An Exclusive Guide for Magento Website Design & Development Process!

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It is rightly said that “GOOD merchandise, even HIDDEN; soon FINDS buyers!!!”

This is truly meant for a number of websites that have their online eCommerce businesses offering customers with the best products and services. As a result, the major concern here is- Which platform to choose to build an eCommerce store? The straightway answer to this is MAGENTO!!

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Magento has earned high reputation as the leading eCommerce platform that offers high-level flexibility to the customers and at the same time to the designers & developers too. How?? Have you ever wondered about this?? No! Right. So, in order to make this easier, below we have presented an exclusive guide that will briefly explain you everything about Magento website design and development process. With this article, you will get t know how to install, configure as well as manage, setup shipment and delivery methods and many other things. So, here we go!!

  • Installing Magento: The very first step towards Magento development is having a copy of Magento installed on the local server. Having a copy of Magento installed on the web server might slow down the development speed as a result, it is recommended using local server for development. As soon as you complete the development and thoroughly tested the end product as well, you can upload it on the server. This will save you from lot of complexities and any unwanted hassles. Another thing you need to install is the sample data that would add catalogs, products, reviews and other things in order to test different scenarios during web development.

  • Installation of Code Editors and Debuggers: As soon as you are done with the Magento installation, you need to have necessary tools for the development ready. You can prefer any of the code editor or IDE as per your choice. The next thing to be concerned about is an element inspector for checking and editing CSS styles on the webpages. This will help you with the installation of code editors and debuggers. It is wise to prefer Google Chrome over Mozilla Firefox browser as Chrome Web Inspector works great for debugging and editing CSS styles.

  • Modifying Magento Layouts: The new and updated versions of Magento comes with a number of Magento Layout Files Development that must be selected according to the requirements. These layouts will help you with easy updates to the existing layouts in a simpler way. Some of the helpful tags will enable with the easy customization of code or help with editing the default layout files.

  • Developing Magento layout files: Irrespective of the front end or the backend development, the most significant thing to consider while editing the file is- Never ever edit the core Magento file. This implies that the files coming as the base install must not be edited. It comes under- frontend > Base folder and fronted > Package > Default folder. Some of the important steps for changing the layout of the files are as follows:

    • Choose the best Magento working theme from the several available working themes.

    • When there is need to change the base install, then a new theme is required to be setup

    • In order to make new theme, you need to create folders as default a the same level and give new name to it.

    • The same is to be done with templates or layout that are the themes created under skin folder.

    • The Cache needs to be flushed out on changing the configuration, which can be done from System > Cache Management > Flush Magento Cache.

    • This will implement the new changes required to be done with the Magento layout files.

  • Setting up Magento Development Environment: Finally for setting the new Magento development environment it is necessary to make some required changes in the Magento settings. Let us have a step-by-step look over it:

    • Disable Magento cache by navigating through System > Cache Management. There you can choose disable by selecting all types of caches.

    • Next, you need to re-index the data. For this, you can navigate through System > Index Management. Reindex Data after selecting all the indexes.

    • Then, go to System > Configurations for enabling logs and blocks hints in Magento. Click on the Developer and on the next page from Log Settings enable the logs. Click on the Save Config button on the top right of the page. Go to the Current Configuration Scope and select Main Website, select Template Path Hints and click Save Config button.

Thus, these were some of the easiest yet basic steps for designing and developing any of the Magento stores. For more information, you can even contact us- the Kodematix that will help you out the best way in setting up your own online Magento eCommerce store.

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