Top 10 magento trouble shooting after transferring to a new server


1. Make sure there is nothing in the cache directory in new location of magento:
Execute the following command from inside magento root directory,

rm -rf var/*

2. Set proper folder permissions:
Enter the following commands one by one,

chmod o+w var var/.htaccess app/etc
chmod -R o+w media

Also make sure all folder permissions are set to 755 and file permissions to 644

3. Site is loading till the header part only, No other content below it:
Install GD Library

sudo apt-get install php5-gd

4. Admin panel not working after logging in:
Install CURL extension

sudo apt-get install curl libcurl3 libcurl3-dev php5-curl

5. SEO friendly URL not working:
Install/enable rewrite module on Apache,

sudo a2enmod rewrite

6. Ajax [Add to Cart] pop up not showing on product detail page:
Turn [Merge Javascript] option to, “No” from magento admin panel.

7. Admin panel showing message for miss configuration of server:
A. Checkout whether .htaccess is being considered properly or not, also make sure any apache module specific command that is in that file is working. Check whether those modules are installed/enabled in the server.
B. Add/Update virtual host OR apache configuration file to allow over ridding by putting this line

AllowOverride All

8. Crontab is working but price rules are resetting:
Empty the [cron_schedule] table from the database to remove all dead locked and garbaged schedules. Don’t worry, this table will populate data again according to new cron schedules.

9. Changed main domain OR site address?:
Access the table [core_config_data] and edit two fields [web/unsecure/base_url] [web/secure/base_url] under the [path] column to the new domain/web address.

10. Want to reset admin password?:
Run the query from inside new server after connecting to mySQL,

UPDATE admin_user SET password=CONCAT(MD5('NEWPASS'), ':NE') WHERE username='ADMINUSERNAME';

Change NEWPASS, NE, ADMINUSERNAME to your wish.

To Do List After Launching a New Linux/Unix Like Server for Development


Commands, tricks & cautions that will be used here have been tested only on a Ubuntu 12.04 VPS. Though, most of the commands should work in other Unix like system without any change.
In this lesson we will see how should a newly launched/opened server be configured for basic security & proper accessibility. Usually you get an IP address & a root password for logging in as root, as soon as you open a new cloud/vps server from rackspace/digitalocean or some others like these.

1. Connecting to the remote system through/using SSH:
SSH(Secure Shell) is a protocol used to securely loggin in to a remote system & also ssh is the tool used in Linux that connect to the remote server over the SSH protocol.

ssh root@

The terminal will show a message and will prompt

Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)?

Type yes & press enter & then in next prompt enter your root password that was provided by that server provider while opening a VPS. So, now we are logged in to the remote system as root user.

2. Change your root user’s password:
You used the root password that was generated & provided by the server provider & the first thing is to change this password. Enter the following command on the terminal.


It will first ask the current root password & after entering the current password it will ask your desired new password twice for confirmation. Continue reading

How to host/deploy wordpress on appfog within 2 minutes


AppFog delivers a reliable, scalable and fast platform for deploying applications in the cloud. Unlike installing OS, configuring, managing and monitoring a VPS (Virtual Private Server) like Amazon EC2 or Rackspace Cloud Servers, this kind of deployment/hosting platform/framework is much better for developers to use. As their punch line says “Simple, elegant, and modern way to develop and deploy apps.”

Here in the post we will describe how to host/deploy a wordpress site in a very fast way cause appfog has wordpress under quick installation option. Following this option will install both PHP with WordPress app along with a mySQL service under your account.

Step A: Sign up here without any hassle of providing a valid payment method 🙂

Step B: Click on “New App” button

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How to setup LAMP server in Ubuntu by only one command

Here is a shortcut and easiest way of setting up LAMP server in Ubuntu.
Well, there is obviously option of installing packages separately for making ready a LAMP server in Ubuntu.
Open  terminal or Connect to remote server via it and then execute the following commad.
Only command:
sudo tasksel
Then the following window should pop-up in the terminal.

Select ([.] LAMP server) by pressing arrow key and do (OK) by pressing Tab key of keyboard. On the next screent, type your desired password for MySQL and Done!!!

If some how this command does not work then simply use the following one:

sudo apt-get install lamp-server^