Magento themes and extensions

Remove Sidebar Callouts in Magento Layout

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Posted on November 30th, 2012 | Posted by admin

Remove Sidebar Callouts in Magento Layout

Here are a coupe of quick references for removing sidebar callouts in either a template/layout .xml file or custom page Layout per page. I used the following to remove some unwanted blocks from the homepage sidebar by updating the XML Layout for the homepage under the Design tab, such as the cart which is unnecessary on a website homepage.

<reference name=”right”>
<action method=”unsetChild”><name>cart_sidebar</name></action>
<action method=”unsetChild”><name>catalog.compare.sidebar</name></action>
<action method=”unsetChild”><name>right.reports.product.viewed</name></action>
<action method=”unsetChild”><name>right.permanent.callout</name></action>
</reference>

Magento’s Native Integration with Google Website Optimizer

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Posted on November 29th, 2012 | Posted by admin

A big question in the Magento community is, How do I improve revenue and conversion rate on my Magento eCommerce site? The best answer is conversion optimization. Conversion optimization takes your current site and tests different scenarios to determine what changes may best improve your site. Conversion testing can include making changes to layout, image, call to action or any number of other items and then testing the changes against the original to see which performs better.

This sounds great, but how does one create and manage these tests on your site? It sounds like it could get complex. Thankfully, there are several tools available to help you with this process.

While most tools can be costly or have limited free service, Google Website Optimizer (GWO) is a completely free and robust conversion testing tool. GWO provides the option to perform A/B split testing or multivariate (MVT) testing, both with native Magento integration. What more could a Magento store administrator ask for? Unfortunately, there are some limits to GWO and its native functionality with Magento, but even with these limitations, using GWO for Magento store conversion testing will provide you with many testing options and statistically valid results.

Magento Product Missing Category Drop Down Solved

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Posted on November 28th, 2012 | Posted by admin

Yet another interesting discovering has been made in the world of Magento product creation and management.

We have a client that was unable to access specific categories from the drop down list in the Category tab on the product edit page in the backend of Magento. The list would show many parent categories with that tiny little plus expansion image but there were a few parent categories that we knew had children would just not let us expand the category and discover what was inside. That plus image just wasn’t available. However, it was available in the Category management section in Magento.

So the question was . . . Why are parent categories letting us expand them in the Category Managment section in Magento, but not in the product edit section?

After exploring many vast and spacious lands within Magento and upgrading to the latest version of Magento there was nothing leading us to a resolution . . . that is . . . until now!

ProShop – Responsive Magento theme

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Posted on November 27th, 2012 | Posted by admin

A Responsive Magento Theme how it should be, clean, simple and professional. This highly customisable theme is a great base for all kinds of stores. Fashion, Electronics, Jewellery, gadgets and more….
Supported versions
Magento 1.7.0.2 Magento 1.7.0.1 Magento 1.7.0.0 Magento 1.6.2.0 Magento 1.6.1.0 Magento 1.6.0.0 Even Magento 1.5.1+

Dealing with Magento Model or Collections

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Posted on November 27th, 2012 | Posted by admin

As We know that the implementation of a “Models Tier” is a important part of any MVC framework. It represents the data of your application, and most applications are useless without data. Magento Models play an even important role, as they contain the “Business Logic” that’s often relegated to the Controller or Helper methods in other PHP MVC frameworks.

Actually in case of collections in Magento. Collection is a Model type containing other Models, it is basically used in Magento to handle product lists from a category or a bundle option, but not only.

Below is a simple example of loading some product collection from a category and ordering them on their product name using Magento’s API.

$collection = Mage::getModel('catalog/category')->load($categoryId)
    ->getProductCollection()
    ->addAttributeToSort('name', 'ASC');
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