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Solr and Magento – search by department

There are eCommerce stores which sell a wide variety of products like food, personal care, electronics, and so on. On those stores, visitors want to be able to search by a specific category. This can be achieved by adding a new feature: search by department or category. In this quick tutorial I will explain the base concept of how to do it using Solr search engine as an example.

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How to keep design library in sync across the team? Welcome Sketch Libraries!

The buzz these days is all about design systems, but design system by itself is not enough to ensure consistency through all designs. When working with design systems, the main challenges are ongoing maintenance and informing everyone about the changes.

For a long time, there wasn’t a thorough solution for designers who design in Sketch which would provide easy access to the latest styles and propagate changed assets to team members. Yeah, we had the ability to share symbols via plugins for a while (Craft’s Library), but there were too many problems, and sharing library is too important to rely on a third-party plugin.

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Case Study: Migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2 for Sloan Express

Sloan Express case study

Sloan Express is a family-owned business with deep roots in the agricultural industry that have been serving the needs of farmers worldwide for over 80 years. Located in Central Illinois, Sloan Express is the area leader offering new agricultural parts that are equal to or better than the original equipment part. They sell directly to farmers, implement dealers and repair shops.

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Programmatically create upsell, cross sell and related products in Magento

This article will explain how to add upsell, cross sell and related products programmatically to Magento. One of practical examples would be data migration from some other ecommerce system to Magento. You can read a nice article on how to add upsell, cross sell and related products from administration here. It explains what all these product relations mean and where are they used on the site.

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Klevu – search engine that will increase revenue, self-learn and improve UX

One of most important parts of every store is its Search functionality. Implementing a more advanced search solution can have positive and big impact on search function, which leads to significant increase in conversion rate. After all, visitors trust in search results. If your store’s search experience is good, users will use it more than browsing by clicking through categories.

With artificial intelligence and self learning processes, search engines became even more powerful and provide us with features that were not possible before.

Klevu is one of those search engines – it is fast (really fast), it provides high level of customisation and most important – it learns from your customers and self-improves which results in more accurate search results and increase in revenue.

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External database connection in Magento

magento external database connection

Most of the time working with Magento, a single database connection is just enough. Magento has excellent system of adding new tables in database or extending existing ones. So, why would there be a need for an external database connection outside the Magento system? Well, one of the examples is data migration from another ecommerce system. In this article, a simple connection to external database is explained with CRUD (create, read, update, delete) examples.

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Experiences of running Magento 1 on PHP 7

How time flies! It’s been almost a year and a half since we released Inchoo_PHP7 extension for Magento 1 (https://github.com/Inchoo/Inchoo_PHP7), and announced that in a blog post (http://inchoo.net/magento/its-alive/).

We were just scratching our own itch – wanting to use all the performance benefits PHP 7 brought to run Magento faster. But, as the cover image of that post inadvertently prophesied, we created a monster that escaped, and is continuing to terrorize the villagers to present day.

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Making FedEx api show shipping estimate

There always comes the time when shopkeeper decides that he want’s to inform his customer of shipping estimate on checkout, so they could know approximately when they will get their goods. And for that, many shops today rely on API-s like ones from USPS or FedEx. Both of which are available for Magento.

In this article I will be showing you how to override FedEx carrier to return shipping estimate for given rates.

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How I learned to stop worrying and love 3rd party modules for Magento

It’s just another day at the office. “Coffee tastes best on a Friday morning”, you think to yourself while reading emails from the previous day. Couple of guys are shouting in the back, and you’re shushing them angrily. With noise slowly diminishing, you find yourself checking an email with a request for custom change on one of your Magento stores. “Guys, we’ve got work to do. WeHeart3rdPartyModules Ltd. just requested a custom change on one of their stores. Who is willing to take on this one?”. Silence takes over the room. The only sound you hear is a fan from your colleagues PC (no need to ask why, Magento 2 is deploying static content). It seems like you’re in this alone. “Damn, I was hoping for a slow Friday”.

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Using PostCSS with Sass

In this article we’ll be looking to a basic overview of PostCSS from the perspective of a developer whose current CSS development process includes use of CSS preprocessor, or in particular, Sass. If you’re a Sass user, there are a couple of approaches when starting out with PostCSS. You could make a complete switch and recreate your basic preprocessing environment with PostCSS, or you could start using it as a supplement.

Many of you will say that you still only rely on your favorite preprocessor, but then, it’s possible that you’re also using Autoprefixer for vendor prefixing, and guess what? In this case, you have already included PostCSS into your workflow.

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