Magento gives you, or your client, the functional tools and systems to provide a powerfully rich shopping experience to your customers.
In this article by Bret Williams, author of Mastering Magento, we'll cover the following topics:
- The Magento theme structure
- How to install third-party themes
- How to customize themes to create your own unique look and feel
Magento is a popular open source e-commerce project. While it comes with a number of 'default' themes to change the look and feel of your store, many people both new and old to Magento struggle with even the more basic aspects of customizing Magento themes.
Magento can be a complex platform to customize, so this article by Richard Carter, author of Magento 1.4 Themes Design, will help you to explore Magento themes, including the following:
- Magento terminology
- What a Magento theme is: the elements that comprise a Magento theme
- Theme hierarchy in Magento
- Magento's Blank theme
- Installing and activating a Magento theme
Mahara is an open source ePortfolio system that allows you to build dynamic and engaging portfolios in no time. Use Mahara when applying for jobs, creating portfolios for certification and accreditation, to support teaching and learning, for classroom projects, to create your own social network, and much more.
In this article by Ellen Marie Murphy, author of Mahara 1.4 Cookbook, we will cover:
- Creating a group and adding members
- Creating an interactive homepage for a course group
This article, by Karen Hooper, author of IBM Lotus Notes 8.5, helps us understand mail in more detail and will assist us with becoming more efficient in how we use Lotus Notes mail. It teaches us to use the basic features of Lotus Notes mail. In this article, we will discuss the following topics:
- Accessing mail in Lotus Notes
- Creating and replying to messages
- Addressing messages
This article is by Jonas Andersson and Mike Pfeiffer, the authors of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 PowerShell Cookbook: Second Edition.
In this article, we will cover the following topics:
- Determining the average mailbox size per database
- Restoring data from a recovery database
Maintaining Dynamics GP is an important part of keeping the system healthy. In this article by Mark Polino, author of the book Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Cookbook, we will look at some common maintenance items including:
- Preventing entry of wrong dates by Closing Periods
- Improving performance by adjusting AutoComplete settings
- Cleaning up Accounts Receivable with Paid Transaction Removal
- Providing correct tax information by Updating 1099 information
- Maintaining updated code by rolling out Service Packs with Client Updates
In this two-part article by Mark Noble, we will explore various maintenance tasks to keep our site operating at peak performance. We will begin by discussing how to back up our web site and then restore it again, to protect it against hardware failures or malicious users. Next, we will discuss performance tuning to ensure that your site can meet any level of traffic demand. Finally, we will review managing and moderating content. At the end of the article, you will be prepared to publish your web site to the world, knowing that you are prepared for anything.Read Maintaining, Optimizing and Upgrading Your Site in Drupal 6: Part 1 in full
This is the second part of the two-part article by Mark Noble. In the previous part, we saw how to create website backups and optimize our website. In this part, we will discuss how to maintain the content and upgrade to new versions of Drupal.Read Maintaining, Optimizing and Upgrading Your Site in Drupal 6: Part 2 in full
This article by Mischa Spiegelmock, author of Leap Motion Development Essentials, talks about the major components of the Leap SDK. We'll visit each of these in more depth as we continue our journey.Read Major SDK components in full
Phones are everywhere! From calling to texting, you use phones for your business and for personal use. Twilio provides an API that lets you combine phone calls and SMS messages with your websites. In this article by Roger Stringer, author of Twilio Cookbook Second Edition, we will cover two recipes that will help us to learn how to send message and make phone from your website with the help of Twilio.Read Make phone calls and send SMS messages from your website using Twilio in full
Phones are everywhere! From calling to texting, you use phones for your business and for personal use. Twilio provides an API that lets you combine phone calls and SMS messages with your websites. In this article by Roger Stringer, the author of Twilio Cookbook we will cover two recipes which will help us to learn how to send message and make phone from your website with the help of Twilio.Read Make phone calls, send SMS from your website using Twilio in full
In this article by Allan Brito, we will see how to use some special effects to put our spacecraft in outer space and even make both weapons shoot! All these effects are created with a mix of particles and composition nodes that generate the effects in a very short time. Both techniques and tools help a lot in this project, and can be used in other 3D modeling and rendering projects as well. It adds even more elements and visual aids to our project in order to bring more realism to the scene.Read Make Spacecraft Fly and Shoot with Special Effects using Blender 3D 2.49 in full
In this article by Natalie MacLees, the author of jQuery for Designers Beginner's Guide Second Edition, you'll learn how to traverse an HTML document with jQuery, how to show and hide elements, how to use simple jQuery animations, and how to easily toggle a class name for an elementRead Making a Better FAQ Page in full
Joomla! is well known as a great content management system (CMS). There are many sites using it throughout the world, some of them having great features that impress their visitors.
In the previous article we learnt the basics of Joomla! module creation and also created a "Send us a question" module.
There's an endless list of actively maintained Linux distributions on ( Distrowatch). With modern Open Source applications demanding more and more resources, the most popular Linux distros are also the most resource hungry. Zenwalk (http://www.zenwalk.org/) and Vector Linux (http://vectorlinux.com/) are two Linux distros that promise the ease-of-use of a modern desktop Linux distro but keep the resource utilization in check. So how do they do it?
Read out more in Packt Columnist, Mayank Sharma's interview with Jean-Philippe Guillemin of Zenwalk and Robert Lange of Vector Linux.
This article by Jacob Ward, the author of Instant PHP Web Scraping, briefs about the steps of making a simple cURL request which is as follows:
In PHP the most common method to retrieve a web resource, in this case a web page, is to use the cURL library, which enables our PHP script to send and receive HTTP requests to and from our target web server.
When we visit a web page in a client, such as a web browser, an HTTP request is sent. The server then responds by delivering the requested resource, for example an HTML file, to the browser, which then interprets the HTML and renders it on screen, according to any associated styling specification. When we make a cURL request, the server responds in the same way, and we receive the source code of the web page which we are then free to do with as we will in this case perform by scraping the data we require from the page.Read Making a simple cURL request (Simple) in full
This article demonstrates the making of AJAX calls using jQuery. It describes three basic techniques of sending AJAX request to the server: via page methods, web services, and HTTP handlers. It also demonstrates the use of the Firebug add-on in Mozilla Firefox browser to investigate the AJAX request/response.
In this article by Sonal Aneel Allana, author of ASP.NET jQuery Cookbook, we will cover:
- Setting up AJAX with ASP.NET using jQuery
- Using Firebug to view AJAX request/response
- Consuming page methods with AJAX
- Consuming web services with AJAX
In this article by Cody Precord, author of the book Yahoo! User Interface Library 2.x Cookbook, we will cover:
- Making your first AJAX request
- Exploring the callback object properties
- Exploring the response object properties
- Using callback event functions
In this article by Sascha Gundlach and Michelle K. Martin, authors of the book Mastering CryENGINE, you will learn how to make an entity ready for a multiplayer environment.
In order to make our entity work properly in a multiplayer environment, certain changes need to be made to our script.
Right now, we are not taking into account whether our entity is operating on a client or a server. Let's go ahead and get our entity network ready. For this, we need to make sure the server serializes the script entities properly.Read Making an entity multiplayer-ready in full
In this article by Hrishikesh Karambelkar, author of Scaling Big Data with Hadoop and Solr, we will cover different approaches for making Big Data work with Apache Hadoop and Solr. We will also look into the benefits and drawbacks of using these approaches.Read Making Big Data Work for Hadoop and Solr in full