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”.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Back by popular demand – it’s Inchoo Snowflakes Magento extension! Revamped to behave nicely with responsive layouts, this extension will give your store a real holiday cheer, and bring smiles to your customers’ faces. Step by step installation and customization guide included.Read more
A heated Twitter debate is under way over what Magento should or should not allow in the new, updated Connect, and it was started by Magento themselves.
The plans are that new Magento Connect will focus on the quality of extensions listed and will, ultimately, become a much more merchant- and developer-friendly place where everyone around Magento ecosystem will run to, not from.
The biggest question seems to be – should encrypted Magento extensions be allowed? Let’s check the story behind it, pros, cons, and in-betweens and try to come up with a solution, or figure out what Magento will decide.Read more
Magento EAV (Entity Attribute Value) data model is used to get flexibility for your data, but it brings more complexity than relation table model. If you need data model that will have flexible attributes which can be dynamically added, for example from Magento admin panel, then EAV is the best solution for you. If using EAV, you don’t need to change table structure for every new attribute like you do on flat tables (creating new colums).Read more
Most of you are familiar how Magento product tags work. They are scoped by store, can be added by both customers on frontend and admin in backend, they have to be reviewed and approved, etc. Sometimes, depending on a situation, there’s a need for a different approach. Sometimes there’s a need for tags to be store independent.Read more
In this article I present you a free Inchoo_FoxMetrics Magento extension that adds support for FoxMetrics Customer Analytics and Targeting web service. Please note that it is not my, or Inchoo as a company, goal to promote FoxMetrics analytics service. This extension was simply a result of playing & testing various analytics software for which we made extensions separately.Read more
Recently I have been approached by the Amasty employee, asking me if I could do an independent review of two of their extensions. Usually here at Inchoo, we do not have a habit of doing so, however I was caught in a pretty good mood and decided to say yes. It’s probably because I had a pleasure meeting them in person on the last Magento Developer Paradise held in Mallorca September 16th to 19th 2013.
In this article I am going to do a quick review of their Improved Sorting v1.2.4 extension, using the latest Magento Community Edition v188.8.131.52 with nothing but the sample data downloaded from Magento website.Read more
Recently I have been doing several free extensions for various 3rd party web analytic software. Just for the fun of it. In this article I present you a free Inchoo_Reinvigorate Magento extension that adds support for Reinvigorate Simple, real-time web analytics + heatmaps service. Please note that it is not my, or Inchoo as a company to marketing Reinvigorate analytics service. This extension was simply a result of playing & testing various analytics software for which we made extensions separately.Read more
Few months ago I wrote an article How to: Dealer Locator extension for Magento, which was kind of an abstract overview of how to write the Dealers extension for Magento. After the article I got several feedback’s from people requesting the actual extension. Since I was very limited with time back then I kind of just ignored these requests. Lately however, I was able to spare some time to re-engage with articles on Inchoo.net. Since most of my articles are full blown extension, why make this one an exception 🙂Read more