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Mastering Magento by Bret Williams

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System configurations

The area of the Magento backend that has the most configuration choices, is within the System | Configuration menus and panels. So, let's begin there first.

SSL

Unless your store is using PayPal Express, PayPal Standard, Google Checkout, or another off-site payment processing method (for example, Authorize.Net Direct), your store may be taking credit card information on your server. Even if you're not storing the credit card information, you will need to get a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Encryption Certificate installed on your server. Depending on the type of certificate you purchase, this process can take from two days to two weeks. It pays to plan ahead on this one: don't wait until the day before launch to try to get a SSL ...

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