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Today I would like to talk about the problem of overriding templates in a module. Some people doubt that this is a good thing to do. On the other hand others do not find this to be a great problem. It is always possible to highlight the templates which are being used (System / Configuration / Advanced / Developer / Template Settings) and then easily find and fix the required templates in case any problem occurs.
However, this is the only advantage of such a method. At the same time it has plenty of disadvantages which cause many troubles when using this method in practice.
Let me provide you some examples.
Magento Store Locator v.2.0 will be extraordinary helpful for owners with several offline stores. The extension grants the customers an ability to search for the stores – by products in the database and by user locations automatic detection. The search results will redirect clients to your regular stores, resellers’ or affiliate companies’ location, shown on Google Maps.
- Store search by products in the database and by user location;
- User location is detected automatically;
- Displaying store preview and description in search results;
- All links and map markers transfer to Google Maps;
- Set various radius options for customers to select from when looking for the nearest shops in their neighborhood;
- Show exact distance and provide route directions to the selected stores;
- Import all your shops into the module from a CSV file or add them manually;
Is it possible to update or change a theme layout so that all default files would remain unchanged, yet all changes you make would be listed in a single file?Also, is it possible to optimize the working process in such a way so that you would not need to search for multiple changes in the template files? One would say that this is impossible, however the solution lies in the local.xml file.
Some of our clients with catalogues containing huge amounts of products experience certain issues coming with the sheer amount of stuff in the admin. For example one of our customer’s stores collected over 5000 options for the attribute Color over time. In addition, the store had about 20 store views. All this resulted in a great problem because the Options page was loading extremely slowly and it was almost impossible to save any changes.
Magento Age Verification Page is a solution for websites which require from a user to confirm that he agrees to follow certain rules and conditions (like meeting the required age, ageing with the terms of services, etc.). The module adds a special verification popup window either to a specific category/product or for the whole website which any visitor should pass to be able to access the content.
- Age Verification pop-up window;
- Manage popup content;
- Apply verification window to a product page, category page or for the whole website.