When you are developing an application that includes webhooks (Slack, OKTA, etc) you need a publicly accessible URL to connect the webhook service with. Usually you develop on localhost and there is no access for someone else to it. So, how can you test your webhooks in such situation?
After the latest Database data format changes in Magento 2.2.x version, there is a need to convert existing PHP serialized data to JSON format. The new release provides upgrade scripts that convert Magento serialized data. But how to deal with custom extensions, which also use automatic serialization mechanism provided by Magento framework? Thankfully, Magento took care of that too.
20th of November, 2017, has marked an important date in Atwix history – we turned seven. It has always been a dilemma of what to do for the birthday celebration and we often followed a default and obvious way – making a party. This time though, we thought – what if?
The new Magento 2.2 release replaces the usage of default PHP serialized format to JSON format. The release also upgrades scripts that convert Magento data that is stored in serialized format e.g. Magento\Sales\Setup\SerializedDataConverter, Magento\Sales\Setup\SalesOrderPaymentDataConverter, Magento\Framework\DB\DataConverter\SerializedToJson classes. These major changes may affect the correct functionality of already existing custom modules and related data that is stored in the database.
A new Magento security patch SUPEE-10415 was released on November 28th of 2017. It adds some security enhancements to your store by changing more than 30 files. Let’s dive into the details of the code changes that the patch makes.
Any Magento 2 page requested from a browser is processed by a web server. Magento 2 loads 170 scripts per page on average. All incoming requests add an additional load for a server CPU and Memory. As a result, it increases infrastructure costs to maintain an acceptable level of page load time.
Despite the incredible convenience of online shopping, including saved time and efforts, wide ranges of products to be compared and purchased, provided discounts, and detailed product information, eCommerce has not yet completely replaced traditional trade.
One of the main reasons here is that customers have no physical access to products and can not touch, feel, and closely examine the items they buy. This drawback becomes even more significant in the case of digital fashion stores selling clothing, shoes, and accessories, where shoppers additionally need to make sure about the size and look. Note that, the average return rate for apparel stores is between 20-30%, which is much higher than the 10% rate for gifts, toys, and home products.
One of the biggest benefits of Magento is that its numerous out-of-the-box features can be easily extended with many more modules, created by Magento community. Although some extensions have an almost plug-and-play installation process, it’s much better to do it under control of a professional. We get requests for installing third-party extensions daily, and we accumulated a great experience of how to upgrade your website with new features while keeping it safe and high-performing. While there is no instruction to fit all different cases, here are some things to consider when installing new modules.
When I started working with Magento, it quickly became obvious that this is not just another e-commerce platform but also a remarkable and a vibrant community. Blogs, podcasts, webinars – they all give you a feeling that you are a part of something bigger. But I sensed a real influence of Magento community only after attending Meet Magento Poland 2017.