Magento

Initial preparation for an eCommerce project

Working in web development company is really interesting, especially when you work in the company that deals with many different projects across many different industries. Every day is pretty challenging and you have to manage a lot of things to make it work. However, I can only imagine how you as our clients feel when you need to contact us about your new projects, as eCommerce can sometimes be a bit overwhelming even for seasoned players, not to mention the beginners…

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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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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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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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Javascript Bundling in Magento 2

Javascript bundling is a technique that groups separate files in order to reduce the number of HTTP requests that are required to load a page. Bundling is commonly used in today’s “module-based” development where some functionalities are basically split into Modules (roughly explained). For loading modules, we usually use some of popular module loaders such as rollup.js or RequireJS (which is Magento’s weapon of choice).

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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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