Big Day Release: Prestashop Responsive Default Theme

December 13, 2012 Alex Zaymund Prestashop
Big Day Release: Prestashop Responsive Default Theme

Responsive Default Theme allows your Prestashop 1.5 website to transform itself smoothly across multiple screen resolutions, monitor sizes and platforms, desktop, tablet or mobile devices. Depending on viewing area, different layouts for your content are displayed.  Provide your visitors with an optimal viewing experience – easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning and scrolling.

Highlight features:

  • Adaptive default Prestashop theme
  • HTML 5 markup of a template structure
  • The capability-based polyfill-loading JS library Webshims
  • Adaptive slider instead of  the default Prestashop one


URL Rewrites. Part I (Magento Certified Developer Exam)

December 10, 2012 Aleksander Tretjak Certification
URL Rewrites. Part I (Magento Certified Developer Exam)

Overall structure of an address and its elements is well represented in the first comment to the app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/Url.php model. You can refresh your knowledge there.

Apache mod_rewrite module plays an important role in URL rewriting. Rules, specified in .htaccess, will not be processed without it. In order to activate URL rewriting, .htaccess.sample file should be renamed .htaccess. The following part is responsible for rewriting: (more…)

Optimization of Magento Test Preparation Process

December 7, 2012 Vikentsi Kaziuk Magento
Optimization of Magento Test Preparation Process

Every time before testing, the necessity to create user accounts, multilevel catalogs, items with specific characteristics and other stuff naturally arises. It sometimes takes a lot of time. In this article, I want to share my timesaving experience of working with repeated actions.

We of course can use same Magento, simply switching between modules every time. There is, however, no guarantee that previous module hasn’t left footprints impacting badly on new module. For proper testing, we want to use “blank” Magento for every module. (more…)

Big Day Release: Prestashop Store Locator

December 6, 2012 Alex Simonchik Prestashop
Big Day Release: Prestashop Store Locator

Perfect for retail network owners, Prestashop Store Locator module helps customers find the local store of yours on Google Maps and check if the required item is in stock there. User location can be configured to be detected automatically so that the list of the nearest shops could be displayed.  In the product page, the extra tab containing stores with this item on hand appears.

Key features:

  • Store search by user location and products in database
  • Automatic user location detection
  • Increased searching radius
  • Hint text in the product search form
  • Closest stores names, addresses and distances in search results
  • Possibility to import data in a CSV file
  • Adding products to database via admin panel
  • Requires no key to connect to Google Maps
  • Displaying distance in kilometers/miles

Let’s have a good look at them. (more…)