Magento store audit

16.07.2018 Angelika Siczek

In the case of Magento software, you can often hear opinions that Magento is a slow or inefficient system. At this point, I am obliged to deny, Magento software is an Enterprise-class software designed to store large amounts of data and an e-commerce combine that allows almost unlimited marketing activities. Even though the structure of Magento is complicated and the platform itself contains tens of thousands of lines of the Magento code it is not slow. In 99% of cases, Magento is slow, because it contains a poorly prepared or not optimized code added by external companies, possibly installed with external third-party modules or works on an un-optimized server. In Poland, Magento is used by shops such as Neonet, Castorama or eobuwie, serving traffic counted in millions of sessions per month, the condition is proper configuration and optimization of the store.

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DO YOU NEED A MAGENTO AUDIT?

If for some reason your store is running slowly, experiencing performance issues or interruptions in the functioning of the production environment, you most likely need a technical audit of the store’s operation. Such an audit will allow you to find weak points in the code and allow you to catch the slow logs, which may cause the system to slow down.
 
Another reason why you should conduct a store audit are problems with the update. Properly implemented Magento can always be updated to a newer version, if for some reason your store ceases to operate, it is time to conduct an audit to help identify the problematic code. The new version of the store is not only its faster and more stable operation but also safety.
 
Audit of security of external modules. While Magento provides security patches for the core system, there is probably no Magento that does not use additional modules. Very often, such modules contain low-quality code and are created without current security tests, hence it is always worth to audit the shop in terms of the security of external modules.

WHAT IS THE MAGENTO AUDIT?

Magento audit is a series of activities aimed at detecting potential code defects and irregularities in the Magento and server configuration. The purpose of the audit is to create a copy of the shop’s production instance and installed in the environment as close as possible to the production environment. The next step is to verify that the Magento core files have not been overwritten in any way – this type of verification is designed to exclude the most basic development errors that may prevent the website from being updated and potentially injecting dangerous code into the system’s core. The next step is to verify the template files to check whether the mechanisms were rigidly inserted into the phtml files or were created under separate modules. The analysis of written modules in terms of flexibility, transparent code, describing classes and methods of phpdocs, the ability to test the code individually is also extremely important. Finally, the last but equally important stage is the performance analysis, finding the so-called service bottlenecks and writing optimization recommendations.

WHO IS A MAGENTO STORE AUDIO INTENDED FOR?

The audit should always be carried out if there is a suspicion that the code writer may be mistaken if the store is working slowly or it turns off. An audit is indicated for stores that consume significant server resources, despite relatively small traffic. If it is necessary for the shop to function at all, then it is necessary to use Varnish or Full Page Cache to indicate that something is wrong. For operation, Magento does not require a cache system, any cache should only be a support for system operation, if it is a necessary condition, it means that something is wrong on the site. Well-optimized Magento is able to support millions of sessions per month without any additional caching system. The audit is also indicated in situations where there is a suspicion of possible security gaps in the store code.

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