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Adding Magento products to Google Base

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Posted on May 27th, 2011 | Posted by admin
Adding Magento products to Google Base

Magento made adding products to Google Base (Google Product Search) a pretty simple process that can be done using Magento’s admin interface. This guide will tell you how to do it and how to fix known issues.

First of all, I wanna show you this really nice screencast I found on Vimeo that guides you through the process of adding your Magento products to Google Base, however you will probably have some issues after you follow the screencast since it doesn’t really tell you everything there is to know.

Magento: How to import additional images for products

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Posted on May 25th, 2011 | Posted by admin

We did a migration from CRE LOADED (osCommerce clone) to Magento and we had to import all products with additional images. Every products had from 4 to 6 images which was a problem because Magento doesn’t have built-in ability to upload multiple images for products.
Our solution:

Step 1.
Save this in the file “/app/etc/modules/Inchoo_Import.xml”

More Flexible Approach for Listing Sale Products in Magento

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Posted on May 17th, 2011 | Posted by admin
More Flexible Approach for Listing Sale Products in Magento

One of my recent articles was on the subject of sorting “On Sale” product in Magento. The following is a cleaner and more advanced look at how—with few tricks and smart moves—you can reuse existing Magento code and modify it to suit your needs.

Product can be “on sale” in two ways:

1. when an item has a special price assigned to it on the individual level, or

2. when a special promotion “covers” the item

It is important to remember that you don’t have to set up the special price on each product to get it to be on sale; you can simply create a promotion rule and say something like “Set all the products in Category X to be on sale.”

I provided few screenshots at the bottom of this article to provide a closer look at what I’m talking about. I will not go into too much details here since this is a bit more advanced HOW TO, but here is the process in a nutshell:

First, create a copy of /catalog/product/list.phtml file and name it onsale_list.phtml. Here is my version of onsale_list.phtml file.

Second,  “activate” this new file. There are few ways you can do this. Let’s say you wish to assign this onsale_list.phtml on one of our categories, named “On Sale,” for instance.

Magento 1.2. is out (with downloadable products)

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Posted on May 17th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Magento 1.2. is out (with downloadable products)

Just at the dawn of 2008, Varien launched a new version of Magento: 1.2. Upgrading previous Magento versions was sometimes not an easy task since Varien used to change standard function names which caused themes to break. We backup the site, made a copy, took a deep breath, expected the worse, and… Nothing  The upgrade went smoothly. Wow, that felt good.
We were joking at the company today.

Zeljko: You know what’s easy in Magento?
Branko: There is nothing easy in Magento!

Zeljko is an front end interface developer, while Branko is a programmer. Although creating Magento theme is a clear process if you follow designer’s guide, programming is much more complex. Before this version, Magento upgrades used to cause troubles. Hope this is over.

Bestseller products in Magento

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Posted on May 16th, 2011 | Posted by admin
Bestseller products in Magento

Bestseller or best selling product is one of the features people tend to ask for when it comes to Magento™.

There are multiple ways to implement this feature.

In this example, I’m not using controller or model directories at all; I’m going to show you how to implement this feature using only one file: the View.

Basically, what you need to do is to create the directory inside your template directory and place the bestseller.phtml file in it. In my example, I’m using the custom-created directory /inchoo. All of the screenshots provided here are based on that directory structure.

Adding this feature to your store is a matter of two simple steps:

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