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Advanced search in Magento and how to use it in your own way

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Posted on May 16th, 2011 | Posted by admin
Advanced search in Magento and how to use it in your own way

It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been working on Magento quite actively last two months. I noticed this negative trend in my blogging; more I know about Magento, the less I write about it. Some things just look so easy now, and they start to feel like something I should not write about. Anyhow…. time to share some wisdom with community

Our current client uses somewhat specific (don’t they all) store set. When I say specific, i don’t imply anything bad about it. One of the stand up features at this clients site is the advanced search functionality. One of the coolest features of the built in advanced search is the possibility to search based on attributes assigned to a product.

To do the search by attributes, your attributes must have that option turned on when created (or later, when editing an attribute). In our case we had a client that wanted something like

dotProject – Open Source Project Management for free

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Posted on May 16th, 2011 | Posted by admin
dotProject – Open Source Project Management for free

Notice the word free in the title. If something is declared as open source this does not imply it should be free. Take a look at FogBugz. It is, one of the best open source project tracking tools currently available. However it’s quite expensive. Maybe not so expensive to larger companies but for small businesses and freelancers it sure is.

Yesterday I came across dotProject tool. If you are like me and came to PHP from .Net world then your first though might be that this is .Net application due to the “dot” in the title. Well, it isn’t, it’s a PHP powered collaboration tool.

To find the download link for dotProject just visit their official website at dotproject.net. Installation on local web server (WAMP) was quite painless. All I needed to do is to create my database before installation. I haven’t had much time to go trough the code, for what I saw (declared variables using var) it seems to be PHP4/5 oriented.

Installing Magento easy way

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Posted on May 16th, 2011 | Posted by admin
Installing Magento easy way

Those of you who know what SVN is, feel free to skip this article. Those of you who are not familiar with SVN, this is a must-read. If you use standard FTP to upload all Magento files, you may find this process very time consuming. Magento 1.1.8 has over 6.700 files in over 2.200 folders. FTPing can sometimes take few hours on some servers. Let’s look at alternatives.

Both alternatives require SSH access to the server. I’m aware that some low quality webhosting providers do not provide you with SSH info immediately. If you don’t have SSH info, ask webhosting support. If they don’t give it to you, change webhosting provider. Make it a rule, you’ll make your life much easier.

Get yourself familiar with basic UNIX commands first.

Delete test orders in Magento

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Posted on May 16th, 2011 | Posted by admin
Delete test orders in Magento

You got a Magento project to develop, you created a Magento theme, you placed initial products and categories and you also placed some test orders to see if Shipping and Payment methods work as expected. Everything seems to be cool and the client wishes to launch the site. You launch it. When you enter the administration for the first time after the launch, you will see all your test orders there. You know those should be deleted. But how?

If you try to delete orders in the backend, you will find out that you can only set the status to “cancelled” and the order is still there.  Unfortunately, Magento doesn’t enable us to delete those via administration, so you will not see any “Delete order” button. This can be quite frustrating both to developers and the merchants. People coming from an SAP world find the inability to delete to have some merit but there should be a status that removes the sales count from the reports i.e. sales, inventory, etc.

Magento store with 1 product

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Posted on May 16th, 2011 | Posted by admin
Kapitol Reef :: Magento store with 1 product

Can an online store have only one product? Sure it can and we give you the one that just launched. Kapitol Reef was founded to develop, perfect, manufacture and market a new breed of snorkels based upon pressure-balanced breathing in the aquatic environment. The entire focus for this company is to deliver best-of-class products, starting with the snorkel. Kapitol Reef is in the market for many years and this week they published a new site. Similar to our work on Teraflex project, we used WordPress and Magento platforms for the development.

The request was to have an extensive online store solution with multiple customers groups. Those groups should have different product prices and different payment options. Magento seemed like a great solution for such a request, although the initial concern was if it might be an overkill considering the fact we only have one product to start with?

When the development started to roll out, the concern was no more. This will work superbly. We give you the new Magento store that uses a combination of WordPress and Magento. Magento portion of the site is visible from the Online Store tab.

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