Magento Themes and Magento Extensions

Internal Server Error 500 in Magento

Posted on May 13th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Internal Server Error 500 in Magento

Many of us who started experimenting with this interface and tried to place various values for Base URL, came to a dead end where Magento breaks.  Usually, we get Internal Server Error 500 with each page load. The problem lies in the fact that we can no longer open the Magento administration to correct the error. What needs to be done in such a scenario?

One of our clients wrote me a message today:

I have put in a bad spot. I changed the base URL to {{base_URL}} and now im getting a 500 server error on both the front end and the admin panel. I have looked through the database and cannot find the right field to change this value back. Can you point me in the right direction?

connect2MAGE | WordPress plugin for easy Magento database connection

Posted on May 8th, 2011 | Posted by admin

WordPress plugin for easy Magento database connection

Hi everyone. I wrote this little plugin while working on one of our projects. If you know your way around WordPress then you know what $wpdb variable stands for. Imagine the following scenario. You have WordPress installation on one database, Magento on another. You know your way around SQL. You can always make new object based on WPDB class inside your template files giving it database access parameters, or you can use this plugin and use $MAGEDB the same way you use $wpdb.

Below is a little example of using $MAGEDB to connect to Magento database and retrieve some products by reading id’s from custom field of some post inside your WordPress.

Place this code inside one of your templates, like single.php.

Disabling wishlist functionality

Posted on May 7th, 2011 | Posted by admin

magento themes

If like many of the Magento store owners you find that some of the built-in features are not useful to you or to your customers you can always disable them via the admin interface buy disabling their respective modules.

Wishlist is not one of them.

To remove all of the traces of the wishlist functionality you need to do the following:

1. Go to the Admin interface (select the appropriate scope) and under System -> Configuration -> Customers -> Whishlist select “No” under the “Enabled” in the General options.

Magento is difficult to modify and customize

Posted on February 21st, 2011 | Posted by admin

I’ve recently accepted a side project for a friend building an ecommerce solution that required some customizations.  I’ve read about Magento, attending a presentation about it at ZendCon 2008 by a couple guys from Varien, and viewed a few of the sample sites.  With my years of experience with oscommerce ecommerce, I was eager to dive right in and customize one of these!  Unfortunately, it turns out Magento sucks to work on.  Yes, I said Magento sucks.

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