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November 8, 2016

How to check image alt tags are set on a website

If you’re here I’m sure you are doing some form of SEO or website optimisation looking to check image alt tags are set correctly. Ensuring if Alt Tags are set on all images is important so as Google crawls your site it has a text based description of what the image is. As smart as Google is, it can’t determine exactly what an image is without some help. Using the Alt tag helps in many ways but the two biggest ways are:

a higher ranking from Google as your websites HTML is structured better; and it increases search traffic through Google Image Search as people can now find your images much easier

So how do we check Alt tags set?

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November 7, 2016

Magento Can’t get filling percentage error

I tend to get the Magento Can’t get filling percentage error when I’m running multiple CMS’s and websites on one machine as they all need different modules to run. The symptoms you see are when you try to load any page in the front end of Magento you see an error and a report number. The reports are kept in the code base in the directory:


If you load the report which has been created by Magento the error tends to looks like: [crayon-6340a520a37ba284024293/] This issue happens because memcache is not running or installed on the system.

To install it type:

sudo apt-get install memcached

To start memcache or restart [...]

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November 6, 2016

How to clear Magento’s cache and why does this need to be done?

You can easily clear Magento’s cache without any technical knowledge. This needs to be done often when content is updated but does not show on the front end

Why Do I need to Clear Magento’s Cache?

As much as I love Magento it is a beast and needs a caching system to have decent performance. Basically what it does is stores local copies of pages, content, products and many other things on the server as files which can then be sent to a clients web browser. It does this because it is significantly faster than getting that same data from the database.

When you update content on a page in Magento you’ll need to clear the cached version so next time someone [...]

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May 8, 2016

Magento – Product vs Destination Shipping

One of the most challenging tasks in Magento is figuring out a shipping solution which matches business requirements. Sometimes linking into an automated shipping calculation API such as Australia Post does not work for all products (especially if they are bulky) and sometimes your shipping doesn’t fit into the standard weight vs destination table rate matrix.

We’ve recently had this problem and with a lot of searching landed on the Shipping per Prduct Destination Wise  plugin from CED Commerce for $49USD. This plugin adds another shipping method which is an enhancement of the standard table rate shipping matrix and allows you to do ‘Product vs [...]