Getting all product information in Magento

Fetching all the product data, custom attributes or ratings information, in Magento can be really easy, you just have to know how.

Whilst working on a Magento webshop I was asked to show the ratings and several custom attributes for the related products. Sadly I found out that the data collection Magento fetches by default for related products is limited to the data they want to show in their default theme so I had to find another way. Find out how I did this.

Bulk change prices in Magento

This article is actually about deducting the tax from prices in Magento via SQL. A few days ago I got an e-mail by a client in which he mentioned that he actually entered the prices including tax in Magento, instead of the prices excluding tax. So I decided to write a small code snippit to change the prices.

First of all, sorry for the misleading title. This article is actually about deducting the tax from prices in Magento via SQL. A few days ago I got an e-mail by a client in which he mentioned that he entered the prices including tax in Magento, instead of the prices excluding tax. After a short investigation on the internet on how to easily edit the prices I came across a plugin which costs around $60. But I thought I could easily manage this without purchasing the plugin. Continue reading “Bulk change prices in Magento”

Adding SSL support to Magento

This week I was asked by a peer to add SSL support to a Magento installation. Since this is something trivial but also something I think people should really take a look at I decided to share with you how you can achieve this.

This week I was asked by a peer to add SSL support to a Magento installation. Since this is something trivial but also something I think people should really take a look at I decided to share with you how you can achieve this. Continue reading “Adding SSL support to Magento”

APC vs. Memcached

In this article I compare APC and Memcached. Two caching methods I studied for a PHP MVC Framework I constructed for a client.

A while ago I was asked to develop a PHP MVC framework from scratch with hooks for caching. After building the MVC framework I decided to take a look at the two preferred caching methods, Memcached and APC, for this particular framework. Below you’ll find some reasons why you should choose the one or the other. Continue reading “APC vs. Memcached”

Web services and backward compatibility

About a year ago I was asked by a client to update their existing web service because of some changes in the way they wanted to process their sales data. Luckily this client has always understood the importance of a Service-Oriented Architecture ( SOA ) since they deal with large amounts of resellers who need to access, edit and create data. All I had to do was apply the changes to their web service. Continue reading “Web services and backward compatibility”