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The best must have Magento extensions 2016

Best Magento Modules

The best must have Magento extensions of 2015 can change a lot in your e-commerce store. In this post we put all the extensions into 6 major groups: “Performance”, “SEO”, “Frontend, UI, usability”, “Loyalty, referral campaigns”, “System, backend”, and “Marketing, sales”. All of them are tested and accepted by Magento developers, so you will only deal with the most reliable tools. Two other important things about “The best must have Magento extensions of 2014” are novelty and relevance of further described products.

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Open-Source License Guide

- Fire development

Open Source Licenses

As a developer, you might be wondering about licensing options opened up before you and your software. If you consider closed-source licenses, everything is pretty much straight-forward – ultimately, you get the full right to possess and use your software, while everybody else willing to try it out needs to purchase the same right for a definite sum of money. However, what about open-source licenses?  Well, that requires more of your time and attention, as some open-source licenses allow for a complete freedom of action with the software, while some have certain restrictions that must be taken into account. This article aims at giving you an insight into the not-that-straightforward world of open-source licenses. Continue Reading

Node.js (Best CMS, E-Commerce systems, and Open Source projects)

- E-Commerce, Fire development, Node.js

Node.js tutorial

Our Node.js tutorial includes all the important information about this runtime environment. It provides both theory and practical examples. Being an open source project, Node.js is developed to work on different platforms designed for server-side and networking apps. Talking about Node.js modules, we should mention that they are written in JavaScript. In their turn, Node.js apps can be run within the aforementioned runtime on such platforms as Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, NonStop, FreeBSD, and IBM i. Thanks to a non-blocking I/O API and an event-driven architecture, Node.js optimizes throughput and scalability of applications (often real-time web apps). It uses V8 JavaScript engine by Google for the code execution. Last but not least is an embedded library that allows apps to act as a Web server without Apache HTTP Server, IIS, or other similar software. Microsoft, Walmart, Yahoo!, Groupon, LinkedIn, PayPal are among prominent users of Node.js. But why do they use it? What is the main purpose of Node.js and what are the advantages?

The Ultimate Node.js Tutorial

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The Best Magento Hackathon Extensions (free & open source)

- E-Commerce

Magento Hackathon: the best projects

Magento Hackathon – is a series of community driven events where Real Magento community enthusiasts create amazing free open source Magento extensions and tools within just a couple of days. The core aspect of all Magento Hackathon events is intensive team collaboration: the best specialists develop top notch solutions during short periods of time. The most prominent results of such cooperation are listed below. Please note that all Hackathon extensions have been tested by a broad Magento community, so you can easily use them not only during development, but also in production (if a project is stable, of course). Continue Reading

Google Merchant Center Magento Integration

- E-Commerce, Magento tips & tricks

 Magento Integration with Google Merchant Center

In this post, we are going to look at Google Merchant Center (Google Base) and its integration with Magento. Google Merchant Center is a service designed to help you with your store and product information integration into Google Shopping and other platforms. In order to work with Google Merchant Center you must use your Google account or create a new one. Every Google account can be associated only with one Google Merchant Center account, but you can add extra users to your Google Base.

Google Merchant Center Magento 2 Integration

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The Best Improved Import/Export Extensions for Magento

- Magento tips & tricks

Import Export Magento Modules

Make your life easier with improved import & export Magento extensions. This category of modules enhances the default abilities of your e-commerce Magento store by adding some new useful import/export features. The default Magento provides a lot of possibilities in this area, but they are not enough to avoid headaches while migrating to/from other e-commerce systems. In this post, we gathered the best examples of reliable improved import & export Magento extensions. By using one of them, you will significantly optimize the default operations typical for  out of the box Magento.

Also, don’t miss  –  Magento product import from scratch (detailed guide, tips, tricks, errors & solutions, tools) 

The Best Improved Import/Export Extensions for Magento 2

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Catalog price rules core bug in Magento CE 1.9.1 and EE 1.14.1.0 (Array to string conversion error and incorrect price rules behaviour)

magento-catalog-price-rules-bugShort summary of the problem – if you have Magento catalog price rules with multiple select attributes in conditions or ONE OF price rules conditions with comma separated values – on latest Magento versions – you can have Array to string conversion error during you apply rules or incorrect rules behavior.

In this post we provide explanation and information about how to fix this Magento core bug what exists on latest Magento Community Edition 1.9.1 and Enterprise Edition 1.14.1.0 (confirmed on this versions by a lot of manualtests described below, we also know that on Magento CE 1.7 everything works fine and according to StackExchange issue can exist on all versions CE 1.8.x – 1.9.x). Issues are already reported on Magento bug tracker, but no any official patches are confirmed. Fixes provided below have been created in urgent matter for the significant Magento upgraded from 1.7 to 1.9.1. The update includes about 100 different price rules and 20000 products, fixes were tested and used on production but we can not guarantee that our core patches resolve issue complete. Keep in mind, that all code is provided without any guarantees and you can use it on your own responsibility. In a case when something went wrong, we can’t be blamed.  We hope to get official patches for Community and Enterprise editions from Magento team as soon as possible!

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The Complete Guide To Magento Debugging

How to Debug Magento

Integration of new solutions into different systems can become a headache without the knowledge of correct debugging.  In case of Magento, such simple constructions as print_r() or var_dump() , var_export() don’t work. Because of heavyweight constructions, you need to investigate the new effective ways to find intermediate values or broken places. Fortunately, there are a lot of tools and methods designed to turn the debugging into a developer friendly process. Continue Reading