Dropshipping possibilities in Magento
Approximately in every third Magento project that I am doing I get the request to implement some kind of Dropshipping. That’s why I want to give a short overview of how to handle that with Magento. What is Dropshipping? Dropshipping is a kind of E-Commerce business where the merchant offers products in his online shop without having the products in his inventory. If a customer orders some of these products a so-called purchase order is made and the dropshipping partner will ship the items for the merchant.
When should I start using Magento 2?
Finally it’s time for a new blog post as the last one about the interesting ShopTechBlog episode is dated a while back. Today I want to raise some pro and contra arguments for upgrading to Magento 2 or starting a new project with the new release of Magento E-Commerce. This is by no means a complete list but just some of my thoughts on this topic. First of all we have 2 scenarios to look at:
Why should I do a Magento upgrade?
Today I was asked by a client if he should upgrade his Magento 126.96.36.199 store to the latest Magento Community Edition 188.8.131.52. As this question arises more than often I would like to emphasize some arguments for doing the upgrade. Of course this is question cannot be answered in general because it depends on many factors like level of customization, budget, known issues in the workflow, etc. 1. Security Security is always a good argument, especially if one has seen the latest severe Magento security issues (e.
Available Magento Code Sniffer rulesets
Basically I recommend following the PSR-2 standard for Coding Style Guidelines in Magento projects. Verifying your coding styles makes sense in any case – whether you are working in a large team of developers or as a freelancer for several clients. Agreeing to one common coding standard and following the rules improves readability and comparability. But as we all know Magento has some quirks that do not fit very well this standard (like underscore class names, underscore prefixed variables, etc.
The Magento totals sort order hell
Yesterday I had an interesting problem in a Magento community installation of one of my clients: After the deinstallation of the Unirgy_GiftCert extension the total values subtotal, tax and grand_total were totally messed up. That means sums without tax were shown as grand_total and subtotal whereas it was configured totally different. After some debugging action I found out that incorrect dependencies for the total models were the cause for this issue (the sort order did change because of the uninstallation of the gift certificate extension):
How to reduce spam messages sent via Magento contact form without using Captchas
A lot of my clients complain about the fact that they receive lots of spam messages via the Magento contact and review forms. Basically in most of these cases I recommend using professional services like Akismet and an appropriate Magento extension which effectively reduce the amount of spam messages to a minimum. (I don’t want to mention Captchas because I do not want to loose potential customers ;-) But there are also some simple code modifications that can easily be made in a couple of hours by yourself, e.
Magento 1.9: Downloadable Products cannot be created (German localization)
Some Magento Extension recommendations
I am often asked by my clients what Magento Extensions I can recommend for their shop. Thats why I created a (probably incomplete) list of Magento extensions that I regularly use in my Magento projects: Extension Category My comments WYSIWYG Editor Redactor Administration, Must-Have Mage Setup Administration, Must-Have quickly adapt your Magento Store to German Market incl.
Some overseen Magento performance tipps
Disable Mage_Reports logging for simple page views (use external analytics tools instead) Disable unused (core) modules, e.g. Mage_Poll, Mage_Tag, Mage_Rss, Mage_Wishlist, Mage_XmlConnect, Find_Feed, Mage_Authorizenet (Pay attention to all side effects, e.g. when deactivating Mage_Wishlist the customer detail view in admin won’t work any longer in CE 1.7) Disable Magento file logging in production (or at least set up log rotating) Implement block caching for navigation bar / product lists / …
A totally different recommendation engine for Magento
A few weeks ago we released the first version of our new Recolize Recommendation Engine extension for Magento. We – that is the company Recolize that I founded together with Michael Stork and Anja Lange in the beginning of this year. Since the mid of last year we have put enormous efforts into building an innovative and incredibly useful extension that enables merchants to boost their revenues by offering Amazon widgets like “Customers who bought X also bought Y”.