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Custom resource model for Magento product flat tables

Custom resource model for Magento product flat tables

In this article we will try to explain how to create your own resource model for getting data from the product flat tables. First of all you need to know why we should do this. It’s simple. For example, you have a category page with configurable products and you need to get all attribute values on this page.

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Inline editing in Magento backend grids

Inline editing in Magento backend grids

Backend grids in Magento are very convenient, featuring filtering and pagination using AJAX by default. However, when you want to edit some field or record, you have to create a form. I’d like to describe the way of implementing inline field editing for a field.

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How to change the header of Magento CMS page

How to change the header of Magento CMS page

This article explains how to customize a header of any Magento CMS or Module page.

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Custom sort field for Magento products listing

Custom sort field for Magento products listing

Today we are going to change Magento default products displaying order. I mean “sort by” field and it’s direction. This article will show how to add a new sorting field, called “Date added” to the products list.

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Magento customer group layout handle

Magento customer group layout handle

It is a good idea to create a new layout handle in Magento when we need to be able to easily customize styling of pages or enable/disable specific blocks for the customer groups. Here is how.

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Displaying a custom CMS attribute on the Magento frontend

Displaying a custom CMS attribute on the Magento frontend

In this article we would like to share with the community one of the ways to display a custom CMS attribute on the Magento frontend. In my previous article I have explained how to add a CMS attribute at the backend. Check it out here (Adding a custom attribute to the CMS page).

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Customize Magento PDF Invoice and Packing Slip

Customize Magento PDF Invoice and Packingslip

This article explains how to customize Magento’s default PDF Invoice or Packingslip, so you will be able to change the layout, customize fonts and other elements.

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Adding custom attribute to a Magento CMS page

Adding custom attribute to a Magento CMS page

Sometimes we need to add a custom attribute to a CMS page. I’ll try to describe how we can do this as simply as possible using a custom module with observers.

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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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