Magento Themes and Magento Extensions

Ten Tips for Keeping your Magento Store Secure

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Posted on September 30th, 2012 | Posted by admin

Are you worried about the security of your Magento store? Magento has a number of built-in security features aimed at keeping you safe, but there are some steps you can take to make your site even more secure. Follow this ten-point security policy to protect your site from hackers and security breaches.

1. Choose a secure password

When you’re choosing your Magento site’s administrator passwords, choose wisely. Depending on your configuration and permissions, this password may give access to customer information and credit card data. This is probably review for most readers, but here are some guidelines for creating a really secure password:

Bigger is better. Use at least 10 characters.
Mix upper and lower case, punctuation, and numbers.
Making your password phonetic can make it easier to remember and type quickly.

2. Require HTTPS/SSL for all pages with logins

How to Implement “See Price in Cart” Feature in Magento

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Posted on September 30th, 2012 | Posted by admin

Ever wonder why online stores like Amazon.com make you add a product to your cart in order to see the sale price? Learn why the ‘see price in cart’ feature is a valuable tool for online retailers and we’ll show you how to implement this feature in Magento using only Mageneto’s built in functionality.

Why do online stores make me add a product to my cart to see the sale price?
Believe it or not, when online retailers make you add a product to your cart to see the sale price, it’s not a ploy to trick you into buying the product. Rather, by agreement with the manufacturer, the retailer is prohibited from advertising a sale price below a minimum price. The retailer, however, is allowed to sell the product for whatever price they well. The price in the shopping cart does not count as an advertised price, but rather the final price the retailer is willing to sell the product at.

CREATE AND DOWNLOAD XLS REPORT FILE USING MAGENTO’S CORE

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Posted on September 29th, 2012 | Posted by admin

Reporting can be a very important part of the Module you might be developing for Mageneto. If you are showing your data in Grid that’s good, but it will be better if you add XLS file generation action on that grid, so that the site administrator can see the report in paper. And if you have in paper you can visualize more clearly than on screen.

I came this condition recently, and found out that Magento has functions to chanage your Grid (in Admin) to XLS files and if you dig more than you can change your data Array to XLS file using Magento’s function.

First let me say you about exporing data from the Admin Grid you have already populated. You need do the following in your grid Block’s _prepareColumn function.

$this->addExportType('router/controller/action', Mage::helper('reports')->__('Excel'));

And in your controller you will have to do this.

Magento Tutorial-Creating Magento Webstore

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Posted on September 28th, 2012 | Posted by admin

Do you have a web shop?  You might think probably why would you need it? To answer this question, if you are businessman and want to become somewhat like Amazon, then you must create an ecommerce website.  And Magento is one of the greatest shopping cart that allows us to create Magento stores quickly and in expensively. It comes with free and premium Magento Themes and extensions to build a perfect web shop.

First of all you have to make is clear that Magento is not a complicated ecommerce platform to setup and use. Magento comes in three versions,

  • Magento CE
  • Magento Go
  • Magento Enterprise

Only Magento CE is free, Most of the hosting service providers offer it as a free service. With just one click, you can have it installed and there you go. Your web shop is then ready to be in production with the greatest shopping cart once you add products to it and install your desired theme. There are tons of free and premium Magento themes available to choose. The default theme will probably not make any good unless you install custom Magento theme.

Let us see below how you can interact with Magento once you have setup your ecommerce website.

How to show products with toolbar and pagination in magento static block

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Posted on September 27th, 2012 | Posted by admin

It is common in all Magento sites to show the product list in Home page using CMS feature in admin. Recently i had a requirement to display special products in clearance category. I need to create a static block which calls the custom product list block with special product filtering and include it in a category called clearance.

But in the latest version of  Magneto 1.4 we can’t use XML Layout for static blocks, of course we can use XML Layout in CMS Pages which will include the toolbar and pagination. After doing lot of trial and error i found out a way to show products in static block with toolbar and pagination. The below method will show the product listing with pagination and toolbar in static block.

We can pass the arguments in the block call as shown below.

{{block type=”yourmodule/blockname” name=”product_list” category_id=”6″ column_count=”3″ count=”6″ limit=”4″ mode=”grid” toolbar_block_name=”product_list_toolbar” template=”catalog/product/list.phtml”}}

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