If you already performed some Magento research, you will know that it is built on a fully modular model that gives great scalability and flexibility for your store. While creating a theme, you are provided with many content blocks that you can place in structural blocks. If you are not sure what they are, please read Designer’s Guide to Magento first. Magento provides few structural blocks by default and many content blocks. This article tells what needs to be in place to create new structural block.Read more
Category toolbar has many options. By default it shows how many items are in the category, you can choose how many products you wish to be displayed per page, you can change the listing type (List or Grid) and you may choose Sort Order. This “Sort Order” can be confusing. The default “Sort Order” is “Best Value”. What does it mean? How is the Best value determined? Can we change the default sort order?Read more
There are a lot of ways to add social sharing buttons to your Magento store. You can choose from several different free or paid extensions, create your own, use services like AddThis or even paste the official button scripts from button generators (like Facebook Like Button generator). However, you will always end up with default (official) buttons that have a limited set of styling options. If you need a simple solution that just works this article is for you.Read more
We recently integrated a feature that would prevent users from creating an order with a PO Box in Australia. Since we are already familiar with Australia Post shipping integration (and heavy modifications of it, I might add :)), the first thing that came to mind is to have a look if there’s some API or web interface that can be used to filter out post codes that are linked to PO Boxes. Many high volume addresses and/or PO Boxes in Australia have their own post code, so it looked like an obvious solution. It turns out that it’s not that simple or logical, since there are many edge cases where you can not reliably tell if you should filter the code out or not. There is a guide made by Fontis that shows how to validate the input fields in order to filter out PO Boxes. However, in our case we had some dynamic content loading with Temando shipping method integrated. This guide is intended as a more general solution that is compatible with Checkout page’s dynamic content and third party Shipping methods integration like Temando.Read more
Here is a quick tip how to enhance your form validation error messages and show them in a tooltip.
There’s no need for any templates modification, all you have to do is edit your CSS file and update it with custom code.Read more
This is not a copy-paste kind of tutorial. It is made for beginners so please try to understand what is going on before you start copying the code. If you are an experienced developer you can skip to the end and inspect the final code.
Nowadays every client wants some kind of lightbox effect for product images on the product page. Although there are a lot of ways to do it, I often stumble upon Magento stores that have a buggy and sometimes useless implementation of this feature. In my opinion, it should be simple, fast, easy to use and above all intuitive.Read more
If you’re working for a client for a while there is a high probability that you got request to implement some commercial extension. Or perhaps you’re store owner and you bought specific extension but you now want to test it firstly locally, before you deploy it on your live site.
In this short post I’ll give you an idea of what you can do to “make it work” locally in case when you have valid license for the extension and extension doesn’t work on your local project. If you’re interested on what you can do in situation like this one, keep reading.Read more
A couple of weeks ago one of my colleagues from Inchoo wrote a very nice article about Tracking Onepage Checkout abandonment using Google Analytics. We will go a bit further now and expand the set of data that we are tracking in order to try to pinpoint the exact cause of checkout abandonment, if possible. You will also see that this code is re-usable on any form in frontend, which is something that I’m sure you will find a use for.Read more
For some of you, this might come as a surprise, but Magento does not support “disabling” the shipping method on frontend but leaving it on in admin area. OK, thats not 100% correct since you can do some sort of a “tweak config” that would enable this effect. The thing is that although Magento supports “global/website/store” configs, shipping methods are turned on/off on a global and website level. On store level you can simply edit the title of a shipping method plus few other things, but usually you cannot enable/disable shipping method on a store level.Read more
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.Read more
Inchoo Flick Gallery is an easy-to-use Magento extension that will integrate any Flickr gallery into your Magento website. It is fully customizable using a simple Magento back-end configuration page and it uses Flickr API to get all the required information and data. Extension is tested on Magento 1.6 and 1.7 but it’s still the first version so be careful if you decide to use it on your live site.Read more
Many stores require some additional information in the main navigation drop-down section. Displaying only subcategories might not always be enough and I noticed this is becoming a trend on shopping sites now days. Although there are many ways to accomplish this (including building you own custom module) I would like to show you a more clever way that will allow you to use static blocks and easily connect them with product categories.Read more
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”.Read more
Magento Global Messages are sometimes not enough visible to the customers.
Let’s improve their visual impact by putting them on top of the page, and prettify with some nice animations!Read more