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Magento Shopping Cart Promo Rules – Stop Processing other Rules

December 1, 2014 | By | No Comments

In setting up shopping cart price rules, sometimes you don’t want one discount being used and then another being used on top of that.  That is what the dropdown “Stop Further Rules Processing” is used for.

If you don’t want other rules being processed while this promotion is on, change the “Stop Further Rules Processing” dropdown from No (default) to Yes.

shopping cart price rules 1However sometimes you’re still finding that people are able to use this promotion, plus another one you’ve set before – applying 2 discounts which you don’t want!

I’ve found often the discount rule ‘priority’ is set below that of another.  A discount rule priority is basically just a numbered system from 0 to 999…. that allows you to set what discount scheme has priority over another.

So in the above case where you are running into ‘stop further rules processing’, you have to make sure these rules are set as LOWER priority; otherwise they can still work.

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0 is the highest priority.  So if you have your overriding rule set to 0 and everything else above that, it will stop all further rules processing.  If you have it set for 1 or two and you still have other rules set at 0, these rules can still be included (unless these rules are set to sto further rules processing).

Hope that made some sense!

 

Adding and Styling Images in WordPress

November 25, 2014 | By | No Comments

Displaying images properly and nicely can be the difference of a well looking web page or a shoddy one. Here are some tips in how to upload images.

The first step is to have an image and have set as the right size.  See this post for more info on preparing and saving the right size images. (you can also adjust size of your image – see below instruction – but it’s best to have your image pre-optimised – too big an image can slow down the load time of your page).

Once you have your picture ready to add to your website, follow the below instructions.

1. Put the cursor at the beginning of the paragraph you want to put the picture next to and click on ‘add media’ button.

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Choose your picture (either already in the media library or upload a picture from your computer) – the chosen picture will have a border around it and a tick at the top right corner.  Once you have the picture you want to include in your text marked, the picture details will show up on the right.   Here you can add the picture title, caption, alt text, meta description and where the picture should link to.

Then choose where you want the picture to picture to show up – either on the left, right, centre or not aligned.

Then choose where it should be linked – none, media (opens up the picture in a new tab and the original size or custom).

Then if you want the image to be a different size (smaller), use the size dropdown.

Then insert the image.
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If you’re not happy in how the image is sitting, you can go back into the image settings by making sure you’re in the visual tab, clicking on the image and hitting the pencil icon that shows up.
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Here you can change the alignment settings (and add a caption – see bottom of post).  Set it for what you want and save the post.
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Below shows the different alignment settings:
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If you would like to add a border around your image, you will have to go to the TEXT tab on the top right and then add the following code to your image source code:

style=”border: 6px solid #B8D989;”

after image class (see below example to get it exact – if it’s not exactly like this it won’t work and might throw an error instead).

the 6px stands for 6 pixels – that is the thickness of the border measured in pixels (a pixel is the smallest addressable element in a picture).   The #B8D989 is the colour code.  To find out colour code you want, you can check out this site. 

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Well, enjoy.  Hope this was of some use :)

Regarding Magento Multistore – Some Notes on Setting Up Your Secondary Store

November 17, 2014 | By | No Comments

Here are a few instructions in relation to Magento secondary store:

Now that multistore is set up, a new root of categories has been set up for the new secondary store and these can now be adjusted. To go to your new store, on the top left hand side there is a dropdown that says ‘choose store view'; choose the new store.

Change default values as necessary to unchecking the ‘use default value’ and entering something specific for this new store.

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To assign an existing or new products to the new magento multistore, go into a product, hit the ‘websites’ tab, and check off the new multistore selection.

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If a product belongs to just one store, have just one of the stores checked off. If a product belongs to both stores, check both stores off. If a product has different description for the secondary store, uncheck the default values (once you’ve adjusted the store view dropdown to the secondary store).

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To adjust price for the specific store, with this particular set up we are going to hide prices unless customers are manually assigned to a particular customer group so we are going to add prices to Wholesale and Retailer customer groups. For this be sure you have adjusted your store view, click on the prices tab in product view and set your group prices like below.

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How do I know a payment has gone through using Realex in Magento?

November 4, 2014 | By | No Comments

When your Magento ecommerce website has taken a payment through Realex, it’s important to know that the amount has actually be authorised and that you are not sending out products

You will know you got an order in, usually through an email notification.

To ensure the payment has gone through successfully – go to SALES > ORDERS. Find the order you want to verify – you will see that there is a column for ‘status’ and ordinarily, an order with a payment having gone through successfully will be marked as ‘PROCESSING’.

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Click on the order and scroll down to the bottom left where it says ‘ORDER COMMENTS’. There will be a trail of messages from Realex about the payment being processed. What you are looking for is to be sure that A. There is an AUTHORISATION CODE and that the payment has been marked as ‘AUTHORISED’. Like in the below screenshot.

Remember that AUTHORISED doesn’t mean CAPTURED. Typically, when a payment is made to your Magento website, the money is SECURED (held by the credit card company) but it is not RELEASED (CAPTURED by you) until you are ready to ship the product. To capture the money, create an invoice by hitting the ‘INVOICE’ button at the top right of the order.

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Then scroll down and where you see ‘capture online’ dropdown, keep that as-is and hit the SUBMIT INVOICE button.

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Now process the order by creating a ‘shipment’.

Note: you can also log into your Realex account / contact Realex customer support to verify payments have gone through.

Also familiarise yourself on our articles about fraud scoring.

Found this post helpful or have any questions? Let me know down in the comment box!

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).

Then choose how you’d like to receive the RSS notification (for definition – see here – usually you can choose to receive by bookmark toolbar or outlook (see screenshots below) or you can choose another application.

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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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