Create a new Magento theme

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Posted on February 22nd, 2011 | Posted by admin

There are many new Magento stores that are published each day. If you are with Magento for a longer time, you will also notice that many of those look similar to default or modern Magento theme. Creating an totally unique and custom one can be a difficult process, easpecially taking into consideration number of different interfaces we have. This is why many Magento developers choose to use the CSS from one of mendioned Magento themes that come with default installation and style those up. This is not a bad choice at all as it speeds up the process and those default themes are very good. But, for those of you who wish to make an extra effort, we suggest that you to take a look at Magento Blank Theme for a head start.

Magento product view page analysis (available in PDF)

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Posted on February 22nd, 2011 | Posted by admin

One of the most edited file in Magento is the template file View.phtml file. Reason for this is that a lot of clients would like to rearrange it differently on their online stores. Here is the analysis of that file and the list of all the methods it uses.

Magento product view page analysis (ready for print PDF)

Document above reflects Magento 1.1.6. methods and classes.

One thing to keep in mind, this document shows you the View.phtml block file and shows you it’s inherited methods. All of the Magento block files have the similar inheritance principle. Therefore to find out the available methods all you need to do is open up the extended (inherited) classes.

How to install magento themes?

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Posted on February 22nd, 2011 | Posted by admin

Its not difficult to install new magento themes ,  but many of the people confused about setting default magento theme.

First – Let me explain, How to set any new theme as default theme.

e.g   The directory structure for magento templates and layout is  “app/design/frontend/” then there is package name “default” or “blank” or “anything you have as package ”

You can set this package from admin panel

System -> Configuration -> Design -> Package.

(In magento there is “default” so leave it as it is if your package is “default”)

Now in our product we provide theme for default package so you do not have to change package, you just have to set theme.

How to custom magento themes

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Posted on February 22nd, 2011 | Posted by admin

Magento is the strongest ecommerce opensource now. Each day, there are many new Magento webiste are published. In this artilce, I please write my experiences so magento designers or magento developers can custom magento theme quickly.
The first: We need to design magento shop, normally we just need to design for 3 main pages: Home page, category page and product detail pages. The other pages will be based on default theme, modern them or blank themes, because the design of default, modern theme is very nice and very standard, so it is not necessary to change them, These changes here is just changes for color, button so this fit your design. If you are designer, you need to take a look at the magento demo first so understand magento themes, because if not you can design a product that is very difficult to implement into magento.
The second: We will implement design into magento. The first, please implement 3 pages from design phase. Then for the other pages You should custom theme base on one of 3 themes ( default , modern or blank theme). The selecting to what themes will based belong to your like.

Top 3 Solutions when your Magento Categories are not displaying

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Posted on February 22nd, 2011 | Posted by admin

Here are 3 quick solutions to try if you do not see your Magento store categories after a fresh install of Magento or an upgrade to the latest version. I wanted to post this because I just recently helped install Magento for someone and experienced this. The installation version was the latest Magento version, 1.2.1.2 and product categories did not show up on the frontend after they were added in the administration interface.

The top 3 solutions to this in my experience are:

  1. The categories not added as sub-categories of the Default, Root category.
  2. The Magento store configuration has no default category set.
  3. The category cache requires a refresh.
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