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Programmatically create a configurable Magento product

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I already wrote about creating a simple product programmatically in Magento. For configurable product, however, things get a little bit complicated.

As you already know, a configurable product is merely a product with simple products that differ in some option (attribute) assigned to itself.

We can use this conclusion to extend our code for creation of simple products to work with configurable.
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Viv & Lou

Viv & Lou

When an ordinary gift just won’t do, Viv & Lou is a site to visit! By combining quality products, personalisation and exceptional order turnaround times, the company creates pleasurable gift-shopping experience. Although the business is quite young, it is entering the market quite fast. Responsive strategy was apparently a big win since mobile + tablet users keep over 60% website visit share. Memorable identity with the clean UX make this site easy to use. Special attention was paid to the performance, minimising database queries and number of http requests.

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Sort products by sold quantity in Magento

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Magento by default comes with a few basic product sorting options such as sorting by product position, name or price. In this article you’ll learn how to sort products by how many times they have been sold.
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Out of the box Form Validation in Magento

Form Validation in Magento

Magento uses Prototype library to manage form validation. This comes in handy, because all you need to do when writing custom form is to assign a valid class names to your input fields, and pass the form id to VarienForm object.

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Magento & GWT “Googlebot found an extremely high number of URLs on your site”

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I’ve seen a lot of Magento websites get a message within Google Webmaster Tools saying “Googlebot found an extremely high number of URLs on your site: example.com”. Read more

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Adding custom credit card type to your payment method in Magento

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At one point or another, you might want to implement a payment method with credit card types that are not implemented in Magento by default.
Please note that in this article you’ll learn how to add a new credit card type and validate it only. This article does not cover the whole payment module creation.

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Programmatically (manually) creating simple Magento product

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In a development process, you often need some testing data you can use. Magento supplies you with it’s default Sample Data that contains some products. Thing is, they’re not of much use if you have some custom attributes added to your products, if you create your own attribute set, or a product type.
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Get the current customer role in Magento

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Looking at the old articles on our website that long for a rewrite, I sometimes stumble upon a gem that can be useful. One of those is the piece of code enables us to do custom stuff if our customer is assigned to a certain customer group. Read more

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Reusing Magento poll on any page or any block

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On very rare occasions we get to work with polls. Most of our Magento projects end up with polls removed from the layout for one reason or the other – mostly because we rely on social networks instead for adding ‘social’ aspect to stores.

Nonetheless, sometimes client wants to have polls on his site. Magento has default poll system, which does it’s job. To an extent. What do we do if we want to add multiple polls to the site or choose which poll we want to display?

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Programmatically adding new customers to the Magento store

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Us developers love adding things programmatically. Even though you can create a new customer through a signup form, or via admin interface, in some cases, that might take too long.

If you need a bunch of customers assigned to different groups, from different countries, you might be better off doing this from the code.

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Thouqi

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Thouqi.com is a Middle East fashion website with beautiful, clean, and responsive design. With strong focus on fast fashion for women, it supplies them with variety of quality clothes, bags, shoes and accessories.

Client had an idea for a fashion web store that would supply MENA countries with high quality brands, and was looking for a solution partner that could deliver. Since we have had lots of success in past joint projects, the client decided to go with us.

Following client’s requirements, our designers got to work and made the theme from scratch. The result was a mobile first responsive website that looks – and performs great on wide variety of devices, from mobiles to cinema display PC’s.

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Which Magento SEO extension is the best?

Which Magento SOE extension should I choose

We’ve been in Magento business since the beginnings of this industry in 2008 and watched both default Magento’s SEO functionality and Magento SEO extensions evolve and improve. We’ve never developed our own Magento SEO extensions which is why I believe I can give you an honest, unbiased opinion on this issue. Read more

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Get rewritten product url in a different store

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It was pointed out to me in one of the preceding articles that getting a product’s URL in a different store can get pretty complicated if the URL you want to get is rewritten. I decided to come up with a solution to that problem, as it could be useful in the future.

I came up with a method that returns a rewritten part (i.e. after rewrite) of a product’s URL. You’ll need to add base URL of a store to this return value to get a full URL (as shown on languages.phtml example).
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Meet Magento Netherlands 2014 – a recap by Inchoo

Meet Magento Netherlands 2014 – a recap by Inchoo

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Meet Magento is a common name for community-driven events that help this ecommerce platform a great deal with internationalization and market growth. Over the last couple of years we’ve seen many new countries join in, while the Dutch stay in front – they were the first ones in Europe to organize a Meet Magento back in 2009 and they never looked back. This year we were there as well, so here’s a quick recap of what went on in Utrecht in late May 2014. Read more

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Show product thumbnail in grids

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Editing products and changing their position in categories can be quite a task. This is especially true when you have a large number of products to edit or arrange, and some of them are very similar.

Sure, you could differentiate them by SKU, ID, price, or something else. But wouldn’t it be great if you had a thumbnail of each product in grid? Read more

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Implement rel alternate links in Magento

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With the rise of E-commerce, selling goods to customers around the globe became easier than ever before. Internet has no borders, and anyone can ‘walk into your store’ whilst being in comfort of his own home.

An increasing need for multilingual stores has appeared. You might want your customers to be able to browse your store in their own language. Read more

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Custom category menu navigation in Magento

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Magento has its top menu reserved for category navigation. It’s pretty solid for displaying categories, even when there is a large number of them.

What some of the clients want is a vertical (sidebar) category menu, so they can display sibling categories of a category their customers are exploring.

In this article we’ll cover the creation of a full vertical menu. We’ll go 3 levels deep: category, subcategory, and sub-subcategory. You can always expand on this, but I believe 3 levels are more than enough for most stores. Read more

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How to choose a Magento solution partner for your project?

How to choose a Magento solution partner for your project?

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Latest comparative studies of e-commerce platforms show that Magento still maintains a stable market share with 26% among Alexa top 1 million sites – it’s one quarter of all sites that are using some type of an e-commerce solution.

This only shows that merchants recognized Magento’s potential and their number is growing each year. But, how will you decide on a development partner who will help you build a quality solution to improve your business, and what should you keep in mind when deciding on your project budget? Read more

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Magento Solution Specialist Certification

Magento Solution Specialist Certification

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Magento announced its first business-oriented certification program at this year’s Imagine Conference. The Magento Solution Specialist Certification is now available to everyone. What does it entail, who is it for and is this a good step forward for Magento? Read on… Read more

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Working with large Magento collections

Working with large Magento collections

Magento collections represent a very convenient way of grouping models together. We can grab a group of models from database with little to none sql code thanks to special methods which collection model provides. Collections can get really big (new products, customers, categories, lots of attributes etc.) and become really tricky to work with. Let’s see what can be done to make large collections more manageable.

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