Magento and WooCommerce Now Power Nearly Half the E-Commerce Shopping Cart Market

The team at aheadWorks has released their latest study on the most popular shopping cart platforms in use around the web. Magento remains the leader but WooCommerce is certainly breathing down their necks. I wonder if and how the Automattic acquisition will help WooCommerce become the leading platform.

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Pie Chart of study results from blog.aheadworks.com.

How to Install Magento Security Patches

As most Magento merchants are aware by now, Magento has released a number of security patches in the past several months in order to address weaknesses in the codebase. I recently went through the process of applying three Magento patches (SUPEE-1533, SUPEE-5344, and SUPEE-5994) to a new installation of Magento CE version 1.9.0.1, and what follows is a brief synopsis of my experience both for my own reference and for anyone else who may find it helpful. Continue reading How to Install Magento Security Patches

Magento Export Blank Screen? Unsupported Operand Types Error? Try this fix.

On a couple different Magento sites, one of them running CE version 1.7.0.2 and the other running CE version 1.8.0.0, I was having trouble exporting even limited selections of the catalog from the System > Import/Export function of the admin. In some cases clearing the cache would resolve the issue, but not always. I increased the PHP memory_limit setting, and that also did not resolve the issue. Finally I checked my PHP error logs and saw an “Unsupported operand types” error message related to the core product export file. Here’s what fixed it on a (so far) permanent basis:

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Add Pinterest Buttons to Magento Product Pages

As Pinterest becomes an increasingly valuable source of traffic for retailers, there is naturally going to be an increased demand for integration between online retail sites and Pinterest. At the time of this writing, there are three new extensions in Magento Connect designed to add “Pin It” buttons to a Magento store product page. This article, however, discusses a very straightforward method for manually adding “Pin It” buttons to your product pages without the use of an extension.

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