There are plenty of things to consider when designing an eCommerce site, but the most important is to design with the customer in mind. Different shopper types have different goals and shopping strategies, and being aware of these helps us make decisions that improve store usability. While analysing some of our recent projects, and taking into account a number of articles around this topic, we decided to break down online customers into five main types.Read more
This post describes how to add Magento products to Google Merchant Center (formerly known as Google Base) using a product feed and explains some of the issues you might encounter. This post used to be about adding Magento products to Google Base, but since Google swapped Google Base for Google Merchant Center, I revamped this article with up to date data.Read more
In this article, I will demonstrate how to write custom shipping in Magento, or to be more precise, two of them: standard shipping and express shipping, which is only available if none of your cart items exceeds specified weight threshold. Lets start by explaining how Magento handles shipping, and what would be needed to achieve our goal.Read more
We are now over two and a half months deep into Magento Solution Specialist certification that rolled out during this year’s Imagine eCommerce conference. So, it was about time to crunch some numbers – we bring you the first “State of Magento Solution Specialist Certification” report.Read more
In this article we’ll expand our knowledge and learn how to create a bundle of products programmatically in Magento.Read more
If you have plans for a new eCommerce project on Magento, what better place to start than with a team of certified experts who can prepare you to make the most of this powerful platform? Magento Certified Solution Specialist is someone you’d want to have on your team early on.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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
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?Read more
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.Read more
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).Read more