Magento Themes and Magento Extensions

Vertical menu in magento

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Posted on August 2nd, 2011 | Posted by admin

OVERVIEW

Vertical Menu display’s your category navigation in left column or right column very simple. It includes : Accordion menu style, Dropdown menu style with nice effect , Tree menu style. It also allows you to choose a display shop by style collapse/expand.

FEATURES

  1. Accordion navigation (collapse/expand) support
  2. Drop down navigation support
  3. Dynamically position in the left or right sidebar
  4. Enhance default shop by with accordion.
  5. Backend management.
  6. Easy to install, just copy and run
  7. HTML/CSS validation
  8. Easy to install, easy to upgrade, just copy to use
  9. Friendly and flexible configuration
  10. Easy to customize front-end via HTML/CSS
  11. Support FREE

Product Image Preview module in magento

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Posted on August 2nd, 2011 | Posted by admin

This extension will install a wonderful and ready-to-use product image preview widget in your Magento store. This is an impressive script that allows your visitors to conveniently zoom out an product image that they want to view. Installation is very easy via FTP and no coding experience is required to have module up-and-running.
FEATURES

  1. Allow customers zoom out product images they want to view
  2. Allow admin to configure the following parameters: Image Preview size, Border Image Preview, Border Color for Image Preview, Text Image Preview, Text color
  3. Our modules include one year of free updates/upgrades.
  4. Seperated HTML/CSS, W3C validated
  5. Support Magento Version 1.4.x and 1.5.x
  6. 100% open source
  7. Support free guarantee
  8. Live support is always ready

Layered navigation, but not quite

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Posted on July 27th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Recently I got a chance to rewrite Magento’s layered navigation standard functionality. The request was very specific as the client wanted to keep all of the “filters” visible all the time. For example if  you wish to filter your results by Color (let’s say you have yellow, green, red, blue and magenta) products are filtered but the layered navigation displays all filters. This way a costumer can re-filter the products in current category without the need to return to the category view.

Files that are used for layered navigation are situated in app/design/frontend/base/default/template/catalog/layer/ folder. File used for layered navigation is view.phtml – it shows us all of the filters when we click on a category. File used for active state is state.phtml – when we click on one of the filters it is responsible for the results – so we’re gonna edit this one. So copy the state.phtml from base to your package or theme.

This is the original code in state.phtml:

How to add Currency selector to Magento’s header

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Posted on July 27th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Since Magento has built in functionality for currency, this article will be pretty much straightforward. I’ll explain how to do it step by step. So you might say it’s a tutorial for beginners.

Now, perhaps you’ve noticed that in Magento’s Administration under “System->Configuration” menu, you have “Currency Setup” tab. There You should select default site currency, and besides that, all currencies you wish to support.

Here’s a screenshot of how it looks:After that you should go to menu item under “System->Manage Currency Rates”. And set rates between values you’ve chosen before.

eBay Owns 49% Of Magento Inc – Confirmed

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Posted on July 27th, 2011 | Posted by admin

In March 2010 Magento announced that they have received sizable investment but kept the investor name secret. On Thursday eBay has revealed that they own 49% stake in Magento. Now, it’s officially confirmed that eBay owns 49% of Magento Inc.

You might think that what does eBay have to do with Magento but the fact is eBay knows that normal retailers in the coming years will not only sell on eBay but use their own ecommerce versions i.e. Magento. eBay has cemented it’s place by owning Magento which is prominent ecommerce platform.

EBay Inc. chief technology officer Mark Carges said that the investment helps eBay position itself as a resource for e-retailers, whether they conduct business on eBay.com or elsewhere. “Combined with the power of our platform innovations, we can offer retailers an unmatched advantage as an e-commerce partner,” Carges said. “We view our platform assets as enablers, not just for our business but for other retailers.”