Remove Callouts from Left - Right Catalog Columns

You can remove the Magento default callouts from either the left or right column copying the 2 files named left_col.phtml and right_col.phtml located in default/template/callouts to (your theme)/template/callouts Then edit the two files and remove all content. If you haven’t a custom theme, just delete the content of the two files in the original position. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Here is another way I found that doesn’t involve deleting anything from the template files - BVBAccelerate* 1.Go to /app/design/frontend/default/(YourActiveTheme)/layout/catalog.xml 2.Find the lines that say <reference name=”left”> or <reference name=”right”>. In those there should be block definitions for the callouts. 3.Comment out anything that is a block you don’t want appearing 4.In the Magento Admin area go to System > Cache Management 5.Flush your cache 6.Reload your page in your browser

Contact Form in Magento

As you know, Magento has a built-in contact form that can be used for general contacts. That form isn’t part of any CMS page, you cannot edit some introduction text, you cannot add phone numbers administration, and you cannot see the breadcrumbs. If you wish to edit text in that default contact form, you will need to update front-end files. Luckily, there is an alternative.
Note:You might notice that this is one of our oldest posts. Upon writing we made one error in the code that was never corrected. Now, this post article is updated and we have fully working instructions. Hope this will help.
If you are a developer, editing your contact form HTML is an easy task. You only need to open file: app/design/frontend/default/[yourtheme]/template/contacts/form.phtml and you will find your way around. Once there, you will basically edit the layout of this interface. However, there are cases when you would like to give your client an option to edit some intro text, edit his phone numbers, edit text behind the form, etc. You are probably guessing that it would be nice to be able to embed contact form in some CMS page. No problem.
  • Go to your CMS> Manage Pages interface
  • Once there, input your HTML as you normally would on any other page
  • Once you are happy with HTML part, add this lines: <!– CONTACT FORM –> {{block type="core/template" name="contactForm" form_action="/contacts/index/post" template="contacts/form.phtml"}} <!– END OF CONTACT FORM –>
Important note: When you copy/paste the code, it is important to know that WordPress saves the quotes in some weird way, so you should replate the pasted quotes and reenter them. You will notice that we added xml attribute form_action=”/contacts/index/post”. With it we set form action, and your contact form will work properly. Here is how it looks like. Notice the breadcrumbs.

IE9 Issues With Magento – Fix / Workaround

With the release of IE9 there was a sigh of relief for the web developers. Finally Microsoft released a browser that promised adherence to W3C standards and the cessation of compatibility headaches. However, not everything is rosy. If you have a Magento site, you may have already received complaints from customers using the new IE9. The most serious issue is when you only have one payment method enabled in the checkout and this method takes the credit card details directly on your site. In this case, all the fields will stay disabled, preventing the customer from being able to complete the payment. This is reported here and here and Alan Storm has also posted about it and provided a quick workaround. The issue comes from the fact that Magento uses an older version of the Prototype JavaScript library for its DOM manipulation. The quick fix is to fool IE9 to “think” it’s acting as IE8 by adding a custom meta tag to the page header like so:
<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=8" />
I personally opted for the .htaccess approach (thanks to the comment by Joe Fletcher) to avoid altering site files and believe it’s slightly more elegant as it can easily be removed when the issue is fixed. For this to work, you must have the Apache Headers module enabled. Add this to the end of your .htaccess file:
BrowserMatch MSIE best-standards-support
Header set X-UA-Compatible IE=8 env=best-standards-support

New Website Design - Sofia Floral Ecommerce Site

Greenleaf Hospitality Group came to Parent Technology to redesign their Sofia Floral Site. Parent Technology used Magento Commerce for their shopping cart technology.   You now can purchase flower online if you are planning of purchasing flowers for the Kamalazoo area.  They are also using Wordpress for their blog system.   It is integrated into Magento so the design is the same. logosofia Click here to view site - Kalamazoo Floral Designs by Sofia

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