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Magento Service Unavailable Error: Solved

Magento Service Service Temporarily Unavailable The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later. Many people will say that this is because the file…

Cart Viper Categories Viewable in Sidebar

Our ecommerce team discovered that there's a strange little feature in the Cart Viper shopping cart category listing that caused me about half-an hour worth of frustration. It's actually documented in the tool itself but it was difficult to…

HOWTO: Configure Magento Cron

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Our ecommerce team was having trouble with Magento cron jobs, so we researched the various mechanisms to test and debug them.  The jobs did not run at the expected time and we couldn't see why. The Magento cron jobs run as apache. …

Magento Custom Credit Card Extension

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Magento is a powerful and open-source ecommerce platform that has gained a lot of popularity and has been the system of choice for many developers and online stores. Magento allows developers to extend the platform with custom payment options…

Guide to Magento Theme

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A Magento theme is essentially a group of files that define the look, feel and overall layout of your store. Magento allows the use of multiple concurrent themes, and is not restricted to a single, active theme like WordPress. In this way, you…

Magento Nav Menu not Displaying

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Nav Menu There's an interesting little quirk to Magento. In Magento, the Navigation menu does not display even when you've told the particularly categories to show. There's a quick fix to the problem but it's good to know before you create…