This tutorial shows you how to add some products to the blank home page of your website using Magento widgets in less than 10 minutes. Step 1. Edit the Home Page of Your Website - In your Magento admin panel, click on the Content menu on the left-hand side followed by Pages. - Next, choose Edit from the Select drop-down box located to the right of the Home Page. - Under the Page Information on the left-hand side, click on the Content tab. - Replace the piece of text in the text box that reads CMS homepage content goes here with your own custom text. - Then click on the menu button, which says Insert Widget when hovered upon, in the top left-hand corner so that you can add products to your website’s home page using a Magento widget. Step 2. Set up a Widget - From the drop-down box labelled Widget Type, choose Catalog Products List. - Type Featured Products in the Title field, leave Display Page Control to No, and then put a value in the field labelled Number of Products to Display. - Skip the Template option as this widget only offers one template type called Products Grid Template. You can also leave the Cache Lifetime blank. - The Conditions option, meanwhile, allows you to restrict the products that appear on your home page using any of the product attributes in your Magento system. - Skip this option for now then click on Insert Widget on the right-hand side. - There in the text box in your Home Page settings, you can now see the widget that you set up. - Click on Save and Continue Edit in the top right-hand corner then head over to the front-end of your website. - Reload your home page, and you now see many products where once there was none. Step 3. Clear the Caches - Go to the System menu on the left-hand side then click on Cache Management. - Choose Select All from the drop-down box on the left-hand side then press Submit. - Go back to your website and refresh it, and you should be able to see the products on your screen. Step 4. Edit the Widget - Go back to the Home Page settings in your Magento system. - Double-click on the icon in the text box then enter a smaller number in the field that’s labelled Number of Products to Display. - Click on Insert Widget on the right-hand side and then press Save and Continue Edit at the top right. - Clear out the caches, refresh the home page of your website, and you see fewer products now. Step 5. Add a New Widget - Go back to the Home Page settings in your system then go a couple of spaces below the widget in the text box. - Click on the icon which, when hovered upon, says Insert Widget in the top left-hand corner. - Choose Catalog Products List from the drop-down selections for Widget Type, and then enter Special Offers in the Title field. - This time set Display Page Control to Yes then enter a number in the field labelled Number of Products per Page. - In the field labelled Number of Products to Display, enter the total number of products that you want to show on your site. - If you only want to show products under a specific category, click on the green plus (+) button, and then choose Category from the drop-down menu. - Next, click on the ellipses following the words Category is then click on the blue icon between the box and the green tick. - Tick the categories that are assigned to the products that you want to add to your home page. - Once that’s done, click on Insert Widget on the right-hand side, and then press Save and Continue Edit at the top right. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: Instagram: Homepage:


In this quick forum reply, we'll show you how to create a sitemap for Google webmaster tools in Magento and where to add it in the tools section too. The cron setup for Magento as noted in the tutorial is here Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


This tutorial shows you how to create and edit your category structure in Magento 2 by adding or removing categories from it. If you’re looking at Magento 2 for the first time, don’t be surprised to find the menu bar on the left-hand side, and not along the top of your screen. Step 1. Create Categories - To get started, click on the Products menu on the left-hand side and then click on Categories. - Then click on Add Root Category as you would need one root category per website. - Next, click on Default Category and then Add Subcategory to create your top level category. - Type your top level category in the Name field, set the option Is Active to Yes, and then ignore the other options for now and click on Save Category in the top right-hand corner. - To create a subcategory, click on your top level category, which is Bags, followed by Add Subcategory. - Enter your subcategory in the Name field, set it to Is Active by choosing Yes, and then press Save Category in the top right-hand corner. To create additional subcategories, click on the top level category again and then Add Subcategory. - To delete a category, select that specific category on the left-hand side, and then click on Delete Category at the top right. - A pop-up message will ask you if you’re sure you want to make this deletion; this prevents deleting a category by accident. If you are sure click on OK, but if you’re not click on Cancel. Step 2. Assign Categories to Your Products - Go back to the Products menu then click on Catalog. - Choose a product that you want to assign categories to. - On the left-hand side of this product page, you see different options that you may use in setting up a product on your website. - Scroll down the page then enter the keywords of the categories that you created earlier into the Categories box. - While you’re at it, you can create a new subcategory on the fly by clicking on the button labelled New Category to the right of the Categories box. - Type your new category in the box labelled Category Name, your top level category in the Parent Category box, and then press Create Category in the top right-hand corner. - That category will be automatically added not only to this product, but also to your category structure in the Categories menu. - Once that’s done, click on Save in the top right-hand corner. Step 3. View Your New Categories on Your Website - Click on your username in the top right-hand corner and then click on Customer View to get to the front-end of your Magento website. - There in the top menu bar of your website is your new top level category, which reveals the subcategories within it when hovered upon. - Click on both subcategories, and you will see the product to which they were assigned. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: Instagram: Homepage:


