Magento Admin for Clients

March 8th, 2016

Need to help your clients run a new store here is a key of what is where and how to use it.

Sections of Magento and what they are for:

the Dashboard has a snapshot of what is happening in the store, it will list things like last 5 orders, last 5 search terms, top search terms, and revenue.

the Sales section is where you will process transactions once the credit card nonsense is worked out, it’s also where you can issue refunds and partial credits.

Sales -> Orders:
Lists All pending, and completed orders, for more details click on “View” to view any given order
from the order view you can change the status, email the customer, print packing lists, invoice the order or add shipping info

The rest of the sales section will mostly be avoided, unless tax rates change or you start invoicing people to pay after the fact

the Catalog section allows you to manage the products and categories as well as moderate product reviews and ratings.

Catalog -> Manage Products: (Add/Edit/Remove)
on the Manage products view you can type in any of the search fields at the top to perform a search; this helps to locate an item that you are updating.
Updating products is pretty simple, open the product by clicking the row or “Edit” once you’re done making changes press save product

Adding Product
Step 1: Attribute Set (Each type of product has a custom set of attributes to select the type of product your adding)
Step 2: Product Type (You use simple products)


The next section is broken down in to parts such as General and Prices where you click on each before pressing save.

General: Name, Description, Short Description, SKU etc…
Prices: Enter a price and select Tax Class of Taxable
Meta Information: This is for optimization and should be similar to the product title, description and keywords
Images: provides a simple image uploader, for the selections
(Base Image is the first shown on the product page, Small is for cart, and thumb is for the category pages)
Categories: Select where the item belongs.

for the most part you will not need to do anything with recurring profile, design, gift options

When you are done updating the info press Save to save the product and make it live on the site.

Catalog -> Manage Categories: (Add/Edit/Remove)
I would recommend asking before making any changes in this section.

** The rest of the Catalog links are of no real use to you

the Customers section allows you to make changes to the customer entities, along with exporting customer lists for email marketing

in the promo’s section you can setup specials like add a Meto 722 and Save X on XX labels for it, however, I would recommend having me help with these as they can be very tricky.

You can setup and manage a newsletter from the store admin section

CMS -> Pages: This is where most of the static pages like about us are stored and updated.
CMS -> Static Blocks, nothing here for you
CMS -> Widgets, avoid this as well

Some basic date selectable reports such as Sales, Cart Abandonment etc…

I’d say your best bet is to avoid the system area as well, and ask for help before making any changes

Ann Arbor Dispensary

January 21st, 2016

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September 24th, 2015

So it’s not just me, I checked it’s everyone. And apparently for how long; only they know.

So today I was surfing around my car clubs on facebook and ready to post a great vehicle I found to one of them, when I got the Something went wrong message.

I guess we will all stand by as the place we spend so much time works on coming back. So how will the world be different if it doesn’t?

Anne Claude Roussell > Fake Google+ Profile

August 20th, 2015

Just a heads up to google+ users that have been friended by Ann Claude Roussell it’s a scammers profile, go figure.

Yesterday I was friended by Annie Rouseell supposedly from Rouen France, so I was investigating a little bit. As with any google+ that has photos of an attractive female you should be suspect.

Well when you search her photos you find out they are photos of Gaby Espino a Latin celebrity.

So when I pointed this out to Annie, she blocked me on google+ and the googleshpere.

Magento Process Order Button Not Working

August 18th, 2015

Ok,. so today’s fun lesson has to do with Magento CE, or community edition.

Recently there was a pile of patches released to stop bad guys from doing bad things with your magento store. We decided to upgrade to the latest stable release and opted for Magento CE 1.9.2 which includes these patches.

All went smoothly and everything seemed to be working fine then when a customer notified us that you couldn’t finish checking out I knew something was wrong.

After spending more than an hour it became obvious that something was wrong with the final step of check out and when you would press Process Order it would just reload the same screen.

We had created a full blown template with the file /default/{template}/template/checkout/onepage/review/info.phtml and in the upgrade process this was protected as it’s in our custom template folder, however the file functions related to that page have been updated in version 1.9.2.

