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February 25, 2013

Source, frontend and backend models in Magento system settings

In the previous article we have described how the different settings can be applied to a custom extension. There’s nothing difficult for the simple settings such as text field or text area. But, if you look at the drop down, multiselect or editable items list you’ll notice that these items have additional fields, e.g. source_model, backend_model, frontend_model. Let’s focus on these models and find out more info about creating settings that require data models.
February 8, 2013

Magento system settings overview

From time to time  Magento developers face with a need to add settings for their extensions. As it’s hard to remember all necessary details for each setting, so we would like to share our snippets which contain xml code of the most recent settings used in Magento admin.
December 10, 2012

Grid filter for columns with complex values

In previous articles we told you how to operate with columns in adminhtml grids. Usually the process is quite fast, for example, if you want to add simple column from the database. But sometimes you need to add a column with complex value, processed by renderer. You say: “it’s not a big deal to use renderers…” Right, until you face with sort and filter..
December 3, 2012

Adding sender's name to order comments in Magento admin

If there is more than one person who serves Magento orders you may want to be able to put sender’s name next to the comment. As you know, order’s comments are already implemented in Magento, so we are going to change it a little to have name of commentator inserted and display it automatically.
November 7, 2012

Adding a column to the customers grid in Magento admin. Alternative way

Pretty often we face a task, where we need to add a custom column to the customers/orders grid in Magento admin. The solution is simple and if you google for it, you will get tons of solutions. However, pretty much all of them describe the same way, which isn’t always proper.
November 5, 2012

Fields dependency in Magento admin forms

In this article we would like to cover a topic about a neat feature of admin forms, that will make management of your module’s data by store staff more convenient.
October 29, 2012

Adding a button to the system configuration of Magento

If you recently started to learn Magento and presently develop own Magento extensions, one day you will face with Admin’s System Configuration section. This is a place where you can store some settings for your module. There are many tutorials on the web, explaining how to set up different form elements in System Configuration. This article shows how to add a button.
September 26, 2012

Login as a customer from Magento admin

Often there are situations where customer has some issues while placing orders or making operations from the “My Account” section. At that point, an ability for admin to login as a customer and see what is wrong becomes very useful.
September 14, 2012

Customizing Magento Contact Us page from admin panel

You can find many different tutorials how to customise Contact Us. This one is an alternative to others and we hope this article will be useful, especially people with no programming skills will like it. The main goal of this method is – do not touch file system every time we want to make changes to Contact Us page. Let`s begin.
March 21, 2012

Adding a custom attribute/column to the orders grid in Magento admin

Does your Magento order grid have all of the fields you need? Adding or removing columns is fairly simple. Let’s explore how.