• Magento Migrations: MagentoGo and ProStores

    Early in July, Mark Lavelle, the SVP of Product and Strategy at eBay Enterprise announced that as of February 1st, 2015, Magento Go and ProStore would be shut down. Don't Worry, Wagento can help you migrate off of these platforms...

    EBay indicated that, while being humbled to be a part of many successful merchant stories, changing market requirements have proven difficult to continue these two services. Going forward, Mark Lavelle shared “we’re focusing our resources on eBay’s Magento Enterprise Edition and Magento Community Edition, two solutions that better support and better equip small and medium size merchants to prosper in the evolving and increasingly competitive eCommerce landscape.” Along with Enterprise and Community Editions, BigCommerce is another platform that could be your new eCommerce solution. But no matter which one best fits with your business, Magento’s Migration Center has checklists, planning resources and special offers to help make that transition to a new eCommerce solution smooth and simple.

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    Magento Community Edition is open source software used to power your online store and can be downloaded for free. Developers can modify the core code and add features and functionality by installing extensions from the Magento Connect marketplace.

    Businesses using Community Edition as their open source ecommerce solution to run their stores will want to have access to their own Magento experts, since Magento does not provide technical support for this software. Answers to many technical questions are available on our user forum. Our open source community is growing and engaged to help support running your online store.

    Magento Community offers these functions: • Product Configurations, Payment Configurations & Gateways, Shipping Rules • Order and Customer Accounts Management • SEO & Mobile Commerce • Multiple Sites & Store Views through One Admin • Administrator Roles, Logging & Site Access Permission. • And more...

    Magento Enterprise offers these functions: Attract and Convert Personalize shoppers’ experiences to keep them engaged from first glance to checkout. Target customers by buying history or demographic profile; engage them with special offers, coupons and promotions; and spread the word and good reviews across social media. Make Buying Easy Convert more customers and keep them happy with a seamless buying experience. Intuitive search and recommendation engines help customers quickly find products and get suggestions for similar or complementary items. Easy, one-page check out means fewer abandoned carts and more sales. Retain Customers Convert happy customers into loyal customers with tools to keep them coming back to your store again and again. Engage customers with rewards programs, private sales and personalized shopping experiences. Retain them with custom registries, gift cards and store credit. Get a Beautiful Custom Site Customize the look, feel and function of your site to project your brand and engage your customers. Tailor your product presentation to different customer segments or build multiple, separate sites, all from a single administrative interface. Build and test custom landing pages and content. Grow and Scale With Confidence Expand into new markets and geographies, and support greater volumes while keeping your site secure. Enterprise Edition’s high performance architecture is scalable to support your growth and PA-DSS compliant to enable strong, secure transactions. Go Mobile Make it easy, safe and secure for your customers to shop, search and buy from your store on their mobile devices. With Enterprise Edition you can quickly build a mobile device-friendly storefront and also mobile apps that seamlessly integrate with your online store, and offer your customers a compelling mobile shopping experience.

    Magento Enterprise Edition offers all the functions of Magento Community while also giving you these additional features out-of-the-box: • Magento Technical Support • Optimized Performance with Full-page Caching • Advanced Customer Segmentation and Targeting • Staging, Merging and Rollback of Content • And more...

  • The Best Dedicated Server for Magento

    This posting is more for question answers than anything else.


    I do a lot of Magento upgrades, the bottom line, your upgrading server matters. What I would like to do is collaborate (knowledge) on the best machine (and the cheapest) and the best configuration on a single dedicated server.

    My best case example is a 4gb Magento 1.3 database run on a HPDL160 G6 Dual Quad Core 1.6ghz processors, 16gb RAM, and SATA 7200rpm drives.

    I installed and configured CentOS 5.5 with MySQL 5.1. I tuned MySQL (I will post a script later)

    I will use my desktop machine (at the time) as my benchmark.
    Intel i7 Quad core
    16gb Memory
    7200 RPM SATA Drive
    CentOS 5.5, MySQL 5.1
    (Purchased all from Microcenter)

    In addition, I also tested a Dual Intel i7 Quad Core with 16GB memory and a 7200RPM SATA drive running Ubuntu 10.04

    My best completion time on my Desktop Machine was 12 hours
    My best completion time for the Ubuntu Desktop was 10 hours
    My best completion time for the HP G6 was just under 5 hours.

    My latest endevor involves a HP DL385 AMD Quad -Dual Core server (4-dual core CPUs) with 32GB memory and RAID 5 SCSI Ultra 320.

    A 2gb Magento database is taking more than 12 hours to upgrade.

    I am not a hardware GURU, so I am looking for some explanations on why the G6 ran so much faster? In addition, I would be happy to post anyone configuration that allows for the fastest Magento upgrades. Ideally I would like to first find the optimum server configuration, then find the optimum server.

  • Super Easy Magento Compatible Centos Install

    The Basic Magento Web Server Install Guide

    This install guide assumes that you already have the basic install of Centos 5.6 complete. We will now install Apache, MySQL and PHP 5.2.17

    First let's install some basic tools

    yum groupinstall 'Development Tools'
    yum groupinstall 'Development Libraries'

    Ok let's install Apache, NTP and MySQL

    yum install ntp httpd mysql-server httpd-devel

    Look to see what PHP packages are installed and remove any if needed.

    rpm -qa | grep php

    remove all php 5.3 packages

    We are going to need some re-requisites for our PHP so lets install them now!!

    yum install libc-client libmcrypt libmhash net-snmp libtidy  unixODBC-devel libpng-devel libmcrypt-devel

    Now we are ready to install PHP5.2.17

    cd ~/mkdir php5.2.17
    cd php5.2.17
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    rpm -ivh *.rpm

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    Make sure MySQL is on

    chkconfig --levels 235 mysqld on
    /etc/init.d/mysqld start

    And let's make sure we have MySQL locked down (follow instructions)


    Make sure Apache is on

    chkconfig --levels 235 httpd on
    /etc/init.d/httpd start

    Finally, add another repo

    cd /etc/yum.repos.d/

    then make the following changes:

    vi /etc/yum.repos.d/kbsingh-CentOS-Extras.repo

    gpgcheck to 0 and enabled to 1 in the [kbs-CentOS-Testing]

    You will need to configure your Apache and MySQL

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