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Fix Broken Magento Catalog Search Function

We’ve encountered situations where the Magento catalog search function has stopping working for no apparent reason in versions from 1.4.x to 1.7.x. The below details a potential fix that we’ve had success with. Please note that you should not edit the core file, but create a copy in your local directory so it is not […]

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Add Custom Option Descriptions Magento

Magento’s custom options feature is very handy for creating products that can be customized by shoppers. Unfortunately, the display options are not comprehensive. While you can enter custom option titles and and options, Magento does not have functionality for custom option descriptions out of the box. Fortunately, this shortcoming can be overcome with an extension […]

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Add Text Before Price in Magento 1.8.1

Sometimes it is necessary to add descriptive text in front of the price display in Magento. For instance, you may be selling something priced per unit, such as flooring by the square foot or fabric by the yard. Luckily, this is a quick and easy edit, just follow the steps below. While optimized for Magento […]

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How to Scale iFrame Content in IE, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari

Scaling (or zooming) the content of an iFrame can be useful when you are trying to display an object in an area that does not match its original size. The below code scales an iFrame that is 1000 pixels wide down to 710px. The values for the original dimensions are input after the #scaled-frame id […]

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Magento Extensions Not Displaying on Frontend After Install

If you are using a custom Magento theme and are having problems getting extensions to display correctly on the frontend, there is a good chance that it is an issue of file location. Extensions usually install to default/default/ or base/default/ because there is no way for the developer of an extension to predict whether you […]

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Invalid Table Rates File Format — Magento Table Rates CSV

In Magento, table rates are excellent for specifying shipping rates to different destinations and are fairly easy to set up. The main issues that users encounter when they try to configure table rates usually have to do with improper formatting of the required CSV file. If the CSV file is not properly formatted for import, […]

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Customize WordPress Search Box and Initial Text

Customizing the search box in WordPress is pretty straightforward once you understand what file to edit. The form for the search box is defined in searchform.php. Unless your theme has a searchform.php file, your site will revert to the default WordPress searchform.php. To avoid editing the default WordPress template, you can create a searchform.php file […]

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Change Currency Symbols Magento 1.7

With the release of Magento 1.7, changing currency symbols has become much easier. All currency symbols can be adjusted in the backend and no coding is required. Simply follow the below steps: 1) Define the currencies you would like to use in your store under System > Configuration > General > Currency Setup > Allowed […]

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Add Popup to Magento Pages

If you want to make sure that visitors to your site are made aware of new products or announcements, a popup display on the homepage or other popular pages can be an effective tactic. This benefit must be weighed against the fact that some people find popup displays quite annoying. Know your audience and only […]

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Custom Fonts in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari

Getting custom fonts to work across browsers can be somewhat challenging at times; different browsers require different font formats. Internet Explorer is (unsurprisingly) the worst offender, but even Chrome and Firefox prefer different formats. To avoid all the headaches that this causes, simply use the fail safe code below: @font-face { font-family: 'CustomFontFamily'; src: url('customfont-webfont.eot?#iefix') […]

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