In this tutorial you’re going to learn the steps to setting up a fixed shipping rate in Magento 2. Note that doing this won’t restrict you to this shipping method; you can still use other shipping options that are available on your Magento website. Step 1. Choose a Store View - From your Magento 2 dashboard, go to the Stores menu on the left-hand menu then click on Configuration. - If you have multiple websites set up in your system, choose the website for which you’re setting up a fixed shipping rate from the Store View drop-down options. - However, if you only have a single store in your system, set that option to Default Config. Step 2. Set up Fixed-Rate Shipping - Scroll down the page, click on the Sales tab on the left-hand side, and then click on Shipping Methods. - Click on the down arrow located to the right of the Flat Rate section to expand it. - Set Enabled to Yes, change the Title from Flat Rate to Standard Postage, and then leave the Method Name as Fixed. - It’s crucial that you change the Type from Per Item to Per Order, otherwise every item a customer puts in the shopping cart will be charged with the shipping rate that you indicate in the Price field. If that’s set to Per Order, a customer will be charged for their order as a whole instead of per item. - You may also set up a handling fee; choose Fixed or Percentage from the drop-down box labelled Calculate Handling Fee and then enter a value in the Handling Fee box. - If you want to make this shipping option available only to a specific country, or countries, you can do so by setting Ship to Applicable Countries to Specific Countries. - Then select the country that you want the fixed shipping rate to be available in from the next box labelled Ship to Specific Countries. - After that, set Show Method if Not Applicable to No so as not to show a whole range of shipping options in the checkout of your website. - If you are using more than one shipping method on your website, enter a value, from 0 to 10, in the Sort Order field; the lower the number, the higher it appears in the checkout. - Once that’s done, click on Save Config in the top right-hand corner. Step 3. Clear the Caches - To resolve the pop-up message regarding cache invalidation at the top of your screen, click on the link that says Cache Management. - Choose Select All from the drop-down box on the left-hand side then click on Submit. - Wait for the page to update, and then head over to the front-end of your Magento website to check out this shipping method. - This tutorial has just shown you how easy it is to set up a fixed shipping rate in your Magento 2 system. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: Instagram: Homepage:


The folder name you need to add is in the media folder and create a folder called wysiwyg (without the quotes). This will solve the message in the red warning bar in Magento Media Storage section that says The directory is not writable by server Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


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This video answers the forum question above on how to create categories in Magento using Magmi and the on the fly category importer plugin. Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


This tutorial shows you the steps to setting up Google Analytics for a single store in Magento 2. However, if you have multiple websites set up in your system, you can pick the store view for which you’re setting it up in the Configuration section. Step 1. Locate the Configuration Area for Google Analytics - Go to Stores on the left-hand menu then click on Configuration. - Scroll down and click on the Sales menu to expand it, and then click on Google API. - Click on the down arrow located to the right of the Google Analytics section, and then set Enable to Yes. Step 2. Enter Your Google Analytics Account Number in Magento - Type analytics.google.com in another browser then press enter on your keyboard. - That takes you across to your Google Analytics account where you need to get your account number. If you don’t have a Google Analytics account yet, sign up with your Google account then follow the instructions. - Once you have signed in to your Google Analytics account, copy your account number, which starts with UA and followed by a series of numbers. - Go back to the Google API settings in your Magento system’s Configuration area, and then paste the number in the field labelled Account Number. - Advanced users may enable Content Experiments, too, but if you have no idea what this means, just leave it set to No. Once that’s done, press Save Config in the top right-hand corner. Step 3. Clear the Caches - Click on the link Cache Management in the pop-up message along the top of your screen. - Choose Select All from the drop-down box on the left-hand side and then press Submit. If your Google Analytics account shows nothing but a straight inactive line as you see above, that’s absolutely normal. Give Google a couple of hours or a day to actually start showing some tracking information on your website. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: Instagram: Homepage:


CMS stands for Content Management System, and it allows you to create pages on your Magento 2 website. This tutorial takes you through the steps of creating a CMS page for your shipping information in Magento 2. Step 1. Create a New Page - From your admin panel, go into the Content menu on the left-hand side then click on Pages. - Edit your system’s inbuilt pages—namely, Home Page, Enable Cookies and Privacy and Cookie Policy—to make them suitable for your line of business. - To create a page for your shipping information, click on Add New Page in the top right-hand corner. - The Page Title refers to the word or line of text that appears in the web browser of your customer once they click on the page that you’re going to create; in this case, Shipping would be a logical title. - You can also enter shipping in the field that’s labelled URL Key, as this refers to the link that a customer can find this page by. - Set the Store View to All Store Views, but if you have multiple websites set up in your system, select those that you want to have this page on. - Leave the Status set to Enabled then click on the Content tab on the left-hand side. Step 2. Add in Your Shipping Information - Type your shipping information in the text box then style it accordingly using the WYSIWYG Editor toolbar, which web developers have dubbed as the “kitchen sink”. - However, if you’re adept at working with HTML, press the Show / Hide Editor button in the top left-hand corner of the text box to turn off the WYSIWYG Editor. - If you want to insert a comprehensive table of shipping rates into the content, all you have to do is click on the pencil icon on the left-hand side of the toolbar. - Set up the number of table columns and rows in the pop-up box then click on Insert. - Now you can enter your shipping rates for different destinations in the table. Step 3. Choose a Layout Design - Click on the Design tab on the left-hand side then choose how you would want your shipping information to appear from the Layout drop-down selections. - If you want to create a custom theme or layout, scroll down your screen and explore the options in the Custom Design section. Step 4. Create a Meta Description - Keywords may be out of date, but meta descriptions still factor in the ranking of a website on search engines like Google. - To create a meta description for the page of your shipping information, click on the Meta Data tab on the left-hand side, and then write something about this page in the Description box. - Once that’s done, press Save Page at the top right. - That takes you back to the Pages section where you can now see a new page titled Shipping. - Click anywhere on that row to edit the settings of the page then press Save at the bottom when you’re finished. Step 5. Clear the Caches - Go into the System menu on the left-hand side then click on Cache Management. - Choose Select All from the drop-down box on the left-hand side then click on Submit. - To see how the new page looks like on your website, click on your username at the top right, and then choose Customer View from the drop-down options. - Replace the last part of your site’s URL with the URL Key shipping, and then press enter on your keyboard. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: Instagram: Homepage:


