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How to create custom system configuration in magento

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Posted on September 15th, 2012 | Posted by admin

Magento allow us to configure and tweak the behavior of the site in the admin panel via system configuration. We can extend and use this feature in our custom modules too. This article describes the steps to achieve custom configuration in magento admin panel In this article We create and save our custom configuration message in our module. This module creates a custom tab and allows us to configure our own settings.

Step 1: First we start with the modules config.xml.
app/code/local/Mydons/Configdemo/etc/config.xml

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config>
<modules>
<mydons_customconfig>
<version>0.1.0</version>
</mydons_customconfig>
</modules>
<global>

Magento remove SEO-terms and advanced search from footer links

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Posted on September 14th, 2012 | Posted by admin

I’ve seen many solutions for this on the internet, but none of them seems to be complete, considering upward compatibility in Magento.

I’d like to remove the “Popular search terms” and “Advanced search” links from thefooter_links reference.

Since I want my site to be ready for upgrades, I want to do this through local.xml, not by duplicating catalogsearch.xml to a local version, since I believe this is not upward compatible.
I have seen some changes for the associated .phtml files, but I also believe this is not the right way to tackle this, it should be possible through local.xml right?

There’s no “name” attribute in the blocks in catalogsearch.xml, like here:

Easy WordPress and Magento Integration

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Posted on September 13th, 2012 | Posted by admin

WordPress is among the best web software for blogging and Magento is among is among the best web software for eCommerce. So naturally a marriage between WordPress and Magento is one made in the heavens. Learn how to easily import WordPress content into a Magento page.

Once you have Magento and WordPress installed on your sever, it’s time to get down to action. We installed the shop in the root directory of the website (yourwebsite.com), and the blog in a sub-directory called blog (yourwebsite.com/blog).

There are a number of approaches out there to integrate Magento and WordPress. Some methods rely on sever rewrite rules. The problem with this method is that it doesn’t let you mix content from WordPress and Magento on the same page. Other methods rely on contributed modules. The problem with contributed modules is that they can break and become dysfunctional when either WordPress or Magento are updated. So, in search of the right solution, I wound up creating my own hybrid solution. My solution uses PHP to pull in WordPress content and display it on Magento pages. Then you simply need to match your WordPress theme with your Magento theme.

Part 1 — Matching your WordPress and Magento themes

Let’s assume you start with a Magento theme and want to convert it to a WordPress theme. WordPress themes are stored at /wp-content/themes/[your-theme] relative to your blog’s root path.

Add links Magento

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Posted on September 12th, 2012 | Posted by admin

Creating a link in Magento is not that obvious if you never did before.

Today we’re going to see how to add them to a Static Block or a Page (under your CMS panel).

Example:

If you want to add a link to the page About Us in your footer. How you do that?

If you try this code it will only work for the default lenguage. We need Magento to build a link with our lenguage tag.

<a href=”/about-us”>About us</a>

What we need is something like http://my_site.com/en/about-us

Magento is Coming First Preview is Here

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Posted on September 11th, 2012 | Posted by admin

That’s right, the first preview of the Magento backend is now here. This screencast shows the functionality of the basic catalog management system, more of the system’s features will be revealed in future posts.

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