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PHP 7 – features, release date, rumors

- E-Commerce, Fire development, PHP 7

The 7th version of PHPPHP 7 has been finally released!!! You can download the source code here: php-7.0.0. We describe how to install PHP 7 here: Installing PHP 7.

Lack of a native Unicode support was one of the biggest PHP drawbacks. In 2005, developers decided to change this. The newly formed project was designed to provide a native Unicode support to PHP. To achieve this goal, developers decided to use the ICU library (International Components for Unicode). Another significant feature of the project was representing UTF-16 text strings. It was planned to release the project as version 6.0, but we can see only PHP 5.3 and PHP 5.4, both without Unicode integration. As of 2015, there is an ongoing work on a new major version of PHP PHP 7. The PHP 6 with its unicode experiment had never been released, so the name was abandoned.

The Best PHP 7 Books to Read

The Best PHP 7 Tutorials and Tools to Start With

How to Get Ready for PHP 7

UPD (23.06.15): PHP 7 – release date, performance, features, changes

UPD (13.07.15): Interview with Dmitry Stogov

UPD (25.08.15): PHP 7 on Magento EE

UPD (27.08.15): Deprecated functionality which will be removed in PHP 7

UPD (01.09.15): PHP 7.0.0 RC 1

UPD (07.09.2015): PHP 7.0.0 RC2 has been released. PHP 7 will be available on the 12th of November.

UPD (15.09.15): PHP 7 and WordPress, Return types, Scalar types, Threading for PHP, PHP7 Reference, php7cc

UPD (22.09.15): Backwards compatibility issues, PHP 7 screencasts, and a new overview

UPD (29.09.15): PHP 7 tutorial

UPD (26.10.2015): The Acquisition of Zend and PhpStorm 9

UPD (07.11.2015): PHP 7 Hidden Features

UPD (24.11.15) PHP 7 Docker Image for Magento 2

UPD (24.11.15) PHP 7 vs HHVM

UPD (01.12.15): PHP 7 RC 8 has been released

UPD (03.12.15): PHP 7 HAS BEEN RELEASED!!!


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Magento Commerce Order Management

- E-Commerce, Magento 2


Today, we are going to discuss such an important Magento innovation as Magento Commerce Order Management (MCOM). Both Magento Community Edition and Enterprise Edition offer basic order management capabilities, and until the recent time, more advanced features were available only via third-party extensions, that’s why we’ve described 25 order management Magento modules on Firebear, but now the platform offers such features via MCOM. Does it mean that third-party order management plugins are no longer useful? Why do we need more sophisticated order management in Magento? What advanced features does Magento Commerce Order Management offer? Below, we provide answers to these and other questions related to MCOM. Continue Reading

Magento Christmas Store: Preparing For Winter Holidays

- E-Commerce, Magento tips & tricks

Magento Christmas Store: Preparing For Winter Holidays

Below, we will show you how to prepare your Magento website for Christmas and other winter holidays. Do you know that it is possible to use the Christmas time to improve your conversion rate and make your customers more loyal? The following post discusses visual changes as well as various performance and marketing improvements vital during the holiday season. And you can easily implement almost everything via appropriate Magento extension. Continue Reading

15 POS Systems to Check Before Starting Your Retail Business

- E-Commerce

POS Systems, POS tools, POS software

According to Wikipedia, the point of sale (POS) is the time and place where a retail transaction is completed. The boiling point of every sale business, from small cafes to enormous online “all-in-one” marketplaces, POS is an important part of the sale process which should be supported by proper POS services today.

There is an enormous amount of POS systems and solutions covering all types of customers’ needs based on type of their stores, their amount and services they provide. Let’s cover some of the most popular POS services and mention several promising POS startups out there on the market.

Please note: the price for each POS system is calculated individually, based on the type of your store, their amount and emailed directly to you on private basis.

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15 Best Java Ecommerce Platforms and CMS

- E-Commerce

Java Ecommerce

We all know that the best ecommerce platform is Magento, but this knowledge doesn’t prevent us from discovering new solutions that simplify online retail. The Internet is full of alternative tools utilized by the best ecommerce sites, and in this post you will find the most prominent Java ecommerce platforms and CMS. Continue Reading

Conducting Magento Store Audit

- E-Commerce

Magento website Audit

In case of brick-and-mortar retail, store audit is an ​examination of ​information ​about the ​effectiveness of ​different parameters such as price, sales, or advertising campaign compared to ​any competitors or common standards. As for ecommerce in general and Magento in particular, this process is more complicated, since it consists of a wider number of variables that require different approach to calculation. Luckily, there are a lot of tools and materials, that can help you with a Magento store audit. The following guide offers a store audit checklist,  resources, and techniques necessary for running the procedure. Being useful for all kinds of Magento specialists and store owners, it teaches how to estimate efforts, collect information about your Magento website, and keep the installation clean and healthy. Continue Reading

Key Security Issues Of The Web 2016

- E-Commerce, Fire development

Key Security Issues Of The Web 2016

Today, we are going to explore such an important topic as web security. Since there are a plethora of problems related to the IT sector, it is impossible to cover all network security issues in a single article, so we are going to shed light on key aspects only. The following post contains some facts about the most common security threats of the Web. Please note that major security issues in ecommerce are often similar to other segments of the Internet, so this guide is aimed at online retailers, bloggers, and all other kinds of web users. Continue Reading

Magento critical security patches SUPEE-6788, SUPEE-6482, SUPEE-6285, SUPEE-5994, SUPEE-5344, SUPEE-3762, SUPEE-1533 (Shoplift)

- E-Commerce

Magento critical security patches

Shoplift is a dangerous Magento bug. It allows hackers to take e-commerce store under a full control. The threat was discovered by Check Point. You can easily fix it with the help of patch SUPEE-5344. A lot of Magento stores are still vulnerable, because they haven’t applied the patch yet. Below, you we show how to fix the problem.

UPD (15.05.15): SUPEE-5994 Magento security patch

 UPD (08.07.15): SUPEE-6285 Magento security patch

UPD (08.07.15): Magento Security Alert Registry

UPD (05.08.15): SUPEE-6482 Magento security patch

UPD (17.09.15): SUPEE-3762 Magento security patch

UPD (09.10.15): Magmi and Nginx

UPD (21.10.15): Guruincsite Magento Issue and SUPEE-6788 Magento security patch

UPD (24.11.15): Magento Security Patch SUPEE-6788 Performance Issues

UPD (28.01.16): SUPEE-7405 and SUPEE-7616

Unofficial but trustworthy FireGento Magento source mirror with all official Magento CE 1.7 – 1.9 critical patches included (SUPEE-5994, SUPEE-5344, SUPEE-1533)

Official guide to patch installation

All Magento security patches on GitHub

Magento Security Suite by Amasty

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