In this tutorial you’re going to learn how to get your own YouTube videos onto your website. Step 1. Find the Configuration Section for YouTube Videos - Go to the Products menu on the left-hand side of your Magento dashboard then click on Catalog. - Click on the product that you’re going to set up YouTube videos for, scroll down to the section of images and videos, and then click on Add Video. - Underneath the Url box, right-click on the link that tells you to enter your YouTube API Key, and then select Open in New Tab. - That opens up the configuration section which has a field assigned for the YouTube API Key. Step 2. Get the YouTube API Key - To get hold of the YouTube API Key, type console.developers.google.com/project in a new browser tab and then press enter on your keyboard. - That takes you to the Google Developers site. Click on Select a project in the top right-hand corner followed by Create a Project. - Type your domain name plus YouTube API Key (e.g. UnderstandingE YouTube API Key) in the Project Name box then click on Create. - You should see your project name in the top right-hand corner where it used to say Select a project; if not, click on the down button then select the right project name. - Assuming you’ve got the right project name, click on YouTube Data API underneath the YouTube APIs. - Click on Enable at the top left to enable the YouTube API. A pop-up message tells you that you need to create credentials before you can use the API, so click on Go to Credentials. - Since the first option has already been preset to YouTube Data API v3, go to the next and choose Web server (e.g. node.js, Tomcat). - Next, select Public data and then click on What credentials do I need? - Leave Server key 1 in the Name field and then enter your IP addresses in the next box if you want to. Otherwise, proceed to click on Create API key. - Highlight the API Key in the box, right-click and choose Copy from the pop-up menu, and then click on Done. Step 3. Paste the YouTube API Key in Magento - Go back to the YouTube configuration section in your Magento system, right-click on the YouTube API Key field, and then choose Paste from the pop-up menu. - Once you have done that, press Save Config in the top right-hand corner. - Grab the whole URL of your YouTube video then go back to your Magento system and reload the product page. - Scroll down and click on Add Video, paste the URL of your YouTube video in the Url box, and then watch Magento prefill the Title, Description and Image fields with the info on your video. - Press Save in the top right-hand corner and then click on Images and Videos on the left. Step 4. View the Video on Your Website - On your website, go to the category where your product is, then click on it. - When a customer lands on this product page, the first thing they will see is the base image. - As they move on to the next image, your YouTube video pops out, and it’s highly likely that they’re staying on this page for the next couple of minutes or so. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: Instagram: Homepage:


In this tutorial, we'll be showing you how to add a free shipping coupon code to Magento. Listen and watch carefully as we show to you the steps in doing this and I assure you this is so so easy. In your Magento dashboard, go to: - Promotion - Shopping Card Price Rule - In the top right-hand corner click on Add New Rule. In adding a Free Shipping Coupon, it is a must that you should name your rule to identify as to what kind of rule is that. - Fill in the blank fields with the appropriate information or details. In adding a Free Shipping Coupon, it is a must that you should name your rule to identify as to what kind of rule is that. You can set limitations on how this coupon can be used, but it's only applicable to customers who are logged in. You can also set the date range as to when the coupon will be available and other specific conditions which can be very useful for you. Note: When you create a coupon always make sure that it works. Try it yourself by adding 1 or more items in your cart and apply the coupon. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


Question: -------------- Hi Matt - Here's another one for you! What would you advice as the best way to remove the 'Estimate Shipping & Tax' block that appears on the first page of checkout. I did look at the Magento help/community, and there are many folks offering lots of different ways to do it -- I got dizzy wondering which is the best/correct method! I will go with your advice I think! Thanks Answer / Notes -------------- The key note to be made here is that this is the easy way. You could of course removed the template from the layout.xml or similar, however we just prefer the easy way. So when it comes to updating your Magento website, it's super easy to figure out which template is being overridden. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


In this Magento Basics Tutorials, you'll gonna learn how to enable SEO Friendly URLs in Magento. To do this, go straight to: - System - Configuration - On the left-hand side click on Web underneath the General section - Expand out Search Engine Optimization - Set Use Web Server Rewrites to Yes - Press 'Save Config There are 2 things that you need to consider once you changed the settings, setting your Magento website by FTP and Reindexing Magento. To set Magento by FTP, - Login to your Magento website by FTP and go to root folder - Locate .htaccess - Make sure that the.htaccess has been set to rewrite URLs (refer to video for a much clearer instructions on how to set this) After doing all the settings, you need to reindex Magento. To reindex Magento go to your Magento Admin Panel then go to: - System - Index Management - You can tick one or several indexes, then press submit - Or you may reindex individually by clicking Reindex Data on the right-hand side of each of the Indexes If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


In this tutorial we're going to show you how to add images to pages in Magento. Magento has its own in-built management tool. This tool allows you to upload and manage images on pages and other content sections of your Magento Website. What you will learn in this tutorial: - How to upload and organise custom images - How to add images to pages in Magento If you encountered any red warning saying The directory is not writable by server while following this tutorial, just click this link to resolve that error: To easily manage your images, you should create a folder where you can upload your images and create sub-folders if you want to. Note: Do not forget to press the Upload Button when uploading images. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


