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December 8, 2014

Meet Magento Poland 2014: Atwix feedback

2014 year was a successful one for Meet Magento events family with 12 events taking place all over the world and stepping into the new continent – North America. The official “closing of the season” happened during 24 and 25 of November in Warsaw, where Meet Magento Poland traditionally took place being the last Meet Magento event of the year. Atwix sponsored every Meet Magento Poland, and this time was represented by me with a presentation about conversion rate improvements in e-commerce.

November 27, 2014

Close Magento store for maintenance

Sometimes we need to close Magento store for maintenance (for example, during store transfer to another hosting or Magento upgrade), and in this case, the web store will be closed for several hours.

November 14, 2014

Duplicated product URL keys in Magento Community Edition

Recently, we have noticed an interesting issue in Magento Community Edition and decided to share our findings with our readers. There is no restriction on the product URL key duplicates in the Community Edition, so, multiple products can have the same URL key and the product URL path generation should handle it. This article is about how the URL path generation manages the duplicated URL keys, the issues that appear during that process and how to cope with all these problems.

October 21, 2014

Removing needless product attribute values

Recently, we have faced with an issue that looked like a default Magento behavior. It turns out that Magento keeps the product attribute value even if the attribute was removed from the current attribute set. This brief article describes the issue’s details and a shell script on how to remove the old unnecessary attribute values from the database.

October 15, 2014

Alternative way of adding tabs to the Magento product page

In our previous article we have discussed how to add tabs to the product page. After Magento 1.9 has been released people started asking how to handle the product page tabs since the previous method caused different troubles. The reason is in the modern RWD theme, which goes out of the box with Magento 1.9. It uses slightly different method for adding tabs than in the previous versions. So, let’s review how you can easily add own tabs on the product page for RWD-based themes in Magento CE 1.9.

October 13, 2014

Scheduled Redis cache clean up

Magento, starting from the CE 1.8 and EE 1.13 versions, has a built-in Cm RedisSession extension. This extension helps Magento to use Redis cache for the backend caching and session storage. We can find much information about Redis installation and configuration of the Magento store to make it working with the cache. Often, it is recommended to flush Redis cache daily to avoid huge cache amount and some caching issues that, usually, occur when some part of the dynamic content was changed. Our article describes a simple extension which will be running daily and flushing the whole Redis cache.
September 30, 2014

Debugging encoded extensions

Sometimes we need to debug the extensions created by other developers to fix possible issues or adjust some functionality. Also, it is a well-known situation in Magento when you have to debug and resolve the extensions conflicts.

September 25, 2014

Overriding Magento observers

As you may know, we need to override the Magento observers when we deal with the extension’s conflicts or want to disable (or modify) a part of some extension’s functionality. Usually, there is no difference between the observer’s overriding and overriding of any other regular model. But sometimes we can face with the issues working with the simple override. How should we act then to keep it conventionally? Let’s check the following step by step instruction for Magento observers overriding.
September 18, 2014

Finding bottlenecks in your Magento store

In the beginning, Magento was one of the biggest PHP applications. The main purpose of that platform was to cover all needs of store owners being universal and flexible. So, Magento store owners got a big and interesting e-commerce platform and the developers got a big “battlefield” for their implementations. A lot of things have been changed from year to year: servers became more powerful, Magento much faster and the number of platforms, developers and extensions has grown significantly. As a result, every store owner has a wide choice of the solutions that might be implemented for their stores. Unfortunately, very often it’s hard to predict how good is some add-on for a specific Magento installation because of different reasons. You are installing first, tenth, thirtieth extension and then realize: the store is much slower than it was before.

September 16, 2014

Meet Magento Ukraine 2014 - Post Release

First ever Meet Magento event in Ukraine took place in Kyiv, on 6-th of Septemeber, and it was proudly organised by Atwix and Eltrino companies. Now, as over a week has passed, we are happy to share some post event notes with you.