How to Import Products in Magento Tutorial

September 21st, 2012

Here at Web Design GM we have developed many e-commerce websites for clients who have vast quantities of products they want to import on their new Magento website. The trouble with the native Magento import and export feature is that if you are importing over a 500 products then you may have issues with the following:

  • Edit the .htaccess file and increase the PHP memory.
  • Products may take a long time to upload.
  • Reindexing can take forever if you have loads of products in Magento.
  • If the format of the of a particular product in the .CSV is incorrect then none of the products will be imported until the format of all of the products in 100% correct.
  • You need to map the columns exactly how Magento likes to imports products there is no flexibility and it is very rigid and frustrating that they have not addressed this issue.
  • You can not import images so if you have 1000′s of products then you would have to manually upload images to all of the products.
  • You can not create categories on the fly or attributes so you will have to either create them programatically or manually create them which can take forever if you have many categories or attributes to create.

Fortunately for everyone we have a something which can help with all of the above and some. Sebastien Bracquemont aka Dweeves has developed a software which has really changed the way we import or export products. is a software which is extracted to the root of your Magento folder and it accesses your database and imports products at “lighting speeds”. Some of Magmi’s feature are the following:

  • Direct SQL Magento product import.
  • Advance features, flexible CSV formats, value replacer and much more.
  • Configurable products are allowed to be imported.
  • Tier pricing can be imported.
  • Create categories on the fly.
  • There is more features listed on their website.

Responsive Websites – The future of Website Design

September 14th, 2012

What is Responsive Design?

Responsive design is where a website will re-size itself to the size of the device that is being used to view the website on. The layout of the website will often change in order to fit within the display.

responsive example1 Responsive Websites – The future of Website Design

A good illustration of responsive design can be found at:

What are the benefits of responsive design?

The benefit of responsive design is solely for the user. A responsive website will know what size display the user is using and re-size itself accordingly. This will make the website easier to read, navigate and interact with.

It is very common to have to pinch the screen of a mobile device in order to be able to read content, navigate and view images, having a responsive website will eliminate this and give the user a much better experience while on your website.

With this is mind it is hard to state a case for not having a responsive website, especially as web browsing using mobile devices has become so popular with the emergence of smart phones and tablets over the last few years.

Good Examples of Responsive Websites

Please have a look at the below websites. To test their responsiveness resize the browser window and watch the layout accommodate the browser.

Oliver Russell –

Deren Keskin –

Spigot Design –

Forefathers (My favourite) –

Stephen Caver –

New Adventures –

Need help with responsive design?

A guide to developing using the responsive grid system can be found at:

Conclusion:

Responsive design is the way forward, anyone who is considering having a new website or a re-design needs to make sure their site can adapt to the many devices that are now used to view websites. We all want our visitors to have a great experience when using our sites, and using a responsive layout is the best way to ensure this.

Bit Torrent Study Discovers Most File Sharers Are Now Monitored

September 5th, 2012

Ever heard of torrents or used Bit Torrent to download movies, music or shared files over the internet? Researchers have discovered that anyone who does use Bit Torrent to download files over the World Wide Web will most probably be monitored.

Studies were carried out by Birmingham University and they have discovered that if someone downloads a movie or a file using Bit Torrent then this would be logged by a monitoring firm within hours of the download. Birmingham University researchers were shocked at the level of monitoring undertaken.

The findings also revealed that the monitoring did not differentiate between someone who is a hardcore downloader or someone who downloads little and are new to file sharing. Also the more popular the content or file is the more frequent file is going to be monitored.

Copyright owners are using monitoring firms to collect IP address to apply for court orders and talking to Internet Service Providers to hand over residential addresses to them.

This certainly is geared to crack down on illegal file sharing and companies who are losing millions to people who file share over the internet. With also the news of the co-owner of Pirate Bay arrested in Cambodia it is almost certain that file sharing over the internet is at a all time low.

Banks to Seize Control of Yellow Pages

September 4th, 2012

There have been several articles over the last few days about Yellow Pages, Yell.Com and their new company name Hibu. There is one in particular that caught my eye in the Sunday Times on 2nd September and on the same day in the Sunday Telegraph. I attach the link at the bottom of this story.

The reason why I am mentioning this is that I am hopefully in a very good place to offer you a very balanced view on the best way forward for you and your company.

I am an Ex – National Account Manager at Yell and therefore have vast experience of the Yellow Pages Book and Yell.Com itself. For the last 5 years though I have worked within a company that specialise in getting companies considerably better results from the internet and in particular Google. We are rated as the top company in the country at doing what we do and have thousands of clients that would vouch for our results and the great Return On Investment that they are receiving.

