Alternative Payment Methods To Outstrip Credit Cards For Global eCommerce

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Jun 17

  • Created: Jun 17, 2014 4:18 PM

Alternative Payment Methods To Outstrip Credit Cards For Global eCommerce

eCommerce and alternative payments

US eCommerce was built on the back of secure credit card data handling and a population of which the majority own a credit cards. In the US, and much of the rest of the world, credit cards are still the primary method of payment, but the proportion of people choosing to use alternative payment methods is set to reach half of the global eCommerce market, which is surprising when you consider that Amazon, the biggest fish in the eCommerce pond, doesn’t accept alternative payment methods on its main eCommerce store, in spite of offering its own spin on alternative payments.

In fact, the number of companies offering alternative payment methods is rapidly growing, with a particular focus on mobile payments. Amazon, Google, and others offer digital wallets, and Apple and Facebook are expected to jump on board in the near future. It’s likely that the battle for the wallets of eCommerce shoppers will be fought and won on mobile platforms, an area in which both Google and Apple are well placed to dominate.

But across the alternative payment market as a whole, the more established players continue to rule the roost, with PayPal and AliPay being the most prominent. AliPay, which is China’s leading online payment solution, processed over €100 Billion worth of transactions, making it world’s third largest mobile payment provider.

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Jun 11

  • Created: Jun 11, 2014 2:00 PM

Maximizing Magento Performance [Infographic]

As the original Magento web hosting provider, nobody knows how to make a Magento storefront perform quite like Nexcess. The following infographic is a distilled version of our popular white paper: Best Practices for Optimum Magento Performance, which details how to improve Magento performance by 1,300% or greater.

We invite you to share and reblog this piece openly, as it applies to anybody that’s ever installed Magento and then proceeded to lose money by not optimizing with an ideal server environment.

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Posted in: Magento, Nexcess
Jun 9

  • Created: Jun 9, 2014 5:42 PM

South American eCommerce Markets Represent A Huge Opportunity For Retailers

Retailers and South America

The eCommerce market in the US has plenty of room for growth, innovation, and new entries to the marketplace, especially as brick-and-mortar retail loses its dominance in favor of online equivalents offering more convenience and an improved experience. But the US and European markets are mature, and innovation often takes the form of value-adds from established retailers — same-day and next-day delivery being an obvious example.

Developing regions like South America, with up-and-coming economies including Argentina, Venezuela, and Brazil, which has the seventh largest economy in the world and a growing middle class, have significantly less mature but quickly growing eCommerce markets, presenting an opportunity to both local and international online retailers.

The number of online buyers located in South America is growing. Across the region as a whole, numbers of buyers will have increased around 14 percent between 2010 and 2016. Argentina and Brazil both beat the average growth rate by a considerable margin. Around 30 percent of Argentina’s population were classified as online buyers in 2010, by 2016 that’s expected to have grown to almost 50 percent. For Brazil, the proportion of buyers is expected to rise from 24 percent to 40 percent in the same period. As these economies strengthen, we can expect that rate of growth to increase considerably.

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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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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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