September 9, 2010

5 Free Magento Ecommerce Themes

Filed under: magento — webtechbc @ 9:45 am

5 Free Magento Ecommerce Themes worth looking at

Here’s a list of 5 Free Magento E commerce Store themes compatible with version 1.4 and above.

1. Magento Classic Free theme, 10 Colours

* Magento 1.4 compatable
* CSS3 Powered!
* Easy color changes
* Easy to upgrade, easy to customise
* Supports all main browsers (IE6,IE7,IE8,FF2,FF3,Opera,Safari
* Free updates included

Magento Ecommerce Classic Free Theme

Magento Ecommerce Classic Free Theme

2. Hello Wired Free Theme

* Front Page Slider
* Cart order tracking
* jQuery, Lightblox and slider throughout store
* Multilanguage
* Supports alll browsers

Hello Wired Free Theme

Hello Wired Free Theme

3. mApple Free Magento Theme

* Compatible with all major browsers(IE6, IE7, IE8, FireFox, Safari, Chrome)
* Optimized for fast loading
* SEO (Search Engine Optimization) compliant
* W3C HTML & CSS validated
* Support Magento Version 1.4.x

mApple Free Magento Theme

mApple Free Magento Theme

4. HM Modern Theme

* Compatible with all major browsers(IE6, IE7, IE8, FireFox, Safari, Chrome)
* Optimized for fast loading
* Easily customize with PSD files (included in the package)
* SEO (Search Engine Optimization) compliant
* W3C HTML & CSS validated
* Support Magento Version 1.3 and 1.4

HM Modern Free Theme

HM Modern Free Theme


5. Seonitik – Free Magento Theme

* Compatible with all major browsers(IE6, IE7, IE8, FireFox, Safari, Chrome)
* Optimized for fast loading
* Easily customize with PSD files (included in the package)
* SEO (Search Engine Optimization) compliant
* W3C HTML & CSS validated
* Support Magento Version 1.3.x and above

Seonitik Free Theme

Seonitik Free Theme


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September 8, 2010

Localhost Magento Admin Login Fix

Filed under: magento — webtechbc @ 12:16 pm

Fix Magento Ecommerce Localhost Login Issues

Are you running Magento on a Localhost such as wamp? You may encounter an Admin panel login error after installation. There are a couple of things you can do to fix this problem.

There are a number of posts that say you have to edit the host file. It’s actually simpler then that. Go to C:\wamp\www\magento\app\code\core\Mage\Core\Model\Session\Abstract or wherever your wamp directory is with the same path.

Open up Varien.php in a text editor. Find the line that says …

call_user_func_array(‘session_set_cookie_params’, $cookieParams);

In Magento 1.3.1 it was on line 100. Comment out this line using // e.g.

Line 78.

// call_user_func_array(‘session_set_cookie_params’, $cookieParams);

Replace with:

session_set_cookie_params(
$this->getCookie()->getLifetime(),
$this->getCookie()->getPath()
//$this->getCookie()->getDomain(),
//$this->getCookie()->isSecure(),
//$this->getCookie()->getHttponly()

Save document. You should now be able to login to your Magento Admin panel.

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August 24, 2010

Magento Ecommerce Setting Up HST

Filed under: Ecommerce — webtechbc @ 3:19 pm

I recently learned how to set up HST and Sales Taxes for Canada in Magento Ecommercer Platform.

Lets start with BC because thats the Province I live in.
Enter your magento administration panel.

Go to … Sales … Tax … Manage Tax Zones and Rates … Click on … Ad New Tax Rate.

For British Columbia the HST is GST &PST which is 12%

HST Set Up Magento

HST Set Up Magento

Next you will set up the GST for Alberta…

GST for Alberta in Magento Ecommerce

GST for Alberta in Magento Ecommerce

MB or Manitoba is 5 percent, NU or Nunavut is 5 percent, As well as Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, And the Yukon.

New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia all have individual HST Rates that would have individual tax codes looking like this… You should name your rates in a manner that makes sense. E.G. CA-NS-*-HST

HST 13 Percent

HST 13 Percent

Once you’ve made an appropriate tax rate for each province its time to set up the Tax Rules. Under the Admin Panel Tax Tab … Manage Tax Rules … Add New Tax Rule …

Magento Retail Tax Rules

Magento Retail Tax Rules

This tax rule will be for … Retail Customer-Taxable Goods-Rate 1 …

Select … Retail Customers …Taxable Goods … And in this case All Tax Rates
Priority and sort order are up to you, but you can use 1 in this case.
Save the Rule.

Because Shipping is taxable by HST you also want to set up a rule for shipping. for the provinces that have the combined HST. E.G. Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and New Brunswick.

HST Shipping Rule

HST Shipping Rule

For Quebec the HST is Calculated by adding GST + HST. Create a new taxable goods rule like above, and set the priority for 2. That way it ads the Quebec HST and GST together to get the HST for Quebec.

This is a complicated subject. If after reading this you are still confused you can see how its done on this youtube video.

Here is a breakdown list that I found in the Magento Forum of HST by Province.

* BC – GST & PST
* Alberta – GST
* Saskatchewan – GST & PST voluntarily (unless is home province)
* Manitoba – GST & PST
* Ontario – GST & RST if have a “business presence” (unless is home province)
* Quebec – QST
* New Brunswick – HST
* Nova Scotia – HST
* Newfoundland & Labrador – HST
* Prince Edward Island – GST & PST voluntarily (unless is home province)
* Northwest Territories – GST
* Nunavut – GST
* Yukon – GST

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July 14, 2010

Magento 1.4.1 Stable Released

Filed under: Web Design,magento — webtechbc @ 12:47 pm

Magento CE Version 1.4.1.0 Stable – Now Available.

If you work with Magento you should already know that 1.4.1 stable is now availble. The new version of the Community edition is vastly superior to 1.3.

The new versions WYSIWYG is far better then previous versions. In addition you can now include widgets in your shopping carts. Magento integrates easily into Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, & and has improvedSEO features.

Some of the features include

Enhanced PayPal integration (more info to follow), Change of Database structure of the Sales module to no longer use EAV, and much more.

Magento is an easy to use & skin shopping cart application. Its very similar to wordpress in terms of skinning features. It uses an xml & php back end which is very easy to learn.

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