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September 30, 2014

Debugging encoded extensions

Sometimes we need to debug the extensions created by other developers to fix possible issues or adjust some functionality. Also, it is a well-known situation in Magento when you have to debug and resolve the extensions conflicts.

September 25, 2014

Overriding Magento observers

As you may know, we need to override the Magento observers when we deal with the extension’s conflicts or want to disable (or modify) a part of some extension’s functionality. Usually, there is no difference between the observer’s overriding and overriding of any other regular model. But sometimes we can face with the issues working with the simple override. How should we act then to keep it conventionally? Let’s check the following step by step instruction for Magento observers overriding.
September 18, 2014

Finding bottlenecks in your Magento store

In the beginning, Magento was one of the biggest PHP applications. The main purpose of that platform was to cover all needs of store owners being universal and flexible. So, Magento store owners got a big and interesting e-commerce platform and the developers got a big “battlefield” for their implementations. A lot of things have been changed from year to year: servers became more powerful, Magento much faster and the number of platforms, developers and extensions has grown significantly. As a result, every store owner has a wide choice of the solutions that might be implemented for their stores. Unfortunately, very often it’s hard to predict how good is some add-on for a specific Magento installation because of different reasons. You are installing first, tenth, thirtieth extension and then realize: the store is much slower than it was before.

September 16, 2014

Meet Magento Ukraine 2014 - Post Release

First ever Meet Magento event in Ukraine took place in Kyiv, on 6-th of Septemeber, and it was proudly organised by Atwix and Eltrino companies. Now, as over a week has passed, we are happy to share some post event notes with you.
September 14, 2014

Meet Magento New York is just around the corner!

The next Meet Magento event is just around the corner. This time, in New York. Meet Magento is expanding from old Europe to the New World – USA.
August 18, 2014

Sales report on the dashboard in Magento admin

The sales report is one of the main progress indicators in e-commerce. We often create a sales report using the default Magento features - just go to Reports -> Sales -> Orders, and then, fill in the filter form on that page. This way allows us to get full information about sales on the web store.

August 11, 2014

Multipage sitemap.xml extension

Magento already has a built-in Google sitemap generator. Nevertheless, there is one problem – it is generating a single file which includes all the category, product and CMS page links. But, due to the Google specifications it should not contain more than 50 000 items. So, if your shop is large enough, then your XML sitemap file will be quite big and will cause the error from the crawlers site. That is why, we decided to write an article that describes the extension which generates a sitemap with the index file and numerous sub-files for each type of the pages (products, categories, CMS).
August 6, 2014

Using GeoIP in Magento. Store switcher based on customer location

There is no doubt that determining customers location can be quite useful. However, Magento doesn’t have such functionality so far. In this post we decided to show you an example of GeoIP integration into Magento. Moreover, we will use customer location for redirection to a proper store.

July 30, 2014

A year with Magento

Hello everyone. Less than a year has passed since I’ve started working with Magento. It was a long path, I’ve learned a lot and now I have much to share. This article is not dedicated to all cool things I’ve found for myself, and it does not share my joy or frustration that I felt during this year. Actually, it is a small guide, or even a set of advices, for developers who decided to work with Magento. Moreover, it is not a typical “My first Magento extension” article, but quick tips which will make your progress easier and learning the Magento sides slighter.
July 16, 2014

Yandex market price list generation in Magento

Sometimes we need to publish information in Yandex.Market database. So, for publishing information there you need to create a document in a specific YML format. However, by default Magento can not generate products list in YML format. That is why, we need to create a simple extension for YML generation.