Magento Themes and Magento Extensions

Order statuses “improvement” in 1.5

Posted on July 9th, 2011 | Posted by admin

I took some time to install and do the quick check on Magento There was one thing that is impossible to miss: Improved order statuses.
I remember the days when people requested that feature all over ther forum. Oh yes… what feature? Custom order statuses :)
So, we have it out of the box finally! Or do we? Let’s see…

No more configuration files! That’s cool. Everything is stored in database now.
Users are able to create their own statuses and assign those statuses to some predefined order state.
They can choose if they want it to be default status which is also cool.
Let’s see how it looks…

Magento Conversion Rate Optimization – Cart and Checkout

Posted on July 8th, 2011 | Posted by admin

In this blog post I will talk about some of the most critical areas of Magento’s conversion rate optimization process – Magento’s shopping cart and Magento’s checkout page.

Online store owners often don’t realize how much more money they could earn if they invested just a small amount of time and money into conversion rate optimization. Each store is unique and different, with different products and design, different customer’s demography etc. This means that each online store needs to be fine tuned to achieve optimal number of sales. This fine tuning process is called conversion rate optimization (CRO).

Although each store is unique, some things in Magento are universal and some mistakes are made very often. I will outline two of the most critical conversion rate issues with Magento’s cart and checkout page…

Layout of your custom controller in Magento?

Posted on July 8th, 2011 | Posted by admin

When you work with custom (your own) controllers in Magento,
either frontend or backend, you will probably also use existing blocks and models or if needed write your own classes.
But what happens if you want to or have exigency to move/remove common blocks?
Can you really “design” your own page view without touching Cascading Style Sheets?

Acctually, yes you can, as a matter of fact on a pretty easy way.
All you need to know the handles of your controllers.
You know what handles are, right ?

How the Grinch stole my backup?

Posted on July 8th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Hello everyone! Recently I’ve participated in quite a few discussions regarding version control systems. I’ve noticed that not so many people rely on good old “copy – paste” backup. I still do, and this is why!

Version control systems

Great thing for both backups as well as for versioning your software. Whoever uses / has used SVN, CVS or Git knows what I’m talking about. Although backup isn’t their primary function, you can easily pull some old version, and start over if some things got too corrupted to fix.

Magento Extensions Quality Assurance Certification

Posted on July 8th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Ah, what a mouthful. First off all, sorry to disappoint you, as this article is purely result of my imagination. There is no such thing as “Magento Extensions Quality Assurance Certification” (aka MEQAC) at least not at the moment (as to 1/12/2010).

But let’s for a moment imagine there is such thing. Let’s discuss one possible direction of thinking. Let’s discuss the current issues with Magento extensions development.

Seems like Magento’s extremely flexible architecture where you can do almost anything if you are up to the task imposes some serious issues when it comes to general free/commercial extensions you can grab from either Magento Connect or from the developer/company site.