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Magento + .Net Framework, simple order preview app

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Posted on May 8th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Magento + .Net Framework, simple order preview app

For those of you who are into kinky stuff  I made a simple, more of a proof of concept, application that sits in Widnows taskbar and shows the order info in balloon popup. Took me little more than half of hour to get this working. Almost forgot how great C# is  Magento has this great feature, rss feed for orders. You can access it via link http://myshopsite/rss/order/new. It requires authentication, so you need to provide Magento user and pass to access this link. Idea I wanted to play around was how to get this info in my windows app. It’s really, really simple. Below is the screenshot of this little app for you to see what I’m talking about.

What is the best shopping cart?

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Posted on May 6th, 2011 | Posted by admin

If you try to ask this question on some forum or newsgroup, you will surely get many replies. Everyone will present you his favorite. My first developed online store was created with standard osCommerce platform. After three or four projects, I started to work with CRE Loaded and used it frequently for years.  Although it was also an osCommerce fork, it had many advantages. I switched to Magento™ early this year and this is my final choice.

Boost the speed of your Magento by ~235%

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Posted on May 6th, 2011 | Posted by admin

One of the drawbacks of Magento is currently its speed if default configuration is used. There are certain ways of making it run faster. The best one is to enable GZip compression by changing .htaccess file a little. You just need to uncomment part of the code. In my case, the speed increase was exactly 235%.

Find the following lines in your Magento .htaccess file and replace them with the following code.

Boost the speed of your Magento by ~235%

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Posted on May 5th, 2011 | Posted by admin

One of the drawbacks of Magento is currently its speed if default configuration is used. There are certain ways of making it run faster. The best one is to enable GZip compression by changing .htaccess file a little. You just need to uncomment part of the code. In my case, the speed increase was exactly 235%.

Find the following lines in your Magento .htaccess file and replace them with the following code.
## enable apache served files compression
## http://developer.yahoo.com/performance/rules.html#gzip

How to change background color of product image placeholder?

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Posted on May 5th, 2011 | Posted by admin

This is a simple magento tips but there are many people have asked for.

You can find and edit this file:

1.magento\app\code\core\Mage\Catalog\Model\Product\Image.php

find this code:

1.protected $_backgroundColor = array(255, 255, 255); //white background

change the background to the color you prefer:

1.protected $_backgroundColor = array(0, 0, 0); //black color
2.
3.//protected $_backgroundColor  = array(0, 0, 255); //blue color

Clear cache and refesh the fontend to get your result.

Good work!

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