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Removing background from images

October 30, 2014 | By | No Comments

I put together a quick tutorial video showing how you can easily and rapidly remove dark or noisy background from an image.

This is especially important when you take pictures for products on your ecommerce website.

Note, there are many tools in photoshop that you can use and I will keep adding to this post using tools in different scenarios.

This tutorial covers a simple object with plenty of contrast between the object and the background.

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Editing / Adding Pictures to Gallery on WordPress

October 30, 2014 | By | No Comments

This uses the WP CANVAS GALLERY plugin.

Go to the respective GALLERY page:

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You will see the below code:

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How To Set Up To Receive Low / Out of Stock Notifications

October 23, 2014 | By | No Comments

As a Magento User / Magento Site owner with a lot of stock to track, it can be useful to receive notifications when stock is getting low.

Go to CATALOG > MANAGE PRODUCTS and hit the ‘Notify Low Stock RSS’.

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You will then be required to enter your username and password (that you use to log into Magento).

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Assigning a Customer to a Customer Group in Magento

October 22, 2014 | By | No Comments

Some websites assign their customers to ‘customer groups’. This can be useful if you want to group customers so you can assign them particular properties. For example you can assign certain customers special tax rules, pricing seperate from the general pricing set or hide product / categories for example.

Once a customer sets up an account, they are by default assigned to the General group. Again, by default, a customer can’t choose if he wants to go in a another group. They are assigned this by the administrator of the Magento website. This can be adjusted though by some custom coding or there might be a reliable extension that will also do the trick.

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Amending / Editing Transactional Emails in Magento

October 17, 2014 | By | No Comments

This is the first of a few tutorials how to amend the default Magento transaction emails and personalise them how you see fit.

1. Log into your Magento Dashboard. Go to SYSTEM > TRANSACTIONAL EMAILS

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Your Site’s No-Index Robots Settings

October 10, 2014 | By | No Comments

Magento >, WordPress >, Joomla >

When a developer builds a website, any website, and is doing so on a public server, they will normally set their site to ‘no-index’.  This is a tag that tell Google and other search engine robots ‘DON’T LIST MY SITE ON YOUR SEARCH RESULTS’.

Reversely, you’ve just had your website put live, a few weeks go by, and you can’t find it at all anywhere in google despite googling site:mysite.com. It may be worth to check whether you haven’t accidentally omitted allowing Google to now index your website!

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06 Oct

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Custom Order Export in Magento

October 6, 2014 | By | No Comments

By default, Magento’s order export only exports a few basic fields, often not enough even basic information required to for anything.

By customer request, we install an extension that extends the order export process; allowing you export all order components plus any number of existing product attributes with your order.

We will set up the required parameters and once you’re happy with the exported grid, you can easily manage it.

Go to Sales > Orders Export Tool > Export Profiles

export-order-1Once you are in export profiles there are a few things to note:

1. File Format – how the file will be exported.  CSV stands for Comma Seperated Values and this file opens up in Microsoft Excel or preferred LibreOffice Calc

2. Last Generated File – gives the url of the last exported file.

3. Starting with Order # – we will alway set the export file in such a way that it will export the next lot of orders.  For example, if the last time you exported orders 125 – 180 (say orders in a month) – the next export will be from order #181 on.   If you want to export earlier orders, you will have to hit the dropdown menu on the right and hit ‘edit’.

4. Last Update – this shows when the last export file was generated.

5. In the dropdown menu, the only necessary field you’d have to hit would be ‘edit’ – in case you want to add/delete fields or if you wanted to change from where (order #) the order file was exported.order-export-4

CaptureTo export your file, simply click on the orange line (2nd one usually) and a ‘save file’ window will appear.  Save onto your computer and open it up with either Microsoft Excel or better LibreOffice Calc.

If you want to make an edit to the fields being exported or from what order # the filie is exported from, go to the dropdown menu on the right and hit ‘edit’.

On the first (configuration) tab – the only field you need to be concerned with is highlighted in red.  If you want to change from what order the file is exported from, just change it here.

order-export-3In the template tag, this is where the export fields are set up.   You can click on it and see how it is set up but  I will not go into how this is managed.  If you would like additional fields added, just let me know.

Once you have edited the file, you will have to regenerate the export file by clicking save and then generate.

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Setting Canonical Links for Duplicate Content in WordPress

October 3, 2014 | By | No Comments

If you have pages with duplicate content on your website (WordPress included), it’s best practice to prioritise which page you want Google to rank. Have a duplicate page or several duplicate pages can give Google mixed messages about your website, and dilute search rankings. As it’s inevitable that duplicate content exists on websites, a solution called the ‘canonical link element’ was introduced.

Canonical comes from the word ‘canon’ meaning ‘a rule’. So in essence, we’re just setting a ‘rule’ as to which page is the priority for Google Ranking. This piece of ‘canonicalisation’ is specifically set up for Google Ranking.

Some more information on what canonical links mean is covered here: Google and Wikipedia

Okay, how do we go about it. If you don’t have a wordpress website and you want to add the rel=canonical tag in manually, an example of a canonical link could be – <link rel=”canonical” href=”http://examplewebsite.com/” /> – . If you have a WordPress website, Yoast’s SEO Plugin deals with this simply.

Okay, say you have a website mywebsite.com and you have subdomains to this websites – for example mywebsite.com and usa.mywebsite.com. Both have plenty of content that target their specific areas, but there are a number of pages that are identical for each one. Go to the pages in usa.mywebsite.com and set the canonical url to the ‘mywebsite.com’ page.

To do this, in the backend of your wordpress website, go the the page, scroll down to the bottom where you’ll find ‘WordPress SEO by Yoast’ box, hit the advanced tab, and here enter your canonical url.

Here’s a screenshot.

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