is a simple File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server. It is designed to use resources efficiently and supports useful features like secure connections, IPv6, and virtual users (for jailing security). *Important Note: Do not follow this guide if you are using a control panel such...

Installing and Configuring Nginx + PHP-FPM + MariaDB on CentOS 7

10:12 21 August in Server Technology, Tips, Tutorials, Uncategorized by Steve Shickles

This article will teach you how to install and configure a CentOS 7 webserver with Nginx, PHP-FPM, and MariaDB. Nginx is an HTTP server that has gained considerable popularity in recent years due to its small footprint, modular architecture, load-balancing reverse proxy, and acceleration features. Paired with PHP-FPM and MariaDB, Nginx can yield excellent performance for high-traffic sites.   *Important Note: Do not follow this guide if...

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...

Routine Magento Maintenance

14:15 14 October in Magento, Tips, Tutorials by Steve Shickles

This blog post is intended to explore the importance of routine Magento maintenance. Keeping your Magento store clean and maintained is an important step to ensuring that your store performs as optimally as it can regardless of the platform you host it on. This also ensures that, should something happen with your store, you are well equipped to handle it. Below are some simple tasks you...

Magento Maintenance Mode

09:09 07 October in Magento, Tips, Tutorials by Steve Shickles

Magento 1.4 and newer allows the ability to set your site in “maintenance mode” by creating a blank 'maintenance.flag' file in the document root of your webserver (public_html). This is ideal if you need to take the public site offline for developmental changes. The downside to doing this is that you also lose access to the site, which can make checking site changes difficult. By slightly...

CloudFlare Introduces Universal SSL

19:08 29 September in Server Technology, Tips by Steve Shickles

Earlier today, CloudFlare released a new service called Universal SSL. This is exciting news for site owners because it means even users of the free CloudFlare service can take advantage of CloudFlare for secure SSL connections! Using CloudFlare is a great way to simultaneously speed up your site and reduce server load. The new Universal SSL system implements the ECDSA cipher suite which provides numerous performance and...

Manually Disabling a Magento Extension

15:41 15 September in Magento, Tips, Tutorials by Steve Shickles

Sometimes a Magento module may break the frontend and/or backend of the site. When this happens, you will not be able to disable the module from the Magento admin area. Fortunately, it is not only possible but also fairly easy to manually disable the extension or module in question to restore site functionality. To manually disable a Magento extension or module, you will need to edit...

Magento and Memcached: Faster Caching for Your Store

19:50 10 September in Magento, Tips, Tutorials by Steve Shickles

As your customers browse through your Magento store, Magento will often write various information to disk in an effort to present a smoother, more pleasant experience to the end user. These objects are often various core systems, popular PHP calls and various other blocks of information that the Magento system gets requests for many times over from the customer. It’s much faster for Magento to...

How to Restore a Backup

15:24 27 August in Tips by Steve Shickles

In a previous post, we explored how to back up a website. This time, we will look at how to restore such a backup. Just like last time, this will all be done via SSH. First, we will have to make sure that the files and the destination database are empty. The easiest way to do this for database is to simply create a new, empty database. For the files,...

How to Make Site Backups

17:50 21 August in Hosting Tools, Tips, Tutorials by Steve Shickles

If you're like most of us, then you have probably had the unfortunate experience of losing hours (or even days) worth of work due to an accidental coding mistake or mis-typed command. When this happens, the end result is spending even more time trying to duplicate the work that was lost. Wouldn't it be nice if there was an "easy" button that could be used to...

Magento Performance Tips

16:06 19 August in Tips by Steve Shickles

In Magento, there are four easy-to-implement configuration changes that can greatly improve site speed and performance. Before applying all of the changes below, we recommend applying one change at a time and thoroughly testing the site after making each adjustment. This will ensure that if any third-party plugins break, you will know immediately which adjustment caused it and can easily undo the change. Turn Logging Off...