Moved your Magento install, admin section broken

If you’ve moved your Magento install to another folder and assume you’ve covered all your bases, but for some reason the admin section just won’t work, then I have a fix for you. Specifically if you can log into the admin section, but once you click on any link it gives you an error. […]

By |December 23rd, 2010|Tech|0 Comments

Magento Downloader – No Extensions Listed

If you can’t see any packages or extensions listed in the Magento Connect Manager (Downloader), I might just have the fix for you. First thing I noticed was  we didnt have pear installed (use this script to make sure your server is compatible). After I made sure the server was compatible, the extensions still weren’t listing. I found on this thread that you can enter the following:


…into the “Paste extension key to install:” box on the Downloader. It will populate the list.

By |July 20th, 2010|Technical Issues|2 Comments

Reducing the Size of Your Magento Install

Quoting a Magento Professional Partner nicknamed “Crucial”:
Yes, it’s safe to delete that data. I always clear it out after an upgrade:

rm -rf downloader/pearlib/cache/* downloader/pearlib/download/*
Basically when you are upgrading and installing, your downloader folder will become very large, and you are safe to clean out the two following folders:


By |April 8th, 2010|Programming|0 Comments

Edit the Magento Invoice PDF Templates

Code Location


Changing the font size

Change the font size in the two files:

/app/code/core/Mage/Sales/Model/Order/Pdf/Abstract.php (line 487-507)
/app/code/core/Mage/Sales/Model/Order/Pdf/Items/Abstract.php (line 255-274)

Change the invoice logo

Admin -> Configuration -> Sales -> Invoice and Packing Slip Design

More info

Changing the invoice size from A4 to letter
Changing the font from Libertine to Helvetica
Read up here.

By |December 2nd, 2008|Programming|42 Comments

Remove the Store View from the Magento Meta Title Tag

Having problems with the word ” – English” showing up on all your meta titles? Here’s the solution: […]

By |November 5th, 2008|Programming|0 Comments

Remove Estimate Shipping and Tax box from Magento checkout

Open the file /app/design/frontend/default/default/layout/checkout.xml

Remember if you are using a different theme the path to that file will be slightly different.

Remove this line:
<block type=”checkout/cart_shipping” name=”checkout.cart.shipping” as=”shipping” template=”checkout/cart/shipping.phtml”/>


By |September 23rd, 2008|Programming|9 Comments

Canada Post module for Magento now available

After this module is installed you can request quotes from the Canada Post Sell Online system.

Feature list

Storage of sellonline information
Easy setup process
Easy configuration / setup process
Add ability to view number of boxes to ship and contents of each box
Orders from backend may use “Free” shipping method

Get it here.

By |September 22nd, 2008|Programming|2 Comments

Getting “As low as” on Magento unexpectedly?

It’s just a caching issue. All you have to do is go to System -> Cache Management and then click the refresh button next to “Layered Navigation Indices”.

By |September 12th, 2008|Tips|2 Comments

Speed up Magento by ~235%

How to REALLY speed up your Magento site:
The information below on enabling gzip compression will improve your speed a bit, but if you are using a bargain basement web host then that could be a major factor as well. XPC Web Hosting provides advanced technology for speeding up your sites with performance tuned servers in both the USA and Canada. Some of our latest improvements include nginx which speeds up image loading and our database backup system that creates two backups a day and stores off-site archives for 30 days in case of emergency. Learn more.

GZip Compression:
There’s a feature called “gzip” that’s installed by default on most web servers. Modifying your site to make use of it can really speed up the performance.

How much faster?
Try the quick and easy mod_gzip tester by Just enter the URL and it will tell you how much faster it would be.

How to enable it for Magento
“One of the drawbacks of Magento is currently its speed if default configuration is used. There are certain ways of making it run faster. The best one is to enable GZip compression by changing .htaccess file a little. You just need to uncomment part of the code. In my case, the speed increase was exactly 235%. […]

By |September 10th, 2008|Tips, Tricks|41 Comments

Put LazzyMonk’s Blog onto the Magento Main Page

On the CMS page that you want to see the blog on, just use the following code:

{{block type=”blog/blog” template=”blog/blog.phtml”}}

By |September 2nd, 2008|Programming|0 Comments