Magento Themes and Magento Extensions

Tips For Creating Dynamic Category Landing Pages

Posted on May 4th, 2011 | Posted by admin

This is quite a common want, so I thought I would put together a quick tutorial with some ideas and pointers. My main goal will be to give you a starting point for building a static block and PHTML file that can be applied to top level categories to dynamically create a block with of all the subcategories.

The first thing to do is create a new static block (CMS → Static Blocks), lets call it ‘Dynamic Landing Pages’. Within the content paste this:

Magento Vertical Category Menu

Posted on February 21st, 2011 | Posted by admin

Magento Vertical Menu using Peter Hamilton’s code

In one of our premium Magento themes we implemented a vertical category menu with the code adapted from this thread. It’s quite easy to implement and to make it even easier for others, we decided to write a step by step tutorial.

  • Add a new block type in “catalog.xml” file
  • Create a new phtml file and name it “leftnav.phtml”, place it inside catalog/navigation
  • Edit CSS

Add a new block type in “catalog.xml” file

Here we presume you want to have the vertical category menu shows up on every page, to do so, we will place the code in the <default> layout like so, and we want it to always stay on the top, so we added “before=”-”:

How to Customize Magento Product Page

Posted on February 21st, 2011 | Posted by admin

I’m back with another tutorial about Magento. I’m not the best man you can find about Magento. But I’m trying to learn something from forums. The best you learn something is when you can explain it to someone else. So this is for that!

As I had mentioned in my previous post Magento is an open source ecommerce application made with PHP and Zend Framework. Company behind it is very dedicated to this project and works a lot about it. But the missing part is the tutorials I guess. There isn’t enough entry in their wiki and if you want to learn something, you have find it out yourself. So let’s begin!

This tutorial will cover basics about how you can find your way in the magento code and get to the right place and how you can change a product’s page design by changing the place of the images from left to right.

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