Speeding up Magento with a Page Cache

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Store speed is very important for both conversions and search engine optimization. Amazon estimates that every 100ms in store slowness results in a 1% drop in profits. Even worse than this, Google ranks sites in its search engine results according to speed. The slower a store the fewer rankings it will have which means less opportunity to generate revenue and convert visitors to buyers.

For this reason the hosting plans at Aspiration Hosting are optimized for blazing fast speed. Unfortunately, due to the architect of Magento, speed is not always enough. That is why we have partnered with Extendware, a leading provider of enterprise Magento extensions, in order to provide a Free Magento Full Page Cache to users of our select hosting plans.

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New Responsive cPanel Design

Since the last announcement about our website redesign, we have been hard at work on a new cPanel design and we are happy to say that it is now ready to go live.

Our new cPanel design has similar design element to our website and Client Area. It will also be responsive, which allows you to manage your hosting accounts easily from any devices (Desktops, Laptops/Notebooks, Tablets, Smartphones).

The new cPanel design is currently being rolled out to all Web Hosting accounts as well as Cloud Servers and it should reach your server within the next few days.

WordPress 4.1 Now Available

WordPress 4.1 is now available for download and upgrade. New features in WordPress 4.1 help you focus on your writing, and the new default theme lets you show it off in style.

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Introducing Twenty Fifteen

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The newest default theme, Twenty Fifteen, is a blog-focused theme designed for clarity.

Twenty Fifteen has flawless language support, with help from Google’s Noto font family.

The straightforward typography is readable on any screen size.

Your content always takes center stage, whether viewed on a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.


Distraction-free writing

Sometimes, you just need to concentrate on putting your thoughts into words. Try turning on distraction-free writing mode. When you start typing, all the distractions will fade away, letting you focus solely on your writing. All your editing tools instantly return when you need them.


The Finer Points

Choose a language

Right now, WordPress 4.1 is already translated into over forty languages, with more always in progress. You can switch to any translation on the General Settings screen.

Log out everywhere

If you’ve ever worried you forgot to sign out from a shared computer, you can now go to your profile and log out everywhere.

Vine embeds

Embedding videos from Vine is as simple as pasting a URL onto its own line in a post. See the full list of supported embeds.

Plugin recommendations

The plugin installer suggests plugins for you to try. Recommendations are based on the plugins you and other users have installed.


Under the Hood

Complex Queries

Metadata, date, and term queries now support advanced conditional logic, like nested clauses and multiple operators — A AND ( B OR C ).

Customizer API

The customizer now supports conditionally showing panels and sections based on the page being previewed.

<title> tags in themes

add_theme_support( 'title-tag' ) tells WordPress to handle the complexities of document titles.

Developer Reference

Continued improvements to inline code documentation have made the developer reference more complete than ever.

Black Friday & Holiday Season 2014 Promotion

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Season’s Greetings! For this year’s Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the following Holiday Season, we are running a month-long promotion with discounts of up to 50%!

This promotion will cover our entire range of products and servicesWeb Hosting, Cloud Servers, SSL Certificates, Sucuri Website AntiVirus, Content Delivery Network (CDN), Anycast DNS, Domain Registration and Domain Transfer!

The promotional codes below are valid from today until December 31st 2014, 11:59:59pm EST.

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Magento CE 1.9.1 Now Available

Magento Commerce Community Edition (CE) Version 1.9.1 is now available for download and upgrade.

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Magento CE 1.9.1 offers merchants a new set of features that help create compelling shopping experiences across all devices.

Magento Community Edition 1.9.1 includes the following new features:

  • Configurable swatches enable merchants to show off a range of product attributes, such as colors, fabrics, or sizes, using a visual approach that is easy for shoppers to consume. Swatches can be used on product detail, category, and search result pages, and in layered navigation to help boost conversion rates. And, when shoppers click on a swatch, the product image automatically updates, giving them quick access to details needed to proceed with their purchase.
  • An enhanced responsive design reference theme offers merchants a dramatically faster way to create mobile-optimized sites. The theme now includes new functionality, such as responsive default email templates, so customers can read order confirmation and account registration emails on any device. Additionally, it supports downloadable products, order histories, multi-address checkout, and more.
  • Better site performance and security, now that Magento Community Edition 1.9.1 works with MySQL 5.6 and PHP 5.5. MySQL 5.6 offers merchants improved site speed and scalability, reduced memory usage, and enhanced debugging tools, while PHP 5.5 provides security improvements and ensures merchants have continued access to PHP code updates.
  • Support for Google Universal Analytics, the new standard for Google Analytics, provides merchants with deeper customer insights and access to ongoing feature updates that will only be available on this new platform.
  • Over 70 enhancements, many made by members of the active Magento community, help improve a wide range of features.

For more technical information about Magento CE 1.9.1, please visit the release notes.

Please Note: We do NOT recommend upgrading a production installation of Magento directly. Please backup database and all files before upgrading. Please make sure to check for compatibility of your plugins and themes before you upgrade.