Category Archives : Magento



Clients often ask me how important upgrading Magento is? The answer is yes – if you want to keep your e-commerce site running smoothly and securely. Updates bring a number of benefits: They patch bugs. When people report bugs – problems READ MORE



How to Upgrade Magento Via SSH

Upgrading Magento via SSH is usually much simpler than via the magento downloader. To upgrade follow these simple steps. 1. First backup. Download a copy of your database, and backup your files. You can make a zip of them. 2. READ MORE



Magento: Unknown cipher in list: TLSv1

If you are getting the error “Unknown cipher in list: TLSv1” while installing Magento or updating it, chances are it’s because you are hosting on a Centos box and well, Centos is always a pain. To fix it: Edit downloader/lib/Mage/HTTP/Client/Curl.php, and: change READ MORE



Configurable Swatches Slowing Magento to a Crawl

We all want (and need our e-commerce site to run fast and look good). Recently, with a client who has over 30,000 products in their catalog, I found that category pages were taking 10-13 seconds to load. Magento was slowing READ MORE



Get Multiple Customer Groups In Magento with GroupsCatalog2

Sometimes we need to get a customer’s group in Magento. Pretty straight forward. But, when you add GroupsCatalog2, customers can be assigned to multiple groups. I recently had a client that wanted to tell customers on their customer dashboard what READ MORE



Fix Magento error:14077410:SSL routines:SSL23_GET_SERVER_HELLO:sslv3 alert handshake failure!

So you have received a version of the error: 14077410:SSL routines:SSL23_GET_SERVER_HELLO:sslv3 alert handshake failure error while trying to install a Magento Connect extension? We have your solution! It seems that this week, Magento Connect turned off SSLv3 (a good thing), but READ MORE



Fixing Magento Shipping Handling Fee Percentage of Order

So, if you have ever tried to set a handling fee in Magento by percent per order, you’ll find it takes the shipping cost * the handling (even though in the docs it says it takes the order * the READ MORE



Magento Custom Shipping Module

Recently, I had a client who needed a shipping module that figures shipping based on a percentage of the subtotal. Now, I know that some have modified the table rates, but as it turns out, even that hack doesn’t work READ MORE




By now, you have heard about heartbleed probably? The basics? It’s a bug in OpenSSL that allows hackers to bypass the security that a SSL gives you. If your site has a SSL, it’s important that this is fixed right READ MORE



If you have recently upgraded Magento, and you have a custom template, you will notice that you are unable to login as a customer into the site. There is a simply fix for this. Two files must be changed. I READ MORE