I’ll guide you through Magento’s timezone behavior, as I’ve noticed that people tend to get confused in cases when they have 2 or more websites with different timezones. If this is what you are searching for, read on!Read more
Since Magento has built in functionality for translations, you can ask yourself why Magento doesn’t want to translate my labels… and everything is set up correctly!
For all of you who work on Magento for a while and you didn’t yet needed to translate everything in Magento admin area here is a short “howto” on what you can do:
go to app/code/core/Mage/Adminhtml/Block/Widget/Form.php
and find protected function _setFieldset($attributes, $fieldset, $exclude=array())
Instead of this line
//'label' => $attribute->getFrontend()->getLabel(), //put this: 'label' => Mage::helper('core')->__($attribute->getFrontend()->getLabel()),
Of course you will not change Magento’s core file in this way 🙂 (more below).Read more
Sometimes you need to extend functionality of Magento categories. There is several ways to do that, I will show you how it can be done.
You can do that by modifying and adding data into some of tables directly, but it can be waste of time if you don’t know what you are doing.
This post will describe how you can add new custom category attribute in your Magento store via sql_setup script.
Today I’m going to give you and quick HOW-TO for beginners on how to create simple configuration for your extension inside Magento’s configuration section.
If you’re interested, read on:
Well, any version control system is great, at least in compare with none at all. But what’s happening with your database? Today I’ll show you how to create automated solution for backup and insertion of MySQL database into Git repository.Read more
I made a small research regarding Magento performance. Perhaps, you already know it, but I would like to share this with other people who probably haven’t heard about this problem.Read more
Greetings fellow developers! Today I’ll try to explain the principles of EAV system and Magento’s implementation of it. This is a tutorial / explenation for beginners, so please be patient and even try to draw the logic on a paper if you don’t understand it. A small notice before we start. I won’t use specific SQL query examples since this will be a simplified example of principles of the EAV.Read more
If you ever went through Magento installation process, you know that at some point you are asked for Magento Encryption key. Magento will automatically generate one for you if you do not enter anything in this field. For first installation, this is just fine. You will see a note that Magento uses this key to encrypt passwords, credit cards and more. Is this really the case?Read more
Given the sheer size of Magento system, its quite easy to loose valuable time when trying to achieve even the basic things like “Creating simplest ORM model class”. Substantial amount of serious programming in Magento requires you to write some values to database.Read more
One of the differences between Magento eCommerce platform and lets say WordPress, when looked from developer point of view, is “avoid raw queries” approach. For a web application, Magento is massive system. His database, although not so massive but surely breathtaking with around 220 tables forces you to use “eye candy” EAV model to do even simple things.Read more
I have been involved in Magento development for almost a year now. God knows I had (and still have) my moments of pain with it :). If you are in professional, everyday, PHP development that focuses mainly on Magento then your life probably isn’t all flowers and bees. Magento is extremely rich eCommerce platform, but its main downside IMHO is its size and code complexity. If you download Magento via SVN, you will sound find out it has around 11 600 and more files. This is no small figure. Transferring that much of files over the FTP can be a real night mare. Luckily we have SSH and tar command to handle this really neat.Read more
If you worked with osCommerce, Zen Cart, CRE Loaded or any similar eCommerce platform before, you might find Magento database structure quite confusing when you see it for the first time. I advise you not to rush too much figuring out what is what by glancing through database. Try to spend first few hours getting familiar with some background. For purposes of flexibility, the Magento database heavily utilizes an Entity-Attribute-Value (EAV) data model. As is often the case, the cost of flexibility is complexity. Is there something in Magento that is simple from developers point of view?Read more