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MAGENTO SECURITY PATCH SUPEE-11155 RELEASED

Magento Inc. announces new patch to eliminate a number of acute errors and vulnerabilities in cross-site operations. SUPEE-11155 to stand guard over your Magento store.

Supee Patch 11155 for Magento

Magento has always kept a sharp eye on security and performance issues of the platform. The team guarantees safest environment for any ecommerce business with far-reaching ambitions. A  timely and powerful security patch SUPEE-11155 proves the best of Magento maintenance services. The patch contains multiple security enhancements which help close remote code execution, cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery and other vulnerabilities.

Opt today for one of the following with regard to your Magento version, and ensure steadfast performance of the store:

Magento Commerce
1.9.0.0
1.14.4.1
Install SUPEE-11155 or upgrade to Magento Commerce 1.14.4.2
Magento Open Source
1.5.0.0
1.9.4.1
Install SUPEE-11155 or upgrade to Magento Open Source 1.9.4.2

List of high CVSSv3 severity issues addressed by the present security patch:

Attribute your success to Magento 2 Customer Attributes

Be the creator of your knowledge with the brand-new Magento 2 Customer Attributes extension from Aheadworks and reap success!

Magento 2 Customer Attributes

The success of your business lies in knowing the tiniest details about your customers. Having them absolutely happy to share this information is as important, too. You are a perfect merchant if you know this. Well, you are now for sure! 

The brand-new Magento 2 Customer Attributes extension from Aheadworks comes in a key position here. It helps extend and improve the list of built-in Magento customer and customer address attributes. Add new attributes or manage the existing ones and collect all important information either on the front or backend. Respond to your business needs with further use of the attributes with the many integration options of our extension to Magento 2 stores.

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister (1804-1881)

Let’s face it we all have particular customers. Magento 2 Customer Attributes from Aheadworks helps understand them better and get a complete hold of their individual, clear-cut needs. Customizing the attributes facilitates having your shoppers’ profiles as complete as desired. Furthermore, replying to unusual or highly expected questions on the storefront is engaging for buyers. It builds trust in your appreciation of their needs, attitudes and shopping experiences. At the same time you may go secret and create attributes hidden from customers but available for store admins. These may assess or describe your customers’ payment histories, shopping behavior, your faith in their loyalty or more.  

Moreover, with a little help of some other Aheadworks extensions, for instance Customer Segmentation, you will then be able to come close to a finer business strategy. This is turn will, by far and large, refine the assortment of goods and give birth to a number of lucrative promo campaigns pushing your business forward.


Magento 2 Customer Attributes

Go ahead and read more on how to manage customer attributes with the Customer Attributes extension for Magento 2. See for yourself now what makes our product second to none. Expand your impression and learn other outstanding features of the extension. Take a look at how we ensure data validation, regulate input values constraints and handle dependent relations. Try our demo scenario and see some real-life use-cases.

 

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Magento 2 Customer Attributes

Bambora APAC for Magento 2: One more way to feel comfortable with payments

Automate payment processing while providing extreme user-friendly checkout with Bambora APAC for Magento 2!

Many of you have heard of Bambora — a payment company that provides solutions for processing online payments, billing, transfers. After thorough research on the Bambora software, Aheadworks has grown interested in its advanced checkout functionality. We’ve put extra efforts into implementing the tool into the Magento platform to enhance the experience of handling payments for any merchant. With the extension, you get a completely secure payment gateway able to deliver fast results

Extension Features

  • Secure customers with the built-in Bambora input fields that isolate credit card data;
  • Stay relevant to PCI Security Standards as the extension do not define credit card data to any server but Bambora domain;
  • Benefit from SOAP API and Bambora WDSL combination to cover transactions steps fast;
  • Increase user-friendliness of payments with the Vault for Magento 2 support;
  • Manage complex payments of Advanced Subscription Products for Magento 2 by using Bambora checkout as an extra fee gateway;

What you get with Aheadworks Bambora APAC for Magento 2

Announcing MagePlus Hosting Plans by Aspiration Hosting

Aspiration Hosting is pleased to announce 3 new hosting plans: MagePlus Basic, Standard, and Advanced offering Magento as a service.

Announcing MagePlus Hosting Plans by Aspiration Hosting

Merchants get the benefits of the services like Shopify and BigCommerce: upgrades, configuration support, and training. However, MagePlus plans come with the unlimited growth potential of Magento.

Now you don’t need a programmer to quickly build a new store. But you can still use a specialist to customize Magento, if you wish.

You can set up your MagePlus store in a single day. Our experts will install Magento and help you configure it, install the theme of your choice, and help you configure the whole store.

We provide 24-hour support through live chat, help desk, or phone. MagePlus comes with everything, from quarterly upgrades to new features and enhancements. Every client gets the Magento admin support services as well.

All our servers are protected by firewalls. We use strong IPTABLE rules that block all requests from IP addresses frequently acting as a source of abusive activities.