In this video tutorial we show you the Advanced Method of configuring M2EPro to Sell on eBay. The initial steps is the same as the simple method we covered in this video tutorial , however with some key differences: - Register and Link to eBay - Fill out some basic details about your business - Sign in to eBay - Choose Advanced Mode When logging in eBay, M2E Pro will never store or see your eBay password. M2E Pro can list items for you, revise eBay listings, prices, quantities, description etc. and also collect orders from eBay and bring those back into the Magento system for processing The Advanced Method will give you more advanced options than simple method. You'll be able to create policies and be able to have more control over listings on eBay. Note: Policies You may not have heard of these before, they're super helpful and are similar to what you'll find in really expensive multi-channel software systems. Think of them as being cookie cutters to make yummy cookies. You can change your policies as needed (the cookie cutters) and any changes you make will then be applied to your live listings. So instead of entering the same information over & over, you're using a policy to store these details, which makes listing much faster! There are lots of configuration options in the Advanced Method and each one is clearly shown in this video tutorial. The key areas are: 1 Payment ------------------------ This is where you enter your PayPal email address and also select if you require immediate payment only or other payment options 2 Shipping ------------------------ You must enter at least one shipping method and can select up to 3 options for domestic and 3 options for international. Note: For those advanced users, did you spot the ability to set the shipping price using a custom Magento attribute? How cool is that! 3 Returns ------------------------ Enter your returns details. This is a requirement for business sellers. 4 Price, Quantity & Listing Format ------------------------ This is where you can set which format this policy is going to list products in, we selected Good Till Cancelled or GTC as you may know it by. Note: We did mention about the swapping of images for variation listings, we cover this in this video course 5 Description ------------------------ The point to note here is this is NOT for just one product, this is for ALL of the products that use this policy ( thought we'd add that as this might catch you out) Note: Advanced listing templates can be used with M2EPro and if you don't have an M2EPro compatible listing template, we've got several free templates for you to use here for free: 6 Synchronization ------------------------ These settings change the way that M2EPro works on eBay for revising eBay listings, updating details and ending ebay listings If you would like access to more in-depth video tutorials on using Magento, the M2EPro extension for eBay, Amazon & Play all in non-nerdy Plain English see our site here Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


The attributes in Magento 2 are hiding, and this tutorial reveals their hiding place with these steps. - Step 1. Click on the Stores menu on the left-hand side, and you’ll see different submenus within it; there are three underneath the Attributes heading. - Step 2. Click on the one that’s labelled Product to roll out the list of Product Attributes in your system. - Step 3. Click on an attribute that you wish to edit. Notice that this attribute page is no different from what you’re accustomed to in Magento 1.9, except that the details are more organised. - Step 4. To have a look at the attribute sets, click on Stores and then Attributes Set on the left-hand side. If you want to add a new attribute to, say, the Bag attribute set, go and click on it. Then drag an attribute from the Unassigned Attributes on the right to the Groups section in the middle. Once you’re done, click on Save in the top right-hand corner. - Step 5. Click on the Products menu then go into Catalog. Choose a product that uses the attribute set you were working on earlier; in this case we’ll choose a bag from the product grid. This product page shows a new field labelled Manufacturer, which is the same attribute that was added to the Bag attribute set. So that’s how you can find the attributes, as well as the attribute sets, in Magento 2. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: Instagram: Homepage:


Magento has a “Bulk Update” tool that allows you to: - Update standard Magento attributes - Update custom attributes - Change stock levels & availability - Add or remove products from websites This feature is somewhat hidden so follow us along and learn how to bulk update products in Magento the easy and correct way. If you updated in bulk with a quite large number of products you might get a timeout so the best thing to do is to go one page at a time and update in that way or you can use Magmi to update large numbers of products. You can view our video tutorial on Importing Products into Magento with Magmi here: If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


In this Magento Basics tutorial, you'll gonna learn how to disable the Availability: In Stock text on products. This is so easy to do, to start with go to: - System - Configuration - Scroll down to Catalog - Under Catalog section choose Inventory - Click on Stock Options - Then set Display Out of Stocks Products to No After doing all the settings we strongly suggest to clear your cache. The reason for that is you may have a full page Magento cache extension or any cache plugin installed and there is a tendency that the changes you made won't reflect on your system. To clear you cache, go to: - System - Cache Management - On the left side, click on select all - And on the right hand side press submit. That will clear your cache. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


This tutorial we'll show you how to install the MageMonkey extension into your Magento system. We're also joined by a special guest Ignacio de Paula, CEO of ebizmarts who gives us an overview to Mandrill and also follows us through the installation of the Magento extension. This is just one tutorial over 70 full HD guides on how to setup & use Magento for non developers. Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


A Check/Money Order is a payment method that customers on your website may opt to use when checking out. Find out how to enable, as well as disable, this payment option in Magento 2 in this three-step tutorial. Step 1. Choose a Store View - Go to Stores on the left-hand side then click on Configuration underneath the Settings menu. - If you have multiple websites set up in your Magento 2 system, choose which website you’re setting this payment method up for from the Store View drop-down box. - However, choose Default Config if you are maintaining only one website in your system. Step 2. Configure the Check/Money Order Settings - Scroll down, expand the Sales tab on the left-hand side by clicking on it, and then click on Payment Methods. - In this section, make sure that the Merchant Country is set to the country that you’re based in. - From there, scroll down to Check / Money Order, and then click on the down arrow on the right to expand it. - To enable this payment method on your website, choose Yes from the Enabled box; choose No to disable it. - If you chose to enable it, change the Title to Cheque / Money order if you’re a UK-based business, but if you’re in the USA or anywhere else in the world where cheque is spelt with “ck”, leave the title as it is. - Since a customer needs to send you the money order or the cheque before their order can be processed, leave the New Order Status as Pending. - You can make this payment method available only to customers in your country by setting Payment from Applicable Countries to Specific Countries, and then choosing your country from the box labelled Payment from Specific Countries. - After that, type your company name in the field marked Make Check Payable to, and then enter your postal address in the box labelled Send Check to. - You also have the option to set a minimum or maximum payment threshold in the fields labelled Minimum Order Total and Maximum Order Total. - If you don’t want to set any restrictions on the amount of cheque or money order, just leave both fields blank. - The last option called Sort Order determines the position of the Check/Money order in your website’s list of payment methods. - If you want it to come last in the list, so your customers see the other payment options first, enter a higher number in this field, such as 30. - Once you’re satisfied with the settings that you’ve made on this payment method, press Save Config in the top right-hand corner. Step 3. Clear the Caches - At the top of your screen, a pop-up message says some of the cache types are invalidated. To clear the caches, click on Cache Management within the message. - Next, choose Select All from the drop-down box on the left-hand side, click on Submit, and then wait for the page to update. - Once that’s done, go to your website, add some items to your shopping cart, and then proceed to the checkout section where you will see the Check/Money order payment option. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: Instagram: Homepage:


