Embedding Scripts and Tags into the Magento 2 Header

What do Google Tag Manager, a Facebook Pixel, and a Twitter Pixel all have in common? They all have to be embedded in the Magento header to function properly, and Magento 2 made that just a little bit harder to do.

To embed a custom script in the Magento header, log into the Magento admin and go to Content >> Configuration(Under Design) >> and select “Edit” next to your store view theme. From here, you’ll see a screen that looks something like this –

 

Click on “HTML Head” and scroll down to the section that says “Scripts & Style Sheets”. From here, embed your code, and save.

Once that’s done, you may need to flush the Magento cache to get it to show up on the frontend. To do that, navigate to System >> Cache Management(under Tools). There you can select all, and then hit “Submit” next to the “Refresh” drop-down.

 

 

 

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Magento releases 1.9.3.2 update to the 1.x platform

Magento recently released the 1.9.3.2 update to the 1.x platform. Several of the more useful updates are included below:

The old tax calculation algorithm for shipping charges has been restored, allowing for Magento merchants to correctly charge consumers for products and shipping. Magento allows its users to set up a complex system of taxation, which gives eCommerce merchants tools to categorize products and customers into tax classes. A tutorial for setting up and managing taxes in Magento can be found here (https://www.hostknox.com/tutorials/magento/managing-taxes).

The “Price as configured” for bundle products displays correctly in the shopping cart. Users commonly complained that the feature showed a figure of zero no matter which bundle sub-products were selected for their products, while others complained of overpricing for bundled products if all input options were not selected. A guide to managing prices can be found here: (https://www.siteground.com/tutorials/magento/magento_price.htm).

Catalog price rules, a tool for selecting certain products to be put on sale, now return the correct price. These rules are distinguished from coupons, because they take effect before the shopper places the product into their cart, which increases sales following the simple logic that shoppers are attracted to lower prices. A tutorial for creating catalog price rules can be found here: (http://docs.magento.com/m1/ce/user_guide/marketing/price-rules-catalog.html)

To view the full list of technical renovations, please refer to the links below:

Enterprise Edition: http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/m1x/ce19-ee114/ee1.14_release-notes.html?_ga=1.187917025.834397724.1489463757#ee114-11432

Community Edition: http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/m1x/ce19-ee114/ce1.9_release-notes.html?_ga=1.187917025.834397724.1489463757#ce19-1932

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 14 Review with Fedora 24

So, I don’t do too many reviews but this one really stood out. I’ve been a long time user of a heavily upgraded 15″ Asus K55A which served me well. Unfortunately, the sides of my beloved Asus were beginning to look like an accordion when it was picked up and the screen was starting to flicker any time it got too humid outside, but I digress.

I’ve been out of the laptop market for a while and most of the new inventory seems cheap, flimsy, and lacking in the essential features I look for in a laptop. I don’t really care if something has 16GB of RAM and an i7 if it seems like it’s going to fall apart. This is a laptop, it’s meant to be portable and rugged, your companion wherever life takes you. After several weeks of research, I finally settled on the Lenovo ThinkPad Ultrabook Yoga 14. Without further ado, let me jump into why.

Power

If you’re the kind of person who needs a little raw power in a laptop, the ThinkPad definitely has it. It’s no gaming laptop, if that’s what you’re into, but you’ll start off with 8GB of RAM, an i5 processor, and a 256GB SSD. For a business user and the average developer/admin/techie, that’s going to be all the power you ever need. It does come with the option to upgrade to 16GB of RAM but I don’t see ever really using that. That’s what my desktop is for.

Durability

This is the first category the ThinkPad really gets a pat on the back. This is a small, dense, machine that feels incredibly durable. The overall build quality is superb, far over what I’m seeing from most vendors.

Linux Support

Finding a laptop that actually works well with Linux can still be a bit of a challenge but the newer ThinkPads really power through it. I’m currently running Fedora 24 and everything just works. The keyboard volume controls, the touch screen(including on-screen keyboard) wireless, audio, and even the tap-to-click touch-pad work flawlessly out of the box. This machine may not have been built for Linux but they’ve certainly kept it in mind.

Touch & Feel

One of the things that hooked me on this laptop is the quality of the keyboard and typing experience. In a world where everything is focused on graphics and bendy screens, it’s amazing just how many laptops sacrifice the basic typing experience. Lenovo took the time to make the keyboard a stunningly high quality part of the ThinkPad line. The Yoga 14 comes with a comfortable keyboard with each key contoured to your fingertips. The keys are responsive with a good amount of travel and not too much noise if you’re screencasting or doing other recording with your computer in-play.

Price

As a final point, it’s hard not to talk about price. The ThinkPad Yoga 14 is currently selling for about $800.00 which is actually quite a bit less than machines of similar quality for the resources. In short, you’re going to get a lot more bang for your buck with this machine than you are just about anywhere else.

 

Magento: Complete Guide on How to Add Video Tab on Product Page

Videos are great way to connect with the customers yet it one of the most under-utilized ecommerce strategies. We’ve talked about the importance of product photography in the past, but great product photos are table stakes at this point. If you want to take your ecommerce business to the next level and blow past your competition, you can’t afford to ignore the power of incorporating video into your mix. Product videos can have an incredible ability to increase conversions by better helping people understand your product and provide customers with as much information as possible about the products you offer.

In Magento, it is best to add a product video on product information tab.  The following shows you the steps on how to add a video tab on product page

  • Login to your admin panel
  • Navigate to Catalog -> Attributes -> Manage Attributes

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  • Click on “Add New Attribute” button

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You will be prompted to a new window as shown below

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  • Specify videoID on Attribute Code, select Store View for the scope, and Text Fieldfor Catalog Input Type for Store Owner. Leave the rest of the field as is.
  • Save the attribute
  • Go to Catalog -> Attributes -> Manage Attributes Set

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  • Select yourattribute set which you are using for your site
  • UnderUnassigned Attributes you will see videoID item which you should drag into the left column, under General section:

Note: videoID is the attribute code I specified during the Add Attribute step, see Step 4

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  • Go to Catalog -> Manage Products

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  • Click Save Attribute button
  • Select the Product to edit
  • Input your video URL in theVideo URL field

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  • Click the SAVE button

 

For handling the popup you will need to integrate below changes.

  1. Install/Integrate colorbox within your Magento (http://www.jacklmoore.com/colorbox/)
  1. Do minor code changes at below path.

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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”. Here you need to set a template name, subject, and the Email content. You can use HTML, CSS, and variables here but it’s not required. Read more