Top Web Hosting Trends in 2018

The importance of web hosting for the digital market grows at tremendous speed. Given this, website owners should always keep an eye on its updates in order to stay on the cutting edge.

Top Web Hosting Trends in 2018

Today, we will discuss the latest web hosting trends that should be definitely considered by every online business. So, let’s get started with cloud hosting.

Cloud Hosting

It’s predicted that soon, cloud hosting solutions will prevail over the entire web hosting market. Due to the high security and uptime, thousands of online brands opt for them.

Briefly, cloud hosting works in the following way: the cloud server itself consists of physical servers located in a secured room. Websites are hosted on virtual servers that obtain resources from this network of physical servers. Still, cloud hosting services are not that expensive, which makes them quite affordable for businesses with small budgets looking for a good value for money.

Although cloud servers are based on physical ones, in fact, they are virtual, which excludes the possibility of any hardware issues slowing down or even interrupting website’s work. So, if some outage still occurs, the system will automatically switch to another server to prevent the site from going offline.

Using PHP Composer to Install Aheadworks Extensions for Magento 2

Acting as a completely straightforward system, Magento 2 allows smoothly arranging ecommerce operations in a web store.

Using PHP Composer to Install Aheadworks Extensions for Magento 2

Still, the work with this platform can be even more convenient if such an effective solution as PHP Composer is implemented.

PHP Composer Benefits

PHP Composer is a package dependency manager that allows conveniently installing and updating any PHP software.

More specifically, with Composer, a Magento 2 store owner gets the following benefits:

  • Quick Magento installation. The Magento 2 system itself can be downloaded and installed via Composer. This way, the manager assembles and updates all the conforming dependencies so that users do not have to handle them manually.
  • Reusable packages. All the installed third-party libraries can be repeatedly used and kept updated automatically.
  • Module arrangement. For those users who install third-party Magento 2 modules via Composer, the manager updates the required versions and manages the corresponding dependencies smoothly.

Aheadworks Attends Imagine 2018!

This year, Imagine, a Magento global eCommerce conference, will take place from April 22 till April 25 at Wynn, Las Vegas.Aheadworks Attends Imagine 2018!

We are happy to announce that our Strategic Partnerships team, including Vitaly Verbitsky, Aheadworks  VP of Partnerships and Sales, and Ekaterina Sobolkova, Aheadworks Partnerships and Sales manager, will represent our company at the upcoming conference!

At Imagine 2018, our colleagues will be happy to meet current and potential Aheadworks partners, discuss the topics related to partnership, the options for its further development, and answer all the related questions.

Please contact them personally to negotiate a meeting:

Vitaly Verbitsky – verbitsky@aheadworks.com
Ekaterina Sobolkovasobolkova@aheadworks.com

Aheadworks Strategic Partnerships team

Organizing a Complex Web Store Hierarchy: What are the Benefits for E-commerce Businesses?

Today, large web store owners strive to expand the network of their stores and enter the new niches of the market by creating multiple websites, stores, and store views.

Organizing a Complex Web Store Hierarchy: What are the Benefits for Ecommerce Businesses?

In this article, we will consider the major benefits of having a web store hierarchy of multiple websites, stores, and store views on Magento 2 for online merchants. But first, we will learn about the peculiarities of each level of this hierarchy.

What is a Web Store Hierarchy?

In general, the hierarchy of any Magento 2 web store can be organized in the following way:

Web Store Hierarchy Example

By default, every Magento 2 installation has one website, one store, and one store view. Still, online merchants can add any number of websites, stores, and store views and, thus, organize a more complex hierarchy of their web stores.

Let’s consider the levels of this hierarchy in more detail.

Global

Global refers to the Magento 2 settings for the website that is created by default after the installation is completed. Those settings include inventory, prices, and other parameters that are initially specified by a merchant and then used for stores and store views.

Website

A website is the basis of a web store. From the same website, an online merchant can manage several stores. For different websites, Magento 2 merchants can create individual customer bases or, inversely, organize a universal base for all websites depending on their business goals. Default currency options, product prices, tax rules, shipping methods, and the like are also managed at the website level.

In addition, Magento 2 merchants can set up multiple websites with different domain names and IP addresses. This is reasonable when a merchant wants to create several stores for one website with, say, individual checkout processes. In this case, each store should have its own domain, IP address, and security certificate.

Introducing Magento Security Scan Tool: New Way to Enhance the Magento Store Security

The Magento team has recently introduced Magento Security Scan Tool designed to check Magento stores for potential vulnerabilities as well as for conformance to the Magento security best practices.

Introducing Magento Security Scan Tool: New Ways to Enhance Web Store Security

In this article, we will briefly review this new tool and describe how online merchants can use it in their work.

Magento Security Best Practices

Any web store can become an object of the hackers’ interest. Hackers might attempt to steal personal or payment information from this site to make fraudulent transactions. We already talked about these issues and the ways of their prevention in our article about the illegitimate customer payment protection in Magento 2.

Magento has its own approach to the security of a web store that includes several time-proven practices covering the main possible vulnerabilities.

