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Magento Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: Install Sample Data for Magento

clock October 28, 2010 08:41 by author Jervis

Follow this steps:

1) Download Sample Data zip file from Magento Website

2) Extract the zip file

3) Drop all the tables from your magento database. It would be easy to drop the magento database and then recreate it instead of dropping individual tables.

4) Import sample data sql file into your magento database.

# Remember that, you have to drop all tables from your magento database before importing the sample sql file. You will get error afterward if you import the sample data without dropping tables from your magento database. Therefore, step 3 is important.

5) Go to your magento installation folder and delete local.xml file present inside app/etc folder.

6) Reinstall magento.

# After you installation is complete, you may get error something like this:
Integrity constraint violation: 1062 Duplicate entry ‘1' for key 1

Clear your browser cache or open your website in another browser and you are done.

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



Magento Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: How to Integrate (Import) WordPress Content into Magento Blocks

clock October 23, 2010 06:17 by author Jervis

Here are the steps that I take:

1. Create a wordpress page which will have the content we want to show in Magento. The trick is that we don’t want the WordPress header or footer – we just want the content. To do this we will create a new page template. In your WordPress theme directory, copy a file with a Loop in it (index.php or page.php are a good ones to start with) and rename the new file something like MagentoContent.php. Edit this new file, and place at the top something like:


<?php
/*
Template Name: MagentoContent
*/
?>

This declares MagentoContent.php as a page template file. Then remove the function calls that pull in the Header, Footer and Sidebar. They usually look like this:

<?php get_header(); ?>
<?php get_sidebar(); ?>
<?php get_footer(); ?>

And finally customize the Loop so it retrieves just the content you want. For instance, if you want to get the three most recent posts tagged “Magento” and show the title and excerpt it would look something like this:

<?php query_posts('tag=Magento&limit=3'); ?>
<?php if (have_posts()) : ?>
      <?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
            <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="<?php the_title(); ?>">
                  <?php the_title(); ?>
            </a>
            <p><?php the_excerpt(); ?></p>
            <p><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>">Read more...</a></p>
      <?php endwhile; ?>
<?php else : ?>
      <p>Sorry no content found.</p>
<?php endif; ?>

Do whatever you want here though. Get to know your way around query_posts and go to town.

The final step on the WordPress side is to login to the backend and create a Page. Select the MagentoContent page template we created and Publish the page. If you used a custom post query it doesn’t matter what it’s called or what the content is. (If you actually want to bring the page’s content in to Magento, instead of the custom query, then it does of course.) Make a note of the URL of this page. If you have nice Permalinks set up and called the page Mage_content it will probably be something like this: http://example.com/wordpress/Mage_content. Visit the URL to make sure it’s returning the content you want. It will be an ugly page without the Header and Footer, but the content is what’s important. When this content is in Magento the Magento stylesheets can be used to style it.

Now, we will go with magento. For example, we’ll create one called wordpress_block.phtml and put it in the /cms folder of our theme directory. The file will just contain a short snippit of PHP code that uses the CURL library to get the contents of the WordPress page we just created (You can do this other ways, but Magneto already requires the CURL library so we know it’s at our disposal).

Technically code like this should be in a Controller function in a custom Magento extension, but it’s way faster to just throw it in the .phtml file. Here’s the code, using the WordPress page URL from our example:

<?php
$content = '';
$url = "http://example.com/wordpress/Mage_content";
$ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, 0);
ob_start();
curl_exec ($ch);
curl_close ($ch);
$content = ob_get_contents();
ob_end_clean();
echo $content;
?>

Now that we have our block, just add it to a Layout file in your Magento theme (or to the Custom Layout options on an individual CMS or Category page):

<block type="core/template" name="wordpress_block" template="cms/wordpress_block.phtml" />

Happy coding!!

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com


Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



Magento Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: How to change the Magento Admin URL / Path

clock October 19, 2010 07:35 by author Jervis

To protect your Magento backend against hackers and brute-force attacks, we recommend that you change the default URL to the Magento Admin Panel. It is a quick way to add an extra layer of security to your site.

