Alexander Drok

Alexander Drok

Head of Development @ Mirasvit

How to use Meta Templates in M2 SEO Suite

SEO Meta templates are designed to automatically generate META information for catalog pages based on predefined rules.

Meta Templates can be applied for following pages: Category page (product listing), Layered navigation pages and Product pages.

It’s not a problem to manually fill meta information for few dozen products and categories. In other hand, if you have few thousand products it can be nightmare. Moreover you can’t configure meta tags for layered navigation pages, Magento 2 just doesn’t have such functionality.

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Instant Search Autocomplete for Magento 2

Instant Search Autocomplete for Magento 2

When a customer knows what he needs to buy, his first action is to find the product through a quick search. The presence of a quick drop-down menu with the found goods (auto-complete) allows him to find the right product quickly without leaving the search line. The customer has only to complement the search query with the necessary criteria and then he will see the result.

Customers expect that search results will be shown instantly (they know experience of Google or Amazon search). But technically it is very hard to achieve such level of speed in Magento store. Every request to Magento needs to initiate magento core, which speed of initialization limits the speed of our search.

To solve this problem and to greatly speed up Magento search, we have created and added a new feature to our search extensions. We named it the Fast Mode.

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Magento 2 Cron job is not working. What should I do?

Magento 2 Cron job is not working. What should I do?

Unlike in Magento 1, cron performs critically important tasks in Magento 2. In the native installation there are 26 modules that use cron for 53 different jobs. You can get acquainted with the full list of modules below on the text.

Practically, all reindex processes work in cron process. Newsletters, product alerts, page cache etc

Moreover, most of the third-party extensions use cron and some extensions simply do not run if the cron is not configured or operates in the wrong way.

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How we turned a Zendesk chat into our store powerful sales tool

How we turned a Zendesk chat into our store powerful sales tool

We suppose, no one needs a proof that communication with customers is decidedly important and that a quick response to a users’ questions strongly affects the conversion rate in any store. At present, it is not enough just to tell everything on the site pages - many potential customers prefer to ask than to look for the necessary information on the store pages.

Since the first days of mirasvit.com (since 2012), we have been actively used Zopim chat (now it is named Zendesk Chat). About a third part of our customers ask questions before placing their orders and as much ask after the purchase is completed.

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How To Resolve a 404 Error: Page Not Found in Magento 2

How To Resolve a 404 Error: Page Not Found in Magento 2

404 errors occur in all online stores. And it’s OK. New pages are added, old pages are removed. However, things go bad when the number of 404 errors becomes very high.

First of all, although 404 errors do not directly impact a store ranking on SERP, they consume already limited crawl budget. Thus, they bring you unnecessary losses.

Secondly, the only fact of 404 errors presence negatively influences customers’ impression.

Imagine the situation: any user visits your store and gets a page with 404 error. He/she does not obtain the required content and, consequently, starts hesitating. In most of cases, he/she does not keep searching for the information on your store but rather prefers not to make any purchase.

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6 common questions regarding Magento 2 Reward Points

6 common questions regarding Magento 2 Reward Points

We strive to convey the most detailed information on the product pages and manuals, but some questions are still open and arise quite often. Let's consider the most typical Reward Points + Referral program questions related to the extension operation:

Q: Suppose we created an earning rule for a product sharing rule on social networks. Is there any way to set any time interval between valid clicks (e.g. for share or like), so that preventing fraudulent actions?

A: Yes, we envisioned this alternative and added the possibility to limit the points maximum number earned per day for unique loyalty programs. In every rule, there is the "Actions" section where you can set the limit for earned points.

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Common issues and a few hacks with Magento 2 Full Page Cache

Common issues and a few hacks with Magento 2 Full Page Cache

From time to time we receive complains from our customers for the slow speed of their Magento 2 stores. They ask us to help them to solve the speed problem. In this article, we tried to collect our experience and share a few hacks regarding fixing Magento store cache system.

It’s a very rare occasion that a store is slow because of a weak server. In most cases speed issues are related to a poor quality of some extensions or custom code inside your store. So to solve the problem and fix it, you need to spot the root causes. Let’s start with some basic info on the cache workflow and it will greatly help us later.

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Sphinx Search Ultimate VS Elastic Search Ultimate

Sphinx Search Ultimate VS Elastic Search Ultimate
Sphinx Search Ultimate and Elastic Search Ultimate have very similar functionality. The main and the only difference between Sphinx Search Ultimate and Elastic Search Ultimate is the usage of different search engines: Sphinx engine and Elasticsearch engine.
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How to Monitor Errors in a Magento 2 Store

How to Monitor Errors in a Magento 2 Store

We have a few questions to you: How often do you update your store? How often do you install a new extension on it? How often do you change settings configurations or make changes to the theme?

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How to improve Magento 2 Page Cache Hit Rate

How to improve Magento 2 Page Cache Hit Rate

Today, we are here to reveal some things about Magento 2 Page Cache performance. The aspects we are about to describe below may be well-known to you, however, it is useful to remind about them time after time.

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