Magento Commerce and Magento Open Source Today: What’s Changed with The Release of Magento 2.2

As you already know the Magento team has renamed its products just recently.

Magento Commerce and Magento Open Source Today: What’s Changed with The Release of Magento 2.2

Now, the CMS is available as Commerce Edition (formerly Enterprise Edition) and Open Source Edition (formerly Community Edition).

Lately, the team introduced the release candidate of its platform – Magento 2.2 that should provide users with a whole new experience of work with the platform. In this article, we will find out what to expect with this new release. But first, let’s remember how it all began.

Commerce Hero Co-founder Kalen Jordan: “We See a Lot of Potential for this Marketplace Going Forward”

We all know that Magento is a huge ecosystem engaging numerous merchants, developers, marketers, investors, etc.

However, the more options you have the harder is the best choice when you need to hire a Magento developer, contract a dedicated agency, or find an inspiring project to work for.

That’s exactly the main goal of the new service Commerce Hero that brings together store owners and developers for their mutual benefits. Today we are talking to Kalen Jordan, Commerce Hero co-founder, about this new project and its particular advantages.

Commerce Hero Co-founder, Kalen Jordan: "We See a Lot of Potential for this Marketplace Going Forward"

KALEN JORDAN
CO-FOUNDER AT COMMERCE HERO, CO-HOST OF MAGE TALK PODCAST, ADVISOR AT MAGEMAIL

AW: Hi, Kalen. We are glad to welcome you here and appreciate this great opportunity to ask some questions on your new project Commercehero.io. It is quite a unique initiative for the Magento community, isn’t it?

SmartOSC Co-founder, Thai Son: “The Trend We See in APAC Is that Marketers Are Willing to Push the Envelop”

Lately we’ve been told much about the marvelous rise of ecommerce in the Asia-Pacific region and convinced that it’s getting to become a driving force of global digital trade for the next decade.

So, where does the future of ecommerce lie? Is it really moving east and does Magento keep up with that great resettlement? We asked Thai Son, SmartOSC co-founder and our partner, to shed some light on the disposition firsthand.

THAI SON

THAI SON
SMARTOSC CO-FOUNDER
“SmartOSC is a premium, full-service E-commerce agency for leading brands and e-tailers, with a sharp focus on developing user-centric and commercially successful online stores.”

Magento is Great for B2B Ecommerce

Ecommerce is an extremely changing environment and it constantly involves new industries and embraces new selling patterns and forms.

Started with online commercial documentation exchanges now ecommerce seems to be able to provide a sterling shopping experience for any commercial sphere, including B2B.

Magento B2B Ecommerce Platform

B2B Ecommerce

Although B2B is quite new in online sales its perspectives are estimated to be very promising. According to Forrester*, in 2019 the B2B ecommerce market is going to worth twice as much as the B2C one with the sales volume of $1.1 Trillion against $480 Billion.

The reasons shaping that booming growth are quite trivial and result from the aspiration of B2B buyers to save time and efforts. Just now, 74% of them discover half or more of their business purchases online before buying and 30% actually buy products there. But, this share is going to almost double in 2017 up to 56% making B2B sellers to struggle for that coveted prize*.

Since the competition in the B2B ecommerce segment becomes tough online store owners are ready to provide here only perfect shopping experience, comparable to the B2C segment. But, as far as B2B requires significantly different functionality, more complicated in most cases, the first coming question is to choose the best platform able to pave a highway from catalog to checkout perfectly suitable for B2B customers.

Magento 2 Migration is a Beaten Track

Half a year ago we described some available options to migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2. They offered a real way to complete the transition and enjoy the advantages of better functionality and code provided by Magento 2.

Magento 2 Migration is a Beaten Track

Today we are going to discover the number of Magento 1 stores that found it beneficial to migrate to Magento 2 and how they look and feel now. For the purpose we took a list of Magento stores from Alexa 1 Mln top websites downloaded more than a year ago, back in May 2015 and found out there the stores that currently use Magento 2.

The Profile of Former Magento Stores Migrated to Magento 2

According to our estimations, the share of migrated Magento 2 stores in the whole number of Magento 2 websites contained in Alexa 1 Mln is 36%. These detected stores are currently placed on Magento 2 while in the middle of 2015 they used Magento 1.

Diving Into the New Magento 2 Features for Marketers & Merchandisers

As you’ve probably heard, Magento 2 has a lot of amazing new features – from a completely redesigned admin panel, to technical updates and everything in between.

Magento 1 was primarily built by developers and most knowingly worked on by developers, making it harder for less technical users to navigate. Merchants with little technical knowledge and no coding background usually found Magento difficult to use.

Diving Into the New Magento 2 Features for Marketers & Merchandisers

Some would end up spending hours and hours learning how to change one simple feature, or some would have to hire a development agency to help them out. As a marketing professional, these technical obstacles can make it hard to work on Magento sites, but with the new marketing and merchandising features, it will make your life a bit easier!