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Correct steps of installing a Magento extension

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  1. Backup site
  2. Disable Compiler
  3. Install Extension
  4. Log Out
  5. Log In
  6. Clear Cache
  7. Re-enable Compiler

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500 internal server error on Magento?

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So you have been optimistic enough to upgrade Magento to the latest stable version using connect.

Three ways to solve the 500 server error message and get your site working again.

  1. Set permission 755 for magento folder and index.php
    – If the site does not display after you have checked the file permissions, get in touch with your host. More on this here.
  2. Sometimes the files are set to 600 on shared servers and only your hosting provider can change this. It pays to have a good host with live chat or telephone support.
  3. Check the .htaccess file – this is overwritten during the upgrade process – especially if your install is in the /root, rather than the /magento standard location – check “RewriteBase /” or “RewriteBase /magento”

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Magento developer toolbar

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Like the web developer toolbar for all web development, the Magento tool bar gives you an inside view of the code and files that make up your Magento store.

These developer toolbars allow you to access quickly to regular used functions without logging in to admin, there are two extensions available on connect:

A must have extension for any Magento developer.

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How to speed up Magento

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Of course you know by now that Google ranks sites by page loading times.

By far the most frustrating thing with Magento is the number of calls it makes to the database to compile the pages on your store. And by far the most common request I get asked to address on clients sites.

Heres a list of resources to help you speed up the site.

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Making Magento more secure

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Making Magento more secure and resilient is very important no matter what size store you are managing.

Here are the best links to security tips:

If you have any others, please feel free to add them to the comments below.

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Magento designer tutorial at Themeforest

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In celebration of ThemeForest’s new Magento category, this mini-series will you teach how to get started with the platform, getting to know the terminologies, setting up a store and all related aspects of it, and finally how to customize it to make it our very own.

In this first part, we’ll get to know what Magento is, installing it, and importing some products. This is aimed expressly at the beginner; so you need not worry about lacking the requisite skills.

Start the tutorial here:

http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/php/magento-for-designers-part-i/

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