Follow these steps to change the admin URL/path.

Note: Do NOT use the web interface in the Magento Admin Panel to change the admin URL, as this is known to cause severe problems.

Step 1 - Change Path

First, open the local.xml configuration file in your favorite text editor, or use the Text Editor in the cPanel File Manager. The file is usually located in the app/etc/ directory under your Magento installation. Locate the following code segment:

<admin>
  <routers>
    <adminhtml>
      <args>
        <frontName><![CDATA[admin]]></frontName>
      </args>
    </adminhtml>
  </routers>
</admin>

Now, replace admin with your new admin path. This should be something personal which is hard to guess, use only letters or numbers - no special characters, then save the file.

Step 2 - Refresh Cache

The final step is to refresh your cache. Use an FTP client to delete the content of the var/cache/ directory, or use the following SSH command.

(First, navigate to you Magento root directory)

rm -rf var/cache/*

Step 3 – Complete

The change is now complete and you should try to log in via the new admin url - http://yourmagentodomain/adminpath/, replacing 'adminpath' with the path you chose in the step above. If everything went fine, you should now be presented with the Admin Panel login screen at the new URL. The old admin login URL should return a 404 error message.

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



Magento Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: How to redirect Magento to open through www

clock October 7, 2010 05:55 by author Jervis

For SEO and usability purposes you may want to redirect your visitors to open your site only through http://www.yourdomain.com.

Some applications, including Magento, however, require additional modifications to make this redirection work properly.

First, you should open the .htaccess file in the Magento folder. In it locate the "RewriteEngine on" line and right after it add the following lines:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^yourdomain.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.yourdomain.com/$1 [R=301,L]

Once you do this, save the .htaccess file and log in to the administrative end of Magento.

Then go to the System > Configuration menu and from the left panel click the "Web" button.

Unfold the "Unsecured" set of options and change the "Base URL" option from http://yourdomain.com to http://www.yourdomain.com.

Save the changes and your Magento website will be running with www.yourdomain.com only!

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware

Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems

Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel

We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology

The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services

From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network

ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security

Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services

Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



Magento Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: How to Change Magento Admin URL After Shop Directory Relocation

clock September 7, 2010 17:48 by author Jervis

When making Magento shop hosting migration or making simple script directory destination change, you will experience problems accessing Admin area with the new destination URL, instead you will be redirected to the initial address.
To solve the problem you need

1. In Magento database in the table named core_config_data edit path values for web/secure/base_url and web/unsecure/base_url (you can make it with the help of phpMyAdmin, for instance).

2. Clear cache (var/cache directory in Magento script folder)

3. Enter new admin URL in a browser and login


Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



Magento Hosting with ASPHostPortal :: How to install Magento?

clock July 21, 2010 10:10 by author Jervis

Magento is a free shopping cart application which supports many payment processors and shipping methods.

Installing Magento is not a very complex task. You can check our Magento installation tutorial for more information on the installation steps.

However, many people find it hard to perform a script installation themselves. This is why many hosting providers offer automatic tools through which users can easily install an application in just a few clicks.

As one of the leading hosts on the market, ASPHostPortal offers automatic tools for easy application installation.
Our customized cPAddons Site Software tool offers everything you need to start your website right away. With cPAddons you can not only install an application in a few clicks, but also upgrade it or uninstall it without any problems. The ASPHostPortal team of specialists keeps all applications in the Site Software section up to date, with the latest security patches available. This guarantees that you will always have secure and up-to-date software on your website.

ASPHostPortal
customers can easily install Magento in just a few clicks from their cPanel > Site Software. In the Ecommerce section click Magento and on the new page fill in the required details:

Admin User: the user for accessing Magento's admin area
Admin Pass: the password for the admin user
Admin Password (Again): retype the password for the admin user
Email: your email address
Installation URL: the URL for the Magento installation; choose a domain from the drop-down menu and type the name of the folder where you would like Magento installed; leave blank to install it in the domain's main folder

Click the Install button to complete the new Magento installation.

