WordPress Plugin List


For my various WP projects , i have come across many WP plugins thanks to all the developers worked really hard on these plugins.

Just thought to short list  some of the WP plugin which i am using constantly and saving a lot of my time.






Preventing your site from being indexed, the right way


It keeps amazing me that I keep seeing people use robots.txt files to prevent sites from being indexed and thus showing up in the search engines. You know why it keeps amazing me? Because robots.txt doesn’t actually do the latter, even though it does prevent your site from being indexed.

Let’s go through some terms here:

Indexed / Indexing
The process of downloading a site or a page’s content to the server of the search engine, thereby adding it to it’s “index”.

Ranking / Listing / Showing
Showing a site in the search result pages (aka SERPs).

So, while the most common process goes from Indexing to Listing, a site doesn’t have to be indexed to be listed. If a link points at a page, domain or wherever, that link will be followed. If the robots.txt on that domain prevents the search engine from indexing that page, it’ll still show the URL in the results if it can gather from other variables that it might be worth looking at.

How to add quantity box on product listing page in magento


To add quantity box on Product Listing Page you need to edit app/design/frontend/default/YourTheme/template/catalog/product/list.phtml file

Find the below given line

<button type="button" title="<?php echo $this->__('Add to Cart') ?>" onclick="setLocation('<?php echo $this->getAddToCartUrl($_product) ?>')"><span><span><?php echo $this->__('Add to Cart') ?></span></span></button>

And just replace it with,

<form action="<?php echo $this->getAddToCartUrl($_product) ?>" method="post" id="product_addtocart_form_<?php echo $_product->getId()?>"<?php if($_product->getOptions()): ?> enctype="multipart/form-data"<?php endif; ?>>
 <?php if(!$_product->isGrouped()): ?>
 <label for="qty"><?php echo $this->__('Qty') ?>:</label>
 <input type="text" name="qty" id="qty" maxlength="12" value="<?php echo ($this->getMinimalQty($_product)?$this->getMinimalQty($_product):1) ?>" />
 <?php endif; ?>
 <button type="button" onclick="this.form.submit()"><span><span><span><?php echo $this->__('Add to Cart') ?></span></span></span></button>

Working with ajax in magento


Ajax in Magento can be pretty troublesome.Because you will need to take controllers and layout into account.And I almost used up a whole day trying to make ajax work. Here are some of the steps I’d like to share so that you will not waste lots of your time, before making this work :D .

New Module in Magento connect out to help you working in Ajax.

Let’s first know in Magento terms what we need.

Controller: The url on which Ajax will work on, or the request URL. You will have to set up the controller with its frontend router set in config.xml and its corresponding controller class.
Layout: Layout to handle the requested URL and return HTML if required.
Block: The block to call through layout for the above controller.

Now lets be descriptive.

If you want to show a loader while request is being processed just add the following whereever you like in the phtml page.First fetch the Javascript.

<script src="<?php echo $this->getJsUrl() ?>mage/adminhtml/loader.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Then echo the loader which pops up. This loader will be similar to that of the admin.

<div id="loadingmask" style="display: none;">
<div class="loader" id="loading-mask-loader"><img src="<?php echo str_replace("index.php/","",$this->getUrl()) ?>skin/adminhtml/default/default/images/ajax-loader-tr.gif" alt="<?php echo $this->__('Loading...') ?>"/><?php echo $this->__('Loading...') ?></div>
<div id="loading-mask"></div>

Now to Call Ajax, use the following lines

/*Please note that the URL is created in reloadurl. Also see that the response text will be echoed in div with id=output-div*/
var reloadurl = '<?php echo $this->getUrl('router/controller/action') ?>';
new Ajax.Request(reloadurl, {
method: 'post',
parameters: "Params_Here",
onComplete: function(transport) {
$('output-div').innerHTML = "";
$('output-div').innerHTML = transport.responseText;

After the Ajax Request is made it goes to your controller’s action, which in turn sees to your layout as follows:

class Namespace_module_frontendController extends Mage_Core_Controller_Front_Action
public function actionAction(){

And here is the main part in layout where I spent most of my time in. Since in layout we will have to define reference where the html will echo (Most of the times), i got stuck here, because i need to echo the output on the div with id output-div not in any reference.And the trick is to name the layout as root and output as html. Like the following:

<block type="module/block"  name="root" output="toHtml"  template="module/template.phtml"/>

You are done now! What ever you write or echo in phtml file you will see populated in the DIV. Now you can treat block as normally as you do before.

Happy Coding!!

Referece: http://subesh.com.np/2009/11/working-with-ajax-in-magento/

Creating wholesale solution with magento commerce


The client want to have a shop where regular customers to be able to see products with their retail price, while Wholesale partners to see the prices with ? discount. The extra condition: retail and wholesale prices hasn’t mathematical dependency. So, a product could be $100 for retail and $50 for whole sale and another one could be $60 retail and $50 wholesale. And of course retail users should not be able to see wholesale prices at all.

Basically, I will explain what I did step-by-step, but in order to understand what I mean, you should be familiar with the basics of Magento.

1. Creating two magento websites, stores and views
(Magento meaning of website of course) It’s done from from System->Manage Stores. The result is:
Website | Store | View

Both sites using the same category/product tree

2. Setting the price scope
in System->Configuration->Catalog->Catalog->Price set drop-down to Website. Now you could enter prices per store/website and they could be totally different.

3. Get some plugins
Get following plugins from Magento Connect and install them from admin: System->Magento Connect->Magento Connect Manager:
Netzarbeiter_LoginCatalog – User need to login in order to see the store (it will be used for Wholesale site)
Netzarbeiter_CustomerActivation – User need to be approved from site admins in order to be able to login to the site. (again it will be used for wholesale site)

Both plugins need to be activated for wholesale only. Because they are activated when they are installed, you need to disable them for Default/Retail website and to leave enabled to Wholesale. You should know that distinction between sites in System->Configuration is done from top left corner of the config window.

First plugin is enabled/disabled from: System > Configuration > Catalog > Login only catalog
Second one: System > Configuration > Customer > Customer Activation.

4. Setting separate url for Wholesale
Now wholesales need to have separate urls, so regular users will access http://domain.com/, while wholesale will access http://domain.com/wholesale/. I found this solution in the Magento Forum: Thread.

So, following the instructions I created directory wholesale/ and copied .htaccess and index.php files from the root directory. Modifications in the index.php are the same as in the Forum:
Mage::run(); become Mage::run(‘wholesale’);
$mageFilename = ‘app/Mage.php’; become $mageFilename = ‘../app/Mage.php’;

5. Change the wholesale paths from the admin
From System->Configuration (select Wholesale website)->General->Web and change the paths by adding wholesale/ (it’s also mentioned in the forum thread).

6. Adding products to both websites
When adding products, you should mark them visible for both sites. This is done from Product page->Websites tab.

That’s it! Now on http://domain.com/ users will see full catalog, they can login without Admin approval and prices will be retail, while on http://domain.com/wholesale only users registered as wholesale and activated from admin will be able to see catalog with wholesale prices.

What’s left…

And this was the easiest part … the rest is to import about 2000 products from the current osCommerce store, and to add another 4000 from the client’s ERP system. After this on regular basis to update prices and quantities from ERP system.

Hopefully this will help someone.