Big Day Release: Prestashop Drop-down Menu

October 18, 2012 Alex Simonchik Prestashop
Big Day Release: Prestashop Drop-down Menu

Prestashop Drop-down Menu module offers a great navigation improvement. Store pages will be enhanced with a stylish menu, containing category blocks with products, manufacturers, images, video and any other information. Default categories automatically display filtered items – bestsellers, new products, discount products and more. There are plenty of menu designs and position variants.

Key features:

  • Extended drop-down menu
  • Four default automatically formed blocks
  • Custom blocks with any content
  • Configurable menu design, position and floating
  • Multilanguage and multistore support

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Big Day Release: Magento Full Cache

October 15, 2012 Yauheni Katkouski Magento
Big Day Release: Magento Full Cache

Magento Full Cache allows caching product, catalog and CMS pages, which makes it possible to minimize website load time for better user experience. Having the content cached will increase your site performance, as well as lower your server bandwidth requirements. Default Magento dynamic blocks as well as blocks admin configures in the extension settings are not cached. Customer information cannot be lost that way.

Key features:

  • Product, catalog and CMS pages caching
  • Possibility to exclude any dynamic block from caching
  • Caching both for authorized users and guests
  • Multi-currency and multi-language stores support
  • Easy debug and placeholder adding process

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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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