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Monday, 26 October 2015

Why SEO Is Important

Website owners know that search engine optimization (SEO) is important because it drives a lot of traffic onto your website, but are not quite sure what needs to be done to get the results. There is a fair amount of misinformation about SEO and also because once you do start learning about it you don’t know what some of it means or what needs to be done, it is never black and white.

My next few blogs will be based on a few tips on specific SEO practice. This will be a foundation of tips, which when implemented, can make a significant difference. All website design should have these simple tips implemented but you will be surprised on how many don’t! We have selected easy tips to start with because you’re more likely to implement them and start seeing results before you get into the more complex elements.

SEO actually refers to search engine rankings that people click on and not just coming on page 1 of Google search. The information displayed on the search engine results page needs to be useful enough for the person who is carrying out the search wanting to follow the link to your site. In reality you can come to position 1 for a specific search result but people would still click on position 2 as it stands out to them.

Primarily, your website has to be useful for actual human beings. If you keep that in mind as you apply search engine techniques, it will be easier on you and will create better results in the long run.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

How to Install Magento Security Patches? – Beginners Guide

Magento Security Patches are release to cover all the possible identified risk & vulnerabilities in Magento. Updating these patches makes your e-commerce website more secure. Not updating will make your Magento store more vulnerable to attacks. Magento periodically releases security patches which is recommended to be applied to your Magento store as soon as possible.

Below are the Magento security patches available as zip files which can be downloaded using the link below the list:

  • SUPEE 1533
  • SUPEE 5344
  • SUPEE 5994
  • SUPEE 6285
  • SUPEE 6482

Download Zip file with all above patches here
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Things to do before installing the patch:

Before updating anything on your website, please make sure you take a complete backup of your website files and database.

Make sure compilation has been disabled in your store before installing patches and after installation, kindly run the compiler – to take effect of the code patch. You can disable the compilation by going to Magento Admin Panel > System > Tools > Compilation

It’s important to flush the Magento cache before and after applying the patch. Flushing your caches can be done in the Magento admin under System > Cache Management.

Installing the patch:

Check your Magento version by logging into your website admin and identifying the version from the footer of the admin section.

Now extract the files from the relevant zip file for the security patch which match your version of Magento and then upload the extracted files to your website root, overwriting all existing files.

Now run the compiler to take effect of the code of the patch by going to System > Tools > Compilation and clicking on Enable.

Flush the Magento cache after applying the patch by going to System > Cache management and click on 'Flush Magento Cache'.


Only follow these instructions if you know what has been updated on your site as some files that are replaced may have been modified which will effect your website design, only install the patch if you are certain the files being replaced are still the original Magento files (which should be the case if it is a well developed Magento site).

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Magento Malware Threat -

Magento website owners, make sure you install all the latest security patch from Magento as a malware named 'guruincsite' is causing trouble

Scan your Magento e-commerce website with to make sure you are protected from the recent malware attack!

Follow the below instructions to remove the guruincsite malware:

The malware code is added to the footer through miscellaneous HTML field located in Magento admin. The code in the footer typically starts with:

(function(){function LCWEHH(XHFER1){XHFER1=XHFER1["\u0073\u0070\u006c\u0069\u0074"]

Get your hosting support to scan the Magento database for the above code AND for the word ‘guruincsite’.

In the Magento admin, navigate to System > Configuration > Design > Footer > Miscellaneous HTML and delete all the code that is written in the field ‘Miscellaneous HTML’. Now navigate to CMS > Pages > Home > Content and delete malicious code written between the <script></script> tags.

Once you have deleted done the above on your website admin, flush your Magento cache by navigating to System > Configuration > Cache Management and click on 'Flush Magento Cache'.

If your Google search listing has been marked as harmful then log into your Google Webmaster Tool, if you have more than 1 site in your Webmaster account then simple select the one in question and then click on 'Security Issues'. On this page you can submit your site to be reviewed.

To make sure you are safe from future attacks make sure all Magento security patches are installed. Get your website scanned on and make sure you action all risks shown on your report.