Google Wave – A New Communication Platform

Google Wave is a new model for communication and collaboration on the web, coming later this year. In Google Wave, users create and invite other people to “waves”. Everyone on a wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It’s concurrent rich-text editing, where you see what other users on the wave are typing in real-time. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content – it allows for both collaboration and communication. You can also use “playback” to rewind the wave to see how it evolved.

Migrate WordPress to a new Server or Directory

If you decide to change the URL or link location of your WordPress Blog due to a new domain or moving to a sub-directory, here are some simple steps that should be done to ensure proper migration without breaking links.

To update WordPress options with the new blog location, use the following SQL command:

 

Magento – Show blocks that are not loaded in the current Object or Template

Customizing Magento could be difficult. Here is an easy way to display any block in any template file that cannot be loaded with $this->getChildHtml().

 

Magento – Find which Class is loaded in the current Template

If you’ve just started working with Magento, you’ll find that figuring out which class is loaded in the current template file very difficult. Here’s a little snippet that helps you figure it out. Just place the following into any .phtml template files:

or

or

 

Apple iPhone Apps for Designers & Developers

I purchased an iPhone about 2 months ago and I must say I love it. The only gripe I would say I have with this beautiful machine would be the Multi-media messages or lack thereof. This is something that Apple and AT&T really need to address. For a phone with all of this great technology to lack a feature that most basic phones come standard with is horrible. Anyway, (I needed to vent) here are a list of some really cool Apps that I’ve come across and use:

  • FTP On The Go – Allows you to Download, Edit, and Upload web pages or any other text files on your FTP servers.
  • List of Cheat Sheets – Cheatsheets for Regular Expressions, MySQL, World of Warcraft, CSS, jQuery, JavaScript, Google, PHP and HTML
  • OmniFocus – OmniFocus Keeps track of actions by project, place, person, or date. Bring up a shopping list, agenda items to discuss at work, tasks for home, and any other lists you need.
  • WordPress – The official WordPress iPhone app, for writing drafts and publishing on-the-go.
  • Ego – A delicious looking app for tracking Google Analytics, Twitter followers, RSS subscribers and Google Analytics.
  • Air Sharing – Mount your iPhone or iPod touch as a wireless drive on any computer, drag-and-drop files, and view them on your device.
  • TwitterFon – is a simple, clean, easy to use, and is a superfast Twitter client for your iPhone and iPod Touch.

List some of your favorites… 🙂

Magento – Display new products on the home page

If you’ve ever wanted to add new products in your Magento home page, it’s fairly easy to implement. Go to “CMS” then “Manage Pages” and select “Home Page” from the list of pages. Now paste this code snippet to show products labeled as “new” on your front page:

(Note that you must have some new products in your catalog for anything to show when you do this. This doesn’t mean that you’ve recently added them; only products explicitly marked as new using “Set Product as New from Date” and “Set Product as New to Date” options in the “General” product information page in the admin tool will be shown.)

Magento releases User Guide

Master the basics of running your Magento store using hands-on tutorials by Varien, the Magento Company.

The Magento User Guide provides the site administrator with detailed instructions addressing the platform’s innumerable functions. From setting up your store to managing your products, pages and promotions to generating detailed reports, our User Guide empowers our ever-widening customer to utilize the platform for all of its vast capacity. Serving as a handy problem solving solution as well as a practical step by step guide, our User Guide is sure to become a cost-effective partner in your Magento store implementation.

Magento – Re-ordering Block items

Magento has lots of blocks that display in the left and right columns (based on your layout). Changing the order in which they are displayed or sorted is easy. Navigate to the folder “app\design\frontend\default\YOUR_THEME\layout”. In this folder, there are several XML files which are called Layouts.

Magento Layouts are the tools with which you can assign content blocks to each structural block you create. Layout exists in the form of XML text-file and by modifying the layout you are able to move blocks around in a page and assign templates to the content blocks to produce markup for the structural blocks.

To change the order, find a block you want to change. So if I wanted to display the products compared side box first in my left column, I would do by adding before=”-” as an attirbute to it’s xml node. Now, save it and upload. That’s it!

Here some other ways to order blocks.

To display as the First block:

To display as the last block:

To display before any other block:

To display after any other block:

 

Magento – Adding Static Block content to a Page

Add Magento static blocks to your page easily! Simply copy this line of code below where you want the static block to appear and change the ‘identifier’ to the identifier of the static block you created. That’s it!

 

How to Delete Test Orders from Magento

Deleting your test orders currently requires running a script directly on your Database. Make sure you fully backup your database before doing anything! This script will delete all orders in the database and reset all order counters!

 

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