Magento Themes and Magento Extensions

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!

Some custom Blocks to help you show products

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Posted on February 21st, 2011 | Posted by admin

I have a few custom blocks I’ve written / copied and tweaked from various posts on Magento’s forums. I noticed they are pretty universal in how they grab, filter and return a product collection to be used in various template files (.phtml files). The blocks below should all work from List.phtml (app\design\frontend\default\default\template\catalog\product\list.phtml).

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