Magento Extension: Configurable Products Utilities

E-commerce, Magento

In a previous post, I discussed the Configurable Colors Magento Extension. I just completed a new Extension that builds upon Configurable Colors – Configurable Products Utilities. The Configurable Products Utilities extension allows the store owner to easily create and delete configurable associated products in bulk. This tool was created for those who have grown weary of spending 15-30 minutes inputting the associated products for each configurable product. With this tool, creating these products can be completed in a matter of minutes – including the image uploads.

The Configurable Products Utilities extension also integrates the Configurable Colors extension that I created a few months ago. It enables the store owner to create color swatches for configurable products. Swatches can be made using HTML color names, Hex Values, Classes, or images. The Configurable Products Utilities extension also controls the display of the thumb and large images. The sizes for these images can be set in the Admin Panel. The Configurable Products Utilities extension also comes with an image zoom component. The size of the zoom image is also configurable.

The video below displays setting up and using the Configurable Products Utilities extension. The extension can be purchased on DevoutGeek.com. I’m working on a few more Magento extensions, so stay tuned.

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Magento Extension: Configurable Colors

E-commerce, Magento

I created a few Magento Extensions while working on DevoutGeek.com, The first one that I created was Configurable Colors. Configurable Colors is an extension that enables you to create color swatches for Configurable Products. You can create swatches using HTML Color Names, Hex values, and images. This extension also comes with image zoom. Below is a video that demonstrates the use of Configurable Colors.

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Launch: DevoutGeek.com – Apparel For Geeks

E-commerce, t-shirt

My father used to say that anything and everything can be used to start a conversation. Well, geek t-shirts are definitely a conversation starter. When I wear a geek t-shirt to the gym or to one of my kid’s games, I always receive positive comments – from non-geeks and geeks alike. These situations convinced me that I should start a business selling geek apparel (and other products). So today I launched DevoutGeek.com.

In this initial launch, I will only be selling t-shirts. And while there are a few sites that already sell geek t-shirts, I want to be more than a geek t-shirt company. I’m trying to create a brand – like Nike, but a geek apparel and products company. Most of the other sites sell a variety of products from many contribut0rs (which admittedly, may be a better business model). But I intend to sell Devout Geek products only. Some of my initial ‘designs’ are similar to (or variations of) designs that I have seen (and liked) from these other websites – but the vast majority of the shirts are of original design.

I started with the name RockPaperGeek. I spent months searching for a domain name that had the word ‘Geek’ in it. I liked RockPaperGeek for a couple of months. And then I didn’t. I told my wife that I like names with two words – GrasshopperPebbles, GreenScorpion, etc. So I pivoted to finishing up the development of MobilePebbles.com while I thought of a new name. Yes, I’m a procrastinator, but I always have other things to do. I’m a web developer and I stay fairly busy working on other projects.

Now that DevoutGeek is complete, it’s time for me to move on to another project.

I have purchased products from a few of the other t-shirt sites – and I probably will in the future. But I think that geek branded apparel is an intriguing concept. In many circles, geek is no longer synonymous with nerd (although, there is clearly overlap). But I’m proud to be a geek in any circle. I have been a self-professed geek before it was popular. I am what one would call a Devout Geek.

Note: I created a special coupon code for the initial launch. It’s 10% off your order (pre-shipping cost) and can only be used once. It will only be available for a few days and you must be logged in to use the code: P4UZ6JNLVBYY.

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Updating footer in a Magento theme

E-commerce, Magento

I’m still working on the Magento theme for my upcoming t-shirt site. I recently started updating the footer. It took some time to figure out how to add/remove the footer links as well as add other items such as a newsletter block. I thought I could update a single file, but it wasn’t that simple.

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Magento Themes: Moving the Search Bar under the Navigation Bar

E-commerce, Magento

For the last couple of days, I have been trying to move the search bar under the navigation bar. This is my 3rd iteration of a Magento theme for my t-shirt site. I liked my first theme when it was created, but that was 7-8 months ago. I started working on a new design about a month ago (used Inkscape and Photoshop). After I converted the design into a Magento theme (a couple of weeks ago), I decided to go into a different direction – procrastination at it’s best. While creating this new theme, I spent a couple of days trying to move the search bar under the navigation bar. It was actually quite easy.

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Magento Theme: Changing topLinks

E-commerce, Magento

I’m building a webstore using Magento. I’ve used osCommerce in the past, but with this new store, I wanted to try a different e-commerce package. While creating the Magento theme, I could not figure out how to change/remove the the menu items on the top links on the site (My Account, Wishlist, Checkout, Login). It was actually quite easy.

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Starting a t-shirt business: Day 2

E-commerce, t-shirt

Well, it’s not actually the second day. I have been working on creating the t-shirt business for quite some time – albeit inconsistently. I started creating the t-shirt designs (mostly words) about 9 months ago. While designing, I spent a couple of months trying to find a domain name that I liked that wasn’t already taken (nearly impossible). And once I found a name, I began working on the website design and e-commerce development (Magento). And then I fell out of love with my domain name choice, so I began to work on another project (MobilePebbles.com). Now I’m back working on the t-shirt business (thus, day 2).

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Starting a t-shirt business

E-commerce, t-shirt

I recently decided to start an apparel company for geeks. My initial products will be t-shirts, so I had to learn a bit about the t-shirt business. I spoke with a cousin, Marc Clark, about all aspects of the t-shirt business (he designs/sells t-shirts, bow-ties, and foxtails). He gave me invaluable advice as to what the focus of my research should be – t-shirt quality, printing options, and t-shirt tags.

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