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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.
Enrich your store frontend with our Magento Product Slider module. This extension will offer you a fast and convenient way to arrange and present your best products on any page of your Magento store. With a few clicks you can embed a product slider to any place and any page you want.
- Install product slider on any page;
- All types of products are supported;
- Over 6 types of sliders to create;
- Sliders on a product page can show only products from the same product category;
- Advanced settings let you control slider position, scroll speed, number of items per block and plenty of other features;
- Unlimited number of sliders per page;
- Add directly to the CMS page or as a widget.
I remember the day when I was asked to develop my first Magento extension. I was scared as I knew what a beast Magento was and that developing modules is a challenging task even for very experienced PHP developers. There were no good sources of information back in the day – no books, no detailed tutorials, except for a very basic, Hello World extensions. I mean there were and still are articles where you can understand some basics, also you’re always allowed to view the source of Magento core and well-written community extensions to understand how to write an extension but still there was a gap and a lack of a practical, hands-on guide to building Magento modules from scratch. Then Magento published its own Magento Extension Developer’s Guide and few months ago, in September 2013, Packt Publishing released a new 128 pages book called Getting Started with Magento Extension Development by Branko Ajzele.
What is Magento design fallback?
Fallback mechanism in Magento is the ability of Magento to use the files from multiple themes in one page, i.e. making your own custom themes more upgradable and with fewer files.
Magento has used fallback mechanism since the very beginning, however from Magento CE 1.4 and Magento EE 1.8 they added base/default theme as the final step of the fallback mechanism.
The fallback mechanism looks like this:
Wonder if one day someone will learn to trick-or-treat you over the internet. Anyway. As much as it is a tricking time of the year we’ve prepared a nice treat for you. This little extension allows you to promote your products for certain holidays, like the list below and even add your own holidays.