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January 13, 2015

Adding WYSIWYG editor to Magento admin form

If you have ever created CMS pages and blocks in Magento, you should know that there is a useful editor that makes entering the formatted text much easier. In this article, we will attach this WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor to our Magento admin form.
January 8, 2015

How is it to be non-technical project manager among the technical developers?

When you are applying for the position of a project manager, you at least need to know the difference between PHP and JavaScript. However, in my case, I was unaware of it, so I had to learn a lot, day after day.

I must say that it is a quite common practice in the IT industry that PM is from the “outside world”. So, I am not the first and, of course, not the last one, and if you ask me how actually it is working, the answer will be “differently”.

December 26, 2014

Magento extension to avoid browser JavaScript/CSS caching

Do you know how to avoid browser styles and JavaScripts caching during the development process? Especially it will be useful to apply to the mobile devices. Sometimes, we have to recache our website’s look when there was made a significant style change. Our brief article describes an extension that will make those things possible.

December 25, 2014

10 Tips on how to build a successful environment in the company

Every prosperous IT company takes care of its clients and projects to grow up the business and deliver well-built solutions. Meanwhile, one of the major components of success is an internal environment development. No doubt that if the company is strong and stable inside, it will grow up and prosper. Employees are the moving force of the company results – the company managers should provide them with good work conditions and feedback for efforts. That is why we decided to share our experience in a form of 10 key aspects of how to take care of company’s employees and keep the inside harmony.

December 8, 2014

Meet Magento Poland 2014: Atwix feedback

2014 year was a successful one for Meet Magento events family with 12 events taking place all over the world and stepping into the new continent – North America. The official “closing of the season” happened during 24 and 25 of November in Warsaw, where Meet Magento Poland traditionally took place being the last Meet Magento event of the year. Atwix sponsored every Meet Magento Poland, and this time was represented by me with a presentation about conversion rate improvements in e-commerce.

November 27, 2014

Close Magento store for maintenance

Sometimes we need to close Magento store for maintenance (for example, during store transfer to another hosting or Magento upgrade), and in this case, the web store will be closed for several hours.

November 14, 2014

Duplicated product URL keys in Magento Community Edition

Recently, we have noticed an interesting issue in Magento Community Edition and decided to share our findings with our readers. There is no restriction on the product URL key duplicates in the Community Edition, so, multiple products can have the same URL key and the product URL path generation should handle it. This article is about how the URL path generation manages the duplicated URL keys, the issues that appear during that process and how to cope with all these problems.

October 21, 2014

Removing needless product attribute values

Recently, we have faced with an issue that looked like a default Magento behavior. It turns out that Magento keeps the product attribute value even if the attribute was removed from the current attribute set. This brief article describes the issue’s details and a shell script on how to remove the old unnecessary attribute values from the database.

October 15, 2014

Alternative way of adding tabs to the Magento product page

In our previous article we have discussed how to add tabs to the product page. After Magento 1.9 has been released people started asking how to handle the product page tabs since the previous method caused different troubles. The reason is in the modern RWD theme, which goes out of the box with Magento 1.9. It uses slightly different method for adding tabs than in the previous versions. So, let’s review how you can easily add own tabs on the product page for RWD-based themes in Magento CE 1.9.

October 13, 2014

Scheduled Redis cache clean up

Magento, starting from the CE 1.8 and EE 1.13 versions, has a built-in Cm RedisSession extension. This extension helps Magento to use Redis cache for the backend caching and session storage. We can find much information about Redis installation and configuration of the Magento store to make it working with the cache. Often, it is recommended to flush Redis cache daily to avoid huge cache amount and some caching issues that, usually, occur when some part of the dynamic content was changed. Our article describes a simple extension which will be running daily and flushing the whole Redis cache.