In this Magento Basics Tutorial, you'll gonna learn how to enable or disable the Demo Store Notice in Magento. In your Magento Administration Panel, you will notice a demo message on the top saying This is a demo store. Any orders placed through this store will not be honored or fulfilled. To remove this message you need to go to: - System - Configuration - Under the General section click on Design - Then press HTML Head - Locate Display Demo Store Notice and set it to No - Hit Save Config If you go back to your Magento website you may still see the Demo Message, this is just normal and can be easily fixed by clearing cache. The reason for that is you may have a full page Magento cache extension or any cache plugin installed and there is a tendency that the changes you made won't reflect on your system. To clear you cache, go to: - System - Cache Management - On the left side, click on select all - And on the right-hand side press submit. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


This video tutorial will show you how to add a Newsletter signup box to a static block in Magento. The code you need to do this is below: block type= newsletter/subscribe template= newsletter/subscribe.phtml Ther steps to do this are: 1. In Magento go to CMS - Static Blocks 2. Locate a static block that you wish to add the newsletter signup to 3. Add the code above and press save 4. View a page on your Magento site that has the block enabled Tip: If your block doesn't show, you'll need to clear the Magento caches out, you can do this in Magento by going to System - Cache Management - Then clear out the caches Magento doesn't need to be just for nerds , we have over 250 step-by-step video tutorials like this one available at Matt & Dave Twitter: Facebook:


Enabling CAPTCHA in Magento is dead easy to do and it will limit the amount of new user registration spam that can often happen. You can enable CAPTCHA on the following Magento pages: - Create user - Login - Forgot Password - Checkout as guest - Register during Checkout It is not suggested that you enable CAPTCHA on Magento for the Checkout as guest and Register during Checkout because these options would impact conversion on your website. Also note that Magento currently does not come with options to put CAPTCHA boxes on the contact form or the product review pages. Instead to do this see for dedicated tutorials on how to do this with free extensions for Magento. Matt, Co-Founder of PS. If you were wondering what CAPTCHA stands for, here it is: Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart


In this Magento Basics tutorial, you'll gonna learn how to enable/disable RSS Feeds in Magento. Magento comes with multiple RSS options to help your product to be found on Google. To enable/disable RSS Feeds you need to go to: - System - Configuration - Scroll down and click on to RSS Feeds - This is where you can enable or disable the RSS. After doing all the settings we strongly suggest to clear your cache. The reason for that is you may have a full page Magento cache extension or any cache plugin installed and there is a tendency that the changes you made won't reflect on your system. To clear your cache, go to: - System - Cache Management - On the left side, click on select all - And on the right hand side press submit. That will clear your cache. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


In this Magento Basics tutorial, you'll gonna learn how to enable/disable the Wishlist Feature in Magento. In your Magento dashboard, go to: - System - Configuration - Scroll down and click on Customers section on the left-hand side - Under the Customers tab, click on Wishlist - You will then see General Options - Then set Enabled into Yes if you want to disable Wishlist feature and No if you want to disable it. - Press Save Config After doing all the settings, we strongly suggest to clear your cache. The reason for that is you may have a full page Magento cache extension or any cache plugin installed and there is a tendency that the changes you made won't reflect on your system. To clear the cache, go to: - System - Cache Management - On the left side, click on select all - And on the right-hand side press submit. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:



In this tutorial you’re going to learn the following: - Where you can create a free Google Analytics Account - Where you find your Google Analytics ID - And finally how to add this to your Magento system The first thing to do is to create a Google Analytics account by going to After logging in to Google Analytics look for a code, copy that because that will be the tracking number that you're going to add into your Magento system. In your Magento Admin dashboard, go to: - Systems - Configuration - Under Sales section in the left-hand side click on Google API In Google API, there are settings you need to change: - Change Enable to Yes - Change Type to Universal Analytics - Paste the code (from Google Analytics) to Account Number - Set 'Enable IP Anonymization to No - Press Save Config We strongly recommend that you should create a Google Analytics account because it will be a massive help to your business. Note: If you noticed that nothing is happening after the settings you made, don't panic that is normal with Google Analytics, just check Google Analytics the next day. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: Instagram: Homepage:


