Magento GO and e-mail address concerns

Magento Go does not provide you with e-mail hosting… No worries we have options.

Most likely if you are creating a Magento Go store you already have a custom domain i.e.
Magento Go being as awesome as it is is not an e-mail hosting provider.

Here are a few alternatives.

Google Apps – Google Apps has two different versions a free version for up to 50 users with limited capability or Google Apps for Business which is $50 per user per year.

Other e-mail services you can use are ones provided from domain registrar or your previous webhost.

GoDaddy, Rackspace, HostGator, FuseMail and more.

Magento Commerce – Popular but worth it?

Magento is becoming quite popular and magento developers are in demand.

So here is a short Good VS Bad of Magento


Magento Commerce beats the competition all around.  Why?

– Magento Commerce allows for multiple stores and store fronts

– Magento Commerce can be extended very easily

– Magento Commerce has a large community that is growing exponentially

– Magento Commerce is secure and scalable

– Magento is Object Oriented


– Magento Commerce is bulky and huge

Let me know your thoughts!

14 Key Points Why you start using Mobile Marketing?

– Cost Effective
– Interactive
– Immediate
– Measurable
– Effective
– Actionable
– Repeatable
– Fun
– Shareable
– Portable
– Flexible
– Personal
– Targeted
– Scalable

Mobile marketing has the ability to turn traditional marketing efforts into direct response campaigns.

Apple Magic Mouse Review

So I recent purchased an iMac and included with the package is an Apple Magic Mouse and Wireless Keyboard.

Before I begin – I didn’t know what to think of this mouse coming from a PC background.  With no experience with prior Apple mice I find this mouse amazing – clean and intuitive.

First size – The Magic Mouse is a perfect fit – not too small and not as huge as a full sized desktop mouse.  Ergonomically – it isn’t a great fit.

The scrolling feature of the mouse is amazing.

I have yet to play with it more – but please let me know your thoughts.

How to Reduce Notification Update Frequency in Magento

Ever get annoyed with the numerous notifications you receive from Varien/Magento regarding versions being stable or available?

When Varien releases a new update to Magento it is an RSS feed which will announce a certain version is stable (even though you have just installed this version).  Thus below is a simple tip to remove those frequent notifications or simple having it update you every 24 hours.

To accomplish this task you will need to do the following

SYSTEM -> CONFIGURATIOn and then scroll all the way to the bottom and select “SYSTEM” on the ADVANCED menu to the left.

On the right hand side click NOTIFICATION which will then expand the drop down menu.

Select your frequency – (I recommend 24 hours) then click SAVE CONFIGURATION

By doing this simple tip – this will reduce the load on you server .  Now imagine if everyone on the server did this?

how to use permalinks to enhance your wordpress seo

Why change my SEO permalink structure to /%category%/%postname%/?

This permalink structure allows you to have ‘more’ keyword loaded into the URL of your post. Since the category that you’ve placed your post under usually related to the post title (which hopefully is keyword-loaded itself), you will have the extra SEO benefit if other people use that permalink structure to link your post.

By default, WordPress gives you this dynamic URL for your post: “”. The best SEO permalink structure is to have your post appears with ‘category’ and the ‘post title’ in the URL.

This looks something like this: “”

How do I Change the Default Permalinks to ‘Category/Post-Title’ Permalinks

In order to change the default permalink structure, you need to go to “OPTIONS -> Permalinks” in your admin panel and paste this code into the BOX after “Custom Structure:”


Next, click the “Update Permalink Structure >>” button; if WordPress does NOT automatically update the permalink structure to for you–don’t worry–just do the following:

-If you don’t have a .htaccess file in your root directory (public_html/.htaccess) already, just ‘create a new file’ and name it .htaccess and place it in “public_html” directory or whatever directory you have your WordPress blog installed (e.g. public_html/blog/.htaccess, which is equivalent to

-Then, copy and paste the code WordPress gives you after clicking on the “Update Permalink Structure >>” button into your .htaccess file. *Note: You need to click on the some option (e.g. ‘Edit’) of your .htaccess file to open up a window to paste your permalink code in the file.

The code is same as following if you are using WordPress 2.0 or higher:
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

Just copy and paste that ‘mod-rewrite’ code into your .htaccess file, save it, and you are DONE!

Now, your old AND new post will automatically carry the category the post is assigned to, plus the title name of that post:

*Note: That’s the default ‘Post-Slug’ structure after the updated permalink, but if you want to change the name of the ‘post-title’ in the post’s URL, just go to ‘Post-Slug’ (located on the right-hand side of the “Write” page) and input/change to what name you want.

If you have any question, just post a comment below…

3 tips to boost performance and speed of magento store

Here are some tips to help boost the performance and speed of your Magento store:

Disable Access Time Logging

For Linux servers, if you have access-time logging enabled on any of your mysql, web server or cache partitions, you might want to try turning it off for a performance boost. If you’re using ext3 or reiserfs there may be faster journal write methods you can use. For more information go to

Enable KeepAlives in Apache

First, you will need to make sure your Apache configuration has KeepAlives enabled. KeepAlives allow multiple HTTP requests to be funneled through a single TCP connection. Since the setup of each TCP connection incurs additional time, this can significantly reduce the time it takes to download all the files (HTML, JavaScript, images) for a website. For more information go to

Memory Based File Systems

Are you using a memory-based filesystem such as tmpfs? These help Magento move faster because of all the reads/writes. Magento makes extensive use of file-based storage for caching and session storage. One of the slowest components in a server may be the hard drive, so if you use a memory-based filesystem such as tmpfs, you can save on all those disk IO cycles by storing these temporary files in memory instead of storing them on your hard drive.