Most of us in ecommerce application development have already heard of Magento. Some would call it new ecommerce killer app. I myself stand with that statement for many of reasons. However I would like to call it with one more name, developer killer app. This developer killer is what I literally had in mind. Magento is currently one of the most difficult PHP systems out there a developer could learn and master.
So, what exactly makes Magento so hard? Short answer would be the lack of good, and I mean really good IDE studio. You know, like the one .Net guys and girls have, something like Visual Studio. Yea, here I go again giving praises to Visual Studio and monopolistic Microsoft although I make my living using open source PHP. I should really be a shame, right? Well, no!
Did you ever wonder what does it take to build a successful website? Bob Misita from Virante helps us visualize the process. He made a flowchart of 40 steps that need to be completed before actual website launch. Although the list is quite comprehensive, this steps really occur even in medium sized projects.
I hope this will help all of you who want to build a self-money-generation sites with the deadline of 3 weeks. Look at the flowchart, analyze it and don’t start the development until you planned at least 80% of this boxes.
Couple of days ago I posted a question to LinkedIn Q&A. It was for those individuals/companies who use WordPress to run their main site. I was interested to know why do they find WordPress to be their chosen one CMS. The users were supposed to name top 3 key elements in WP that they find most important for your site. That was the easy part to most of them. Harder part was to name top 3 key elements they miss in WP, but have a feeling it would be important for their site.
After many weeks of work, our 1st Magento project hit the Web: TeraFlex Suspensions. As the purpose of the site in not primarily selling, but also branding and community development, we decided to use WordPress and Magento combination to accomplish the client’s goals.
Few days ago I had a task of upgrading Magento ver. 1.0.19870.1 to Magento ver. 1.1.1. When you are doing something like that on your own development machine, you probably don’t care much about backing up your database and installation folder. On my development machine I had a clean install of version 1.0.19870.1 where I merely entered few products, categories and other minor things. I had no other theme besides custom one. Before I was ready to do a update to real, shared, remote development machine I decided to test the update on my machine.
Performing local update went smoothly as it gets. On my surprise, everything work as it should be. I was convinced I can go and make upgrade to remote development machine. I had no SVN setup to my remote machine so all my code transfer was done trough FTP. Basically if you’re performing your upgrade trough full archive file all you need to do is copy content from archive to your root Magento installation and overwrite everything you’re asked to overwrite. Sound’s easy, doesn’t it? Well it is easy and your upgrade should go clean and without any glitch, that is if you are using built in theme. If you’re using a custom made theme, chances are you’re rune into trouble like i did.
Working on a project as only developer having direct contact with the client gives you the freedom not to think too much of a communication tool you will use. Couple of meetings, phone calls and an email will be just fine. After 3-4 weeks, you deliver the project and the communication is over. If that is your common scenario, than skip evaluation of this tool.
Note: This is one of our older posts that describes how to add featured product to the Magento home page. Meanwhile, we developed a Magento Community extension: Featured Products by Inchoo. We advise you to use it with Magento Connect in case you need featured products functionality.
There are millions of distinct designs on the web horizon. They all have more or less the styles on their own, like: 3D, cartoon, clean, dark, futuristic, geometric, grunge, minimalistic, retro, corporate, urban, vector, and many more. If we put out design diversity, most of them share the similar structure. They have header, menu, content area, sidebar or sidebars, footer, some secondary space and many more.
After many developed CRE Loaded’s online stores and watching Magento development progress for quite some time, I decided it was time to use Magento with my next client. My starting point for development was official Designer’s guide. I’m the type of guy who likes to have documents nice&clean, so I tried to print it but print was a mess. That’s when I decided to create PDF of the official documentation for easy print. This is probably the best starting tutorial for creating a fresh new Magento template.
There are many Lightbox clones this days. Some are fancier, some are lighter, some use jQuery, some do not. In this wast set of options, I found one I think I will prefer from today: FancyBox – fancy image zooming tool
It is based on jQuery and is a cool alternative to existing solutions. Here are some features:
If you are a WordPress newbie and you are willing to learn it, the 1st step would be to find a really good guide of how to create a WordPress theme from scratch. Small Potato from WPDesigner gives a really detailed tutorial for beginners. Best this about those is that he gives a free PDF download of all 3 book parts.