Free shipping is a valuable feature in Magento, as it increases sales and attracts more customers to your website. This tutorial shows the settings that you need to make in Magento 2 in order to enable free shipping. Step 1. Choose a Store View - From your Magento admin panel, go to the Stores menu on the left-and side then click on Configuration. - If you have multiple websites set up in your system, click on the Store View drop-down box in the top left-hand corner, and then choose the store view for which you’re setting up free shipping. - Suppose you only have one website set up in your system, choose Default Config. Step 2. Configure the Free Shipping Settings - Scroll down the page, click on the Sales tab on the left, and then click on Shipping Methods. - Next, click on the down arrow to the right of the Free Shipping section to expand it. - Set Enabled to Yes then change the Title of this shipping method to Free Delivery or Free Postage if your business is based in the United Kingdom; otherwise, leave it as Free Shipping. - The Method Name, which is the internal name of this shipping method, can be retained as Free. - To create a threshold for free shipping, enter a value in the field that says Minimum Order Amount. - After that, select All Allowed Countries from the dropdown-box labelled Ship to Applicable Countries if you want to provide free delivery to customers anywhere in the world. - However, if you only want to ship to customers who are based in your country, set this option to Specific Countries, and then select your country in the box underneath it. - Next, set Show Method if Not Applicable to No to keep this shipping option from showing up in a jumble on your website. - Note that the lower the number you enter, the higher it shall appear on your website. - When you’re finished with all of these settings, click on Save Config in the top right-hand corner. Step 3. Clear the Caches - You will see a pop-up message at the top of your screen that says one or more of the cache types in your system are invalidated. To resolve that, click on the link that says Cache Management. - Choose Select All from the drop-down box on the left-hand side to autoselect all the cache types, and then click on Submit. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: Instagram: Homepage:


In this video we'll show you how easy it is to revise live eBay listings in M2E Pro. We're also going to show you how to revise the eBay listing template using the eBay template builder we have in UnderstandingE. - First thing to do is to select the listing group in Magento where you listed your item. - Select the item/s and from the actions menu choose revise items from eBay , then press submit. - To apply custom listing template to eBay, go to our template builder at: - You can also set any other details that you would like to appear on your template and update your communication details, payment information, and delivery details. - For a custom eBay listing template, upon creating the template you will be given an eBay template code, copy that and paste that to the description policy onto Magento. Everything is shown clearly in this video for you, in Plain English you just have to listen and follow each step carefully. If you would like access to more in-depth video tutorials on using Magento, the M2EPro extension for eBay, Amazon & Play all in non-nerdy Plain English see our site here Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


Howdy, Right now seemed like the best possible time to discuss with you why you would even want to sell internationally and also take a look at how we recommend you do this 'The Easy Way' The video above has been published previously on the UnderstandingE blog here: so if you have seen the video and read the article before, or are just already sold on selling internationally then you can head straight on to the next tutorial. If you haven't however then hit play above and find out how you can do Cross Border Trade the easy way! Why Sell Internationally? ____________ Firstly we need to look at why you would want to sell internationally. There are two main reasons that we believe that you should be selling internationally. These are: Profit ____________ This is almost an obvious one which everyone else overlooks. It’s no secret that your profit comes from sales which comes from views which comes from traffic. By listing your products on the international marketplaces such as eBay.Com or Amazon.de you are opening up your products to millions of new potential customers, so more sales and more profit. Profitability ____________ This is also often looked over but is just as important a part to consider. The amount of time it takes you to list one product on to eBay.co.uk may be a total of 20 minutes. This includes writing a title, description, filling in the attributes and adding images etc. Now to list this product on to eBay.com the majority of your information can be re-used. It already exists and it may take you a total of 3 minutes to list your product on to eBay.com. This makes it a much more profitable use of your time as the results of spending 3 minutes of your time will bring greater rewards. The Low Hanging Fruit ____________ The point that we make in the above video is that the easiest way to go international is to grab the low hanging fruit. So in the video above we assume that English is your first language or at least you can speak it fluently for your business. So looking at the size of the marketplaces we have: - United States & Canada - Germany - United Kingdom - The other EU Sites - Australia Which we can translate into: - English - German - English - Multiple languages - English Which when looked at on a difficulty scale equals: - Easy - Hard - Easy - Really Hard - Easy The video above is all about making selling on international marketplaces easy…it doesn't have to be hard. You just need to take the path which will give the you the best returns for the least amount of effort, at least to begin with. So now you know why you should want to be selling internationally, lets take a look at how to get started in Magento. Thanks for stopping by! ____________ Magento doesn't need to be just for nerds , we have over 250 step-by-step video tutorials like this one available at Matt & Dave Twitter: Facebook:


In this tutorial we will show you how to change your Locale Settings in Magento 2 based on the location of your business. Note that this tutorial is going to use the United Kingdom as an example of a Magento store location, so just refer to your own country of residence as you follow along. Step 1. Set up Your General Locale Settings - From your admin panel, go to the Stores menu on the left-hand side then click on Configuration. - Once you’re in the Configuration section, click on the General tab on the left-hand side then expand the first section called Country Options by clicking on the down arrow to its right. - Set the Default Country to United Kingdom then scroll down and expand the section called Locale Options. - Set your Timezone accordingly, so in this case it would be Greenwich Mean Time (Europe/London). - Next, choose English (United Kingdom) from the Locale drop-down selections, and then change the Weight Unit from lbs to kgs. - After that, expand the Store Information section then fill out all the applicable fields as the information you put in here will appear on your website. - Once that’s done, press Save Config in the top right-hand corner. Step 2. Set up Your Local Currency - Click on the Currency Setup on the left-hand side then expand the first section labelled Currency Options. - From the drop-down selections for Base Currency and Default Display Currency, choose British Pound. - Choose the same currency for the Allowed Currencies option; to allow multiple currencies in your store, hold down the ctrl key on your keyboard then select your preferred currencies. - Once you’re finished setting up the currency(ies) in your store, press Save Config at the top right. Step 3. Set up Your Shipping Settings - On the left-hand side, click on the Shipping Settings underneath the Sale section. - Expand the first section called Origin then set the Country to United Kingdom so that your customers can see the country you’re based in when they reach the checkout of your website. - Remove the ZIP/Postal Code then click on Save Config in the top right-hand corner. Step 4. Set Your Merchant Country - Click on Payment Methods, which is underneath the Sales section, on the left-hand side. - If you already have PayPal or another payment method set up in your Magento system, and it works just fine, leave it as it is. However, there is one important thing that you need to do. - Choose your country from the drop-down selections for Merchant Country then press Save Config at the top right. - That’s a simple but very important step as the settings for PayPal would differ from one country to another. Step 5. Clear the Caches - Click on the Cache Management link that you see in the pop-up message at the top of your screen. - Next, choose Select All from the drop-down box on the left-hand side, press Submit and then wait for the page to refresh. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: Instagram: Homepage:


In this guide we'll walk you through setting up Listing Groups in Magento & M2E Pro so that you can separate your different eBay listing types our and also see how you can manage multiple accounts in M2E Pro.


