Anchor categories and position sorting explained

    5 Comments · 29 Jun 2016 · Posted in Magento, by Oliver De Guzman

    The Is Anchor category setting and category product positions do not play well when combined together. You might think that marrying two simple category settings would result in a simple solution, but think twice before you do so or you might get a headache of Magento proportion! In this post we will attempt to demystify how Is Anchor works and how you can best make use of it.

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    Using AWS DynamoDB for Magento session storage

    0 Comments · 31 Aug 2015 · Posted in Magento, by Peter Spiller

    DynamoDB is a NoSQL database service provided by Amazon, offering features like easy scalability, high availability and data durability. These properties make it well suited to being used as a Magento session storage engine. The AWS PHP SDK already includes a PHP session handler, so in theory it should be a simple matter of including the SDK and configuring Magento to use it. In practice, it wasn't quite this straightforward.

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    CLI image resize memory limit errors

    0 Comments · 13 Jul 2015 · Posted in Magento, by Andrew Rollason

    Resizing images from the command line can cause memory limit errors to occur when using Magento CE, EE, or above. We have developed a patch to fix the issue.

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    Adding the WYSIWYG editor to an extension

    0 Comments · 02 Apr 2015 · Posted in Magento, by Matthew Gamble

    While developing the new Fontis Blog extension, we wanted to allow use of the same WYSIWYG editor tools that users have when creating Magento CMS pages or static blocks. Doing so is not very difficult, requiring only a few changes to add the Magento WYSIWYG to your own extensions.

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    M2M Sync compatibility with MYOB 2011/2012 and 2013

    0 Comments · 21 Mar 2013 · Posted in Magento, by Peter Spiller

    While MYOB continues to extend its products into the cloud, it has created some confusion surrounding our M2M Sync software and support for the latest releases of the MYOB product line. In summary, M2M Sync is compatible with the AccountRight version 19 products, which are still supported by MYOB at this time. It is not compatible with the AccountRight 2011/2012 or 2013 products. However, please note that any current AccountRight subscription also includes access to the compatible version 19 software, so this may be installed instead for use with M2M Sync.

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    Move Magento Private Files Outside the Docroot

    0 Comments · 23 Nov 2012 · Posted in Magento, by Lloyd Hazlett

    This week saw the inaugural Click Frenzy sale generate a huge amount of interest in Australian eCommerce, and we are proud to have been the developer responsible for delivering the website for the event based on a Magento platform. The site stood up well after a challenging start on Tuesday evening, but there was a configuration issue with the webserver environment at one point which left a number of private application files exposed for some time. During this period the Magento directory was inadvertently left with directory listings on and without private directories and their contents protected from access. These private files being accessible did not result in a security breach of any kind, and there was never any sensitive personal data stored on any of the website's servers, but the cause of the disclosure does highlight a risk of Magento’s design. Currently, the entire application is designed to be located in the webserver’s document root (docroot). To address this risk and eliminate the possibility of a misconfiguration having this effect, the Magento application needs to be restructured to make it possible to relocate most parts outside of the docroot. This is an approach we’ll be adopting in future and which we document in this post. We also include an accompanying patch that we are releasing to the Magento community.

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    RMA Feature Overview

    0 Comments · 28 Aug 2012 · Posted in Magento, by Jeremy Champion

    Since version 1.11, Magento Enterprise Edition releases have included a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) feature to help manage this process. The system supports tracking requests from when they are first created by a customer, all the way through to resolution. This post will look at how to set up and administer RMA requests from the admin panel, and will also detail a few shortcomings that will hopefully be improved in future releases.

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    CMS Page Version Control

    0 Comments · 01 Jul 2011 · Posted in Magento, by Brad Feehan

    When editing a CMS page in Magento Enterprise Edition's admin panel, it's easy enough to make a mistake and accidentally remove a section of text or accidentally modify markup which may be a crucial part of the page's layout. While you may have back-ups to handle a situation like this, it can still be a time consuming process to retrieve and then restore the original content. However, using Magento's built-in version control system, you can conveniently restore your page to how it was at any time in the past, and also switch between different versions of a page with ease. In this post, we'll explain how this feature works and why you should use it.

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    Manage Customer Attributes

    0 Comments · 12 Oct 2010 · Posted in Magento, by Jeremy Champion

    From the start Magento has included the ability to modify product attributes through an interface in the administration panel. With Enterprise Edition 1.9, you can now manage customer attributes through a similar interface.

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