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Test Server Setup For Online Stores

Do you have a test server? If not, you’re taking an unnecessary risk. Modifications on your online store will modify your databases and their connecting files.These modifications need to be fully tested before you implement the changes to your live server and Ecommerce website.

It’s crucial that you know how to manually copy your database and files from your live store to create a duplicate test server.

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How to Create a PrestaShop Module in 1.6 – Dashboard Plug-In

PrestaShop version 1.6 was resigned with you in mind. We worked closely with real PrestaShop merchants, developers and designers to create a refreshing new look and feel for the Dashboard. This new dashboard is optimized for UI/UX and features a variety of content blocks that can be customized with PrestaShop Module plug-ins to fit any online store’s needs.

Build a PrestaShop Module

This is great news for Developers as you can actually create your own PrestaShop module or plug-in to add even more features to the Dashboard. You can develop these Dashboard plug-ins and submit your creation to the PrestaShop Addons store or make them free for all to enjoy.

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HTTP 404 Not Found Error – How to fix it

A 404 Not Found Error can mean big trouble for an online store and it’s customers. Sales and customer satisfaction will drop. It is lose-lose situation in Ecommerce. Now, because I know you all are winners, we aren’t going to lose out with this pesky 404 Page Not Found Error. I’ll explain the Error and show you how to fix it for your Online Store. The next time you see this error, you’ll have the knowledge needed to fix the error fast and continue to make sales.

How to Recognize the 404 Not Found Error

There are many different ways that you might see this error message on your computer. Be aware that 404 Pages can be entirely customized by the owner of the domain. It can show up any way imaginable but these are some common words that you can look for to know if the Error you see is an HTTP Not Found Error 404
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How to Manually Back Up MySQL Database and PrestaShop Files

This article is part of our Guest Blogger Series. Its content was created by Lesley Paone, a PrestaShop Global Forum Moderator (Dh42) and the owner of Nashville-based Designhaus 42.

How to Manually Back-Up MySQL Database

Have you ever wanted to know how to manually back up your Prestashop store? This can be really useful if you are going to upgrade your site, load a new csv file, or just to have in case anything happens to your server. Backing everything up manually is a great idea, most developers do it. Below I will show you how.
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5 Must-Know Rules before Putting Your Store into Production

Did you know that there are several options in your Back-Office that actually should NOT be enabled for your Live store? In most cases, before putting a store into production, you will go through a stage of development. During this development stage, you freely change whatever you need in order to improve your customers’ experience while reviewing stability and performance issues.

Whether your store is installed on your own desktop, on a dedicated development server, or directly at its final location, it has development options that should not be enabled in production.

If configured incorrectly, these options will not only significantly degrade performance, but it may also display information that should not be disclosed to the customers.

These options are for development purposes and are not meant to be enabled on a live production store.

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Your PrestaShop Store is twice as fast with Zend OPcache

Article by Damien Metzger – CTO at PrestaShop

Following the release of PHP 5.5 a few days ago, I decided to look at the Zend OPcache extension which is now available without using PECL anymore.
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How to Optimize the php.ini File for your Website

The php.ini file is one of the most crucial server configurations. Web-hosts have a variety of specific configurations for their servers. In this article, I’ll explain what the php.ini file is and what specific settings you should pay close attention to in order to bypass common errors and optimize your online store or website.

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HTTP 500 Internal Server Error – Explained and Solved

We’ve all seen it. As common as it is infamous, the dreaded HTTP 500-Internal Server Error will turn an online-store owner’s smile to a confused frown with one click. The harbinger of lost sales, it stonewalls your customers’ ability to browse your store and purchase products. For web-developers, this error is a nightmare, creating a frenzied scurry to get your store back online.

As horrific as it sounds, it’s not all that scary. I’ll explain the Error and provide troubleshooting ideas for your PrestaShop store. The next time you see this error, instead of hiding under your blanket, you’ll be prepared to act fast, fix the issue and continue to make sales.

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