Prestashop is Finally Turning to Its Developers

February 13, 2012 Alex Huk Prestashop

Prestashop announced new changes to appear on the horizon. As Prestashop add-ons developers, we are directly influenced by every modification of this platform. Following the cutting edge news in Prestashop eCommerce, we inform you about its major submission form advancements.

  • Expanded description fields with 12 languages for translation. More languages options place more responsibility on support team, requiring proficiency in chosen languages. BelVG is fluent and ready to communicate in 5 languages – English, French, German, Russian and Spanish.
  • Detailed user guide for add-ons contributors with chapters focused on how to submit modules/themes for successful validation. Check it out here.
  • Adding video directly to module pages.
  • One of the best announcements – modules will be available anytime when developers update them.


Add-ons on Friday

February 10, 2012 Alex Huk Magento, Social

We continue our weekly Add-ons on Friday, and today we prepared for you the dinner with two main dishes.

Our Promotional Gifts and Google Plus All in One extensions are designed for Magento-based stores. Promotional Gifts is a quick way to present free gifts to wholesale buyers and users purchasing expensive products. Google+ All in One for Community and Enterprise editions integrates stores with one of the most popular global social networks, furnishing businesses with numerous Google+ marketing features.

Get a close view of Magento Promotional Gifts and Google Plus All in One.


Magento Enterprise Premium License

February 10, 2012 Alex Huk Magento

What could you imagine to be the Magento crush of this week? It would be Magento 2.0 alpha version for sure, but a new license coming out is quite an event as well.

Magento Enterprise premium is twice more expensive than its foregoing Magento Enterprise license.  It promises to customers “all the benefits of Magento Enterprise with additional licenses, Magento support, consulting and training” for $44,990 USD per year.

We wonder, what features does the prefix Premium add to an early Magento Enterprise license? Are there many changes in functionality Magento team has lately imported? And, probably, the most important question – where we can test the demo version?

Magento Codepool (Magento Certified Developer Exam)

Both junior and senior developers, who work with Magento on a constant basis or just start learning this platform, think over the perspective to obtain Magento Developer Certificate some day. Benefits are innumerable, ranging from a catchy point in CV, worldwide job skills recognition to exciting career prospects on on a global scale.

BelVG can’t bypass the matter of many developers concern – Magento Certified Developer Exam, which contains of multiple-choice questions based on Magento Community Edition 1.5. Magento exam does not imply prerequisites. Find more information about Magento Developer Certification on Magento Commerce official website. Preparing themselves to exam, developers are offered to examine the Magento Certified Developer Study Guide.

We start a new section in our blog, dedicated to Magento Certified Developer Exam preparation, answering questions from above-mentioned Study Guide in series. Today we look through the first question Describe Magento codepools from the Basics chapter, High-level Magento architecture.



Caching and Page Loading Optimization

February 8, 2012 Pavel Novitsky Tips&Tricks

Today we continue reviewing caching and page loading optimization issues. We start this post with cache proxies and then offer 10 useful recommendations for website creation.

Cache Proxies

Caching in the Web server can be implemented in two ways. The Web server can cache static data in the memory and dramatically reduce required time to form page. Some Web servers, such as G-WAN, Nginx, Squid are optimized for static data and automatically cache data into memory. Other Web servers allow you to organize caching with configuration files. Apache, for example, supports mod_cache module, which provides a cache-memory for static content (mod_mem_cache) and the disk cache for data caching that is collected from dynamic sources (mod_disk_cache).


Useful Tips to Apply While Importing Customer List

Many website owners want to import customers from their old sites or email services like MailChimp to some new location. Basically, Magento has all required functions for a standard importing, but sometimes more complex actions with customers are needed. It concerns, for example, extracting customers from CSV and CSV-like files and sending them welcome email messages.

We suggest you to download the module sample that helps importing CSV customer list, generated by MailChimp, to your Magento store. The archive includes two customer titles for practicing purposes and is tested on Magento 1.6.