Mad Dash for the Cyber Monday – By SpringBot

Last week at the Magento Meetup for the Southeast here in Atlanta, I had the honor to hear Joe’s presentation on how to prepare for the mad dash from Nov 1 through Cyber Monday and into the New Year. It was a refreshing, concise set of action items that any merchant can implement. Of course, the Springbot.com tools allow you to implement certain of these action items in an easy way. Checkout the details and download the white paper at: http://www.springbot.com/2016/11/magento-webinar-retailers-30-day-cyber-monday-marketing-plan-action/

Magento 1.9x RWD – Showing Color Swatches in Layered Navigation

There are a few steps to get Magento 1.9x default RWD Color Swatches to show in the layered navigation. Go to your attribute and make sure it is set to global Ensure that you know the exact name of your color that is listed in the Admin column and save your images with this file name Save your image as a PNG file. If your Admin Label in step 2 contains any spaces or special characters, be sure to replace those with hyphens and replace Continue reading →

Benefits of our hosting – Revised

The time has come, where hosting is out pacing my ability to keep up! With virtualization and now containerization, I see the hosting landscape changing dramatically over the next few years. No doubt, people will always need a good server to host a basic website using cPanel. But I think that software architects will begin to write their code in such a way that containers are the future of the internet. Until then, I have two AWESOME hosting companies that I like to work with. Continue reading →

Quick Reference for Magento 1.x Reindex From Command Line

Obviously there are many articles on the internet about how to reindex Magento from the CLI or Terminal. But, this is my quick reference for which indexes need to be updated based on what admin action you take. Updating Magento Category Related Indexes php public_html/shell/indexer.php –reindex catalog_url,catalog_product_flat,catalog_category_flat,catalogsearch_fulltext,catalog_category_product notice the key here is not to included spaces between the comma separated values.  

Google Apps Definitive Outlook Guide

This is a concise setup guide for working with Google Apps (Gmail) Standard (the free version) and iOS devices and Outlook (Mac or PC) Backup your Mac outlook file (Use Apples Time Machine or perhaps this method http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how_back_and_restore_mail_outlook_2011) Create a new mail account on the Mac (Outlook) with IMAP credentials (https://support.google.com/mail/troubleshooter/1668960#ts=1665018,1665137,2769074) Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server – Requires SSL imap.gmail.com Port: 993 Requires SSL: Yes Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server – Requires TLS smtp.gmail.com Port: 465 or 587 Requires SSL: Yes Requires authentication: Yes Use same settings as Continue reading →

SSHFS automount at boot with fstab on Ubuntu 14.04

I was able to make sshfs mount via fstab with Ubuntu 14.04 by doing using the following syntax as a standard user (note anything in CAPS is a variable for you to fill in): USER@HOST:/REMOTE_DIR /LOCAL_DIR fuse.sshfs delay_connect,_netdev,user,idmap=user,transform_symlinks,identityfile=/home/USERNAME/.ssh/id_rsa,allow_other,default_permissions,uid=USER_ID,gid=USER_GID 0 0 This is a combination of the information found here http://superuser.com/questions/669287/automount-sshfs-using-fstab-without-mount-a and adding the **delay_connect** from here http://askubuntu.com/questions/326977/sshfs-is-not-mounting-automatically-at-boot-despite-etc-fstab-configuration. I used this tutorial to get my USER_ID and USER_GID: https://kb.iu.edu/data/adwf.html To find a user’s UID or GID in Unix, use the id command. To find a specific Continue reading →

Magento 1.8 CE Import/Export from Shell on Bitnami

I’m running a Magento Commerce Community Edition store with 17k + skus. Previously, I only had 3k skus so I could use the build in Data Flow Profiles to import and export with ease. However, when I added the extra 14k skus, the web interface would hang. Furthermore, it would require me to leave the browser window open ” Warning: Please do not close the window during importing/exporting data ” which would preclude me from being able to start the processes at the end of Continue reading →

Your 2014 Tax Refund is Already Spent!

I already spent your tax refund next year!  It’s not going to be a vacation, definitely not a new car and sadly enough, it’s not even going to be a new gun. Unless you live in a cave and wash your laundry in a bucket, I know exactly what you are going to buy.  Well…that may not be entirely true, but if you are still limping around the internet on a computer running Microsoft Windows® XP, then you definitely need to read on. Unfortunately, all Continue reading →