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Magento 1.4 Themes Design

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Richard Carter

Customize the appearance of your Magento 1.4 e-commerce store with Magento's powerful theming engine
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849514804
Paperback292 pages

About This Book

  • Install and configure Magento 1.4 and learn the fundamental principles behind Magento themes
  • Customize the appearance of your Magento 1.4 e-commerce store with Magento's powerful theming engine by changing Magento templates, skin files and layout files
  • Change the basics of your Magento theme from the logo of your store to the color scheme of your theme
  • Integrate popular social media aspects such as Twitter and Facebook into your Magento store

Who This Book Is For

This book is aimed at web designers and web developers who are not familiar with Magento at all, and at Magento designers and developers who are more familiar with Magento 1.3 than Magento 1.4. The book assumes knowledge of HTML and CSS and an awareness, but not in-depth knowledge of, PHP syntax.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Magento
What is Magento?
Default Magento 1.4 themes
Showcase of Magento themes
Challenges of Magento theme design
Why create a custom Magento theme?
Installing Magento 1.4
Summary
Chapter 2: Exploring Magento Themes
Magento terminology
What makes a Magento theme?
Theme hierarchy in Magento: the fallback pattern
The Blank theme
Installing and activating a Magento theme
Good practice in Magento theming
Summary
Chapter 3: Magento Theme Basics
Magento's cache
Changing your store's logo
Changing your store's favicon
Displaying products on the homepage
Customizing the default placeholder product image
Customizing the product image watermark
Summary
Chapter 4: Magento Theme Layouts
Magento layout terminology
Template Path Hints and Block Name Hints
A brief guide to XML
Changing a page's layout
Default and non-default handles in Magento layout
Summary
Chapter 5: Non-default Magento Themes
Beginning a new Magento 1.4 theme
Styling your store's header
Styling your store's content area
Styling your store's footer
The theme so far
Summary
Chapter 6: More Magento Theming
The theme so far
Using @font-face with Magento 1.4
Magento's customer account views
Navigation in Magento
Magento's product view
Summary
Chapter 7: Customizing Advanced Magento Layout
Magento error messages and views
Customizing Magento's 404—not found view
Styling your store's breadcrumb
Adding JavaScript into your Magento theme: Lightbox-style effects to Magento's product page
Adding a conditional stylesheet for Internet Explorer in Magento
Adding a new block to your Magento theme
Customizing your Magento store's labels with translate.csv
Adding a custom block to Magento CMS pages
Summary
Chapter 8: Magento E-mail Templates
Transactional e-mail templates in Magento
Customizing Magento newsletter templates
Integrating external HTML newsletter systems with Magento
Making Magento e-mail templates ready for use
Testing e-mail templates
Summary
Chapter 9: Social Media and Magento
Twitter integration with Magento
Integrating Facebook with Magento
Further social media integration with Magento
Summary
Chapter 10: Magento Print Style
Magento Default theme's print styling
Using Magento layout to include a print stylesheet
Creating a custom print stylesheet for your Magento theme
Overcoming a common browser-specific problem in print stylesheets
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Install and configure Magento 1.4
  • Customize the appearance of your Magento 1.4 e-commerce store with Magento's powerful theming engine
  • Learn the fundamental principles behind Magento themes
  • Change Magento templates, skin files, and layout files to achieve your theming goals
  • Change the basics of your Magento theme, from the logo of your store to the color scheme of your theme
  • Customize product view pages in your store to maximize customer interest
  • Create a new Magento theme using the Base theme as a beginning
  • Using the @font-face declaration in Magento themes
  • Integrate popular social media aspects such as Twitter and Facebook in to your Magento store
  • Customize templates for e-mail sent to your store's customers
  • Avoid common pitfalls with Magento
  • Style your store for printing more effectively

In Detail

Magento is a popular open source e-commerce project. Whilst it comes with a number of default themes to change the look and feel of your store, many people, both new to Magento and old hands, struggle with even the more basic aspects of customizing Magento themes. When you read this book you'll learn how to change the basics of your Magento theme, create a new custom theme and much more.

The book is a step-by-step guide to theming Magento, aimed at readers with little technical expertise. The first chapters introduce Magento 1.4 and Magento themes, covering Magento theme hierarchy and the key components of a Magento theme: templates, skins, layout, and locales. Later chapters delve into changing the basics of your Magento store, including methods for changing the logo of your store, adding a custom favicon (favorites icon) and integrating Twitter and Facebook into your store. More advanced topics include customizing Magento templates and XML layout files to alter a theme to your own needs and creating a custom print stylesheet.

In short, the book provides guides to common aspects of theming and customizing Magento 1.4 and equally useful step-by-step walkthroughs of integrating more unusual items in to your Magento store.   

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