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Magento Taking Precautions to Protect Against Ransomware

Posted on the 31st May 2016

Following the news of ransomware attacks which were apparently targeting Magento-powered websites, the developers of the ecommerce platform have released patches to protect against the malware, and have also removed an extension which they are concerned may have provided the malware developers with an attack vector.

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Why Magento 2.0 Should Excite Store Owners

Posted on the 17th May 2016

Magento 2.0 was released last year, and while those in the development and service provider areas of the ecommerce industry have been talking a great deal about it, when it comes to store owners, the platform has been all but ignored. From the perspective of users, it seems as though Magento 1.9.x “works”, so they’re reluctant to go through the upheaval of rolling out a new platform.

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Almost Half of Ecommerce Purchases Now Made on Mobile

Posted on the 11th May 2016

In the UK, almost half of all ecommerce purchases are now made on mobile devices, with the top platform being the iPhone – ahead of the iPad.

These statistics come from performance marketing technology firm, Criteo, which found that 48.9% of all ecommerce transactions in the first quarter of 2016 were made on phones or tablets – up from 43% for the same time period last year.

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How PHP 7 Improves the Performance of Magento

Posted on the 4th May 2016

Magento 2 has been publicly available for a while now, and it’s clear that out of the box it offers some significant performance improvements over Magento 1.9.x. What many people don’t, however, realise is just how much more performance you can get out of the platform if you use the right hosting configuration.

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Magento as a B2B Solution

Posted on the 29th April 2016

We hear a great deal about the use of Magento as a B2C ecommerce platform, but over the last few months the developers of Magento have put a lot of effort into targeting a whole new sector. The way in which B2B purchasers operate is changing, and companies that operate in the B2B space will need to adapt if they want to remain competitive.

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UK Ecommerce Traffic is Increasingly Going Mobile

Posted on the 17th April 2016

According to a recent study conducted by SimilarWeb, 65% of the ecommerce traffic in the UK came from mobile devices in January; the greatest percentage of mobile traffic for any of the countries in the study, beating even the US and India. However, while two thirds of ecommerce traffic is coming from mobile devices, this doesn’t necessarily mean that mobile is the most important platform.

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Are We Entering a New Era of Innovation in Ecommerce?

Posted on the 14th April 2016

The launch of Magento 2.0 has raised a lot of questions about the future of ecommerce. Is this new platform worth migrating to? Are there any benefits to upgrading from 1.9.x, given the potential teething problems and the lack of certain extensions and themes? What does the platform have to offer to someone who is currently deeply invested in a different ecosystem?

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How Magento 2.0 Is Giving Retailers New Hope

Posted on the 22nd March 2016

Magento 2.0 has been out for a while now, and it is offering brand owners, retailers and businesses the chance to deliver fast and cost-effective omni-channel shopping experiences for their customers. When Magento 2.0 was first released, many retailers were reluctant to make the leap from Magento 1.x to Magento 2.0, because of concerns about extension compatibility, themes, and the lack of certain features.

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What Does the Future Hold for The Hybrid Cloud?

Posted on the 15th March 2016

Over the last few years, CIOs and corporate technology managers have been faced with some interesting questions and challenges. This is particularly the case when it comes to balancing performance, data compliance, security and cost, while still keeping on top of the complexity of their IT stack, and ensuring that their systems remain flexible.

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Magento Forums Hit 100K Members

Posted on the 10th March 2016

Magento celebrated a special milestone earlier this month, hitting 100k users on its community website and support forums. The Magento ecommerce platform is available in two forms – the free and open source community edition, and the premium enterprise edition. The free version depends upon the community for support, so it’s a big deal to see it become so popular and have so many people willing to share their time and experience.

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PPC Prices Could Soon Increase

Posted on the 8th March 2016

Google has announced that it is planning to discontinue text ads on the right hand side of the page on search results. The intention is to display up to a maximum of four text ads above the organic listings, and three more at the foot of the page. This means that the total number of text ads per page will be just seven, contrasting sharply with the eleven that appear when the right rail is included.

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Hackers Target Magento With Fake Patch

Posted on the 18th February 2016

Magento continues to be the target of hackers; this time they are trying to exploit people who have not yet patched certain vulnerabilities, and asking them to install a fake patch.

The fake patch is being promoted in relation to a real vulnerability known as the Shoplift Bug. This bug has a real patch, SUPEE-5344, which was released almost a year ago. However, there are a large number of sites that have not yet installed the patch, and this means that attackers have the potential to compromise thousands of Magento online stores.
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Magento Commerce Rolls Out Commerce Order Management

Posted on the 16th February 2016

Magento Commerce, the developer of the Magento ecommerce platform, has released Magento Commerce Order Management (COM), a new omni-channel product which will help businesses to manage orders more effectively.

COM is intended to help merchants and brand owners to enjoy smoother order fulfilment, and to deliver a best-in-class experience. The solution is designed to connect both supply and demand-side channels, and to collect information from both, in order to facilitate the level of choice and optimisation required to maximise profitability for each order.

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Consumer Packaged Goods Are The Fastest Growing Ecommerce Sector

Posted on the 12th February 2016

According to a recent survey conducted by 1010data, retail ecommerce sales grew by almost one third during 2015, while in-store sales for most categories have remained relatively flat. Interestingly enough, one of the sectors that has seen significant growth is that of consumer packaged goods, or CPG.

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Google Testing New Algorithms

Posted on the 10th February 2016

Earlier this week there was some chatter about Google testing new algorithms. While this early speculation of a new algorithm roll-out proved to be false, there does appear to be some testing going on in the wild.
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