Explaining how Magento Loads and Manipulates Configuration Information. Part I (Magento Certified Developer Exam)

Explaining how Magento Loads and Manipulates Configuration Information. Part I (Magento Certified Developer Exam)

We suppose you continue following our Magento certification-dedicated posts in our blog. This time we will tell you how Magento loads and manipulates configuration information.

Basically, Magento configuration is spread among dozens of .xml files. So this is a reasonable question – how does Magento operate all these files and find proper settings for each particular extension?


Design as a Gateway into a Successful eCommerce

Web design is essential for attracting a constantly growing amount of users, every single one of which is a potential customer. It should be user-friendly and gain the trust of newcomers, be intuitive and helpful in making a choice.

The process of mobile theme design and interface development has several tricks we want to talk you through. Themes we develop have different styles, interface features and design.

Unlike desktop sites with their multi-column layout, mobile themes are mostly single-column. That is the reason why important information – product catalog, search box, ‘My account’, ‘My cart’ and ‘Checkout’ links – should be all positioned at the top of the page, so that a user might not waste his/her time scrolling down the page.


What’s Wrong with Special Characters in Prestashop Search?

Question: “I am experiencing problems when I try to search “lædersnørre” on the Prestashop website, using special characters “æ” and “ø” . This word will be found only if I type “laedersnorre”. I was wondering if you have run into this special characters problem previously, maybe with some cyrillic letters?”

Answer: Replace your Search.php file with this Search.

A new file contains comments in Search -> indexation ()

Add-ons on Friday

Add-ons on Friday

How are you doing this week? Have you brought any smart/user-friendly/time saving/good-looking feature to your store? It’s not a question out of curiosity: businesses struggle to win everyday battle with rivals and they have to adopt innovations promptly to be one step ahead of others.

If you haven’t upgraded your store functionality or design this week yet, visit our Prestashop and Magento stores and get one of our freshly released add-ons. (more…)

Developer Tips: How Prestashop Search Works

May 17, 2012 Alex Simonchik Prestashop

Search is an integral component of any eCommerce project. The more efficient it is, the better seller’s business is doing. Search significance is proven by a huge success of Google – a company that provides relevant answers for user requests. Today we will examine technical features of Prestashop search and share details, available for average users.


Back Office -> Preferences -> Search part is configured by users and provides opportunities for search to be adjusted flexibly.


The Talk with the Customer: “Different Magento Extensions Should All Work Together. But the World Is Not Perfect”

May 14, 2012 Alex Huk Magento

We continue posting series of blog articles, dedicated to our clients and their businesses, operating on BelVG extensions. We strongly believe that success of any eCommerce development company is determined by the amount of profit, gained by store merchants. So we dig deeper to find out, whether our customers are satisfied, and then share their answers with you.

My today’s interviewee is Marilyn Francis – the owner of a Crabtree & Evelyn store in Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada, which sells high quality bath & body products. She has found BelVG through the Magento Connect, and since that time we have done a pretty good work together. As far as she lives in Canada, I was worried of how we could manage to meet up for an interview due to 7 hours of time difference between us. It turned out we had no problems at all in contacting each other. In fact, I was impressed by her eagerness to explain things in details and give very profound answers. This is a chat we had with Marilyn Francis.

I.T. When did you start your business and how did you come up with the idea of launching it on Magento?

M.F. Our website has been in operation for 5 years.  It was first started using ZenCart, but as the business grew, my requirements expanded. I decided that a more flexible development platform that was SEO optimized was a better long term direction. After researching different options I decided on the Magento platform.