A common used unnecessary step is the login step. Most people are not interested in getting account. Therefore it could be better removing this step.
Excellence Magento Blog created a good solution that removes the login step.
Remove the login step in Magento
Go to http://www.excellencemagentoblog.com/magento-onestep-checkout-remove-login-step and follow the instructions or like them on Facebook in order to get the complete file.
Would you like to make a shipping system based on location and weight?
- Login to Magento
- Go to System -> Configuration -> Select scope on website level -> Go to Shipping -> Table Rates
- Click on the button Export to CSV
- Edit the CSV and insert a new row for each condition
The table rates sheet will look about this (don’t copy the first row):
Country,State,Zip-Code,”Subtotal and above”,Shipping Costs
So in the country column you place the column. In the state/province column * means all states/provinces. Subtotal and above means the subtotal for which the shipping rule is valid. And for shipping costs you will set the shipping costs that will be charged.
Would you like to link Magento with Mailchimp?
- Create an account at http://www.mailchimp.com
- Download and install the MageMonkey plugin from: http://www.magentocommerce.com/magento-connect/mage-monkey-mailchimp-integration-4865.html
- Grab the API key from MailChimp. Login -> Account -> API Key -> Add a Key
- Insert the API key in Magento under System -> Configuration -> Clients -> MailChimp -> API Key
So you started a new Magento webshop and got overwhelmed by lots of features and widgets?
It could be that you would like to remove some widgets and plugins. In order to do that, navigate to: /app/design/frontend/default/default/layout and open local.xml (or create it).
On top, between the <default>…</default> tags place the removal codes:
Removing the shopping cart at the right side
Removing the standard banners
Removing recently viewed products
Removing the top search
<remove name=”top.search” />
Removing the PayPal logo
Remove the compare sidebar
Remove compared products bar
Remove reorder sidebar
One of the most important pages of your webshop is the checkout page. When people want to checkout, they expect a fast way of checkout. Unfortunately the current checkout of Magento is still a bit annoying, because of the illogical checkout process.
Free Better Checkout
So what should you do? Buy an expensive one step checkout for a starting webshop? No, that’s not necessary. There is a solution that only requires some CSS improvements and changes the process dramtically.
For example take a look on the improved checkout Dutch website Pyjamaonline:
Looks better than the standard, doesn’t it? Want to make such improvements for your own webshop as well? Download it here: http://www.h-o.nl/blog/improved_magento_one_page_checkout_design_css_only/
Also want to know how to remove the unnecessary login step?
Standard the size of Magento product icon pictures are 135 x 135 pixels. For most purposes that size is a bit to small. How to change the size of these picture?
Changing the size of product images on category list
To change the size of the image open your website directory and navigate to: app/design/frontend/default/default/template/catalog/product and open list.phtml. Around line 98 you see the following code:
<img src=”<?php echo $this->helper(‘catalog/image’)->init($_product, ‘small_image’)->resize(135); ?>” width=”135″ height=”135″ alt=”<?php echo $this->stripTags($this->getImageLabel($_product, ‘small_image’), null, true) ?>” />
Change it to by example 200 x 200:
<img src=”<?php echo $this->helper(‘catalog/image’)->init($_product, ‘small_image’)->resize(200); ?>” width=”200″ height=”200″ alt=”<?php echo $this->stripTags($this->getImageLabel($_product, ‘small_image’), null, true) ?>” />
Upload the file to your webdir and refresh the cache. Now you see the images in the greater format.
Changing the size of product images on the product page
You can do the same for the images on the product page. Just go to /app/design/frontend/default/default/template/catalog/product/view and open media.phtml. Here you see the same tag with resizing to 265. Change this to your desired format and refresh the cache.
Magento Problems is a new blog on which I share all kind of problems that I come across myself in developing Magento websites. For example I share tips about plugins, common problems and more.
Keep track of this blog, because I’ll try to post updates on regulary basis.