Magento URL's Rejected by Google Merchants for "Too Many Redirects"

Google product feeds denied after installing SUPEE-8788?

Symptom: Your Magento site's nightly product feed to Google starts getting denied products by the boatload. The reason, Google says, is "Too Many Redirects" but ths URL's they are using seem to load just fine. Perhaps you are running Varnish? Maybe you recently installed security patch SUPEE-8788 too?

If you go to and set the User-Agent to GoogleBot the URL's result in a 302 "Temporarily Moved" error, but other common settings such as Yahoo, Bing! and Yandex work just fine?


How to fix some popular issues when migrating Magento 1.x systems between dissimilar servers

Moving Magento to a dissimilar server can be messy business!

Unable to log into admin control panel


Moving to a server (or local dev environment) that doesn't have Redis installed

Install Redis! Pretty straightforward on Linux. For a guide to installing Redis on Mac, check this resource: - Or disable Redis if you must by searching for 'redis' in the app/etc/local.xml file.

Getting the error "Function name must be a string" (etc)

If you are migrating from a site that was running PHP version 5.x, try matching that in the new environment for a quick fix. Running on PHP v7+ will bring new problems - it's best to make sure it's running first before dealing with these types of issues. For more info, see


Quick diff command to see if core files have been changed

Make sure your core files aren't hacked or modified!

Check your framework of choice to see if the core files have been changed!

$ diff -rbB clean_source_code suspect_code_folder

the -rbB means "recursive and ignore whitespace differences" more-or-less.

This information was lifted from a very helpful Magento post at Inchoo, see the original at


Magento Critical Service Advisory February 10th, 2015

Magento issues a critical security advisory on February 10th for all versions

The "Valentine's Day Worm" is here!

The following security update was sent today by eBay regarding all versions of Magento Community and Enterprise editions:

Dear Magento Solution Partner,

We’d like to make you aware of an important new patch that addresses a potential security issue in Magento software. This issue allows an attacker to remotely execute code on Magento software using a specially crafted request. This issue affects all versions of Magento Enterprise Edition and Magento Community Edition.

While we have not received any reports of customers being impacted by this issue, we encourage you to immediately install the patch for your clients as preventative measure.

Recommended actions:


FishPig's Attribute Splash Page extension for Magento 1.8 does not work

FishPig's "Attribute Splash Pages" crash and burn on Magento 1.8

When installing version (recent as of May 2014) the install (for some people) seems to complete successfully, but any time you try to create and save a page you get the error

SQLSTATE[42S22]: Column not found: 1054 Unknown column 'store_table.page_id' in 'on clause

Additionally, if you try to rebuild the newly-created index "Attribute Splash" you get the following error:


Get simple product images to show in grouped product gallery using Magento's MobileShoppe theme

Show your simple images in your grouped product page!

You have grouped products that may or may not have their own images, but you would like to also see the associated simple product's main images in the grouped carousel (gallery), and they should behave like the images normally do. And you are using the MobileShoppe theme. Done.

Open (or copy the base theme's) "mobile.phtml" located in app/design/frontend/default/mobileshoppe/template/catalog/product/view folder.

Immediately AFTER this section:


Magento MobileShoppe Theme: Main Image Repeats in Gallery

Eliminate duplicate images in the product gallery using Magento MobileShoppe theme!

Why does the main product image repeat itself in the slideshow gallery on the product details page when using the MobileShoppe theme in Magento?

Go to the folder located at /app/design/frontend/default/mobileshoppe/template/catalog/product/view/

...and open the file "media.phtml"

...and comment-out the following lines:


Magento 404 and/or cannot login to admin page after migrating site or restoring database

Magento Administrator Login won't work after moving site - IRRITATING!!!

Magento dataabse thngs have to be ZEROS - yours are probably ONES

UPDATE `core_store` SET store_id = 0 WHERE code='admin';
UPDATE `core_store_group` SET group_id = 0 WHERE name='Default';
UPDATE `core_website` SET website_id = 0 WHERE code='admin';
UPDATE `customer_group` SET customer_group_id = 0 WHERE customer_group_code='NOT LOGGED IN';

ALSO delete var/cache - completely

ALSO: If you start getting the admin page after SUCCESSFUL login, DLETE COOKIES or open Incognito window!!! (You can tell by putting in bad password to get error message?)


Hello Themes releases updated version of Hello Wired Magento theme

HelloWired Responsive Magento Theme with Front Page Slider from Hello Themes

A long-running favorite free theme for Magento called "HelloWired" has been brought into the responsive design ages with a new release of version 3.0 - check it out at and try it today, especially if you are a user of the original 1.4 version from a couple years ago.

Hello Themes has also updated their documentation for this theme, a liong-standing problem for users of prior versions that had a difficult time finding support. Although the 1.4 version seems to be stranded, the 3.0 version now seems to have fairly detailed documentation and a bit of chatter in the community regarding some of the basic installation problems for this theme.



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