Magento

Tuning Redis for extra Magento performance

Using Redis is a quick & easy way to improve Magento performance. Setting it up is easy, performance benefits are great, and we never had problems with it – it’s fire and forget. Inchoo already covered that in detail: https://inchoo.net/magento/using-redis-cache-backend-and-session-storage-in-magento/.

But, come on! Are we really going to races with the stock engine? Are we tuning Magento performance or what? Redis is fast by default, but it can get a lot faster. Read on to see how.

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Improve default Magento reviews

If you’ve ever worked on Magento framework you’re familiar with the fact that Magento provides bunch of useful features. In this article we will cover one of them – Customer Product Reviews. Maybe some will say that we don’t need to change anything regarding this feature, but when we are in custom development a lot of things can’t just work “out of box”. Especially if you willing to provide fully polished retina responsive theme, default isn’t the way we roll.

So let us improve the default Magento product reviews feature.

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A simple frontend workflow for Gulp

What is Gulp?

Gulp is a task/build runner which uses Node.js for web development. In this tutorial, I will not explain how to create your Gulp plugin but I will show you how you can create a simple, basic, customized build process for your frontend workflow to ease your job.

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Enabling Multi-part MIME Emails in Magento

This article will explain steps needed for altering Magento transactional emails in order to support Multi-part mime emails. Which means that those emails will support both Text and HTMl versions of email. Core for handling multipart data is already implemented in Zend_Mime module, so there is no need for writing code that will handle necessary headers and boundary for multipart implementation.

So let’s get to it!

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Pimcore Portlets

After long time, we are back on Pimcore development. This time, we are working on Pimcore 4, which is in development (RC version), and we will share some guides with you. There are many changes in new Pimcore version, but most important are; improved UI, new ext-js (version 6) and under the hood code (like new Zend version, classification store, etc).

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When can you deliver? (FedEx)

As a customer, there are two things prioritizing choices of shipping methods. First one, of course, is shipping price and other is delivery date. Since Magento is already showing us shipping prices on the checkout we don’t need to worry about that.

Magento offers us a lot of different shipping possibilities and each one has its own way of communicating and returning shipping details so there is not one single solution for all of them, but for now, we can show you how to do this for FedEx.

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Push notifications in Magento

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.

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Changing default category sort direction in Magento

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.

Functionality like that will require some custom coding, but no fear – it is rather straightforward. 🙂
Prerequisites: Magento module creation, setup scripts, block rewrites.

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Taking control over module upgrade process

Every Magento developer has at least once encountered situation where long lasting module upgrade script caused issue for end customers. Or even worse, fail over and over, due to being executed multiple times.

Of course, there is a very simple solution for this. And since we have encountered many sites which do not use this approach, I have decided to share it with you.

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Extending “Contact us” functionality in Magento

One of the most important aspects of any business is customer support. It is important to enable your customers to easily reach to you if they need to contact you.

Out of the box Magento offers nice form on “Contact us” page where customers can enter their info and submit support request without opening their email client and searching for your customer service email.

However, sometimes that’s not enough. Depending of your business type and size, you may want to split your customer support into departments to improve your efficiency of solving support requests.

Luckily, it’s not complicated so let’s start!

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Sorry, we can’t ship there

Magento offers a fair amount of shipping options out of the box, but we often find ourselves customizing this particular core functionality due to specific needs of our clients.

In this post we will show you how to disallow shipping to specific countries and we will do it on a product level. Let’s get started!

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How to effectively improve usability of your Magento store?

As a merchant, sometimes you may find high bounce rates, lower conversion rates than you’d like, or any other signal warning you of troubles in your online store.

Online merchants are leaving plenty of money on the table by missing a very important component of an eCommerce business: online store usability. Many of them fail in their primary goal of making purchasing easy for their customers.

So, why do customers leave and how to change that?

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