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How to process Magento indexes from the command line

How to process Magento indexes from the command line

Magento is a pretty powerful and complex system. It allows to work with massive amounts of data, but when database is overloaded with tons of records it becomes heavy and slow. Magento uses indexes to solve this problem. Indexes are additional database tables with some flat data, which allows to organize fast responses from the database. By default, core system updates indexes on each item’s save. But in some cases you need to do it manually, for example some types of mass actions etc.

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Preparation to Magento Developer Certification

Preparation to Magento Developer Certification

As many of you know, at the end of the last year Magento has introduced an opportunity to the developers to confirm and leverage their knowledge of Magento by passing the Magento Developer Certification. Here we’d like to share some thoughts on the preparation process basing on our experience.

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Accessing a custom attribute at checkout/cart in Magento

Accessing a custom attribute at checkout/cart in Magento

So you have added a new custom product attribute. It is not a problem to access and use it in Product View. And you probably know that you should enable it under the attribute settings page of Magento backend in order to make it available for the Product List (or category view) section. But what about checkout/cart area?

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Restricting actions by a customer group in Magento

Restricting actions by a customer group in Magento

In this article I’d like to explain how to create multiselect product attribute which will allow to restrict actions depending on a customer group. This feature can be used to hide price of the product, disable product addition to cart or set other restrictions basing on a customer group.

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Replace the Magento language selector with flag icons

Replace the Magento language selector with flag icons

In most Magento templates, we can see the language selector provided as a simple pull down menu. Let’s explore a way to enhance the look and make a more attractive, custom style.
In the example below, I’ll tell you how to make a multilingual store and replace the standard language selector with flag icons.

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How to resize any images in Magento

How to resize any images in Magento

In this article, I’ll describe how to resize images, such as needing to resize a custom image and display it on the site in special sized areas.
Let’s do it.

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Custom order and customer numbers in Magento: Part 2

Custom order and customer numbers in Magento: Part 2

Back to Part 1.

In Magento, customers don’t use special numbering by default; however it is possible to change this. We need to add a record to theĀ eav_entity_store table with entity_type_id = 1, increment_prefix = CU and increment_last_id = CU001000.

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

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.

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Custom order and customer numbers in Magento: Part 1

Custom order and customer numbers in Magento: Part 1

In Magento, order numbers are generated starting from 100000001 and up by default. Many companies want to use a custom value so that customers don’t know exactly how many orders have been placed before. Others need a custom value to match other parts of their system. The fieldĀ increment_id is present in various entity tables to store this number.

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Adding thumbnail images to the Magento admin product grid

Adding thumbnail images to the Magento admin product grid

This article describes how to insert images in the Magento admin product grid.
First of all, you will need to create your own extension. Let’s call it: Atwix_Gridthumbs.

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