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Prestashop: Optimise Admin Performance

Prestashop is great. Prestashop is brilliant. I’d thoroughly recommend anyone contemplating an eCommerce venture to consider basing it on Prestashop. Having said that, like all software it has bits that could be better: foibles, quirks, call them what you will. A little tweaking here and there can help keep the Prestashop experience in the realms of the stellar and superlative Two tips follow. Disable this module: Merchant Expertise This is a so-called gamification module that is supposed to make your online retailing experience fun.

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Blackmail

It’s one one the oldest tricks in the book. “I know what you’ve been up to. Leave £50 in used notes in a plain brown paper envelope behind the pipes in the men’s cloakroom on Shrewsbury station and we’ll say no more about it. If you don’t then I’ll tell all your friends and colleagues just what you’ve been doing.” Here’s an email I got recently, apparently from M****lle D***s (aussie********@yahoo.

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SEO: Slash and 301 Redirect

Even when you think you’ve got everything covered it always pays to keep a check on your Webmaster Tools. Sometimes you can gain a surprising insight into how things are going, or not. An interesting feature in the new Google Search Console (beta) under Index coverage allows you to see, amongst other information, Excluded Pages. A recent visit to Google Wemaster Tools threw up the fact that Jewelion.com had 22 excluded pages!

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Sky Guitars (intro)

Around about the beginning of June I received a phone call asking if I could help complete a website for someone who is selling guitars online. Naturally I was intrigued and arranged a meeting at the earliest opportunity. That person turned out to be Uli Jon Roth. Sky Guitars is the website I have helped him create. A project with a difference. Unusually for me I came into the project part way through its gestation, so a number of aspects were already fixed.

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Perl - a couple of lessons

Perl eh, who remembers that? Who even knows what it is? Outside of a few devotees, I’m not sure many people are aware of its existence or its purpose. Nor of what a great little (scripting) language it is for all sorts text processing applications. “All sorts of text processing applications.” What a way to lose an audience! Two paragraphs in and most have already left. If you’re still reading then I thank you.

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Chrome browser prefers SSL

Google’s browser is to issue security warnings on non SSL sites. It’s for our own good and we’ll have to jolly well get used to it and learn to be grateful. Google are only doing this because they love us and they know what’s best. At least that’s how I read this latest innovation designed to educate and inform our browsing habits But surely secure browsing is a good thing?

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Updating Prestashop - Some Handy Hints

If you’ve read any of my previous outpourings you’ll have noticed the constant refrain of “Update early, update often.” Especially with web facing software. Out there on the Internet an army of malicious beings waits to exploit a chink in your armour for their own nefarious purposes. Whether to spread smut, viruses or to drain the bank accounts of innocents, it’s a rough world out there. The teeming mass of malefactors will not hesitate to take advantage.

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Jewelion: wildcard on https

Never being ones to let the grass grow under their feet, jewelion.com has had an SSL certificate for a long time now. More years than we care to remember. Right from the start when we first started hosting eCommerce sites we decided that SSL was A Good Thing™. Back then each SSL protected site had to have its own IP address - due to the way the https protocol then worked.

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Wordpress 4.9 is here!

The relentless march of WordPress improvements carries on. Yesterday (16th November 2017) we were greeted with the good news that those awfully nice WordPress people have an update for us: 4.9 “Tipton”, no less. Tipton is named after jazz musician and band leader Billy Tipton. The increase in number from 4.8.x to 4.9 indicates that this is a pretty important release, introducing major new functionality rather than addressing bugs or blocking security holes.

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Wordpress 4.8.3

As sure as winter follows summer, here comes another Wordpress upgrade. I’ve just received emails from the sites I run to say that Wordpress 4.8.3 is now the recommended version. It looks to be a pretty important update - billed as a security release. The advisory page says: we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately That’s Wordpress code for “We’re probably aware of something nasty wrong in the old versions and if you don’t get your site(s) updated / patched don’t blame us if someone or something nasty gets into your site!

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