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Magento Guide - Part2

In the first part of the Ultimate Magento Guide, we covered the back-end features of this open source e-commerce software. We also created a simple product and displayed it in our e-store.

Today we will focus on "customizing the basic layout of our e-store",  "what Magento Connect is” and "how we can install themes + extensions".

Let's Turn Off The Cache

Before heading to the customization, we will turn off the cache mode of Magento so that we can see our changes. Otherwise, Magento will keep showing the cached pages.

We can turn off the cache from our back-end. Go to System>Cache Management. Choose "disable" from the drop down menu which is an option in "All Cache". Follow the screenshot below if you are having some problem.

After disabling the cache, we will now change the name of our e-store which appears on many places (like after a new user registration). We can change it by going to System> Manage Stores, click the "Default Store View" and put the actual name of the store there just like “WRD E-Store”.

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Magento Guide - Part1

In the process of launching an e-store, when it comes to choosing the right solution, you will get puzzled by the hundreds of solutions available.

The options range from simple and free shopping cart systems to complex and paid e-commerce softwares which can charge you for both getting and “keeping” your shop online.

However, there are some applications which offer great features but still free.

One of the best and open source e-commerce solutions available for free is Magento.

In the following comprehensive tutorial, we will see what are the benefits and drawbacks of using Magento as your e-commerce application. We will make a demo store and take a look on some basic and intermediate features of Magento. So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started.

Why use Magento?

Pros:

  • free (absolutely free, no charges at all for community version)
  • open source (you can even make it better by writing your own code)
  • easy upgrades (automatic upgrades without loosing your customizations)
  • extensions, plugins (enhance your Magento installation with plugins just like WordPress)
  • very comprehensive theming system (custom themes for your store similar to WordPress)
  • downloadable goodies support

Cons:

  • resource intensive (yes, Magento needs a lot of memory in order to work efficiently but don’t worry, we will also learn how to fix it up to run Magento in low cost hosting solutions.)
  • latest version of PHP not supported (Magento only works with PHP 5.2)

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365psd is a website which publishes one quality PSD file every day that can be used in our designs for free.

PSDs are created by different designers & they can be browsed simply with prev-next buttons.

Also, they are tagged (including the colors) which will make finding similar items easy once the number of files get bigger.

365psd

Nicolas Gallagher is sharing a creative way on creating good-looking speech bubbles with CSS3.

There are no images or JavaScript in the implementations but uses the :before and/or :after pseudo-elements to produce basic shapes.

The HTML remains semantic however we should remember that CSS3 is not fully supported by all major browsers & we may again require JavaScript to add this support (like IE7.js).

CSS3 Speech Bubbles

Fuel Your Interface, a blog focused on UI design, is presenting a free web-design UI wireframe kit.

The kit comes as a .PSD file which is completely built with shape objects (in some cases converted into SmartObjects).

It includes the most frequently web design objects like buttons, forms, pagination, tabs, breadcrumbs & much more.

Web UI Wireframe Kit