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The Struggle For Ideal Design

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Many already attempted to define ideal design – and many have already confused design with aestheticism. That’s why we’re bringing you an overview of what design stands for and its primary role, problem solving. We also went over the fact that design is supposed to please the customer visually and trigger an emotion in him, so here’s how you combine all of that.

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Pimcore Portlets

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After long time, we are back on Pimcore development. This time, we are working on Pimcore 4, which is in development (RC version), and we will share some guides with you. There are many changes in new Pimcore version, but most important are; improved UI, new ext-js (version 6) and under the hood code (like new Zend version, classification store, etc).

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When can you deliver? (FedEx)

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As a customer, there are two things prioritizing choices of shipping methods. First one, of course, is shipping price and other is delivery date. Since Magento is already showing us shipping prices on the checkout we don’t need to worry about that.

Magento offers us a lot of different shipping possibilities and each one has its own way of communicating and returning shipping details so there is not one single solution for all of them, but for now, we can show you how to do this for FedEx.

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Developers Paradise – a safe haven for true heroes of Magento community

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We’re less than a month away from an amazing Croatian experience that will be Developers Paradise 2016.

We’re thrilled to be able to welcome more than 200 community members from over 30 countries for an event packed with everything you want from a dev conference – amazing speakers, laid back atmosphere, workshops, hackathon – wrapping it all up in a tagline that’s become much more than just that – lots of code and fun in the sun!

Here are some cool insights into #DevParadise and a reminder of why this event is as close as it gets to a real-life paradise for developers – read on!

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Push notifications in Magento

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When running a web shop there is always need to somehow keep your customers posted with the new information. It can be done in different ways, but using push notifications seems like a pretty neat and convenient way to do it. This technology has been around for some time now but unlike mobile apps, there aren’t many websites that actually utilize it. There’s probably not enough buzz about it out there and to be honest, for certain channels, the technology is not quite ready yet in terms of development. Nevertheless, let’s check it out.

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Our process of designing a Magento web store

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Do you know in how many steps designing a Magento web store is divided? There is so much “invisible” work behind the final design of a Magento web store and in the following text I will try to explain how and why we do what we do.

Visual aspects are, of course, a very important part, but our design lies behind a big number of data, user research and understanding how users interact with a web store.  

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Changing default category sort direction in Magento

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While Magento offers a lot of power when you want to customize category pages and their impressions on your users, there are still some options that are not provided but would come in handy. One common desire is to promote expensive products and ability to reverse sort direction of products in category is a simple way to achieve that.

Functionality like that will require some custom coding, but no fear – it is rather straightforward. :)
Prerequisites: Magento module creation, setup scripts, block rewrites.

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Taking control over module upgrade process

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Every Magento developer has at least once encountered situation where long lasting module upgrade script caused issue for end customers. Or even worse, fail over and over, due to being executed multiple times.

Of course, there is a very simple solution for this. And since we have encountered many sites which do not use this approach, I have decided to share it with you.

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Extending “Contact us” functionality in Magento

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One of the most important aspects of any business is customer support. It is important to enable your customers to easily reach to you if they need to contact you.

Out of the box Magento offers nice form on “Contact us” page where customers can enter their info and submit support request without opening their email client and searching for your customer service email.

However, sometimes that’s not enough. Depending of your business type and size, you may want to split your customer support into departments to improve your efficiency of solving support requests.

Luckily, it’s not complicated so let’s start!

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Sorry, we can’t ship there

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Magento offers a fair amount of shipping options out of the box, but we often find ourselves customizing this particular core functionality due to specific needs of our clients.

In this post we will show you how to disallow shipping to specific countries and we will do it on a product level. Let’s get started!

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Behind the scenes of Inchoo Design team: a talk with Katarina Dijakovic

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Have you noticed the fresh look on our blog posts? Recently our Inchoo design team has been putting a lot of effort into our featured images, but also working on a great portfolio through various projects along with evolving Inchoo’s identity. Our usability audit is now just one of their services because with the newest addition to the team, Katarina Dijakovic, they’re more versatile than ever.

That’s why we decided to talk to Katarina and learn a bit about what inspires her, what keeps her going and how she found herself in eCommerce.

Here you have an interview with her – about technicalities, design hacks and about what she thinks of design in eCommerce now when there’s a certain mileage in her Inchoo shoes.

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How to effectively improve usability of your Magento store?

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As a merchant, sometimes you may find high bounce rates, lower conversion rates than you’d like, or any other signal warning you of troubles in your online store.

Online merchants are leaving plenty of money on the table by missing a very important component of an eCommerce business: online store usability. Many of them fail in their primary goal of making purchasing easy for their customers.

So, why do customers leave and how to change that?

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