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Magento Order Confirmation Email Template

Not liking Magento's new order confirmation email layout? With the introduction of the Magento RWD theme, I've found myself using that theme and modifying it for my Magento client's custom designs. The theme itself is pretty strong in most areas, but the order confirmation email template is very bad, in my opinion....

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Magento - Show Category Thumbnails on CMS Page

One of the most common requests I get from clients regarding their Magento websites is to list the categories on a CMS page (ie Shop Our Products page). Turns out, it's a very simple process, only requiring 2 steps. This works on Magento 1.9+ and may even work on older versions....

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Magento Snippet Cheat Sheet

I work on a lot of Magento sites and figured it would be great to have all the various Magento code snippets  in one place for easy reference. Hopefully you will find this as useful as I do....

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Magento - Add Facebook Share and Twitter Tweet Buttons

Adding a Facebook "Share" button and a Twitter "Tweet" button to your Magento pages and products is quite simple. There are two methods to do this. The first method is pretty simple and good for adding the buttons directly to a page or product detail page you want to share. The second method is slightly more complicated (but still pretty easy) and allows you to have multiple share buttons on a page. The second method is great for adding separate share buttons for each product on a category page that lists several products either in list or grid view mode....

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Eliminate SPAM in Modx eForm Without CAPTCHA

We all hate spam. Whether it's bot-generated spam or human-generated spam, it seems like there is no way around it. Since I build all my sites using Modx and I also use eForm for basic contact forms, I had become accustomed to just deleting spam as it arrived in my inbox and moving on with my day. Until one particular Saturday....

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How to Add a Facebook Like Button to Your Website

Social networking is all the craze these days and if you can generate a decent amount of buzz on Facebook and/or Twiiter about your brand, chances are it could pay off big time. To help with this, Facebook has made it easy for anyone to add a "Like" button to their website. Here's the simple steps......

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The Web Design/Development Process - The 4 D's

A common question we get when conversing with potential clients about their website project is "What is the process?" This post is designed to answer that question. A typical website project consists of four major phases: Discover, Design, Develop, and Deploy. Following is a breakdown of what is included in each phase. Your project will include more specifics based on the goals of the project....

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Magento: Give Your Visitors a More Efficient Checkout

We all know that Magento’s ecommerce platform is a great way to sell products online. However, one of the drawbacks to the base install is the checkout process. Although it features a step-by-step checkout, which user testing shows as being a positive approach, it is still lacking some features that may help convert lookers into buyers....

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How Do I Get My Website on the First Page of Google?

The first thing you should realize about Google is that Google is NOT the Internet. Just because your website does not show up on Google, does not mean it is not on the Internet. Your website can be published live on the Internet without being displayed in Google's search results for a particular keyword....

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Why YOU - not your web designer - should own your domain name

This post comes as the result of a nasty little experience I had recently with a current client and their old website design company. Let me start off by saying I in no way blame the client - 100% of the blame falls on the web design firm, which shall remain nameless....

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Your Home Page: If Everything is Important, Nothing is Important

The home page of your website is probably the most important page of your site. It is most often the "landing page" - that is the first page your users will view. Often, I will have clients tell me they want this or that on their home page because it is important and they want their visitors to notice it....

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Reset Button on Web Forms is Useless

I've often wondered when and why anyone ever decided to put a reset button on a web form. You've seen it many times. Often, the reset button sits directly next to the Submit button and worse yet, they are styled exactly the same. I can't figure out why anyone would ever want to fill out a form, get to the bottom, and say "Oops! I accidentally filled out every single field incorrectly. Oh look! A reset button so I can clear out all the hard work I just did with one click of the mouse!"...

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