If you have an existing Magento installation and there is an available upgrade for it, it will be listed in the Upgrade section. Click Upgrade to upgrade your application to the latest version.

To uninstall Magento, simply click the Uninstall button.

If you have problems installing Magento yourself and your current host does nothing to help you, visit ASPHostPortal. We are ready to help you.

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they're really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization - as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal's top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients' critical sites and services.

 



Magento Hosting with ASPHostPortal :: Creating New Theme and Apply It to A Magento Store

clock July 12, 2010 14:00 by author Jervis

After finishing Magento installation its time to look at how you want your store to look, what theme will it have , and will the same theme feature across all your stores if you have more then one ?  Our tutorial shows you how to duplicate the default theme and begin to modify it to give you greater flexibility on the look and feel of your new e-commerce store.

Magentos’ file structure is divided into two key locations , one containing the files which our end user will have access to such as css and JavaScript and one containing the block, containers and actual code that will build up any given page.  For the default installations these paths are as follows when magento was installed to the root of your site:

For the building blocks of page construction – app/design/frontend/default/default/
For the accessible browser assets – skins/frontend/default/default/

In the installation above you can see that the file structure represent the hierarchy of the design aspects, in this case app/design/frontend/instance/theme/

When building a site it is a good idea to have a separate name for your instance and your theme , for example you may decide to call your instance e-commerce, and your theme standard-blue.  Giving your structures and assets a strong naming convention will help you to organise and navigate your files with ease.

So the first stage to building a new theme is to copy the two above folders and rename them as you see fit.  This will give you two new sets of files to upload to your server via FTP.

Magento will now be able to access your new instance and theme and that means we can apply our new files as standard to our store.  To do so log into your Magento admin area and choose ‘System’, from the drop down menu choose ‘Configuration’.  Once the configuration screen loads choose the ‘Design’ option from the menu on the left hand side.  If you have followed our tutorial ‘Setup a new store’ you can choose the store you wish to configure the design for by selecting it form the drop down menu in the configuration scope.

Within the design configuration panel there are two key elements we want to change, the value next to the label ‘Current Package Name’, change this to your new instance name, for example e-commerce’.  The value next to the ‘Default’ label under the themes section needs to be changed to your theme name, for example ’standard-blue’.

With these changes made choose ‘Save Config’ to have magento start to use your new files.

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they're really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization - as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal's top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients' critical sites and services.



Magento Hosting with ASPHostPortal :: Top 3 Mistakes in Magento

clock June 15, 2010 11:29 by author Jervis

First of all, let us inform you that this article is for those of you who are just starting with Magento. If you are a Magento expert, you will probably know this.  Consider it just a reminder for those who use Magento for first time. There are three common mistakes that most people do when they try to use Magento for first time, so read this article and you won’t be one of them. If you don’t want make mistakes, entrust your magento hosting to ASPHostPortal. We will provide the best service for you.

1. First mistake is downloading Magento’s full release and trying to upload it using ftp. Much easier solution is using Magento downloader method and you won’t lose upgrade capability.

2. More experienced PHP developers will first read Magento Designers Guide before they try to style Magento, but others won’t and that’s the mistake number two. Since Magento has great theme fallback system there is really no need to touch default theme. Although easiest way to make new theme for new Magento is top copy the whole theme to a new folder, don’t do that. Copy only the files you will need: from /design/frontend/default/default/ directory to /design/frontend/default/YOUR_NEW_THEME directory. Do the same thing with /skin/frontend/default/default/ Congratulations, you have your own theme just like that. All that left is to apply new theme (System->Configuration->Design) and you are ready to do with your theme files whatever you want.

3. Third mistake is modifying Magento core files. What files are core ones? All what is in app/code/core folder. If you have a need to modify some of those ones, you just need to duplicate that file in the same directory path to app/code/local. For example, if you need to modify the file
app/code/core/Mage/Checkout/Block/Success.php
copy it to
app/code/local/Mage/Checkout/Block/Success.php
and leave the core file intact. This way your Magento will be more bullet-proof to future updates.

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they're really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization - as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal's top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients' critical sites and services.

