Sir Tim Berners-Lee once said that “Access (to the Web) by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect”. We, as developers, always strive to create a website which looks and feels good on a wide range of devices, resolutions, operating systems, network speeds, etc., but how often do we consider designing or creating a website for a wide range of people? In this article, we’re going to cover some basic frontend principles of improving accessibility and what that means in context of a Magento website.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
Don’t do it. Just, simply, never write a database query inside a loop. Ever. Put in a little bit of effort and write code that will insert or read all data in one big batch, or at least group big chunks of data in the smallest possible number of queries. That’s it. Move on. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.Read more
As promised, we prepared something that will spice up your holidays better than Christmas decorations and mulled wine. In this article you can find our open-source compatibility extension for Magento and PHP 7 (yes, you read that right!) as well as some of the experiences and performance tests.Read more
While working on a project, I had to add a unique static block between header and main content of the CMS page on each CMS page. Element had to be fully customizable via Magento admin panel and it had to be easy to create on new CMS pages, easily modifiable and removable. Since that element needed to be placed outside of the main content, it couldn’t have been added using CMS in Magento admin. It had to be added using Magento layouts. Here’s how I achieved that.Read more
UPDATE: The issue described in the following text has been taken care of in Magento EE 1.14 / CE 1.9
Recently, a pretty strange issue occurred on one of our projects. Our client reported that when trying to assign products to a category, only a thousand of products got saved while the other ones were ignored. To deal with this issue, I decided to jump to the category save action and check for any problems with the code that may cause this behaviour.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
In this article we’ll expand our knowledge and learn how to create a bundle of products programmatically in Magento.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
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
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