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How to do basic technical SEO for Magento

1. General Configuration
Magento is one of the most search engine friendly e-commerce platforms straight out of the box, but there are several known issues that can be taken care of to optimize your Magento SEO. The first step is to get the most recent release. Then, to get started, enable Server URL rewrites. You will find this setting under System => Configuration => Web => Search Engines Optimization. Another good thing to configure now you are on this screen is “Add store Code to Urls” under “Url Options”. In most …

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10 Oct 10 Oct 2009 Comments Off

Some merchants use NaviGate payment gateway from MerchatPlus because of the lesser costs than its big brother Authorize.net. Interesting this about this payment gateway is its compatibility with Authorize.net. So, if you need to enable it in Magento, you will not have

to find someone who will have to write the module from scratch. You just need to use standard Authorize.net module, but with some modifications.
So, to use Navigate, you have to enable Authorize.net module. NaviGate is compatible with Authorize.net’s AIM Integration method. This means that any shopping cart or …

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9 Oct 9 Oct 2009 Comments Off

Every Magento user noticed that there is special {{magentocode}} syntax available in cms pages and blocks. We traced a bit to find out which params are available and what exactly they do.

As strange as this may sound, processor class that gets called is Mage_Core_Model_Email_Template_Filter located at app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/Email/Template/Filter.php .
There are also some interesting directives in superclass Varien_Filter_Template, but if i’m not mistaken, none of them can be used.
There are six replacement codes  that can be used and each triggers its equivalent Directive function:
skinDirective
mediaDirective
htmlescapeDirective
storeDirective
blockDirective
layoutDirective
I’ll start with easier and most commonly used …

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Facelift Image Replacement (or FLIR, pronounced fleer) is an image replacement script that dynamically generates image representations of text

on your web page in fonts that otherwise might not be visible to your visitors. Let’s see how it behaves in Magento.

1. Download FLIR from FLIR homepage. I was using latest 1.2 stable for this article because of simplicity, but if you viagra and canada try you’ll find out that 2.0 beta also works great but requires little more configuration.
2. Unpack FLIR content (cache,fonts,etc.) inside skin/frontend/default/default/facelift
I think it makes perfect …

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7 Oct 7 Oct 2009 1Comment

Ever wanted to “just send the email” using the built in email features in Magento? Ever hit the wall trying to do something with Magento? OK, I know the answer to the other one, just had to generic viagra us ask . Anyhow, sending the emails with Magento turned out to be a process of “just” a few hours of tracing Magento code.
I cant wait for smart comments like, “few hours, huh its so easy…”. Yea, thats the beauty of Magento… few hours of bashing your head against the …

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