Magento comes with its own inbuilt image management tool. This allows you to upload and manage images on static blocks and other content sections of your Magento website. In this tutorial you’ll learn: - How to upload & organise custom images - How to add images to static blocks in Magento Note: The page when adding images to static blocks may be slightly different for you, you may have the Magento editor enabled for this page, we don't suggest that if you're using any form of advanced HTML. If you happen to encounter a red warning message saying, The directory is not writable by server , please click on this tutorial to resolve the issue: Another tip to take note is it's always a good idea to create a folder when adding images to organize the files. After you select the images you are going to upload, you must click UPLOAD FILES , if you don't press upload files, your files won't be uploaded to Magento and you won't be able to use them in static blocks If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:



Follow along and learn how to upload product images to your Magento website, the easy way. Step 1. Choose a Product - From your Magento admin panel, go to the Products menu on the left-hand side then click on Catalog. - Click on the product which you want to add an image or images to, and then scroll down to the Images and Videos section. Step 2. Add an Image to Your Product - Click on the camera icon, highlight the images to upload in the pop-up window, and then press Open. - Or highlight the images in the pop-up window, and then drag and drop them in the camera icon. - After you have added in the images, click on the link that says Images and Videos underneath the box. Step 3. Rearrange and Add Details to the Images - Move the images left or right, and then drop them where you want them to be. - Suppose you uploaded an image by mistake and want to delete it, click on the bin icon in the bottom left-hand corner of the image. - Click on the tag icon in the bottom right-hand corner of an image to set it as the Base Image or main image. - You may add extra information to an image by double-clicking on it. - The topmost box on the right-hand side is for the alternative text of this image, and then underneath it are the different image types that you can set it to. - Once you’re finished adding in the extra details, click on the “X” mark in the top right-hand corner to return to the previous page. - However, if you would click on the product’s base image, you will notice that the checkboxes in the Role option have already been preselected. - Click on Save in the top right-hand corner and then wait for the page to update. - Head over to the front-end of your website, select the product you added images to, and you should see its images to the left of the product details. This tutorial has shown you how Magento 2 has made uploading product images to your website easier and quicker than it’s ever been in the previous versions of your favourite e-commerce platform. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: Instagram: Homepage:


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Google Chrome is quite much faster than firefox so we're assuming that you're using this browser and it's much easier when changing CSS values. To change CSS values all you have to do is to click the special function in Google Chrome called Inspect Element You can install any element you want, using the document inspector. This tutorial might be a bit of nerdy, but if you will just pay attention and follow us as we show you the step by step instructions on how to change the CSS values then you'll be able to do that on your own. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


In this Magento basics tutorial, you'll gonna learn how to create and manage categories in your Magento system. In this tutorial you’re going to learn: Where you can manage your categories in Magento - How they appear on your website - The one mistake everyone makes with Magento categories - How to add a new category & edit existing categories - The basic options for category management ( and advanced options too ) - How to add a product to a category ( both on the product page and from the categories pages as well ) We will start from the frontend of your Magento website where you typically find different categories. To create and manage those categories you have to go to your Magento Admin Panel and you can add, manage and edit your categories by going to Catalog and then Manage Categories. Managing categories in Magento is really easy to do, but you must be mindful of the mistakes that most of us usually do. In the upper left-hand corner, you will see Add Root Category and Add Subcategory. Add Root Category is used when you want a new category structure for a separate Magento website whereas Add Subcategory is the button that you will want 99.99% of the time. Also a mistake we usually commit is when you want to create a subcategory let say Mens Category make sure to click on that category first and after that click on the Add Subcategory , that will enable your new subcategory to be created at the bottom of the list. The numbers on the right side of the categories corresponds to the number of products added to that category. You can also notice that there are black and gray colored categories. Black colored categories are active categories, categories that can be viewed on your Magento website. The gray colored categories are inactive categories, such as the Internal Use category, this category is disabled so your customers won't see them but this category can also be used internally to help you manage your products on eBay, Rakuten, Amazon, etc. After creating and managing categories and you haven't seen the modifications you made, all you need to do is to clear Cache and Reindex Magento. Magento and category management is extremely flexible, they can probably be used to whatever you want them to be. In this tutorial you will learn lots of tips in creating and managing categories in your Magento system and they're all dead easy to follow. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: Instagram: Homepage:


Howdy, in this Magento Basics tutorial you'll gonna learn how to change the address on the contact us page in Magento. To do this go straight to: - Configuration - Click General under General section on the left hand side - You will then see the Store Information section - Fill the appropriate details in each of the boxes - Then press Save Configuration when you're done. Nice and easy, right? And oh, you need to clear Cache too. The reason for that is you may have a full page Magento cache extension or any cache plugin installed and there is a tendency that the changes you made won't reflect on your system. To clear your cache, go to: - System - Cache Management - On the left side, click on select all - And on the right-hand side press submit. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


