Posts by Stanislav Mihic

Sylius custom theme development – Create a theme

To continue contributing to the series of blog posts about Sylius theme development, I would like to dig deeper in creating and modifying the custom theme. I’ll write about the scenario where the client wants to implement a custom design and use their own theme for the frontend experience. There are also a few things to explain in term of Sylius theming, customizing template, and creating and using new custom theme, so I’ll cover that too.

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Sylius custom theme development – initial setup

This post is for you if you are a frontend developer working on Sylius eCommerce platform and you want to build a custom theme for your client. Sylius is mostly oriented towards backend developers and frontend part is only necessary to show what can be built on top of the platform. Frontend segments don’t come with much documentation or guidance, and what is available will help you with the kick start, but after that, you are on your own.

But wait, please, don’t be scared, this platform is actually very easy to use and modify once you master it. In the end you will be able to create anything what you or your client wants. In the very near feature in one of the next releases we are looking forward to seeing a new default theme for Sylius that has all out of the box functionalities which will show the true power of Sylius and what can be built on top of it.

In the meantime, read on…

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Create a multi-language store in Magento 2 – Part 2

In the first post from this series, we’ve focused more on theory and technical background behind multi-language Magento2 store. Now, we’ll create Magento2 store with additional French language. First thing is to go to the administration and create a new store view. Before we proceed, please check documentation where is explained a difference between store view, store and website, old but still relevant, http://docs.magento.com/m1/ce/user_guide/store-operations/stores-multiple.html.

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Create a multi-language store in Magento 2 – Part 1

Many merchants were in a situation where, upon expanding an online business, they needed to provide a localized version of their store, adjusted to local markets and languages. Creating multi-language (localized) store in Magento 2 is very much easy and in every aspect configurable.

The first step in creating a multi-language store is to download and install a language pack for Magento 2. If you need to make an adjustment on a specific language or need to adjust to a specific local situation, then you can easily make all those changes.

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Adding videos to product page in Magento2

Today is even impossible to imagine a good product detail page without product video/s. In Magento 2, adding videos to the product details page is quite easy. The major problem is in most cases with an initial setup. Most of the product videos already exist online, either on youtube.com or vimeo.com. In the first case, it’s the most popular video publishing platform and for vimeo.com we can say it is more or less dedicated to professionals and photo/video enthusiast.

Google, company behind youtube, set few rules regarding sharing and embedding videos to other domains, in our case our online store. They require to have enabled youtube API key if you want to use embedding youtube videos beyond simple grabbing embed code from youtube videos page.

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Magento functional testing with casper.js

Testing can be boring and time consuming task. So why don’t we use some tools and make our lives easier? In Magento there are numerous “boring” tasks that need to be done after the first install and then again when you test a new functionality. For example, create a test account, add product to cart, go trough checkout process, add product to wishlist, compare etc.

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Enhance Magento 404 page

Magento default installation already has a predefined custom 404 page (no-route). But is it enough to help visitor/customer get back on right track!?. Let’s look over a few examples of custom designed 404 pages. http://centar-alata.hr/404, https://github.com/404, http://www.bluedaniel.com/404, http://www.casino-lemonade.com/404/ – as you can see, it can be funny, creative or you can take advantage of this “case” and try to engage potential customer. Here are a few quick and dirty ideas on how to reuse custom 404 page in Magento and try to serve specific content on it.

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Magento mobile theme – imobile

Magento meets jQuery mobile (ver 1.1.0), before we start please note this is only experiment, use this theme on your own, this is not (yet) production ready. In a nutshell we have “package” under which we place all edited files. For start we use magento iphone theme and then add some “extra stuff”.

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