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Stunning Product Images for eCommerce Websites

6 January 2011

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To persuade your consumers to buy your products over the internet is not an easy task. The consumer is on their own, without help from your sales staff, trying to make a buying choice. Product imagery plays a crucial role in eCommerce. When a consumer buys a product, without touching and feeling it, detailed product […]

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Magento Tax Rates – Import / Export

6 January 2011

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With the UK VAT rate going up to 20% from 17.5%, many Magento users might be wanting to know how to change the tax rates in the backend of Magento. If you cater to many countries and wish to mass edit the tax rates, using the Import/Export feature is the best option. The following image […]

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Magento : Delete Test Orders & Customers using SQL

19 November 2010

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When moving a Magento development site to live or cleaning up dummy orders and customers, you might want to wipe out all test customers and orders from the Magento database / backend. The following SQL queries can be run on the database. Be careful: make a backup of the database before doing this. I’ve run […]

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Magento with GetClicky & Analytics : Campaign Revenue Tracking

19 November 2010

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With Analytics, GetClicky and other tracking tools, you can setup campaigns and the revenue associated with it. To track the revenue of all orders in Magento, you will have to include a bit of Javascript code on the checkout success page. Edit the checkout/success.phtml file inside your template folder. In case of GetClicky, the campaign […]

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Secure GetClicky Tracking Code on Magento Website

17 November 2010

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To use GetClicky analytics / tracking codes with Magento’s SSL (HTTPS) protected pages, you have two options. One is to use GetClicky’s HTTPS code throughout the website or use it within an IF clause. The following demonstrates an inbuilt Magento funtion to check if the visitor is on a HTTPS or HTTP page. The above […]

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Replace Links with Images in a Magento 1.4 Menu

20 October 2010

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Here’s how to replace the text links with images in the top level of your Magento menu (tested on Magento 1.4.1.1)… First, make a copy the following file… app/code/core/Mage/Catalog/Block/Navigation.php Place the file in folder… app/code/local/Mage/Catalog/Block/ – if this folder doesn’t exist, create it (This process creates a version of the Navigation.php which will over-ride the […]

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Magento Catalog Images Dissappear When You Refresh Cache

11 October 2010

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Recently we encountered a problem with Magento, where all our product catalogue images vanished from the page when we refreshed the Images cache in the Magento backend (System -> Cache Management). After hours of scouring the internet we discovered that, because PHP Safe Mode was enabled on our server configuration, the images were not auto-resizing. […]

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Magento Tip : Get Grouped Product’s Associated Simple Products on Category Page

6 September 2010

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Here is a simple trick to get the sub-products of a grouped product on the category products listing page. Add the following code to the products list.phtml file. $_associatedProducts = array(); if ($_product->getTypeId() == 'grouped') { $_associatedProducts = $_product->getTypeInstance(true)->getAssociatedProducts($_product); } Once you collect all simple product data associated with the grouped product, you can loop […]

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Change the Number of Columns in Product Grid – Magento 1.4

1 September 2010

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In Magento the default number of columns in the Product Grid view is 3. This is fine for a 3 column layout. If you creating a custom layout, however, you may need to change the number of columns (or Column Count). This is how you do it. In the catalog.xml file in your skin’s Layout […]

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Fixed Magento Checkout : Set ‘Ship to This Address’ as Default

16 July 2010

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How often would you buy from an online shop and ship the goods to an address that is different from your billing address? Sometimes, I do use the card that is registered with my home address, but use my office address for delivery. This might not be the same case with about 80% of online […]

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