How to Start With Magento

How to Start With Magento

There is no secret that Magento is the most popular eCommerce CMS in the world. But when you decide to work with Magento (taking into account that you are already familiar with PHP, Javasript, MySQL) and download its archive, you could be frustrated when you see all these hundreds of folders and thousands of files.

A few years ago there was a very limited amount of information provided by Magento itself. In my opinion, this fact and complexity of the platform lead to the situation that even if you want to do everything right, it’s hard to say which way is the right one. But time has changed and there are a lot of good sources developed by Magento and its eco-system.

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Prestashop 1.5 Multistore Customization on a Per-Store Basis

Prestashop 1.5 Multistore Customization on a Per-Store Basis

PrestaShop has done much work to ensure 1.4 version modules backward compatibility with 1.5 version. For example, module configuration is saved automatically based on a selected store. However, if your module contains a Prestashop tab, get ready for trouble.

The thing is, any class, responsible for tab display in a back-office, extended the AdminTab class before. But in PrestaShop 1.5 the approach has changed. There should be an inheritance from the AdminController class. On the other hand, it allowed reaching the separation of logic and presentation. We don’t see echo in the tab class at last! All we need to do now is to use $this->fields_list variable in a constructor to pass an array of grid field values:

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Big Day Release: Prestashop Accumulative Discounts

October 9, 2012 Alex Simonchik Prestashop
Big Day Release: Prestashop Accumulative Discounts

Get more sales from loyal customers easily with our new Prestashop Accumulative Discounts module. Set discount levels the customer gets after reaching a configured total order amount. Users can view information on the current level and discount, amount left to proceed to the next level as well as overall discounts info.

Key features:

  • Creating discount rules and applying them to customers upon reaching configured order amount
  • Possibility to enter customer order amount manually
  • Selecting statuses of orders to be calculated
  • Discounts info in user account

Let’s review these features closer.

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Big Day Release: Magento CMS Product Placement

October 5, 2012 Alex Huk Magento
Big Day Release: Magento CMS Product Placement

CMS Product Placement extension allows arranging a spectacular product presentation on any of Magento CMS pages. Simply choose the page in the admin panel, select product category, attribute and option in the extra CMS Product Placement tab and the items will be displayed right where you’ve configured.

Key features:

  • Adding products to CMS pages
  • Setting product category, attribute and option

Let’s review these features closely.

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Prestashop Addon Analytics. October

October 3, 2012 Alex Huk Prestashop
Prestashop Addon Analytics. October

BelVG continues tracing statistics within PrestaShop module categories. October has arrived and it means none other than a new portion of numbers to compare.

We remember how Presta addons were ambushed by a merciless cleanup back in May. After summer lull with all the slowness and vacations, permissive philosophy and lack of significant changes, September came as a bombshell: strict review policy got back on track. (more…)

Specifics of Software Product Testing

Specifics of Software Product Testing

There are differences between testing of software developed internally and third-party products. BelVG testers deal more often with our newly created Magento and Prestashop extensions than with customized products.

When you work for a client, you choose software testing methods depending on a number of hours paid. As a rule, there is enough time to do all positive testing and at least part of negative testing. Testing of own software can last for a long time which is something to be avoided.

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