Magento Training and Certification now integrated with Adobe Resources
We are making great progress in our integration with Magento and Adobe Experience Cloud, and have made some exciting new changes to Magento training and certification.
Magento Training – Fee-Based
To provide customers with a single resource for all Experience Cloud applications, we integrated all Magento fee-based training into Adobe Digital Learning Services in July. The ADLS site now contains the complete Magento course catalog for front-end and rear-end developers, system administrators and business architects. The end-to-end Magento learning experience will be elevated by ADLS’s global team, world-class processes and high-value training programs.
Get Magento Training for Free
The free Magento U training courses will move to Adobe Experience League in August. This is Adobe’s extensive library of learning content and courses. Experience League provides developers, architects, product managers, and marketers personalized paths to connect, learn, and grow their skills based on their role and experience. It is available anytime and anywhere. This new feature will give more people free access to tutorials about Magento. It also provides clear guidance as to which fee-based Magento training Adobe Digital Learning Services is best for those who require more in-depth learning.
In August, Magento customers, partners and developers were able to manage their certifications, register for Magento exams and download digital badges via the Adobe Credential Manager. Magento certified developers are able to display their professional qualifications via digital badges. This allows people to quickly verify their authenticity and learn more about their credentials. Magento Certified developers can also align to the Adobe Certified credential levels Expert, Professional, or Master. They also receive certification badges that reflect the new Adobe branding. This guide explains what the Adobe Credential Manager can do for you and how to share digital versions.
The Four P’s for Peak Season Performance: A Guide for Preparing Your Infrastructure to High Traffic
Your journey to success during peak season for your company – whether it’s the traditional holiday season or a specific industry-specific busy period – starts with making sure your digital storefront’s infrastructure is up to the task. It doesn’t matter what this annual opportunity means for your company, it is important to not waste the effort, preparation, and craft that your team has put into this success.
Adobe has provided a guide for peak-season preparation. It is called “The Four P’s Of Peak Performance” and is worth the small time investment. To ensure that you are prepared, we recommend starting this work at least three weeks before your most important dates. This guide can be useful if you are working with a partner (or systems integrator) to help you discuss their plans for preparing your site for peak season.
1. 1.Predict your traffic and order volume
While wild guesses made based on intuition are fine at your local racetrack or casino, data-based planning should be your mainstay. This feature allows you to easily review four key benchmarks, or MBI. They can be used to help you predict peak season traffic that you will need to support.
*The traffic load of your site over the past six month on a daily or weekly basis
*Last year’s peak season was a busy time for your site.
*The percentage increase in peak season traffic last year compared to the six-month average before peak season.
*Year-over-year traffic growth rates between the last year’s and this years site traffic
These data points can be used to calculate peak season’s percentage growth last year. This will give you an idea of the peak season. To validate the prediction made in the previous step, you can use the year-over year growth rate by comparing this percentage with last year’s peak seasons numbers. Talk with your team about how to resolve differences in expectations if the numbers do not agree. If the results are very different, it is a good idea to plan for the highest of the two numbers.
A second method to predict the resource requirements is to identify peak sales hours and examine the load they place on your infrastructure (such memory, CPU and disk space). These metrics can be multiplied three times (i.e., tripled) to give you a rough estimate of the peak traffic. Your site might need additional resources to meet peak demand if your resources cannot meet the tripled requirements.
Remember to consider how COVID-19 may have impacted your digital storefront, and whether you might see traffic that is significantly different from last year’s peak seasons.
To validate your site’s ability to handle the expected traffic, load test your infrastructure using your resource model for this peak season. Review Adobe’s recommendations for load testing Magento sites as a first step.
This testing can reveal many deficiencies. Make sure you have a solid process to document and communicate these issues within your organization to help create a plan of action. When working with SIs or partners, make sure you share your findings with them or include them in the development of an action plan.
3. Make sure you prepare your site according to the instructions
Increase server capacity, and/or database capacities
After you have run a load test on your site and identified the areas that need more capacity, you can plan how you will meet those requirements. You might only plan for temporary increases during periods of high traffic. This might be the right time to increase your site’s load if it has been operating at a high rate of load for a long period. It is possible that this was due to COVID-19. However, it is better to plan around these rates rather than assume they are temporary. Many consumer behavior may change after this global event.
You might also consider adding Web Nodes in order to address the needs identified during load testing.
You can request temporary server increases for Magento Commerce customers who use our cloud infrastructure. Please refer to our Knowledge Base article. If you are interested in a permanent increase in memory, disk size or CPU, please reach out to your Magento Customer Support Manager (CSM).
Use a content delivery system
A content delivery network (CDN) is another way to meet peak season performance requirements that were revealed in load testing. A CDN is a way to power your cache by creating a global cache network that stores your static media files, HTML and JS Style Sheets. There are many CDN options, but Magento Commerce users have access to Fastly CDN.
Improve your caching configuration. You can also approach infrastructure issues by reducing the number hits to your server via better caching configurations. We recommend Full-Page Caching in conjunction with our Best Practices for Cache. This is a great way speed up Magento sites.
4. Be a good example of good habits
Optimize images to create a quick eCommerce site
Images are an essential part of the sales process. However, they can cause performance problems and can become a negative if not managed properly. We recommend that merchants use 72 dpi images that have been WebSafe. More information can be found in our article Resizing Product Image.
Upgrading to the most recent ece-tools Package
To take full advantage of our enhancements in deployment tooling, ensure that your cloud environment is up-to-date to ecetools. Recent releases include improvements to the local development experience, faster deployment of static content, and self-service capabilities that enable merchants to be more productive. For all the latest improvements, see the ECE-tools release notes.
Do not let deployment bring you down
Visitors should be able to shop without interruption during holiday season. However, you might need to make changes to your production environment. It is possible to set up your project to ensure that there is no downtime for customers during deployments. Zero Downtime Defolpments is one of the best tools for cloud infrastructure management. These articles will help you ensure that your customers are engaged with your live site regardless of how often it is deployed.
Backup your eCommerce website
To avoid a costly and time-consuming environment rollback, ensure you have proper backup management. Snapshots allow you to quickly back up and restore specific environments from any location at any time. This can help save time and money in the event of an emergency. Snapshots are quick and easy to restore Magento environments because they are read-only files. Learn how to create and use Snapshots.
You can monitor your performance
It is always a good idea for you to monitor your site’s performance using well-designed monitoring tools. There are many ways to monitor site performance. Make sure you choose one that is compatible with your company. Customers of Magento Commerce who use our cloud infrastructure management system should take advantage New Relic to monitor site performance.