Mаgentо defines visual structure and behavior of each page block via the tag <block>. As we know, in Mаgentо there are 2 types of blocks: structural and content. Both of them can be defined by the element <block>.
So, what is the <block> element?
<Block> - This element is used to define a new block. The element is usually defined within the
referenceelement, when we want to create a new block. The
blockelement must have two attributes:
type. The first one is a unique identifier of the block in the layout while the second one defines the block class name. If the block is of type or subtype of
core/template, it can also have the
templateattribute which defines the actual phtml template file to be used for rendering the block.
Magento Animated Slider does a fantastic job of making your pages look livelier and draws much needed attention to the messages you want to get to your customers. With this module aside from simple static images you are able to animate the slide content from the text content to multiple images appearance on the slide.
- Create animated sliders/slides blocks;
- Add text and image blocks to any slide;
- Use slide content as hyperlinks to forward customers to other pages;
- Put slider blocks as widgets to any CMS page and place;
- Customizable buttons and pagination position;
- Customizable animation, size, fonts and colors;
- Fully responsive with touchscreen Support;
- Compatible with all modern browsers;
- Amazing animation effects.
AсtiveReсоrd is a very popular design pattern used in object-oriented programming to access relational databases. The main idea of this pattern is that each table in a database has its own class. This class has corresponding properties for database table fields. In general the class implements such methods as: add, delete, update etc. The object of this class corresponds to a specific record in the database table. You can find more about this pattern design here.
The ObjeсtMоdel class is responsible for implementation of this pattern in PrestaShop. It can be found in the root folder classes. All AсtiveReсоrd classes should be inherited from this class.
What are Layout files in Magento?
As you might already know, the View in Magento (stands for the View from MVC pattern) is more difficult than in most PHP applications and it contains not only Templates – html/css/js code with PHP or any other template engine (such as Smarty, Twig etc.), but also Blocks which are basically PHP objects. In classical MVC a controller sends commands to its associated view to change the view’s presentation of the model. Instead, the View component, Block calls Models to get the necessary information to provide it to the Template file. But how Magento defines which Blocks objects should be instantiated in the specific page ($this)? All this is defined in Layouts.
By using Magento layout files you can quickly enable, disable or move almost all of Magento’s content and functional blocks. The Layout files are XML files that defines which Blocks are included on a page, and which Block(s) should start the rendering process. It can be very frustrating and confusing at first, but when you get used to it, you can handle your themes in a very upgrade-compatible way, because Layout is the tool which helps to assign content blocks to each structural block you create easily.
We continue pleasing our readers with new free modules. Following Background Switcher Free and Promotional Banner Free which have become super popular modules we are glad to introduce already a new one – Prestashop Category Info. The module has been developed as a consequence of certain requirements to one of our projects.