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Load Testing for Magento

With the holiday season coming upon us more quickly than we would like (unless you’re a kid, and many of us are) preparing your site for the holiday season is a required activity. However, there is not a lot of information out there on how to load test your Magento installation well. With that inContinue Reading “Load Testing for Magento”

Magento Security

Configuring MySQL SSL in Magento (to get your HIPAA auditor off your back)

I’ve been asked a few times now if there is a way to use encrypted MySQL connections in Magento. Most of the time it is when merchants are selling medical products and HIPAA requirements come into play. I am not an expert in HIPAA, nor do I want to be, but with the cost of vulnerabilities on the rise it made sense to at least look into it and get a good answer on how to do it.

Magento Performance

How to (properly) harness the Magento EE Full Page Cache (part 2 – application states)

In part 1 we took a look at some of the basics of the Magento EE FPC.  We talked about the general structure and flow of the FPC. In this article we are going to take a look at the application states in the FPC.  I don’t know if “states” is the official term, butContinue Reading “How to (properly) harness the Magento EE Full Page Cache (part 2 – application states)”

Magento Performance

How to (properly) harness Magento EE’s Full Page Cache (part 1)

TL;DR The Full Page Cache is one of the most important performance features in Magento EE and very few people know how to use it Containers control your content Processors manage containers Knowing containers and processors gets you 90% of the way to solving #1 With my work with ECG one of the more common things I see areContinue Reading “How to (properly) harness Magento EE’s Full Page Cache (part 1)”

Magento Performance

Load Testing the Magento Checkout with JMeter (and enjoying it)

Update: I have started offering a new load testing service for Magento. Check it out! Load Testing the Magento checkout is, in theory, difficult.  Well, not so much difficult as time consuming.  It is my personal opinion that most Magento load testing is done either poorly or incompletely.  Load testing read-only pages usually means hittingContinue Reading “Load Testing the Magento Checkout with JMeter (and enjoying it)”

Development Magento Performance Redis

Reasons why Redis is a great option for a worker queue in Magento

Alan Kent asked on Twitter What is your personal favorite HA distributed queue technology? RabbitMQ? Kafka? Redis? ActiveMQ? Why? — Alan Kent (@akent99) February 4, 2015 You may know that I am partial to Redis as a worker queue for Magento.  Here are some reasons why. It is stupid simple to set up (meaning nubesContinue Reading “Reasons why Redis is a great option for a worker queue in Magento”

Magento

What is the first event fired in Magento?

controller_front_init_before Technically, it’s resource_get_tablename, but the first usable event is controller_front_init_before. But this is also a bit of a trick question.  controller_front_init_before is ONLY triggered from the global area.  The first usable event in the frontend (or adminhtml) area is controller_action_predispatch.  core_locale_set_locale might also be a possibility because it is set when the area is loaded, but IContinue Reading “What is the first event fired in Magento?”