Keeping your instance of Magento up-to-date with the latest available version is an important part of site maintenance and security. It’s also an incredible hassle. That being said, what follows is an overview of a straightforward Magento version upgrade without touching on any related issues such as third-party extension compatibility or theme overrides.
I was recently preparing a new installation of Magento CE version 126.96.36.199 via SSH, but after using wget to pull down the file system and going through the standard permissions settings as described in the Magento wiki article, I could not access the browser-based installation process. All I could get was a 403 permission error. It didn’t take much Googling around to discover that this issue is not unique to me. Maybe it’s due to something happening in transmission/extraction or maybe there is something wrong in the file system to begin with; either way the permissions settings are not correct somewhere in the file system.
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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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 188.8.131.52, 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
On a couple different Magento sites, one of them running CE version 184.108.40.206 and the other running CE version 220.127.116.11, 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:
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.