Internal Security & Audit in Magento

Magento provides an interesting case for security and audit requirements because you’re in a situation where a large mix of staff, including CSR’s, product entry specialists, and high level admins and everyone needs varying levels of access to the system. Your admins need full access to keep the system running while you may only want […]

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Magento + WordPress – A Match Made in Heaven

An E-Commerce website is a beautiful hurricane of content, products, and configuration. If you’re just starting to look at getting into E-Commerce, the pure complexity can be astounding. This series will attempt to answer some of the questions associated with getting into E-Commerce, including some of the products, services, and other resources that will help […]

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Speeding up the Magento Admin

The first thing to understanding why the administrator is slow is looking at the cause. Most of the speed issues in the Magento administrator have something to do with your database. There are a few quick things you can do to speed things up and a few more complicated ones.   1 – Clear the […]

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Getting custom data from a customer in Magento

This is a quick article on using the “How did you hear about us?” extension to find out how your customers found your website. The extension basically just adds a small custom question that allows you to pull a single question/answer combo from an order. To get started, go to http://www.magentocommerce.com/magento-connect/how-did-you-hear-about-us-1.html and install the plugin via […]

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Using Customer Mass Email to send a simple news letter

Customer Mass Email is a simple extension we’ve developed that allows you to send out Email to a group of customers without using a third party Email service. After installing the plugin, the first step is to create an Email template. Start by navigating to System >> Transactional Emails and then click “Add New Template”. […]

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Magento Extension Development – Beginner – Lesson 1

Hello Folks, This is the first lesson in a series on basic Magento extension development. You’ll learn how to build a simple extension as well as how Magento and Magento extensions work behind the scenes. Before beginning this tutorial series, it’s expected that you already have some very basic Magento experience, a functional Magento site, and […]

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1000 Miles in a Nissan Leaf

I don’t normally do posts that aren’t strictly about Magento or some kind of web technology but I love cars and wanted to review the 2013 Nissan Leaf and that’s cool and technical, right? I’ve owned my Leaf for about 1000 miles now so I’ve had time to get a good sample of the car […]

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Magento 101 Lesson 5 – Configuring Table Rates Shipping

Table rates shipping is one of the simplest ways to configure shipping prices in Magento. Table rates allow you to choose a shipping price based on the price or weight of the items for sale. To configure table rates shipping, log into Magento and navigate to System >> Configuration >> Shipping Methods >> Table Rates. […]

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How much does a basic custom website cost?

There’s a lot of space between the almost free self-built sites out there and the multi-thousand dollar quotes you can get from a professional web design agency. The question is why and what are you getting for all that extra money? How much does a truly professional website cost? That’s the question I’m going to […]

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Magento 101 Lesson 4 – Configuring PayPal Standard

In this lesson, we’ll cover integrating PayPal with our our new Magento installation.  This lesson is available in both text and video format. Enabling PayPal: Setting up PayPal in Magento is actually pretty simple. The first thing you’ll want to do is create an account on PayPal.com and get a set of API credentials. The article […]

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