I am frequently (couple of times a day) getting messages in admin saying that I need to re-index store data such as;
Is this normal?
Adventurist and online ecommerce retailer based in the UK. Trading since 2006.
Yes this is normal. I’ll keep this as high level as I can to explain.
Basically you are running two systems, the admin panel and the front of the website (the bit the customers see).
As you’re moving around the admin area, adding products making changes, those “indexes” become out of date. Think of this is as you moving the pages of a book around, sticking in an extra page here and removing a page there.
So Magento will add a message at the top saying that someone’s being tinkering with the pages and you might want to think about a reindex to get them all back in order.
You can manually trigger a “reindex” by going to System > Index Management and reindexing one or more of the rows there.
As your catalog of products gets bigger and bigger there will become a time where you won’t be able to do that anymore manually. Don’t worry there is a way to do this on the server using a cron job (a scheduled task), it’s dead easy to setup, we’ll include it in one of the later guides and if you’re just using Magento for eBay & Amazon, basically ignore it.
Does that help?
Yes, you’ll need to run it from the commandline.
This is documented elsewhere, see here for an example http://inchoo.net/ecommerce/ma…..rom-shell/
from the command line and it won’t timeout then.
Or setting up a cron job
Does that help?
Superb. It’ll be as easy as copy & paste :)
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