Magento Themes and Magento Extensions

Programmatically Create Magento Product Packages

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Posted on November 30th, 2012 | Posted by admin

On a recent project I had to write a piece of code which I thought I’d share with the Magento community in case it comes in useful for anyone. I have put all the code into one ‘add to cart’ controller below for the sake of simplicity, but you could break it up into separate methods to clean up the code a bit.

In a nutshell, all products on the site have a normal price and some have a package price. If they have a package price they are capable of being purchased with other products as part of a package deal, but only two at a time. Therefore these products had to be purchased as one product using the special prices as we can’t have customers adjusting the quantities of items added to the cart. Here’s the code in myPackageController.php broken up:

REFLECTING ON MAGENTO

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Posted on November 29th, 2012 | Posted by admin

The last couple of weeks I have been building an e-commerce website using open source software Magento. The most important factor about Magento is the ability to change absolutely anything in the code to suit your own requirements meaning anything is possible.

The one problem with this is the well-known steep learning curve that comes along with the software where even the simplest of tasks become hours worth of online investigation. The lack of one-to-one support results in the scouring of  forums, chat rooms and blog posts until you find your answer, which when people have their own problems to deal with, can mean that help is not top of anyone’s priority.

Ten great ecommerce tips for Magento

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Posted on November 28th, 2012 | Posted by admin

Ten great ecommerce tips for Magento
Practical eCommerce – the leader in Ecommerce news – asks industry insiders each month to share a great, innovative idea that could help an ecommerce company succeed. Here’s what ten of them had to say for the July 2009 installment.
1. Focus on Upsell Products, Roy Andre Tollefsen, Lead Designer
2. Automation is Not a Subsitute for Outstanding Support
3. Tap Location Online to Drive Offline Sales
4. A/B Split Testing
5. Find Related Forums and Blogs
6. Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment
7. Maximize Your Profit on Every Item Sold
8. More Trust Equals More Revenue
9. Add a Video Play Button
10. See Things From a Customer’s Viewpoint

Magento Commerce – Shopping Cart Abandonment Email Plugin

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Posted on November 27th, 2012 | Posted by admin

Magento Commerce – Shopping Cart Abandonment Email Plugin

We are currently working on a plugin that allows you to send emails to your customers who have abandoned their shopping carts. This plugin is due to be released in the next couple of days.

Here is how the plugin works:

  • Setup
    You set up the plugin to send out an email xx minutes after shopping cart abandonment.
    You specify which template to use for the email
  • Action
    The plugin will automatically send an email to the customer on their registered email address after xx minutes of a shopping cart abandonment.

You will also be able to pick different templates and assign different promotions to get the customer to purchase again.

Magento performance: Optimize MySQL settings for your Magento database using Tuning Primer shell script

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Posted on November 26th, 2012 | Posted by admin

The Tuning Primer is a shell script that allows you to review the MySQL settings and make adjustments to increase Magento database performance and stability. The script will analyze MySQL statistics and provide you with recommendations on how to fine-tune your MySQL server.

The uptime of your MySQL should be more than 48 hours for correct script work. Only in this case there will be enough information for analysis. Tuning Primer script is compatible with all versions of MySQL starting from 3.23.

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