Over the years, Magento has garnered a trustworthy reputation for being one of the best e-commerce development platforms. The credit goes to its robust architecture and the rich set of features and functionalities it offers. Another reason that the platform is revered so much is its constant pursuit of perfection; it is engaged in improving itself by upgrading its versions, as it has done with the Magento 2 release. Besides version upgrades, the platform also comes with security patches that are specially developed to overcome security weaknesses and flaws. The installation of security patches is a complex process that needs to be done properly to ensure that the store’s performance is not hampered in any way and the patch does its job. Here are the steps that are to be followed for successfully installing Magento security patches on to the website:
Step 1: Check the version and go through the latest messages
To start with, you need to check the version on which your Magento store is running. The admin panel will display a message related to the latest released patches that can be applied to the store (based on the version it is running on).
Step 2: Take a backup
Taking a backup of your e-commerce store is a critical aspect of the security patch installation process as there is always a risk related to incompatibility of the store’s elements with the patch. Having a backup is a sound strategy that covers this risk.
Step 3: Log on to SSH
After taking the store backup, you have to log on to SSH (shell server), for which you may need to avail the expertise of a Magento developer.
Step 4: Download the relevant patch(es)
Once you know the patch(es) that you need to install, download them from the official site. For this, you have to register or login to the site (if already registered) and access the relevant patch(es) from the Release Archive. From here, you can download the ones you require.
Step 5: Apply the patch
In the next step, you will actually apply the patch by moving the downloaded file from the Magento directory to the root of the Magento installation. After the patch has been uploaded, you will have to set permission to make the file executable and then execute it to apply the patch.
Step 6: Clear the cache
After the application of the patch, the cache of the store has to be flushed. The APC cache or OPcode have to be flushed as well.
Step 7: Check the store
Checking the store is the final and perhaps, the most significant step of the process. This is done to ensure that the patch(es) has been installed properly and is providing the requisite security features without interfering with the store’s performance.
It is recommended that the patch script is to be initially run on the non-production version rather than the live store itself. Once verified there, it can be moved to the production server. Seeing the complexities of the process, it becomes advisable to hire expert developers for the job. Magento India is a prominent Magento agency that offers a complete range of services needed to run an e-commerce store. Contact us to hire experts for installing the latest Magento patches to your business website.