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February 14, 2017

Managing custom product options with a shell script

Today, I’ll tell you how to simplify management of your product custom options with a shell script. You just need to add a criteria for a product collection, and each option of every product from the collection will be updated automatically. Our script will fetch product collections by product SKU value.

February 8, 2017

SUPEE-9652 security patch overview

This post is a short inside-out of the newly released Magento 1 SUPEE-9652 security patch. The patch prohibits an injection of executable code to the Magento email “Reply To” param, if the “Return Path” for emails is enabled. So let’s check what it does.

January 31, 2017

Acceptance Tests and Codeception

Most of the testing tools are too complicated. For a long time we’ve been looking for an automatic testing framework to meet our needs. We tried a lot of frameworks like Selenide and CasperJS but they were not exactly what we’ve been looking for. Not so long ago, we’ve discovered a tool Codeception and I want to introduce you to it.

January 27, 2017

How to import a product image from an URL in Magento 2?

Magento 2 is becoming more and more popular day after day. Many vendors decide to use this platform for their eCommerce business. Migrating data from other platforms and services has always been a popular task, but it is even more needed today. In this blog post I will show you how to easily import product images from an external URL.

January 24, 2017

Does a distributed company need an office manager?

An office manager is an obvious hire for any company. The very definition of an office manager implies that there needs to be an office. Thus if you have one, after reaching a certain size there is no question whether you need a person, who provides day-to-day comfort and maintenance of the working environment. But when it comes to remote or distributed companies, the question is not that easy to answer. And since Atwix is a distributed company with both remote-only and in-office employees, we decided to share our experience with having an office manager, who manages more than just a physical office. This is what we are going to learn from Ksenia, our office manager.

January 20, 2017

Magento Sandboxes

It is always good when you can test your features fast. But sometimes it’s literally hard and takes a lot of time to test something in Magento. When you make one little change in code and want to test it, it can take much more time to test it rather than make the change itself. Nevertheless it’s a common situation taking into account the complexity of Magento.

December 29, 2016

Three tips for productive remote work

The first association with the term remote work is a dream-like work, while lying in a hammock at the sea side. We take it as a holiday, rather than usual daily responsibilities at an office. But when you start your remote job, you soon figure out that your table, a chair (or a hammock) and your laptop become your work place for a full busy day. The same as an office with a slight difference that it’s not necessary to wake up early and commute, or having a chance to escape to any warm place from a soul-crushing winter and work from anywhere you want. Because what matters in the long run is the result.

December 27, 2016

Speculations on what 2017 has in store

Unsurprisingly, eCommerce growth shows no signs of slowing down: according to Forrester Research, eCommerce sales will reach $385 billions in 2017 (nearly +10% compared to 2016). Below are some wild predictions on what could become hot topics in 2017.

December 26, 2016

Magento Winter Wallpapers

We keep our promise and create new wallpapers every month. Our previous ones were inspired by space exploration. This time we found inspiration in winter and winter holidays.

December 23, 2016

6 Essential Tips on How to Deal with Perfectionism

Every one of us has a perfectionist inside. Still we often do not see the consequences of the dark side of our design. Some common everyday issues may turn into real problems and affect us. If you think reasonably, it should not be a problem to do some simple things even if you assume they are not 100% right. But not for a perfectionist! You may become depressed even with minor mistakes, which one might not even consider to be a problem. It should not always be a fear of a bad result, but also a fear of making a decision.