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Using Mage Run tool to speed up development

Using Mage Run tool to speed up development

When starting Magento development, first thing you find out that in order to see the changes you have to clear the cache. There is also an option to disable the cache completely, but performance wise – it’s not a very smart move. As your experience on the system grows you are getting to know which exact cache to clear to see the changes, be it config, layout, FPC cache or any other. Nevertheless, these operations are pretty cumbersome as admin session times out from time to time. You may also know that enabling template hints is not a quick operation either.

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Login as a customer from Magento admin

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.

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Advices and Best Practices for Magento developers

Advices and Best Practices for Magento developers

I think everyone who is interested in ecommerce development get familiar with Magento earlier or later. It’s a very popular platform, where a lot of modern programming technologies are used. Since Magento is one of the most powerful and flexible shopping cart engines, it requires a deep level of expertise to develop extensions or even do some basic changes. So we’ve decided to share our tips for Magento Developers in this article. [Continue to Part 2]

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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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Creating automatic emails for custom events in Magento

Creating automatic emails for custom events in Magento

Magento is a relatively intelligent system. It implements an Event/Observer pattern for end users to hook into. You can catch different events and process them with your logic after. For example, if you want to perform an action after a user was logged in, you can use customer_login event, for an action implementation after the event.

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Magento auto invoice and set custom order status upon checkout

Magento auto invoice and set custom order status upon checkout

Many developers are wondering how to customize Magento behavior once an order has been placed. In particular, sometimes a company would like to change the order status to “Pending” and send an invoice to the customer automatically after checkout. The following article offers a simple solution for this.

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Magento Development Tools

Magento Development Tools

Magento is a complex system and without proper tools, development for the system can get complex, especially for beginners. In this article, we will examine some of most useful Magento development tools and extensions.

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