If you would like to speak to someone who will give you a fair and honest appraisal of the best way to market your company on the internet then I would love the opportunity of talking to you.

If you are just unsure as to whether you should continue with your current programme of advertising with printed directories or other similar media then I feel that my advice can be invaluable and will help you to make the right decision for you. Watch my little animation on the home page which will show you the complete service that we offer, it’s only meant as a bit of fun but hopefully you will realise that the underlying message is very serious.

Thanks for your time and attention, and here’s that link I was talking about is

Posted by Gary Morgan

Direct contact number 07791 915933

Engaging Your Visitors

August 24th, 2012

One of the key goals of most websites is to communicate information – whether that’s information on your business’ services, your club’s events, or just a hobby you may have. Websites, however, are a passive form of information – your visitors need to read your information, watch your videos, and click your links… and the moment they leave your site, it’s no longer communicating that information.
So, logically, you want your visitors to stay on your site for as long as possible – this is why web developers pay such close attention to stats about the average length of a visit, and the ‘bounce rate’ (the number of visitors who see only your home page, and then leave immediately.) A well-made website should have a higher length of visit, and a lower bounce rate. So how do you make that happen?
The old adage ‘first impressions last’ is definitely applicable here. A quick will return pages of results on the subject. I’m not going to just reiterate what has written before, but this is one of the key factors in lowering the bounce rate, and it’s worth looking into.
More and more standout sites, though, are adopting unique and novel ways to present information in a way that engages their visitors, and keeps them on the site for longer. For business, this means a greater chance of converting a potential client into a sale. A lot of it ties into the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words – have a look at – and notice that whilst this site is a wealth of information, if it was a business site, it would see a very low conversion rate purely because it looks unappealing.
At the simplest end of the spectrum, imagery and videos placed properly create a visually engaging page with information presented in a variety of ways. At Morgan Creare, we actually offer ‘video presenters‘, made by our web video team, which communicate their information far more naturally than text – with a person speaking.
This doesn’t mean you should do away with text entirely – some information simply cannot be conveyed effectively using text, and a page that relies on images too heavily can easily become as visually distracting as one that contains none at all. Text also makes it easier to organise information, and is a lot faster to load than videos. It’s best to have a properly balanced combination of these three elements for the best effect.
Another aspect that can greatly increase engagement in a site is interactivity. This, however, needs to be used sparingly, according the the target demographic of your site. Younger web users tend to be more at ease with complex or unusual interfaces than older users, and if the interactivity gets in the way of usability or becomes frustrating to the user, they may leave on the spot.
website is a good example of a site with interactivity that has simple fallbacks (the ordinary navigation bar at the top) to prevent confusion. The content is delivered in small but meaningful amounts which don’t overwhelm the visitor, and the use of a variety of imagery keeps the site visually interesting.
Both of the previous points, though, are somewhat mainstream in their application. Modern media has meant a much wider range of possibilities, and if appropriate to your site/business, they are well worth a look. on Kill Screen Daily is a very clever review of the PlayStation game Ico. Instead of an ordinary box of text interspersed with with a few pictures, like an ordinary review, it’s almost made into a game, unlocked by solving a number of simply puzzles and following breadcrumbs. By engaging the user so actively, it’s ensuring they will want to get to the end.
Obviously, this technique would not be suitable, for instance, on a website about window installations, but it shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand – the writer knew his target demographic (gamers) and set out to engage them. Many users may find this site confusing, but for someone who is interested in the game Ico, it’s just right.
and also use this game concept to great effect in presenting their information (about an Iphone app, and a developer’s portfolio, respectively) – importantly, they have fallbacks for users who aren’t interested in the game versions.
This cross-media integration means the web is becoming richer and richer. A nuclear fuel company called actually had an entire standalone game made for mobile devices to add another facet to their website.
On a more practical note, the rise of mobile hardware and browsing software such as IE10 Metro, and the increasing number of people surfing the net on their phones, new possibilities are rapidly becoming available. Metro boasts support for ‘flicks’ (swiping your finger across a touchscreen) and tilting the screen – meaning you could now do things like navigating though a site without clicking a thing. Iphones already support things like intuitive zooming and reorienting the view based on the tilt as well.
These new techniques and possibilities mean that many current sites will, in the future, become as out-dated as the text-heavy, static, colourless websites of the last decade – and outdated sites never inspire confidence in the company they represent. Web developers need to continue to push boundaries, think outside the box, and innovate, or they will end up outdated as well.

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