Magento has a lot to offer - there are numerous features that guarantee that you can customize your shop in exactly that way that you need to. This also means that Magento can be overwhelming at first. This guide gives you - as a merchant - a few hints to pay attention to, when diving into Magento.

Read more: Getting started with Magento

Mage_AdminNotification popup  messageEvery time you log in to the Magento Admin Panel, you see an admin notification popop message telling you there's a new Magento version. As a developer, it's best to stay informed about new releases by reading blogs, tweets and lots of other news channels - besides this, upgrades should never be taken lightly. It's possible to remove this notification popup message.

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While you're building a Magento shop with many third party modules, you might run into weird problems that could be caused by those third party extensions, or a combination of modules. To troubleshoot issues like that, it is useful to temporarily disable modules to see which modules gives you trouble. But disabling modules could be done in multiple ways.

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Within Magento you have the option to add URL Rewrites (also commonly called Search Engine Friendly URLs) to make your weblinks more readable to both search engines as visitors. Sometimes issues arise when using these URL Rewrites, for instance when a cache is out-of-date. This guide helps you solve these issues.

Read more: Fixing URL Rewrites with Magento

On some points, Magento needs regular maintenance. For instance, when running a shop of which the products are updated frequently, it is needed to refresh catalog indices. Also the search-index might need regular updating. To accomplish these tasks you can run Magento cronjobs. With Magento 1.4 this is even easier. Here's how.

Read more: Magento 1.4 cronjobs

During the installation of Magento you have the option to use a database prefix for your Magento tables in the database. Using such a database prefix adds to the security of your site, because generic SQL Injection attacks will be more likely to fail. But if you installed Magento using the demo-data or if you forgot about this thing during installation, you are stuck with a database without prefix. Here is the procedure to update your Magento instance with a different prefix.

Read more: Renaming the Magento database table prefix