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Conference Room Additions!

WebCitz is pretty excited about its recently upgraded conference room. There will be more added into the conference room in the near future. Our team moved into a larger space back in May 2016 and are finally working on completing out some of the furniture additions as time permits. There just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. More pictures to come!

Conference Room #1

Conference Room #2


Upgrade to Magento 1.9.3.1 via SSH

This Magento upgrade tutorial will help guide you through the process of updating / upgrading your Magento installation from 1.4+ to 1.9.3.1. which was released on Nov 14, 2016. For the purpose of this tutorial, we will assume you have access to SSH on your hosting account. You should always create a backup of your entire website/database before proceeding with an upgrade and never perform these steps on a live store. Please be sure to obtain updated files from the authors of any Magento extensions you have installed on your website.

NOTE: This update includes SUPEE-5344, SUPEE-5994, SUPEE-6237, SUPEE-6285, SUPEE-6482, SUPEE-6788, SUPEE-7616, SUPEE-7405, SUPEE-7405 v1.1, SUPEE-8788. The main difference between 1.9.3 and 1.9.3.1 is that a few bug fixes were put in place with the recent addition of the SUPEE-8788 patch applied to version 1.9.3.

  1. Change to your Magento installation directory:
    (swap “username” below for your account’s username, or change the entire path to match your absolute URL)

    cd /home/username/public_html
  2. Download Magento 1.9.3.1 from https://www.magentocommerce.com/download
    You can select tar.gz or zip for an archive format.
  3. Upload the archive to the base folder of your Magento installation
  4. Extract the archive:
    tar -zxvf magento-1.9.3.1.tar.gz
    or
    unzip magento-1.9.3.1.zip
  5. Change to the directory created during extraction:
    cd magento
  6. Turn off file replacement prompts:
    unalias cp
  7. Copy the Magento 1.9.3.1 files over your existing files:
    cp -rf * ../
  8. Change back to your Magento installation directory:
    cd ..
  9. Remove the empty folder
    rm -rf magento
  10. Optional: CHMOD all files to 644:
    find -type f -name ‘*.*’ -exec chmod 644 {} \;
    Optional: CHMOD all folders to 755:
    find -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;
    Optional: CHOWN all files/folders:
    chown -R username:username *

Upgrade to Magento 1.9.3 via SSH

This Magento upgrade tutorial will help guide you through the process of updating / upgrading your Magento installation from 1.4+ to 1.9.3. which was released on Oct 11, 2016. For the purpose of this tutorial, we will assume you have access to SSH on your hosting account. You should always create a backup of your entire website/database before proceeding with an upgrade and never perform these steps on a live store. Please be sure to obtain updated files from the authors of any Magento extensions you have installed on your website.

NOTE: This update includes SUPEE-5344, SUPEE-5994, SUPEE-6237, SUPEE-6285, SUPEE-6482, SUPEE-6788, SUPEE-7616, SUPEE-7405, SUPEE-7405 v1.1, SUPEE-8788.

  1. Change to your Magento installation directory:
    (swap “username” below for your account’s username, or change the entire path to match your absolute URL)

    cd /home/username/public_html
  2. Download Magento 1.9.3 from https://www.magentocommerce.com/download
    You can select tar.gz or zip for an archive format.
  3. Upload the archive to the base folder of your Magento installation
  4. Extract the archive:
    tar -zxvf magento-1.9.3.tar.gz
    or
    unzip magento-1.9.3.zip
  5. Change to the directory created during extraction:
    cd magento
  6. Turn off file replacement prompts:
    unalias cp
  7. Copy the Magento 1.9.3 files over your existing files:
    cp -rf * ../
  8. Change back to your Magento installation directory:
    cd ..
  9. Remove the empty folder
    rm -rf magento
  10. Optional: CHMOD all files to 644:
    find -type f -name ‘*.*’ -exec chmod 644 {} \;
    Optional: CHMOD all folders to 755:
    find -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;
    Optional: CHOWN all files/folders:
    chown -R username:username *

PHP7 Hosting Support

WebCitz is proud to announce that all of its dedicated servers used for shared hosting customers are now configured to provide support for PHP 5.6+ and PHP 7+. If you would like to enable PHP 7+ support on your hosting account please let us know and we would be happy to set that up for you.

PHP 7


New Server Replacement Updates

The two new servers to replace Targa and Sailfish have passed all inspections from our own team as well as our contracted server security firm. The new servers already have a few accounts on them and the remaining customers on the two existing servers will be migrated tomorrow evening. The only servers currently being replaced are Targa and Sailfish – if you happen to be hosted on any other server you are not being migrated in this round of server updates. Please contact us with any questions about the migration.

Server Upgrades


Targa & Sailfish Server Replacements

Our team is working on rolling out two new servers to replace the Targa and Sailfish servers currently being used by some of our shared hosting customers. If you are on one of these two servers please know that this week we will be moving your account(s) over to the newer servers. There won’t be any downtime so nothing to worry about there. The new servers come equipped with Dual Intel Xeon Octo-Core Processors, 64GB DDR4 RAM and 4x500GB RAID-10 SSD Storage. Additionally, they will be running CloudLinux 7.2+ with MariaDB 10.1+ and LiteSpeed 5.1.8+. These new servers will likely fully provisioned and reviewed in the coming days.

Server Upgrades


New Shirt Arrival

The newest Magento Specialist in the office decided to be a funny guy and order a vanity shirt online. It has made its way to the blog to shame him!

Magento Specialist


Introducing the Jura Z6!

WebCitz is happy to announce the addition of the Jura Z6 to its team! This mechanical barista comes with all the bells and whistles people have come to expect in an expresso machine. You can forget separate devices to grind coffee and froth milk – this new team member takes appliance downsizing to a new level. The internal hopper and grinder for coffee beans, as well as the internal frothing system for milk, allow this new hire to replace three other machines and put out a caramel macchiato in a fraction of the time of its predecessor, bless her soul. The time savings provided by this beauty surprisingly result in a return on investment of 90 days, and the eventual disappearance of the burr grinder (left) and one of the milk frothers (right) pictured in the image below. If you are in the local area please stop by our offices and meet the new team member!

Jura Z6 Espresso Machine


Coffee Machine Down!

It comes with great sorrow that we must announce the recent passing of our espresso machine. She has been part of the WebCitz family since March 2012 and delighted our staff and customers with more than 10,000 coffee beverages ranging from espressos and Americanos to full out caramel macchiatos. The many years in the constant grind at WebCitz were simply too much for this lady to handle. In her final days she was overcome by a water leak, heating core and water pump malfunction. The curtains may have been pulled too early on her show, but the memory of her contributions to the company will last a lifetime.

“Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Espresso Machine


L.E. Cooke

The WebCitz team is happy to announce their latest redesign project, the L.E. Cooke website! Since 1944, L.E. Cooke has specialized in growing deciduous trees and shrubs with over 1250 acres in production and sells products throughout the U.S. and Canada in leading nurseries and gardens centers. Please visit the new L.E. Cooke website today!