Implementing Alphabetical Search in Magento

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Posted on February 11th, 2012 | Posted by admin

Implementing alphabetical search in Magento can be tedious if you dont know the right approach. But its as easy as anything. You just need to alter two files to make it work.
Note: Do not edit or add this code to your core files if you wish to upgrade Magento to newer versions in the future. Please create below mentioned files in the app/core/code/local directory with complete directory structure as in Magento core.

app\code\local\Mage\Catalog\Block\Product\List\Toolbar.php

public function setCollection($collection)
    {
        $this->_collection = $collection;

        $this->_collection->setCurPage($this->getCurrentPage());

        // we need to set pagination only if passed value integer and more that 0
        $limit = (int)$this->getLimit();

Latest version of Group Deal extension

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Posted on February 10th, 2012 | Posted by admin

Group Deal extension which allows web-store owners to create Groupon campaigns right on their sites has become one of our best-sellers these days. For better operation of this extension, we have updated it to the total new version 2.0.

Besides, Magento Vtiger Connector is supplemented with some new features. You can also find detailed information below.

Group Deal v2.0

It’s a big change from version 1.0 to version 2.0. Let’s see what functions have been added to this extension!

60 Tools and Tutorials for Magento

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Posted on February 10th, 2012 | Posted by admin

Magento is a highly customizable ecommerce platform to build and run online stores. But with that flexibility comes some level of complexity, and sometimes you need help.

Here is a list of Magento tutorials and resources. There are tools to help you get started and walk you through Magento features, including are two article series on building and customizing Magento themes. Also there are free video tutorials, downloadable themes, and examples of Magento stores. In short, here is everything you need to jump into Magento.

Getting Started

Here are resources to get you started with Magento, as well as links to the Magento community.

1. Magento: Ecommerce Platform for Growth. The official Magento website. Download Magento, tap into resources, and connect with the Magento community.

How To Customize Magento Mobile App Colors For iPhone

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Posted on February 6th, 2012 | Posted by admin

Magento is a strong eCommerce application which gives the flexibility to have to a customized iPhone customized theme with lots of different color variant. Magento empowers to use any preset color palette or use one from scratch to match with your site’s design.

I am going to present screenshots of a Magento mobile app for iPhone where i am showing you how to customize your iPhone app with lots of colors and images. I am assuming you are using Enterprise Magento software.

1. Magento Mobile App in Magento Admin Panel

10 Techniques To Optimize Your Magento Theme

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Posted on February 6th, 2012 | Posted by admin

Magento is a powerful e-commerce open source software which comes with various in built modules to help your setup things quickly. Magento themes is something which you have to take care of yourself. A majority of the ready made themes does not follow all the golden rules of creating a fast site. So, once you are ready with your store and everything is working for you all you have to do is look for all the problem areas and tackle them one thing at a time. Here are the 10 optimization tasks you should perform on your Magento store.

  1. Use CSS Sprites (Image Sprites): CSS or Image sprites play a major role in speed optimization. An image sprite is a collection of images put into a single image and called via specific CSS classes so that page doesn’t take long time to load and sends multiple requests to server. Using image sprites will reduce the number of server requests and save bandwidth. In simpler words, CSS sprites reduce the total number of http requests, can reduce the total size of the images, and decreases  your pages load time.  Goal here is to “Make Fewer HTTP Requests”.