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Top 3 Solutions when your Magento Categories are not displaying

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Posted on May 5th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Here are 3 quick solutions to try if you do not see your Magento store categories after a fresh install of  Magento or an upgrade to the latest version. I wanted to post this because I just recently helped install Magento for someone and experienced this. The installation version was the latest Magento version, 1.2.1.2 and product categories did not show up on the frontend after they were added in the administration interface.

The top 3 solutions to this in my experience are:

  1. The categories not added as sub-categories of the Default, Root category.
  2. The Magento store configuration has no default category set.

Installing Magento on GoDaddy Hosting

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Posted on May 5th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Around November last year, Sizzle Manchester looked into some of the free and upcoming open source platforms available for e-commerce websites as cheaper, off-the-shelf alternatives to bespoke websites for our clients. One that stood out as a forerunner and possible osCommerce/Zen Cart competitor was the very new, very shiny, and very impressive Magento.

Magento is written in PHP and built upon the Zend framework. For those of you who still don’t know what Magento is or what it can do, go here now… It’s ok… We’ll wait. Back?

Magento supports tons of payment options (Protx, Google Checkout, and Paypal), and the Magento community provides tonnes of new additions, modules, and proprietary add-ons every day.

How to Add Dynamic Content to Magento Static Blocks and Pages?

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Posted on May 5th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Magento provides an easy way to create blocks of static content which, with a little Layout-XML-Fu, can be added to any page in Magento. Even better, these blocks can be added to any category page with no programming at all. This is great if you want to have a banner image with monthly specials and deals, or if you want to add a header image or descriptive text to a category.

Magento also makes it really easy to create static SEO landing pages. In just a few clicks you have a new static page, ready to lace with images and tasty keyword laden text, and to link to any product or category in the Store proper.

How To Install Magento?

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Posted on May 4th, 2011 | Posted by admin

What is Magento? Magento is an open source ecommerce platform designed to empower online businessmen and to remove barriers in business process and flow.

Magento is an online shop cart solution that offers a wide range of out of the box features that allows online stores to be setup fairly, quickly and efficiency with ease, and is available as an open source based solution.

Because it has been downloaded more than 600,000 times, perhaps it’s the fastest growing ecommerce solution in the market today. Magento looks and acts like the best of commercial solution, yet it is free to download.

Custom category menu navigation in Magento

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Posted on May 4th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Custom category menu navigation in Magento

Just some code for custom category menu navigation. I’m a bit short on time so, no fancy walk trough. All you need to make this show on your page is to call it inside layout file like

<block type=”core/template” template=”surgeworks/customcatnav.php” />

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