Minify HTML in Magento

Minify-Js--Css-(Web)Minifying HTML in Magento is one of those hidden Magento performance tweaks that few stores do. Almost everyone is minifying javascript and css thanks you our Minify Javascript / CSS Magento extension. However, few people enable the ability to Minify HTML which this extensions also supports.

Why should I Minify HTML?

It is important to optimize the size of your main HTML page because these cannot be cached by the browser (unlike javascript / css) and as a result the speed enhancement will affect almost every request. Many servers will compress the HTML of a page and that is extremely important to the page size. However, if the server is not doing this, then HTML minification becomes extremely important. Even when compression is used the minification process of HTML can still decrease page size by many percent, which will add up when you consider it affects every request.

How do I enable HTML Minification in Magento?

It is simple. Follow these steps:

  1. Purchase Minify Javascript / CSS for Magento and install it in your store
  2. In your store backend go to Extendware -> Manage Extensions -> Minify JS / CSS -> Configure -> Files and enable the HTML Minification option. There are three different modes to choose from. Usually the default is best setup.

Quick Overview

Speed up your site, improve your search engine site rankings and conversion rate, and improve your user experience in the process. Minify Js / CSS extension reduces page size, bandwidth, request count, and server load without anything more than installing this easy to use and feature-full extension.


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How to Minify Javascript in Magento

Minify-Js--Css-(Web)Minifying javascript is a very important aspect of a faster Magento store. For many stores, it is their greatest weakness on their Google page speed tests.

Why should I minify javascript?

It is important to minify your javascript because it slows down the page load of your Magento store. Many stores can save 500KB off their download size simply by minifying javascript. The less your customers need to download to view your store the faster they can start shopping and purchasing products!

How do I minify javascript in Magento?

It is simple. Follow these steps:

  1. Purchase Minify javascript / css for Magento and install it in your store
  2. In your store backend go to Extendware -> Manage Extensions -> Minify JS / CSS -> Configure -> Files and click the “Auto Configure” button

It is really that easy!

Quick Extension Overview

Speed up your site, improve your search engine site rankings and conversion rate, and improve your user experience in the process. Minify Js / CSS extension reduces page size, bandwidth, request count, and server load without anything more than installing this easy to use and feature-full extension.


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Secure Magento admin login with two-factor authentication

Two-Factor-AuthenticationTwo-Factor Authentication is a great way to secure your Magento admin area. Imagine if a hacker or someone else gains access to your backend? Not only could they destroy data and harass customers, but they could steal valuable business data and the end result could be customers lose confidence in your store. The best two factor authentication is using Google authenticator for Magento.

What is two-factor authentication?

Two-factor authentication increases the security of your Magento login by requiring an additional authentication method. Normally, you would input your password only. With two-factor authentication that is compatible with Google authenticator you would also input a 1 time access code in addition. This access code changes every 60 seconds, so it is nearly impossible to hack your login. By combining these two methods (two factors) your login is much more secure.

How do I enable two factor authentication for Magento?

You should install the Two-Factor Authentication Magento Extension for your store and then go to System -> Permissions -> Users and enable it for specific users.

Great! What else can I do for a secure backend?

In addition to using the Google Authenticator Magento extension you can change your store admin URL. Leaving your store admin URL at is bad for security. To resolve this, simply edit the file at app/etc/local.xml and change contact us.

Quick Overview

Protect your store from key loggers, connection sniffing, unprotected wifi connections, and other threats with our two-factor authentication system. If you ever login to your store over wifi or on a public computer, then you urgently need this extension.

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Magento Image Optimization

Image-OptimizationMagento Image Optimization is an important performance enhancement that will speed up your Magento page load time. The easiest way to optimize all your Magento images without affecting your existing images is to use the Magento Image Optimization extension for Magento.

Why and when is image optimization important in Magento?

Image optimization affects every single page load. The reason for this is that each page includes unique images and as a result it cannot be cached by the browser well. In addition, low bandwidth and high latency connections such as those used by mobile devices will be benefited a lot from image optimization.

How do I enable image optimization in Magento?

It is simple. Follow these steps:

  1. Purchase Magento Image Optimization for Magento and install it in your store
  2. In your store backend go to Extendware -> Manage Extensions -> Image Optimization -> Configure and click the “Auto Configure” button. That’s it!

Quick Overview

Images are very important for online stores, but unnecessarily large images can slow down the user experience and reduce search engine rankings. Image Optimization will optimize your images and reduce their size without sacrificing image quality, so that your site images are faster loading.

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Sorting Products by Newest in Magento

Sorting products by newest is a great way to increase sales especially for repeat customers. Many times a customer will come and want to just view what is new especially if you sell few products. To sort products by newest all you need to do is use our product sorting extension.

How to List Products by Newest in Magento

To sort newest just follow these simple steps:

  1. Install Product Sorting on your Magento store
  2. Go to System -> Configuration -> Catalog and look under Frontend and change “Product Listing Sort by” to Newest if you want this to be the default sort option. Otherwise it will just appear in the sort drop down as an option for customers.
  3. There is no step #3. It is that easy!

What else can be done with Magento product sorting?

The product sorting extension that you installed has many more features in addition to sorting by newest. You can also sort by best sellers, most viewed, highest converting, and more. You can even automatically sort out of stock products last.

Product-Sorting-(Web)Quick Overview

Magento Product Sorting increases the effectiveness of your online product catalog and can increase your conversion rates. Sort products on your sales page by Best Sellers, Top Performers, Most Viewed, Number of Reviews, and more. Easily cascade your sorting options – such as always showing in stock items first.

