Andrew McCombe


Magento Certified Website Developer

How to upgrade Magento 2 to a later version

Here’s how to upgrade Magento 2 to a later version. For example, if you are currently running 2.1.6 and you need to upgrade to 2.1.7.


How to get the URL of a CMS page or a static block in Magento

Here’s how to get the URL of a CMS page or a static block in Magento.


How to use a different SSH port with rsync

I’m forever forgetting how to use a different ssh port with rsync, so here’s how to do it.


HEAD request with PHP

If you want to perform a HEAD request with PHP on an URL you can use the `stream` functionality…


Magento Snippet: Use a Group By clause on a collection model

Here’s a Magento snippet showing how to use a Group By clause on a Magento collection model.


Managing Homebrew Services

Homebrew is easy to use and makes installing services such as MySQL or Elasticsearch a breeze. Here’s how to manage those services.


I’m a Magento Certified Developer!

I’m pleased to announce that I have recently passed the Magento Certified Developer exam.


Fix for PHP Composer “????%” issue

I’ve had a problem on a few older projects where composer dies with “????%” after running `composer update`. Here’s the fix.


Introducing Hit The Ground: Laravel Edition

I had the idea a while ago of creating a basic starter app containing the boilerplate code needed to get started on an idea – so here it is. Introducing my Laravel Starter App – Hit the Ground.


Magento Custom Variables

Magento provides an interface for you to define your own custom variables. You can use these in CMS pages, static blocks, email templates and phtml templates. Here’s how to use them.