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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 21, 2014

System settings in OroCRM. Overview

In the previous article we’ve described how to add a setting to your extension and make it work. We reviewed only two general field types: text and password, however, there are many other field types that you will meet in your development practice. Actually, you are able to find the general fields description in the Symfony manual, but OroCRM has its own types based on the general. Let’s try to review most of this fields.

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.

July 15, 2014

OroCRM Hotkeys Extension

Notwithstanding the becoming age of touch devices, pointers like mouse and touch pads are still commonly used in desktop and laptop computers. Even more, the users who used to work with computers some time ago or users who want to increase their productivity use different types of shortcuts or gestures including keyboard hot keys. And it makes sense, just try to imagine your life without ctrl+c (cmd+c), ctrl+v(cmd+v) or ctrl+z(cmd+z). Not only desktop applications provide the ability to use keyboard shortcuts. If you have ever used Atlassian Jira you should know how fast and handy you can deal with different operations using hotkeys. That’s why we decided to bring the similar ability to OroCRM.

June 25, 2014

Magento admin form fieldset custom type

Sometimes we face with the necessity of custom data output in Magento admin forms. If you require to render entity data in the admin form other way than stored in the database and standard Magento fieldset types do not match your requirements, this article will help you to create your own fieldset type.
June 23, 2014

System settings in OroCRM. Introduction

Recently we have described how to create your own OroCRM extension and, even more, how to add a new menu item (see Add a new menu item). Now it is time to move forward. Almost each extension, no matter how big it is, needs to have some settings. Of course, we can put it into an *.yml’. No problem, but OroCRM core developers provide us with a handy ability to create your own settings fields/section on the System->Configuration page.

June 3, 2014

Magento Certified Solution Specialist Exam Feedback

During the Magento Imagine 2014 conference, Magento rolled out the new Magento Certified Solution Specialist exam as a part of Magento ecosystem and it is finally complimenting the certification endeavours of Magento with a non-developer kind of certificate.
May 27, 2014

Import group price from CSV files for Magento

Group Pricing is a great and flexible instrument for adding product prices for different groups of customers. Magento allows to affect the cost of separate products using group price mechanism for chosen groups. In this case, the product group price allows to set a product price for separate products and, at the same time, we do not need to create many catalog price rules.