Archive for the ‘Magento Tutorials’ Category

Tutorial 1 Magento The Beginning

Monday, October 29th, 2012

We are going to have tutorials in how to skin a Magento shop and customise it to work for you. We are going to talk about how we would go about customising a Magento shop for our clients. This should give you the basics which will help you grasp the fundamentals not make you an expert overnight.

The first stage is to find suitable hosting package which will enable you to host a Magento shop and have great speed and the power not to discourage new customers from purchasing a product from your website. We use a company called Nubule which are great and provide a one click Magento installer to easily install Magento to the specified domain of your choice. Nublue is an award winning hosting company which we found to be reliable and great in providing help and support.

Once you have successfully installed Magento on your server then using a program like Dreamweaver you can start working on the files which will enable you to customise Magento. The two folder that you need to work with are the App and the Skin folder.

1. We will use a theme called “Modern Theme” as our base theme which we will duplicate the folder and rename in the App folder and Skin folder.

To find the Modern Theme please direct yourselves to this location and copy the folder and rename it to something more relevant.

The Modern Theme in the App folder is located – app/design/frontend/default/modern

The Modern Theme in the Skin folder is located – skin/frontend/default/modern

Once you have copied these two folders and renamed them to something more relevant then upload them to the server. Remember both of the folders need to be identical, one controls the pages , layout, navigation etc. Whilst the Skin folder controls the CSS and contains the image folder.

The next step would be to go into your dashboard and go to System > Design and then click on Add Design Change.

Here you will be able to select the design folder you have created and should mirror the Modern theme.

Tutorial 2 – Adding A Language Pack To Magento

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Today we will be taking you through how to install a language pack in magento so you can change the language to whatever language you might require. For this guide we will be installing the language pack for UK English which will change all the default American spellings to UK spellings.

The first thing we need to do is download the En_GB (British) language pack, which you can download from this link . The main difference is that CART and TAX will be translated to BASKET and VAT.

To download other language packs, you can visit the following link to find language packs for different countries.

The most important thing to remember is that these language packs are not a translation service – they only replace the phrases that can be changed using the inline translation service. However they do save a lot of time and effort. Also these translations are never going to be 100% and as Magento evolves the translation csv will have to be amended as well.

When you have downloaded a language pack and extracted the zip file it will create a folder (en_GB for UK) and a file called translate.csv inside that folder. The next step is to put the folder containing this file into the correct locale folders. This will need to be done in the following locations:


and also into your theme directory


This will then apply the translations.

Hopefully this will help anyone who is struggling with the translations in magento. You can also add other languages to another ‘website’ in your magento store. All you will need to do is change the store view default language and it should be fine.

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