Magento Codepool (Magento Certified Developer Exam)

February 9, 2012 / Posted in Certification, Magento by Sergei Guk
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Both junior and senior developers, who work with Magento on a constant basis or just start learning this platform, think over the perspective to obtain Magento Developer Certificate some day. Benefits are innumerable, ranging from a catchy point in CV, worldwide job skills recognition to exciting career prospects on on a global scale.

BelVG can’t bypass the matter of many developers concern – Magento Certified Developer Exam, which contains of multiple-choice questions based on Magento Community Edition 1.5. Magento exam does not imply prerequisites. Find more information about Magento Developer Certification on Magento Commerce official website. Preparing themselves to exam, developers are offered to examine the Magento Certified Developer Study Guide.

We start a new section in our blog, dedicated to Magento Certified Developer Exam preparation, answering questions from above-mentioned Study Guide in series. Today we look through the first question Describe Magento codepools from the Basics chapter, High-level Magento architecture.



Caching and Page Loading Optimization

February 8, 2012 / Posted in Tips&Tricks by Pavel Novitsky
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Today we continue reviewing caching and page loading optimization issues. We start this post with cache proxies and then offer 10 useful recommendations for website creation.

Cache Proxies

Caching in the Web server can be implemented in two ways. The Web server can cache static data in the memory and dramatically reduce required time to form page. Some Web servers, such as G-WAN, Nginx, Squid are optimized for static data and automatically cache data into memory. Other Web servers allow you to organize caching with configuration files. Apache, for example, supports mod_cache module, which provides a cache-memory for static content (mod_mem_cache) and the disk cache for data caching that is collected from dynamic sources (mod_disk_cache).


Useful Tips to Apply While Importing Customer List

February 7, 2012 / Posted in Magento, Tips&Tricks by Siaržuk Piatroŭski
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Many website owners want to import customers from their old sites or email services like MailChimp to some new location. Basically, Magento has all required functions for a standard importing, but sometimes more complex actions with customers are needed. It concerns, for example, extracting customers from CSV and CSV-like files and sending them welcome email messages.

We suggest you to download the module sample that helps importing CSV customer list, generated by MailChimp, to your Magento store. The archive includes two customer titles for practicing purposes and is tested on Magento 1.6.



Grounds to Believe We Will Soon Witness the Heyday of Virtual Trade

February 6, 2012 / Posted in Uncategorized by Alex Huk
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1. According to prognosis, the growth of customers in 2012 will outnumber the growth of monetary assets – roughly 25% while funds will increase by 22%.

2. The expansion of internet shopping and regular customers. First of all I mean increased purchase frequency. In Europe about 70 – 80% of Internet users have at least one-time experience of shopping in online stores. Besides, there are 30 – 40 % of active Internet users with one and more online purchases per year. It is a great deal of folks.


Add-ons on Friday

February 3, 2012 / Posted in Fun&Events, Prestashop by Irina Tsumarava
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We announce a new weekly section in our blog that will be devoted to recent extension & theme releases appeared over the last five days. Since other weekdays are already occupied with analytics and articles from BelVG op-ed columnists, we will call this section Add-ons on Friday.

So far as tradition is supposed to be settled, we introduce the first unit of Add-ons on Friday. We’ve completed three new Prestashop extensions this week and now they are in our store.

Get acquainted with Prestashop Blocks Constructor, Geo IP and User Profile Extended.


Prestashop Addons Analytics. February

February 1, 2012 / Posted in Prestashop by Alex Huk
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Do you imagine how Prestashop will look tomorrow? BelVG reveals its mainstream now and features that will be in demand after a while. That is a tricky business to predict the progress, though we post analytics of Prestashop modules in different categories and their top besties in each one. Let’s see what we have today and what we will observe a month, three months, half-year, etc. later.

Remember this bar chat, illustrating the current quantity of Prestashop modules in each category. Presently, frontend office modules are striking leaders among all and the second popular social networks category is three times thinner than it.