Enhancing ShopSite Checkout for International Customers

Tweet The current version of ShopSite displays the state-selection list as a dropdown box on the checkout screen, and this can cause confusion for international customers who are unsure which to select. The most common workaround for this issue is to add “other” to the list of states under Commerce -> States and Countries, but […]

Authorize.net Direct Post MD5 Issue for Magento 1 and 2 Merchants

Tweet Magento 1 and Magento 2 merchants that use Authorize.net Direct Post as one of their payment methods will need to have a patch applied and update their Authorize.net settings in the Magento admin panel before March 28, 2019. Authorize.net will stop supporting the MD5 hash method that Magento uses for its Direct Post integration. […]

15 Common Issues After a Magento 1 to Magento 2 Migration

Tweet During my Magento 2 career I’ve performed quite a few M1 to M2 migrations. Some were fairly simple white others took months to get right. I’ve acquired some experience which I’d like to share with you today. I’m going to list 15 common issues you might come across during or after a Magento Migration. […]

9 Ways to Make Your Website Faster

Tweet Fast loading websites are all the rage these days. There’s good reason for that, as customers and visitors expect a web page to load quickly once they click on a search result or link. If it takes more than a few seconds for the page to start loading, some people will click elsewhere. Google […]

Lots of Changes as of Late with Regards to SSL Security

Tweet The biggest change with regards to SSL and using HTTPS links on all pages is: The Google Chrome web browser has begun rolling out Version 68, which will mark any website as “insecure” that is not using an SSL certificate for any web page. The browser now shows this explicitly: Previously, the words “Not […]

MySQL and Magento – Proper Sizing is Important

Tweet Continuing in our We Host Magento Better! series, we take a quick look at how MySQL can be tuned and optimized to improve Magento 1 and 2 performance. Lots of hosts may set up MySQL properly at the start, but it’s the ability to monitor and adjust settings that can make a world of […]

ShopSite Version 14 – Lots of Great New Features

Tweet ShopSite has recently released version 14 of its award-winning ecommerce software. The latest version introduces a number of new features and important changes that make it well worth upgrading… That list includes: Apple Pay now supported Authorize.net Accept Gateway Support for TaxJar for real-time tax calculations Custom shopping cart fields Coupon updates including blacklist […]

2017 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Stats for the Small Online Merchant

Tweet It’s time again for our Black Friday & Cyber Monday stats report for small online stores.  We’ll start by listing the stats for large merchants that have come out so far: Big Merchants – Ecommerce Sales Adobe Digital Index has their numbers out for this year*: Thanksgiving sales up 18.3% over 2016 Black Friday […]

Limiting the Maximum Quantity of Products in ShopSite

Tweet This is an update to an earlier tutorial we posted here, with a script to prevent customers from purchasing more than a specified quantity of a product. This update can handle multiple products, and it allows you to set different maximum quantities for each. If a customer exceeds the quantity of a restricted product […]

Redis and Magento – More than Meets the Eye

Tweet Next up in our We Host Magento Better! series is a look at how we leverage Redis to make Magento faster and scale better with size. There’s more to it than just turning it on and letting it run… What is Redis? The Redis website defines it as: Redis is an open source (BSD […]