Magento Themes and Magento Extensions

Have You Backed Up Your Magento Store?

Posted on August 22nd, 2011 | Posted by admin

Just like any other open source Magento commerce also requires to be backed up from time to time. You don’t want to end up loosing critical information without backup do you? Typically, backups are life savers especially if you loose critical part of your database or even code. I hope that there shouldn’t be a time when you have to use backups to restore data but what if you fall in such situation. Various hosting servers do keep backup but those running on shared servers, backup is not there in most of the cases. Even relying completely on hosting company to keep backups all the times is not wise as hosting companies are also attacked by malicious scripts, hacks and to resolve the issue they might end up loosing your precious data.

There are two types of backups and it entirely depends upon your requirement and store size. You can either opt for full backup or choose incremental backup weekly. In case you have lots of orders taking place daily then you have to rethink your backup strategy. We have created a Magento extension especially for those who do not wish to spend time configuring store backups.

Emulate store in Magento

Posted on August 2nd, 2011 | Posted by admin

Magento 1.5 introduced very interesting piece of code that enables easy store emulation when programming, Emulation model a.k.a. Mage_Core_Model_App_Emulation class.

How To Integrate Mailchimp Into Your Magento Store

Posted on July 15th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Are you looking to integrate Mailchimp email subscription within your Magento powered store? If yes then you are at right place. There is a sudden rise in Magento stores but some store owners are disappointed with Magento’s default email subscription and newsletter handling capabilities. Basically they face the following problems:

  1. They can not send the newsletter right away because their local time is not the same as of server time. Eventually, their newsletter campaign will be sent few hours later than the intended time. Although, this can be adjusted with a little tweak.
  2. They can not send large number of emails in one go. Magento limits how many emails should be sent at once.
  3. Managing CRON is a pain.

Most of the problems i have mentioned above can easily be managed by installing our Magento’s email subscription extension. Many customers are adding third party email subscriptions i.e. Mailchimp, Feedburner,Nurture etc. to manage their email lists and send out mass email newsletters or promotional emails. I will cover how to integrate feedburner email subscription & how to add nurture emails subscriptions later. In this article i will cover how to integrate Mailchimp email subscription within your Magento powered store and how to create html newsletter in Mailchimp.

How To Delete Magento Test Orders From A Magento Store

Posted on July 14th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Are you wondering how to delete all test orders you have made in Magento while testing? In Sandbox mode store owners performs many transactions to make sure that their Magento powered store is capable of handling payment transactions. You can use any Payment Gateways like PayPal,, PayFlow or Amazon Simple Pay. But all the test orders remain in system even when your store goes into production.
Unfortunately, there is no way in Magento to delete those test orders which were made while testing the Magento store. You can only process these order and set their status as “Cancelled” but you can’t really delete those test orders from your store. I am sure that you would love to see a “Delete selected Orders” button in Magento Admin panel; unfortunately you won’t find such functionality. In order to delete these test orders you have to log in to your PhpmyAdmin using full access and run few queries to get rid of those test orders.

Why An Online Store Need Magento?

Posted on July 12th, 2011 | Posted by admin

If you are an existing store owner then you must have heard about Mangento for sure. Magento is an Open Source ecommerce web application built on Zend Framework created by Varien.Varien initially started working on osCommerce and wanted to built their own product but later decided to create their own E-Commerce application on Zend Framework. They launched their public beta in 2007 and since then they have released significant updates.

Now, Magento is very popular amongst online store owners and due to its strong backend (Zend Framework) it is giving good results. This success gave boost to the Magento  and now there are two versions available in the market.

1. Community Edition (No Community Support, available for FREE)
2. Enterprise Edition (Starting with $8,900 USD/yr)

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