Magento 2 - Configuring Nginx Rate Limiting

Configuring Nginx rate limiting for Magento is both simple to get started, but complex to find the right balance. It is a great way to combat malicious traffic from web scrapers/crawlers, and less respectful 3rd party integrations. The default nginx status code for the limit is 503, it is important to change this to HTTP 429 Too Many Requests. HTTP 429 is the standard rate limiting code, and should prevent any negative indexing results with search engines, and as a bonus any bots should slow their crawl rate (if they respect the response code)....

April 3, 2024 · 3 min · 472 words · Me

Local Wordpress Bedrock Development using Warden

The last few years i recently migrated to using Roots Bedrock to bootstrap new wordpress developments. It provides a host of extra features that makes wordpress half decent to work with, such as Composer support, ENV variables, ENV specific config, better directory structure etc. I suggest checking it out if you haven’t already. Anyway, since I mostly focus on Magento development. My goto local dev environment is Warden which does support standard Wordpress out the box, along with a few other PHP frameworks....

March 26, 2024 · 2 min · 254 words · Me

Quick Start Guide To Self Hosting Sentry.io

Frontend monitoring is a crucial part of running online ecommerce stores. Although in a Agency context, a lot of the SaaS options can get expensive quickly especially for smaller merchants. By self hosting Sentry, we can elevate a lot of this cost. We are using Hetzner as our host, due to the low cost and high specs of some machines in their server Auction. The machine specs in particular are: 14C/20T 2....

January 6, 2024 · 2 min · 248 words · Me

Comparing Magento 2 DB Schema Changes

Recently I came across an issue on a site where the setup:db:status would constantly report Declarative Schema is not up to date even after consecutive runs. This was breaking the zero downtime deployment configuration for the store, as the CD process always saw DB updates to process. There seemed to be (at least at the time of writing) very little information / tooling on how to debug db schema issues. So after a bunch of reverse engineering Magento’s implementation of DB Schema, I ended up creating a simple script that compares the current DB schema with the current configuration in the compiled db_schema....

November 12, 2023 · 2 min · 391 words · Me

Finding Magento 2 Uncacheable Blocks

A handful of times I have came across pages where full page caching is broken. Instead of diving through and grepping various XML files to identify what module is breaking the cache. I have wrote a section of code, that will identify any uncacheable blocks on the current page and display them in the bottom left of the page. Currently I just paste this into the theme (usually the header or logo phtml files)....

February 17, 2023 · 1 min · 171 words · Me

Magento 2 CLI Scratch File

I often find the need to test components / functionality independently of the system or execute single time use scripts. Which i find developing and deploying a whole module is a waste of time and resources. Some recent uses of scratch files are: Inspecting product or category data to help debug data issues Inspecting Cached Data Bulk assigning attributes Bulk renaming SKUs etc This is where scratch files come in handy, we can create a simple PHP file in the Magento root (I tend to prefix with z_ to easily find them)....

February 17, 2023 · 1 min · 165 words · Me

OpenVPN Split Routing

When setting up a VPN you have the option to either route all traffic through, or only route specific traffic through it. Some of the benefits with split routing within a development team context are: Increased privacy Reduced VPN load, allowing more connections / less allocated resources Access to both local & VPN network resources while connected Server Configuration Within your main server configuration file server.conf remove the line that looks like the following if it exists...

November 16, 2020 · 1 min · 175 words · Me

OpenVPN Quick Installation

You can simplify OpenVPN installation by using the OpenVPN installation script by NYR https://github.com/Nyr/openvpn-install On your target installation server, run the following to download and execute the script into your home directory. wget https://github.com/Nyr/openvpn-install/raw/master/openvpn-install.sh -O ~/openvpn-install.sh bash ~/openvpn-install.sh Default options you can choose are: UDP Protocol Port 1194 DNS Server 1.1.1.1 After the installer runs, you can now connect to the VPN, and you can rerun the script to add/remove clients or uninstall OpenVPN....

November 13, 2020 · 1 min · 74 words · Me