Category Archives: eCommerce

Important – 777 Permissions To Be Removed From All Servers

Due to the large scale phishing attacks happening on many of our sites due to the lack of security on many of the domains, we are taking certain steps to protect our servers and the sites from such attacks.

As a part of this, we are disabling 777 access to any website. To accomplish this, we are migrating our servers to SuPHP to secure our PHP and apache configurations. This move will make sure files cannot be written by everyone and will prevent the issue caused by the 777 permissions that were previously allowed on all files.

We are implementing this change in our shared servers on 30-Oct-2010.
suPHP is a tool for executing PHP scripts with the permissions of their owners. With this we have following advantages in shared hosting environment

No folders or files can have 777 permission and it cannot be owned by user “nobody”. This is one of the greatest advantage where we can secure the files and folders in the site as none can do anything other than the site owners.

This change will go in at midnight on 29-Oct-2010 and as of 30-Oct-2010 we will not allow any 777 access on any of our servers.

Site Owner should make following in their site
1. Make sure no 777 permission files or folders/directories present in the site. The recommendation is to change it to 755 for folders and 644 for files.
2. .htaccess file should not contain any php_value. Please move those values under php.ini file instead.

Please feel free to contact us if you need any help with this.

Resellers please pass this is to the respective site owners.

WordPress upgradation from 2.9.2 to wordpress-3.0.1

From our previous post

We have successfully upgraded our wordpressmu from 2.9.2 to 3.0.1

Here are the steps we followed for this upgradation
http://wpmu.org/how-to-upgrade-wpmu-2-9-2-to-wordpress-3-0-in-5-easy-steps/

We have also upgraded all our plugins and we are happy to say that we are in WordPress-3 club.

Have fun!!

Magento Upgrade from 1.3.1 to 1.4.1.1

Magento is one of the preferred ecommerce open source platforms we specialise in at Auro Infotech. Recently, Magento announced upgrade to 1.4.1.1 and we also decided to upgrade on of the Magento based sites that we manage.

In version 1.3.1, we faced the following error when we checkout using paypal
“There was an error proccessing your request”

We did many studies to fix this and we finally we decided to upgrade the magento to the latest version as we thought this might fix the issue. Since we developed the skin(theme) for the site, we knew it should be done with great care as we need to merge our custom code with magento code.

As always, before upgrading the live site, we upgraded the testing site with many trial and errors and atlast we did it successfully in testing. We have the steps noted down below which we took while upgrading the production site. Below are the steps which we like to share

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Knowledge tree installation in CentOS 5

by Aravind

This blog explains the steps to install Knowledge Tree on a Cent OS server.

We were asked to install a Knowledge Management System called Knowledge Tree for one of our shared hosting clients, whose website is hosted in Centos 5.5 server.
Once we got this requirement I went through knowledgetree web site and I found that they do not provide the documentation for the installation in Centos server but they support RedHat Linux 5 and it is clearly explained in their Platform Requirements page.  So I decided to try it out on my own and once got it installed successfully, am sharing the steps with you.

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OpenX 2.8.4 Released – More OpenX Market Integration Options

OpenX announced the release of the next version of their ad serving tool yesterday.

There are quite a few good features announced, but all of them listed so far, appear to be related mainly to OpenX Market integration – not a bad idea though.

For those of who, who are not familiar with OpenX, it started as an independent open source community project and went through many name changes before it became OpenX. Around this time, it got good funding from venture capitalists and now they are trying to make the product better as well as make it revenue generating by using alternate ideas such as offering consulting services, a hosted version, etc.

In this version 2.8.4, some of the key non-OpenX market related features are:

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OpenX Statistics missing after upgrade to 2.8.3 – – Reverting back to 2.8.2

As many of you know, our ad server runs on OpenX.

Two interesting things happened yesterday:

1. We upgraded to the latest version of OpenX (2.8.3)
2. We also moved our adserver to a new server.

Right after these changes, the statistics stopped getting captured.

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OpenX – Click Tracking of unknown providers

We are currently having some difficulty in tracking clicks from unknown ad providers.

We are looking for OpenX experts to help us with this. Please find below our requirements with the details of the issue. If you feel you could be of any assistance, please feel free to reply.

This is a very quick task for a OpenX expert as it should not take much time for an OpenX expert to solve this.

We have OpenX installed on one of our servers.

1. We have created a new advertiser, a new campaign under this advertiser and a new banner as ‘OpenX Generic HTML Banner’. The following is a sample code of this banner:
<script type=”text/javascript”>
<!–
var guruji_ad_client = “gu12345678”;
var guruji_ad_id = “123”;
var guruji_ad_type = “2”;
var guruji_ad_bgcolor = “FFFFFF”;
var guruji_ad_tcolor = “000000”;
var guruji_ad_dcolor = “000099”;
var guruji_ad_ucolor = “000000”;
var guruji_ad_keyword = “movies”;
var guruji_ad_width=”728″;
var guruji_ad_height=”90″;
var guruji_ad_language =”1″;
var guruji_ad_contentType =”3″;
var guruji_ad_open =”1″;
–>
</script>
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://adguru.guruji.com/scripts/show_ads.js”></script>

2. We are able to track the clicks for known providers, but are not able to track the click for this ‘unknown provider’ listed above. OpenX recommends using magic macros to solve this.

We are looking for an OpenX expert to help us with the solution to this.

The success of this task will result in clicks correctly captured in the OpenX statistics for this ad.

If you feel you are experienced in setting this up, please bid on this task. If you have any questions on this, please feel free to ask.

If you do not have previous experience with OpenX please do not bid.

For a person experienced with OpenX this should be a easy task, and we have many more such tasks in mind in the future as our ad serving is increasing on OpenX platform.

Regards,

Admin

Squareup – Site to watch

Square up is a new website that has been launched by one of the founders of Twitter.

This site is gaining a lot of public attention, not only for its high profile founder, but also for the fact that it satisfies a need in the market today.

Squareup allows payments to be accepted from mobile devices and a device like iPhone can become the credit card processing machine with the addition of a small hardware to it. Receipts are instantly sent to email id or even can be printed from Squareup website.

This is now creating a new opportunity for everyone to use a payment mechanism that virtually did not exist before. Because of this reason, we are closely following Squareup and are waiting for its public launch. (Currently the site is only open to a few invited merchants who are using it in California.)

Stay tuned for more updates on this.

Magento eCommerce Hosting and Shopping Cart Template Enhancements

We at Auro Infotech have successfully completed two significant enhancements in Magento based Shopping cart for Weavez.

Weavez is a online Indian Kurti store that has many different trendy Indian kurtis. We had rewritten the entire site using Magento Shopping Cart earlier this year. Last month we completed a few major design enhancements for this site. Some of them are:

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OpenX Ad Solutions – Limitations and Workarounds

OpenX is an open source advertising solution that has been widely recognized as the best open source tool for developing ad networks. They also have a hosted solution which handles a large volume of advertisers and publishers. They are now heavily funded by venture capitalists and have elaborate road maps for handling many of the planned enhancements.

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