After I took the Magento Certified Solution Specialist and Magento Certified Frontend Developer exams end of last year and in the beginning of this year, I finally also took the Magento Certified Developer exam. Conclusion: It is, as expected, the hardest of the three exams, but it is absolutely doable if you worked with Magento for more than a year on a full-time basis. Magento Certified Developer weiterlesen
There are so many events for Magento developers and enthusiasts out there that it is difficult to keep up with all of them. That is why I created a publicly available Google calendar, which contains all Magento events around the world. Magento Events Calendar weiterlesen
Magento introduced a new security feature in version 1.8 which disables the possibility to save and autocomplete the admin credentials. Some password manager like Lastpass can still save and autocomplete the credentials, but some others cannot. For instance, the Firefox password manager does not store or autocomplete the admin credentials in Magento >= 1.8. I wrote a neat little extension to solve this issue. Magento Save and Autocomplete Admin Credentials weiterlesen
I guess the best and most used image zoom plugin for Magento is Magic Zoom. Today I had to optimise the Magic Zoom functionality so that it works nicely on mobile devices. They say that the plugin is responsive out of the box, although I do not really know what exactly is responsive – I definitely had issues on mobile devices. In any case, the quick and awesome support helped me with my problem and told me that they release a new version with „much more improved behavior on mobile device“ next month.
So you receive a Magento request from a new customer. Great! You have a first look at the server. So far so good! You quickly realise that there is no version control system (VCS) and no separation of customisations and core code. DAMN IT!!! Q(/%LJx§“?8SA?!(&%!!! I can of course only tell from my experiences, but I have the impression that this problem is absolutely common and happens with shops of any size. So how do you convince your new potential customer to initially spend a fair amount of money to just bring his project technically on a good basis? He does not have any direct advantages from it. But which advantages can you promise anyway, which may convince him? Avantages of Introducing a VCS and Modman for Customers weiterlesen
The Magento Community Manager of Cloudways, Wajid Hussain, asked me to give an interview some time ago. I was of course very thankful and felt honoured, so that I certainly agreed. The topics of the interview are widespread: We talk about different shop systems, Magento extensions, Magento customisations, Magento 2 and a few other things. Interview with Cloudways weiterlesen
After my good experiences with the Magento Certified Solution Specialist certification, I was brave enough to go one step further: To take the Magento Certified Frontend Developer exam. The exam is definitely more challenging than the solution specialist exam, but it is absolutely doable if you know Magento’s frontend part. You want to know how you can prepare yourself? You want to know how my experiences were? Read on! Magento Certified Frontend Developer weiterlesen
So after reading my post about hickups with the infinite theme inheritance feature in Magento 1.9 you decide to give it a try. You want to use the rwd/default theme as a base and just add some new fancy CSS, so that the site is in accordance with your corporate design. But then you realise that your CSS file is rendered as the first CSS file, so that all your changes are overridden by the CSS files of the parent theme. Why is this the case? How can you solve this? Read on. Magento 1.9 Infinite Theme Inheritance: Child CSS Not Rendered Last weiterlesen
In this post, I will summarise my experiences with Magento’s „new“ infinite theme inheritance feature. It is not really new any more, because it was introduced with Magento 1.9, which is available for quite some time now. But since I now had the possibility to have a closer look at it, I encountered two „hickups“ of this system, which I present in this post. Replace hickup with problem, bug, weird behaviour or whatever you like 🙂 There may be some solutions, too, so keep on reading!
Magento 1.9 Infinite Theme Inheritance Hickups weiterlesen
Magento’s default top menu is rather static and not customisable at all. It simply shows all the categories defined in the administration area. Many shop owners of course want to customise the top menu by themselves: They want to change the hierarchy of the menu entries; they want to add links to specific category pages where filters are activated; they want to feature certain products directly in the menu; they want to add a contact form to it etc. If your customer wants something like this and you are searching for a suitable menu extension for Magento, read on.