New Data Shows That Magento Continues To Dominate The eCommerce Market

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Jun 3

  • Created: Jun 3, 2014 12:03 PM

New Data Shows That Magento Continues To Dominate The eCommerce Market

Magento Dominates eCommerce It’s no surprise that eCommerce is growing apace. No one with any experience of the online retail sector has any doubt that the eCommerce market is in rude health, with revenues and numbers of retailers growing every year. eCommerce is fast becoming the default shopping venue for many markets in the US and Europe, with plenty of growth opportunity both in the developing and developed world.

There is no shortage of eCommerce platforms for new and established retailers to choose from, both nascent and mature, so it’s interesting to see how retailer platform adoption has changed over time. Luckily, we’ve a couple of very good sources for eCommerce platform data: The Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide and Tom Robertshaw’s eCommerce Survey, both of which show that Magento’s market penetration is growing at an impressive rate.

The Internet Retailer Top 500 gathers together a large number of metrics for the most prominent online retailers. It’s a guide to the eCommerce one percent, and isn’t really reflective of the market as a whole, but it’s a useful bellwether for determining how retail giants who insist on high-performance and reliability see a platform. Read more

Posted in: Magento, Nexcess
May 30

  • Created: May 30, 2014 4:38 PM

Net Neutrality Is Fundamental to a Free And Open Internet

Net Neutrality

Although complex in implementation, the Internet is quite simple in principle. Consumers buy bandwidth from last-mile ISPs. Network operators provide international connectivity to those ISPs and to each other via peering. And the majority of content providers host their content with web hosting companies, which manage servers in data centers that connect to network operators.

Ideally, any content provider can connect to any consumer with Internet access at the bandwidth that consumer has paid for. All packets are treated as equal and none is given special treatment. That arrangement has seen the Internet flourish, propelling enormous innovation and massive economic advancement. Net neutrality provides an environment where all can benefit — it is a public good.

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May 21

  • Created: May 21, 2014 2:44 PM

Bring RSS Feeds Into Your WordPress Blog With Orbital Feed Reader

Orbital Reader

Since the advent of Twitter and its super flexible lists, RSS has become less important to my blogging workflows, but it’s still a daily part of my life and a huge timesaver. The idea of having to go to each of the sites that I need to look at daily to check for updates is not one that I relish. Like most writers of digital content, I was burned by the sad demise of a Google Reader and tried various replacements, but RSS has never regained the place in my heart that it once had.

Nevertheless, there are specific cases where RSS feeds fit the bill perfectly. For example, I quite often develop article topics as a response to something another a writer has written. Perhaps I want to look at topic from a different angle, maybe I want to argue against a writer’s position. Sometimes I just want to highlight content written by a blogger whom I respect and give it a thumbs up.

In all those cases, I like to quote fairly extensively, which generally involves a lot of cutting and pasting followed by formatting the quotation and links in the WordPress text editor. It’s not a huge hassle, but I’m always looking for ways to increase my productivity and streamline my writing workflows.

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Posted in: Nexcess, WordPress
May 14

  • Created: May 14, 2014 12:26 PM

Former Magento Lead Architect Creates Sellvana, A New eCommerce Platform

There have been numerous attempts to build the perfect eCommerce platform over the years. For many, Magento is the closest — it’s an extraordinarily powerful eCommerce application, capable of supporting everything from the smallest boutique vendor to the largest eCommerce retailer. Much of the groundwork for Magento’s success was laid by Boris Gurvich, Magento’s original Lead Technical Architect. So, when Gurvich turns his attention to something new in the eCommerce world, it’s worth paying attention. We’d like to take a brief look at his current project: Sellvana, a new eCommerce platform that is designed to be simple to use and deploy.

Sellvana, currently in development, is an open source eCommerce platform created with modern design and development techniques in mind. Based on the lightweight Fulleron PHP framework, which was developed for the project, Sellvana aims to be the eCommerce platform that retailers have been asking for — promising “radical improvements in functionality, flexibility, performance, and security.”

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Posted in: Nexcess
Apr 9

  • Created: Apr 9, 2014 5:07 PM

Heartbleed Update

You’ve possibly heard about the OpenSSL exploit (commonly referred to as “Heartbleed”) affecting many web servers across the world.

We at Nexcess wanted to update you on what we are doing to address the issue.

We have already patched any of our servers that could have been affected. For more details about the patch, please see our blog post from yesterday:

Since there is no way to detect if a site had any data exploited due to this recent OpenSSL vulnerability, if you purchased the SSL certificate through Nexcess, we are going through all affected servers and automatically submitting a re-key request on your behalf. All you need to do is validate the ssl re-key request when you receive the SSL validation email.

Please note, other clients are also requesting re-keys, so it might be a few days before the certificate is re-keyed and installed. We appreciate your patience in this process as our SSL vendors are also dealing with a high volume of re-keys at this time.

