Magento themes and extensions

Magento shopping cart development

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Posted on December 6th, 2013 | Posted by admin

Magento has really developed as an ecommerce/shopping cart platform. Since it’s initial development in early 2007, and subsequent release on August 31, 2007, there has been a steady stream of businesses migrating to Magento from a wide range of ecommerce platforms.

Each version release has increased the rate of growth, as they have incrementally improved the functionality of the software.

Fast forward to November 2013, and one of every four businesses choose Magento.

Of course, if you look at the wide range of features that come standard with Magento, it’s easy to see why.

Here is just a short summary of what makes Magento the best of the best:

  1. Flexible product creation including virtual,simple,configurable, grouped, and bundled products.

Magento Module Development Series – Design and Template

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Posted on September 27th, 2012 | Posted by admin
In this blog, I will go through a basic introduction of magento template system. What are the various files used and their locations? This blog is intended for magento beginners, so that you can start doing very basic magento theme changes.

The first step in any magento customization is design changes (both CSS and HTML Changes). Magento comes with a default theme, but usually people require some changes in their theme depending on their websites. Minor text add/edits, layout changes and other changes are usually required.

Magento template system is very powerfully, it gives you the ability to change almost anything. The template system consists of layout xml files, css files and phtml files. In a typical PHP application, we have HTML/PHP and CSS files where we create/edit the design/layout of the website.  But in magento we have .phtml files to do the job html files. Magento follows MVC architecture and .phtml file do the job of VIEW. phtml are meant only for creating the structure of a page through html/php. They can be used to write complex php codes as well, but generally magento doesn’t follow this standard.

Bespoke Magento Development – Give Your Magento Store A Complete Makeover

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Posted on March 19th, 2012 | Posted by admin

In simpler terms Bespoke Magento Solution or Bespoke Magento Development means custom made solutions, services tailor made specifically for a Magento Store based on specific business requirements. Bespoke Magento development is typically done for a store that has a noticable traffic and sales. It could be layout (theme) specific changes for the existing Magento store or feature level (Magento Extensions) to enhance features specifically suited for a Magento Store. When looking for Bespoke Magento development, Magento store owners keep a check list of enhancements, changes for their existing Magento store.

A majority of Magento stores are selling different products but carrying out operations based on Magento defaults, but what if you have a requirement which is not possible with default Magento core. The required functionality is not met by the default Magento core which is a  generalized set of features to cater regular store operations. In such scenario, Magento store owners look for Bespoke Magento development or services to match with their business needs.

Magento 1.4 Development Cookbook Book Review

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Posted on June 24th, 2011 | Posted by admin

I was asked by Packt Publishing to review a new book entitled Magento 1.4 Development Cookbook. I was excited for the opportunity to review a recent development book, hoping I might get some new fresh perspectives.

Before I get into the details, I highly recommend avoiding this book. Unless you want a reference of how NOT to develop properly with Magento, do not buy it. Save your money and time and just spend a few hours looking through Magento’s core modules and learn by example. That to me has been the best reference in learning how to develop with Magento.

Why avoid this book

  • In the first chapter, the author lists some reasons as to why Magento’s coding conventions are good and make sense, but then go on to say “We are not compelled to follow Magento conventions.” Why would you not!? No reason was given.
  • In all their examples having to do with modifying theme files, they only very briefly (a couple paragraphs) suggest making your own theme. Not nearly enough to stress any importance in it. Then, they specifically say they are modifying base/default theme files for all the examples.

Rule number one in Magento extension development

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Posted on May 26th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Recently one of our clients noticed some buggy behavior around its tier pricing. Clients demands were such that he needed an extra bit more functionality on top of the existing tier pricing feature, which is understandable. To comply to the request we went trough the discussion of either building such features ourself or reusing one of the existing magento extensions free/commercial.

Finally we decided to go with the existing extension. I will not name the specific extension we used, as I do not wish to trash other people work.

Few weeks after the site went live and numerous successful orders were made, client noticed this buggy behavior that miscalculates the final tier price on the Bundle product type. This is a big issue when you look at it, cause it reflects on the sale process and imposes loss for the client.

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