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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Magento 1.9: Downloadable Products cannot be created (German localization)

In Magento 1.9 there is a JavaScript error on the product page in the backend that prohibits adding links to downloadable products when using the default German localization that ships with this Magento version. The root cause for this problem is the file app/locale/de_DE/Mage_Media.csv which somehow contains an additional line break at the end of […]

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 […]

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 […]