If you did not purchase the SSL through Nexcess, you will need to contact your SSL vendor and ask them to re-key the certificate for you. We will then be happy to install the re-keyed certificate if you need assistance doing so.

Once your SSL certificate has been re-keyed and installed, we then suggest changing your passwords (and not just on our systems, but everywhere on the web).

Please feel free to email if you have any questions or concerns.

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Apr 8

  • Created: Apr 8, 2014 9:13 AM

CVE-2014-0160 (Heartbleed) Patched on Nexcess Systems

As of 1:45AM EDT on April 8, 2014, all Nexcess managed systems vulnerable to CVE-2014-0160 (Heartbleed) were patched. This security vulnerability is widespread with multiple operating systems globally and not a Nexcess-specific issue.

CentOS released an official OpenSSL patch removing the recently discovered vulnerabilities. OpenSSL was upgraded seamlessly. However, all services linked against the older vulnerable version of OpenSSL had to be restarted to apply the newly patched OpenSSL version. These services include: Apache, PHP-FPM, InterWorx and mail services (imap4-ssl, pop3-ssl, smtp, smpt2) and there was a very brief service interruption as these services were restarted.

The online Heartbleed testers such as simply connect to the server and see if the heartbeat feature is enabled. The CentOS patch installed on our systems ( actually fixed the issue vs. simply disabling the heartbeat feature altogether. This means while the system is indeed patched, the online checkers will still show the system as vulnerable as they can’t tell if you are running the patched version or not since there is no known PoC to test against.

Apr 4

  • Created: Apr 4, 2014 4:31 PM

TLS 1.2 and openssl 1.0.1e Frequently Asked Questions

As we’ve upgraded a lot of our servers to openssl 1.0.1e we’ve seen a handful of problems with APIs or payment gateways. The companies whose API is being used say they don’t support openssl 1.0.1e and/or TLSv1.2 is not support and the server will have to use TLSv1.0. There seems to be a lot of confusion about openssl versions, TLS versions, and how they work. This blog post will clear up the confusion and help explain how to deal with APIs that are having problems.

What is TLS?

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a protocol to allow two computers to communicate securely over the internet using encryption. It is frequently called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and the two terms are used interchangeably by lots of people.

What is openssl?

openssl is an implementation of the TLS protocol which is very popular with Linux distros. There are other implementations of the TLS protocol: NSS is used by Firefox and Thunderbird, Secure channel (SChannel) is used by Microsoft. Read more

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Mar 31

  • Created: Mar 31, 2014 3:18 PM

Facebook’s Algorithm Changes Impact eCommerce Referrals

Facebook and ecommerceMany eCommerce retailers labor under the misconception that if they share something on Facebook, it will appear in the News Feed of their followers. That’s what happens on Twitter, where there is minimal curation of streams. Facebook is different. The social media giant actively curates its users’ News Feeds in an attempt to surface the most interesting content.

There is no guarantee that content a retailer shares is going to be seen by more than a small proportion of its followers — especially if that content is deemed by Facebook to be boring.

The more suspicious Facebook watchers consider this an attempt to increase advertising revenue. Paying Facebook will increase the number of eyeballs that shares land in front of. That’s likely to be part of the motivation, but not the whole story. The “stickiness” of the Facebook site has been declining, with people less inclined to spend long periods browsing their feed and less likely to look at it at all. Read more

Posted in: Nexcess
Mar 19

  • Created: Mar 19, 2014 2:20 PM

Tech Discussion: Modular Mobile Devices

Project Ara Banner

Mobile devices are a huge part of our current culture. This is evident from the widespread adoption in America and countless other countries. Cheaper, more affordable phones are being released to work for areas that wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford $400+ on a mobile device. Prices are being driven way down in an attempt to reach the widest audience possible, because through technology like mobile devices, the wealth of all human knowledge is only a click away.

What happens then, to all the old devices that have stopped working, or have become obsolete? Typically we discard them, recycle them, or trade them in to be refurbished and resold. But, in the end, many old devices are simply thrown away. And when you consider why most of those devices have stopped working, it is because of one or two components, while the rest of the device still functions. That is a huge waste of money and resources.

So, what can be done to resolve this? Read more

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Feb 21

  • Created: Feb 21, 2014 3:00 PM

Marketing To Millennials: Pinterest Gives The Best Bang For The Marketing Buck

Pinterest best for millenials

We all have a favorite social media network. Some of us are Twitter fanatics, some love the Google+ interface, many are most familiar with Facebook, and the visually oriented like to share their discoveries on Pinterest. But when our aim is to promote a business and generate referrals that result in conversions, we have to be a bit more careful about where we invest our social media marketing efforts — it’s not enough to choose to our favorite network or the one with the largest absolute number of followers.

In a study published by the Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts, researchers examined the social media habits of millennials, a cohort that is expected to have a $2.3 trillion purchasing power by 2015.

As you might expect, Facebook was by far the most popular network for millennials, with 62% percent of Facebook users following brands, compared to 23% for Twitter and 11% for Pinterest. Read more

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