Magento FLIR

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Posted on February 23rd, 2011 | Posted by admin

Magento FLIR

Facelift Image Replacement (or FLIR, pronounced fleer) is an image replacement script that dynamically generates image representations of text on your web page in fonts that otherwise might not be visible to your visitors. Let’s see how it behaves in Magento.

1. Download FLIR from FLIR homepage. I was using latest 1.2 stable for this article because of simplicity, but if you try you’ll find out that 2.0 beta also works great but requires little more configuration.

2. Unpack FLIR content (cache,fonts,etc.) inside skin/frontend/default/default/facelift
I think it makes perfect sense to put it into skin folder.

3. Open app/design/frontend/yourpackage/yourtheme/template/page/html/head.phtml and append

<script language=”javascript” src=”<?php echo $this->getSkinUrl(’facelift/flir.js’) ?>”></script>

<script type=”text/javascript”>
document.observe(”dom:loaded”, function() {
FLIR.init({ path: ‘<?php echo $this->getSkinUrl(’facelift/’) ?>’ }, new FLIRStyle({ mode: ‘wrap’ }) );
FLIR.auto();

Free Magento Themes vs Custom Magento Design

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Posted on February 23rd, 2011 | Posted by admin

Free Magento Themes vs Custom Magento Design

This blog post describes pros and cons of having a free Magento theme versus having a custom Magento design from a marketing perspective.

Free Magento Themes:

There are some pretty obvious advantages of using a free Magento theme:

  • It’s free. – This one is a no-brainer, you don’t need to invest any money in it.
  • It’s fast. – You don’t need to wait for it to be finished, you just download it and use it.
  • It works. – Most of the free Magento themes work just fine with Magento out of the box.

However, truth be told, I believe the cons of having a free Magento theme give you enough reason to go for custom design:

Disabling wishlist functionality

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Posted on February 23rd, 2011 | Posted by admin

If like many of the Magento store owners you find that some of the built-in features are not useful to you or to your customers you can always disable them via the admin interface buy disabling their respective modules.

Wishlist is not one of them.

To remove all of the traces of the wishlist functionality you need to do the following:

1. Go to the Admin interface (select the appropriate scope) and under System -> Configuration -> Customers -> Whishlist select “No” under the “Enabled” in the General options.

This will remove all of the whishlist links in the magento blocks as well as the whishlist itself.

Bestseller products in Magento

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Posted on February 23rd, 2011 | Posted by admin

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.

Improving Magento Speed & Performance With MySQL Query Cache

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Posted on February 22nd, 2011 | Posted by admin

Improving Magento performance is at the top of the list for most professional Magento developers. There’s no doubt that enhancing the speed at which Magento performs can only be good for business.

One of the most important enhancements you can make to your Magento installation is to properly configure your MySQL database server.

A proper MySQL configuration requires a low level understanding of your underlying hardware and, primarily, the memory (RAM) available.

There is one specific MySQL configuration parameter above all others that will produce significant performance improvements and takes very little understanding to implement.

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