Magento themes and extensions

Demystifying the Demystifying of the Duplicate Content Penalty in Magento

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Posted on May 31st, 2011 | Posted by admin

Almost a year ago, I wrote about duplicate content issues with Magento. Since then, people have often been referring to Roy’s thread at Magento forums that quotes Google’s official blog.

This is what the quote says:

Having duplicate content can affect your site in a variety of ways; but unless you’ve been duplicating deliberately, it’s unlikely that one of those ways will be a penalty. This means that:

* You typically don’t need to submit a reconsideration request when you’re cleaning up innocently duplicated content.
* If you’re a webmaster of beginner-to-intermediate savviness, you probably don’t need to put too much energy into worrying about duplicate content, since most search engines have ways of handling it.
* You can help your fellow webmasters by not perpetuating the myth of duplicate content penalties! The remedies for duplicate content are entirely within your control. Here are some good places to start.

Inline translation in Magento

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Posted on May 31st, 2011 | Posted by admin

Inline translation in Magento

If you need translations for your site but translation packs are not fully translated, then inline translation is very nice feature.
In this post I will cover entire process for inline translation in Magento.

So I assume that you already instaled your language packs, and that you created diferent store views for diferent languages.
Next step is to go to Magento admin/system/configuration/developer.

There you must do two things:

  • from current configuration scope select desired store view on witch the inline translation will be aplied
  • apply inline translation for that desired store view

How popular is Magento?

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Posted on May 31st, 2011 | Posted by admin

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We’ve been with Magento since it’s very beginning and we watched it grow and we grew with it. Somewhere in the second half of 2007, Magento started growing attention of ecommerce community.

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How to override Magento admin view (template) files, quick and dirty way

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Posted on May 31st, 2011 | Posted by admin

Suppose you are working on a extension that needs to either change some stuff or implement new stuff in the one of the Magento admin areas. For example, imagine a “Images” tab on the product edit section. If you were in a position where you need to do certain modifications on “Images” tab then you would most likely need to modify the app/design/adminhtml/default/default/template/catalog/product/helper/gallery.phtml file to do so. One of Inchoo coworkers and a good friend of mine, Ivan Weiler, made a Magento Admin theme module that enables you to achieve similar functionality for admin template files as you have for frontend template files.

However, sometimes you wont wish your extensions depend on the additional module for certain functionality. Stuff like “overriding” the admin view files can easily be achieved with just a few minor modifications of extended class.

Magento: Displaying Categories and Current Subcategories

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Posted on May 31st, 2011 | Posted by admin

I started “skinning” Magento today with a design that I was given. The functionality called for was a left category navigation (on every page but customer pages and cart/checkout pages) that always displayed the main categories – but when you click on a category, Magento should take you to that category’s listing, but also display the current subcategories.

So – since we all know that the Magento documentation is pretty crappy at this time, I had to do a lot of digging through core files, and a lot of time just with trial and error. But, I finally did come up with something that works. I’m willing to bet that there is a better, more proper way to do it, but regardless, this seems to be working perfectly.

What I did was create a new PHTML file, created the proper block call in page.xml, and now I’ve got a great working (and looking!) left-navigation. Here’s the home page (left), and a category page (right):

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