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Bypassing Magento 2 layout update restrictions in Admin

Magento’s layout system has been vastly improved in Magento 2 to be more accessible, more powerful and to be more streamlined. But, for some reason, only a very small subset of layout functions is made available for use in Magento 2 Admin (category layout XML updates, to be more precise). In this article, we’re going to show a very simple way of bypassing this pesky restriction.

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How to keep your CMS blocks organized (and not go insane)

Head on over to Magento dashboard in your store and take a look at CMS blocks. How many CMS blocks have you got? Can you tell which of the blocks are being used on site and which are currently not active or can be safely removed? Can you pick a random CMS block and instantly know what it is and where to find it on site? In this article we’re going to cover a powerful way of organizing, searching and filtering CMS blocks by simply naming them in a specific way. And the best part is that it works out of the box in vanilla Magento without any extensions.

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Evaluating and improving accessibility of eCommerce websites

Sir Tim Berners-Lee once said that “Access (to the Web) by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect”. We, as developers, always strive to create a website which looks and feels good on a wide range of devices, resolutions, operating systems, network speeds, etc., but how often do we consider designing or creating a website for a wide range of people? In this article, we’re going to cover some basic frontend principles of improving accessibility and what that means in context of a Magento website.

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Add new console command in Magento 2

Remember that time when you wanted to create a Magento shell or php script to perform some action, but didn’t know where to put it?
Remember the /shell folder in root Magento installation (or root folder, for that matter)?
Remember how it used to have, like, 50 shell and php scripts all mixed up, and you get a headache just by looking at them?
Pepperidge Farm remembers.

Those were good old times, and like all good times, they have now come to pass. There’s a new kid on the block, more powerful and way cooler, and the best part is – it’s integrated into Magento 2.

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