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Improving First Byte Time in Magento

Full-Page-CacheFirst Byte Time is very important for a stores usability and search engine ranking. Improving the First Byte Time can improve customer satisfication and rankings in search engines. The end result is more revenue for the store.

What exactly is First Byte Time (FBT)?

First Byte Time is one aspect of load time. Load time = First Byte Time + Download Time. In general, a First Byte Time is dependent on how fast your hosting platform is and the size of your Magento store. In addition, some extensions can slow First Byte Time. As bottlenecks increase the First Byte Time will also increase. In Magento the primary bottleneck is the database and in general waiting for the database is what causes most of the slow speed.

How can First Byte Time be improved?

The easiest way to improve First Byte Time is to use our Magento Full Page Cache. With our extension, the FBT can be drastically reduced. In some cases by as much as 100x. The page cache works by reducing load on the database and reducing processing of the page generation. The end result is a faster site and reduced server load.

Features of Extendware Page Cache?

The Extendware Full Page Cache is the fastest and most flexible page cache available for Magento. It even outperforms the Magento Enterprise Cache. It does this because it is multi-leveled. The primary cache does not even require sessions or database. The secondary cache supports advanced hole punches for dynamic content. The end result is the fastest store possible. Review the product page for a full list of features.

Extendware offers an array of performance extensions that affect different aspects of performance. Review all our Magento extensions to improve your store even more.

Quick Extension Overview

Full Page Cache reduces your Magento store’s First Byte Time, Increases your web server request rate, reduces database load, and makes your store much more responsive. Extendware’s Caching solution is the best Magento Caching Performance Extension you can buy to speed up your store and easily pays for itself by saving you money rather than buying expensive hardware solutions to increase your Magento store optimization rates.

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Magento Review Reminder

Review-Reminder-(for-web)Getting your products reviewed by real customers can boost sales significantly. Unfortunately, many customers forget to write reviews. Magento Review Reminder will help solve this issue for you by sending emails to customers after they have placed an order and reminding them to write a review.

The extension is very simple to use. You can send a series of reminders to customers in order to remind them to review and you can even include a coupon in the email.

Quick Overview

Review Reminder allows you to remind your customers to leave a review about the products in their order. You can send an unlimited number of follow-up emails and even attach a coupon to the follow-up to encourage reviews.


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Magento Product Attachments

Product-Attachment-(for-web)Some products such as electronics, software, appliances, etc, might have electronic user guides, license agreements, and more. Magento Product Attachments will enable you to upload and associate these files with products, so that your customers can download them.

The extension is very simple to use. Attachments can be categorized and can be restricted by user group. Download count statistics can also be shown for each attachment and an attachment can be associated with multiple products.

Here is how an attachment will look on the frontend where customers can download it:

Product Attachments

Quick Extension Overview

Easily associate files with products which make it easy to include user guides, software downloads, and other digital content that might be associated with the product you are selling with Extendware’s Magento Product Attachments extension. The popularity or download count of an attachment is also recorded.

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Stopping Spam in Magento

Spam is very annoying. Unfortunately, running a popular platform like Magento will make your store vulnerable to spam as bots exist that target Magento store. The biggest problem with spam is that it requires you to filter reviewed, support emails, etc, which wastes your time. Fortunately, we have a couple Magento extensions that can reduce spam in your store. There are two basic strategies:

Adding a CAPTCHA to forms

This is the most common strategy to stop automated bots from submitting forms. Our Magento captcha extension is the best solution to this. You can add either a Google reCAPTCHA or an Open Captcha to your contact form. You can also disable it for logged in users so it is less annoying to users.

Creating honey pots to block bad bots

The other strategy is to entice bots to submit data to hidden forms and identify them as a result. Once identified, they can be blocked from your site. Our Magento bot blocker extension accomplishes this for you. In addition, it will rewrite existing forms to make it difficult for automated bots to understand how to submit them. Bot blocker also has the added advantage of preventing bad bots from scraping your site for information as they will be banned once identified.

Quick Extension Overview

Stop spam bots and other bad bots that spam your store and increase your server load by repeatedly crawling your store with Extendware’s Bot Blocker extension. Automated and easy to use solution to block bad bots, free up server resources, and reduce the spam that is sent to your store.

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How to Put Magento in Maintenance Mode

What is Magento Maintenance Mode?

Ideally, maintenance mode is a way to display a nice message to users about your site while maintenance is being conducted. It should allow you and administrators to continue to access the store so you can test features and performance before going live.

What do I need to put my Magento store in Maintenance Mode?

To put Magento into maintenance you will want our Magento Maintenance Mode extension. With this extension you can:

  • Show a friendly message to users indicating the site is in maintenance
  • Ensure that the admin area of the store still works and anyone logged into the admin can view the frontend
  • Whitelist IP addresses using advance rules so particular IP addresses can still view the frontend
  • Show a warning on the frontend to remind you that the store is in offline mode.

How do I put my Store in Maintenance Mode?

The process is simple. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to Extendware -> Manage Extensions -> Maintenance Mode -> Configuration in your store backend.
  2. Under the General fieldset set the Status to Enabled. Your store will now be in maintenance mode

Remember, you will need maintenance mode extension in order to accomplish this task.

Quick Extension Overview

Easily put the frontend of your store in maintenance mode while you are working on your store. Logged in administrators and anyone on your IP whitelist can easily access the frontend of the store even when in Magento Maintenance Mode.

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