Totals not displaying in Magento email

Posted on May 28th, 2013 | Posted by admin

Totals not displaying in Magento email
I am using IWD onepage checkout for the checkout itself, and everything works fine except my order emails are not displaying “totals” from the cart.

I see that in sales.xml under order emails block, there is defined totals.phtml which should be pulled to the order email but for some reason its not the reason.

The items, and all of the other information from cart are processed in right way and are displayed in email.

Any ideas on this? Is there a way to pull totals manually in order emails on some other way?

Magento Pre Launch Checklist

Posted on May 27th, 2013 | Posted by admin

When all the design work is completed, and the store is fully stocked with products, it’s time to start thinking about going live. It can be intimidating, especially if you haven’t done it before. Hopefully our Magento Launch Checklist will take some of the stress out of going live…

Magento Launch Checklist

  1. Favicon
  2. Place a favicon image in your theme’s folder skin/frontend/default/your-theme/favicon.ico

  3. HTML Head
  4. Change the title and set the meta description and keywords, these are important for SEO.
    System → Configuration →General → Design → HTML Head.

X-Cart and Magento, What is the difference?

Posted on May 26th, 2013 | Posted by admin

Want to make your online business highly profitable? Then you need a platform that will be able to handle thousand of products, clients and orders. Moreover, you will need a shopping cart that will provide you with various design and customization options to fulfill 100% of your client’s needs.

To keep it short and clear two popular solutions can be offered to meet all these requirements: X-Cart and Magento. And here is a short fact review mentioning ‘X-Cart and Magento, What is the difference?’  magento vs x cart  will help you make a decision which cart is better for your business.


X-Cart – a PHP based and open source solution. Comes as a licensed paid cart. Can offer flexible pricing so it will suit for any size and type of business. Powers more than 25 000 online stores.

Magento shopping cart – a PHP and Zend Framework based platform. It is current leader in the world of eCommerce. It powers more than 125 000 shops and recognized as the most flexible and scalable solution in the world. The platform comes in several options including both free and paid editions.

Common Features

Due to their open source structure both carts share some beneficial common features:

  • Product Management. Add unlimited number of products, categories and images. Sell any type of products including physical and virtual goods. Manage your items in categories, add options and attributes.
  • Shipping and Payment. Hundreds of options that include virtually all major payment and shipment gateways, such as PayPal, Google Checkout, 2Checkout, UPS, DHL, FedEX, etc. If some special option is not available most likely you will find a module that will enable this feature.
  • Design. Use one of free templates and customize it the way you like. Or create your own theme. Basically you have no limits since you have a full access to CSS and HTML files, etc. Other great features include multi-store (ability to run several stores via one admin panel), high security standards (PCI compliance), multiple currencies and language support.

Specific Features

Each cart has its own peculiarities and competitive advantages. So, let us check what is the difference between running an X-Cart store and Magento store:

  • Usability. Nevertheless, X-Cart is much more user-friendly and intuitive solution than Magento. In case if you don’t have a lot of experience with PHP and HTML programming than X-Cart is definitely an easier platform to go with.
  • Extensions. Magento comes with bigger set of features and has a lot more extensions than X-Cart. If you need any feature which is not there by default simply go to Magento Connect marketplace and you will find it there.
  • Speed. Magento is generally known as powerful but very resource consuming solution that may be quite slow if you run it on a hared server. You can speed it up by doing some performance optimization but it will require time and efforts. X-Cart is less resource consuming and can be easily set up at shared server. Moreover, it is fast without any additional optimization.

Definitely both shopping carts can perfectly suit your business if you have enough programming skills or good budget to hire a developer. However, as it was stated, X-Cart is more user-friendly while Magento is more flexible and has better set of default functions. So, before making a final decision try each solution for free. X-Cart offers unlimited trial version and Magento provides you with totally free Community edition.

How to be Notified About New Orders in Magento

Posted on May 25th, 2013 | Posted by admin

surprisingly enough (at least for me), you, as a store owner, are not notified by default about new orders on your store.

For really large stores with lots of activity, that may make sense. But if you run a small or medium size business you would probably prefer to be notified, especially if you make deliveries.

As with everything in Magento, it took me quite a while to figure out how that’s done. Nothing on it in the wiki, at least as far as i could see, very little about it with Google.

So here’s how it’s done:

Add “You Save” amount and percentage to Special Price in Magento

Posted on May 24th, 2013 | Posted by admin

In order to display a “You Save” for “Special Price” products in magento–to make it look similar to amazon’s price display–you can do the following:

Copy app/design/frontend/base/default/template/catalog/product/price.phtml

Then in price.phtml that you just copied, right above:

<?php endif; /* if ($_finalPrice == $_price): */ ?>


<?php // KZN Show discounted percentage and price ?>
<?php if($_finalPrice < $_price): ?>
$_savePercent = 100 - round(($_finalPrice / $_price) * 100);
$_saveAmount = number_format(($_price - $_finalPrice), 2);
<p class="yousave">
<span class="price-label label">You Save: </span>
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