Magento Themes and Magento Extensions

Magento Admin area charts powered by Google Charts

Posted on January 21st, 2015 | Posted by admin

Just an interesting note:
The charts that you see on the dashboard in the Magento Admin area are powered by Google’s Chart API.
You can look it up here:

A quick and prelim. exploration of the core files show that the phtml files for this can be found here:
The controlling code is here:

Solution – Can’t Log in to Magento Admin – No Error

Posted on March 14th, 2013 | Posted by admin

If you pull down a Magento site to a local machine, and change the database core_config table to point to the local machine, and it appears to work fine until you try to login to the site admin, there can be many issues.

One of the most common ones though is not having a period (dot) in the host name – e.g. localhost/admin or martyn-desktop/admin – if you don’t have the period, the cookies don’t work properly and you end up in a login loop.

To fix it, make sure your machine is accessible via a domain with a period – e.g. martyn-desktop.local – by either editing your hosts file (/etc/hosts) or check your router – it possibly already adds a domain name like .config and set your path in core_config to the same.

Sneak Peek: Creating Categories in the Magento Admin

Posted on October 4th, 2012 | Posted by admin

With the release of the Beta1, Preview version of Magento approaching in the next couple of weeks we present a sneak peek of the Magento Admin Panel.

Today we will take a look at creating a new category in the Magento Admin. Click on the picture to bring up a full size version.
Sneak Peek: Creating Categories in the Magento Admin

Template Path Hints for Admin Panel Magento

Posted on December 23rd, 2011 | Posted by admin
Magento has a built in feature called template path hints to identify the path of frontend template files and its block classes. But Sometimes you need to locate the path of adminhtml template files. Recently while searching the magento forum i got this solution. So to enable template hints for the adminhtml. Follow the below step
Step 1: Change the file app/code/core/Mage/Core/etc/system.xml as follows:

How to translate form labels in Magento’s Admin Area

Posted on August 2nd, 2011 | Posted by admin

Since Magento has built in functionality for translations, you can ask yourself why Magento doesn’t want to translate my labels… and everything is set up correctly!
For all of you who work on Magento for a while and you didn’t yet needed to translate everything in Magento admin area here is a short “howto” on what you can do:
go to app/code/core/Mage/Adminhtml/Block/Widget/Form.php
and find protected function _setFieldset($attributes, $fieldset, $exclude=array())
Instead of this line

//'label'     => $attribute->getFrontend()->getLabel(),
//put this:
'label' => Mage::helper('core')->__($attribute->getFrontend()->getLabel()),

Of course you will not change Magento’s core file in this way  (more below).

Let’s do step by step instructions for setting up translations in Magento.
1) create a file in app/code/local/Inchoo/Translations/etc/config.xml with the following content:

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