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7 Important Factors for Magento Speed

Once you have set up a Magento-powered e-commerce website, the next step to focus on is how to optimize it. There are many ways to improve the performance of your Magento store, but all of them boil down to a shortlist of factors.

If you are looking to speed up your Magento online store, take note of these important factors for Magento speed:

  1. Use NGINX instead of Apache. NGINX is more lightweight than Apache, so if you’re starting with a simple store that sells a few products, you don’t need the features of the heavier Apache server. NGINX helps you save RAM resources to optimize PHP and MySQL.
  2. Take advantage of multiple CPU cores and fast engines. For this tip, I suggest you use MySQL 5.5 or Percona 5.5, while PHP-FPM 5.3 or 5.4 should address PHP engine speed.
  3. Assess unified backend implementation and site speed for multiple stores. Running many stores on a single unified Magento Backend System could take its toll on the speed of the sites, as they’ll be running on the same set of resources. If speed is being compromised, consider using separate backend systems for each of your stores.
  4. Prioritize shopping cart rules over catalog rules. Let the bulk of server processing run during the shopping cart stage instead of doing everything during catalog browsing.
  5. Don’t use unreliable Magento developers. These developers may come cheap, but don’t expect a smooth-running website. Stick to the big guns when it comes to developers.
  6. Be on top of SEO and search bot behavior. Search engine bots may index your site without rules, which can slow down your store and affect your site’s search engine ranking. If you’re not aware yet, you may customize the bot rules for your website. E-commerce web hosts such as GeeXSE can give you an advanced bot webserver configuration that can help you both prevent misbehaving bots and also create advanced fast cgi caches specifically to improve bots’ access to sites by feeding them all cached content.
  7. Test everything before going live. Always test modules on a developer version of your site before launching it online.

Keeping in mind these seven things will help your Magento-backed store run quickly and smoothly, leading to happy customers.

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15 Jul

Why Magento is a good e-commerce platform

The Internet has evolved from a simple networking medium to a universe of opportunities for communications and exchanges. In retrospect, who would have thought that websites could not only bring information but also become effective venues for business solutions?

The advent of e-commerce has changed the way people do business. With just a few keyboard strokes and mouse clicks, anyone can purchase products and services online, even on mobile devices.

Web developers are exposed to a lot of e-commerce framework options, but one of the best e-commerce platforms is Magento. Many website owners find Magento to be a complete package not only for its amazing features but also for its ease of use. Here are some of the great reasons why you should choose Magento as your e-commerce platform:

Open Source
Magento is available for free download, but it does not scrimp on features. Because of its open source nature, Magento’s source code may be modified by developers depending on what features and plugins the client or site owner wants to use on the website.

Fully Scalable
Magento’s open source capability makes it open to updates. Whatever business size the website is designed for – whether it’s a small business or a full-blown enterprise – Magento can be adjusted according to the company’s size.

User-Friendly Site Management
By default, Magento makes it easy for business owners to set up an online store, complete with a full list of products or services, as well as pricing and payment panels. If you have many stores that you need to set up, Magento has the ability to host multiple stores without skipping a beat, and provides a single Admin panel to manage all of the online stores.

For the site customer, Magento provides an easy-to-use interface equipped with efficient site navigation, zoom-in features, and product reviews. In short, Magento makes the online shopping experience pleasant for the customer.

SEO-Ready Features
What good is a great-looking e-commerce website if people cannot discover it through search? Magento makes this easy with its default SEO-friendly structure using clean URLs and keyword-rich page descriptions.

Tight Security, Effective Payment Options
While your main concern is running your business, Magento takes care of ensuring that your financial transactions are safe and secure. The e-commerce framework makes it simple for the site owner to activate dedicated IP and secure SSL for the website. In addition to this, customers are provided a good list of options for payment: PayPal, Authorize.net, credit card, and more.

There’s absolutely no question that Magento is easily one of the best e-commerce platforms available today. If you are interested to use Magento for your e-commerce plans but are unsure on how to install and manage it, we at GeeXSE can help you set up your Magento-powered online business.

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03 Jan

Magento Cron not Working?

More than you ever need to know about Magento’s cron and how to setup in Kloxo Control Panel

We field a lot of questions about Magento’s cron and how to setup. There are quite a few things that can go wrong in setting up Magento’s cron. But hopefully a little understanding in how it works will help you set it up so that it works right the first time.
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01 Jun

Getting large Mysql Database Dumps from Kloxo Control Panel and Restoring

Because Magento databases are very large and phpMyAdmin has limits on what it can handle in exporting databases. A quicker way to get a full Dump to download would be to use Kloxo’s Database Backup Tool. Here are the steps to do that. Also included at the bottom is how to upload that database again to restore it. This can be really useful if you have production and development installations of Magento. read more

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