 



Magento Hosting with ASPHostPortal :: Magento Hosting and the Magento eCommerce Platform

clock June 9, 2010 09:23 by author Jervis

Magento has been created for the ease of online dealers and other sellers so that they can manage their stores online. The very exciting and famous platform of e commerce brings several opportunities for the convenience of buyers and sellers over the internet. You can easily deal with the product and services online.

Magento also helps in creating search engine optimization friendly web stores. Magento hosting provides very convenient place for the online store user and it is also very useful for the ecommerce. Magento hosting has various tools offered for the convenience of the people. You can easily get all the marketing tools, SEO and catalog management services with the help of Magento. It is highly sophisticated administrative system provides good interface for the users. Magento can provide you 24 hours accessibility of your online stores.

You can easily maintain and run your business online. Even form a single administrative panel you can easily manage your online stores. It has also several options of payment even on single click. All the automation offered by the Magento provider is good and you can also check the Magento hosting reviews for this particular topic. The Magento hosting reviews are easily available on the internet. The opinion of experts and of the people will let you know the exciting features and administrative capability of Magento hosting.

It provides a customizable outlook and also other facilities for your convenience. You can get easily downloadable facility in very quick time without any hurdle. Magento hosting provides reliability to the customers of online stores. Customer can easily trust on the web stores if they have a link with Magento. It will provide you the best profit for your business and good opportunities to explore in new area of business.

You can have success in your online business only with the use of the Magento eCommerce platform. Magento hosting reviews are also available for your reference. Any reference about Magento Providers can be found from Magento hosting reviews. It is very appealing and exciting for the new as well as existing online stores. The user friendly platform of the Magento CMS is the boon of eCommerce of the online stores. Every buyer can easily get his or her products at his/her doorstep in easier way. Buyers just need to file their order online and they will get their purchase products in few minutes of shipping.

For a leap in the right direction, Magento is the best way to go when it comes down to advancing your online and offline business.

A lover of all different topics from making them boring to interesting, You can find out more about this at ASPHostPortal and use this as a starting point in order to get your e-business up and running.


Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they're really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization - as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal's top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients' critical sites and services.

 



Magento Hosting with ASPHostPortal :: Export Magento Products into Google Base

clock June 2, 2010 05:07 by author Jervis

Google Base is a fantastic tool and should never be underestimated.  If you don’t know what Base is – it is a database where users can upload data feeds of products, blog posts, reviews, jobs, hotels, you name it…   On occasions, Google will supplement their usual search results with results from Base.

For example, check out this search for TV Wall Brackets – on this page you can see three results which are “Shopping Results”.  These results have very good click through rates, simply because they list a relevant product, and they also echo the delivered price of a product.

Before now, trying to get all your products from your Magento site on to Google Base was pretty impossible – as it’d be a manual job to go into the database, export it as CSV, put it into Excel, delete the fields which are not required etc.

Now however, a plugin has been released via Magento Connect, called “SingleFeed Export Module” – this module is fantastic because it exports products from your Magento Store into a SingleFeed compatible data feed format.

Subsequently, SingleFeed then can submit your products to over a dozen comparison shopping engines including Google Base/Product Search, Nextag, Shopping.com, Pricegrabber, Shopzilla, Yahoo Shopping and many more.

The beauty of doing it through SingleFeed is that it will allow you to manage your products with only one feed instead of one unique feed for each shopping engine.

For further information about Magento, you can visit http://www.asphostportal.com.

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they're really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization - as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal's top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients' critical sites and services.

 



About ASPHostPortal.com

We’re a company that works differently to most. Value is what we output and help our customers achieve, not how much money we put in the bank. It’s not because we are altruistic. It’s based on an even simpler principle. "Do good things, and good things will come to you".

Success for us is something that is continually experienced, not something that is reached. For us it is all about the experience – more than the journey. Life is a continual experience. We see the Internet as being an incredible amplifier to the experience of life for all of us. It can help humanity come together to explode in knowledge exploration and discussion. It is continual enlightenment of new ideas, experiences, and passions


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