To fix our problem I copied the line from /base/default/template/checkout/onepage/review/info.phtml to my custom template and it began working instantly.

:: review function 1.4
// review = new Review(‘getUrl(‘checkout/onepage/saveOrder’) ?>’, ‘getUrl(‘checkout/onepage/success’) ?>’, $(‘checkout-agreements’));

:: review function magento 1.9.2 ::
review = new Review(‘getUrl(‘checkout/onepage/saveOrder’, array(‘form_key’ => Mage::getSingleton(‘core/session’)->getFormKey())) ?>’, ‘getUrl(‘checkout/onepage/success’) ?>’, $(‘checkout-agreements’));

So simply comment out the old version if you’re in the same boat and update to the newer version.

Magento Patch Problem

July 9th, 2015

Probably my fault since I installed the wrong patch,. apparently you shouldn’t patch with the patch for 1.7.1 as it duplicates a function in the file Abstract.php

If you are seeing this warning,. Cannot redeclare Mage_Core_Block_Abstract::quoteEscape

You need to edit your /app/code/core/Mage/Core/Block/Abstract.php file and remove the duplicate function the escape quotes, go to line 1205 or so, and you will see it’s duplicated just below.

Yelp Towing Lansing, MI

June 29th, 2015

Wow, so today I decided to try and update the Yelp system with the correct hours of one of my clients. That was a mistake, however it did allow me to talk to their advertising department about how little yelp does.

The first thing the agent had me do was search for towing in Lansing, MI this way we could see where our listing appears, and where an ad would run. Well there we are in position 6 with one terrible fake review. So she goes on to tell me how we could be listed first if we advertise and that they are getting up to 600 searches a month for towing near Lansing.

I stopped her in her tracks at this point as we get 600 searches a day on google for towing in Lansing, MI and 30-60 of those hit our website everyday. So 10x’s the usage as yelp. So I asked about their pricing model and apparently for a little over 300 a month I could advertise to their 600 searches a month, probably capture 1-2% and come out with 6-12 more customers per month.

So apparently Yelp also uses google adsense on their pages, so when you do towing lansing, mi you are given a map on the right and just below it are Ads by Google., guess who is already sitting in position one for their ads,.

So when you advertise with yelp, you pay them to list your ad, then they also run google adsense ads on the page, so you can pay twice for a customer to look at your name. What a great setup, I wish I had thought of it.

East Lansing Towing, Jump Starts, Car Lockout Service

May 20th, 2015

So, if you are having some type of trouble with your car or truck, and need to have it towed somewhere to have it looked at, or a tire replaced even a jump start American Towing is the best choice in the area. Take a look at their new site Towing East Lansing and give them a call 24 hours a day to setup service.

(98)Address already in use: make_sock: could not bind to address

May 18th, 2015

If you have the error above, and it seems like something else is running on port 80 maybe there is.

I just finished an upgrade from 12.10 to 14.10 and apache couldn’t bind to port 80.,, well when I ran ” netstat -ltnp | grep ‘:80’ ” this is what I got.,

tcp 0* LISTEN 18635/tntnet

which told me another application “TNTNET” a C++ rapid deployment service runs on port 80,. so I did killall tntnet then I uninstalled tntnet using synaptic and when I issued the apache2 restart command all was wonderful.

One Source Talent NOT A SCAM

May 6th, 2015

Is it a scam, in a word no.

Apparently when you contract with a talent agent most people assume they will get a call, that simply isn’t the case. However, by being a contracted talent at least your hat is in the ring.

If you were to go to One Source Talent and ask for representation of course they are going to assure you that they have plenty of auditions coming up, and tons of contracts for talent, they do, it’s true. Are you going to get one of these jobs, or even a call for an audition; hard to say.

It’s kind of like buying a lottery ticket, if you have a ticket you have a chance of winning, without one you aren’t even in the contest. So, if you want a shot at being a professional model, actor whatever, you should trust One Source Talent.