Magento Newsletter – May 2015

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    In this Month’s Newsletter…

    * Security patches – automatically applied by LexiConn
    * Use a CDN for faster image rendering
    * Magento 2 – Getting closer
    * Interesting Magento Articles…

    Security patches – automatically applied by LexiConn
    LexiConn has got your back when it comes to security.

    Magento has released a number of security related patches this year. From the nasty Shoplift bug to the latest round of miscellaneous vulnerabilities, it’s been a busy year for keeping your Magento store safe from hackers.

    Fortunately, we here at LexiConn make it easy by auto applying these security patches (after we test them) to all hosted Magento stores. Note that we only automatically apply security patches, and not bug fix patches, or version upgrades. Those are only performed upon request.

    We post updates about when security patches are applied in our News Forum:

    Use a CDN for faster image rendering
    A Content Delivery Network (CDN) helps make your Magento store faster. It does this by storing a copy of your images in datacenters throughout the globe, and then serving these images to your customers from locations that are physically close to them. This makes your site load faster, and has the added bonus of reducing server load by off-loading the delivery of these images.

    Integrating a CDN into Magento is easy to accomplish. We offer a CDN Service for $20/month that includes 50 GB of monthly bandwidth. It uses the Edgecast Global Network, which is seen as one of the best CDN networks available. We can install and configure the CDN for your store with no downtime.

    Magento 2 – Getting closer
    Magento version 2, under development for past several years, is getting closer to becoming a reality and being available to merchants. The published “go live” date is the fourth quarter of 2015. However, the migration to version 2 will not be a seamless process.

    First things first, Magento 1 is not going away. Magento will be supported and patched through 2017. So, there is no driving force to quickly upgrade to version 2. There also is no easy path to migrate from version 1 to version 2 of Magento. There are some scripts that can port over data, but themes and extensions would have to be completely re-done.

    Magento 2 is a complete re-write. It is almost a completely new product as opposed to a version upgrade. It incorporates new technologies, a revamped admin interface, and a host of new features and ways of running a store. aheadWorks has a great blog post about Magento 2:

    Interesting Magento Articles…

    Here are some recent Magento blog posts and articles:

    Magento 2 Developer Beta – What you need to know about Magento 2.

    Magento Tip – Setting Up Free Shipping – Tips on ways to offer free shipping.

    Google Wants Your Ecommerce Site to be Responsive – Being mobile friendly is a necessity these days.

    As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Complete contact and support options can be found at:


    - The LexiConn Team

    If you have a moment, please let us know how we’re doing!

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