In this Magento Basics tutorial, you'll gonna learn how to change your start page in Magento. By default, you will be directed to your dashboard, when you login in Magento. However, you can set Magento to change you start page and that's what we're going to show you. In your dashboard, go to: - System - Configuration - Scroll down and click on Admin section on the left-hand side - Click on Startup Page and set to whatever page you want your starting page to be - Press Save Config If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


This is ad-hoc answer to the forums question: Hi Matt, I don't know if this is covered in the guides yet as I probably haven't got far enough along to find out. However, with regard to an ASIN attribute. it would be wrong to assume there is only a single ASIN for a product on Amazon. In reality the same product is listed on Amazon's catalogue multiple times, perhaps not for all products, but certainly in many cases and can therefore have multiple ASINs. I was wondering how you take care of this as I want to be able to control stock across each and every one etc. Best, Andrew Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


Forum Question: How do I set the default basket quantity to 1? At the moment it is set to 0! I’ve seen it somewhere but can’t remember where. To answer this Forum Question sent by Tim we will show you in this video How to Set the Default Magento Cart Quantity to 1 From 0. The setting you need is hiding away in System - Configuration - Inventory - Product Stock Options - Minimum Qty Allowed in Shopping Cart And if you’re looking for a way of increasing this number, say for trade or wholesale customers you can set the minimum cart quantity per Magento customer group too, as shown in the video. Note to remember: Even if the quantity is at the Magento default of “0”, when pressing the add to cart button, Magento will add 1 to the cart. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


Would you like to know how to sell on eBay using Magento? There is a free extension called M2EPro which allows you to create, list, manage and revise eBay listings from within Magento. And your eBay orders can be downloaded & processed in Magento too. In this webinar we show you how to use Magento & M2EPro to sell onto eBay. Starting from nothing we install Magento live with you, create our first product, install the M2EPro extension, configure the M2EPro policies for eBay, list our first product, buy the listing on eBay. Then we process the eBay order in Magento and mark it as shipped and see the shipping updates live on eBay. Over 200 questions were asked during this webinar and you can ask yours over here and UnderstandingE. Matt & Dave


In this Magento basics tutorial, you'll gonna learn: - How to create a new Magento user for your system - What user roles are and the one mistake you can make To create a new user go to your Magento admin area, go System then Permissions, you will then see 2 options, Users & Roles. Click on Users to create new users in your Magento system. On the top right hand corner, you will then see an Add New User button, press that and fill up the correct details in the blank fields. A quick note here, always prefix the username like: magento_helen or to whatever name you want to put. After creating a new user, it is important to assign a role because if not the new user will not see anything in the Magento system. To assign role to the new user, click on User Role which is located at the left-hand side then choose the new user you created and save user. To get into more detailed roles of the new user go to system down to permissions and then roles. This is the time wherein you can redefine and assign specific tasks to the user. Click on the new user role, input your password and after that click on Role Resources , from there you can tick or untick the different roles you want your new user to have. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: Instagram: Homepage:


Why Enable and Disable the Cache? Every time you install or remove an extension from your Magento 2 system, or perhaps edit a section on your website, you have to make sure that you clear the cache afterwards in order to update your site. However, while you’re in the process of building your Magento 2 website, it’s only right to disable the cache instead of clearing them at short intervals. In order to do that, you need to go to the System menu on the left-hand side of your admin panel then click on Cache Management. From the Mass Actions drop-down box on the left-hand side, choose Select All. Then choose Disable from the drop-down box that says Refresh, and then click on Submit. With the cache disabled, you can spend uninterrupted time working on your website. When your website is ready to go live, go back to the section for cache management and re-enable the cache; this makes your website run faster for your customers. Choose Select All from the Mass Actions drop-down box, set the Refresh drop-down box to Enable, and then click on Submit. To ensure that all of the pages on your website are up-to-date, clear all of the cache types by clicking on Select All in the Mass Actions drop-down box followed by Submit. What is Cleared in the Cache? Magento has different cache types (e.g. Configuration, Layouts, Blocks HTML output, etc.), each serving a specific purpose in relation to the performance of your website. What Does Flushing the Cache Mean? Clicking on Flush Cache Storage in the top right-hand corner is going to delete all the contents in the whole cache storage. You need to perform this task every time an extension has been added to your Magento 2 system. Once you’ve clicked on that option, press the OK button in the pop-up confirmation message in order for your request to go through. You also have to press the red button labelled Flush Magento Cache to remove the items that are stored in the Magento cache. The most important thing that you’ve learnt in this tutorial is the sole purpose of the cache management, which is to make your website run faster for the satisfaction of your customers. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: Instagram: Homepage:


Howdy, in this Magento Basics tutorial, we'll gonna show you how to change the number of products per page in the Magento category pages. Note: This is the frontend of your Magento website and not the administration area. In your Magento Admin Panel, - Click on System - Configuration - Look for Catalog in the left hand side underneath Catalog section - Go the first section called Frontend - Under List Mode choose whatever option you want, a grid or a list mode (assuming you chose grid) - Next is to set is the Product Per Page on Grid Allowed Values - this is the dropdown box where you can choose the number of products you want to show in your page - Next to set is the Products per Page on Grid Default Value - this will allow you to show how many products will be shown by default - In Allow All Products per Page be sure to set it to No if you have large catalog and Yes if you have only a few items to show - Hit Save Config when done with the desired settings After changing the number of products per pages and doing all the settings you need to clear out the Magento cache. The reason for that is you may have a full page Magento cache extension installed and there is a tendency that the changes you made won't reflect on your system. To do this, you need to: - Go to System - Cache Management - On the left side, click on select all - And on the right hand side press submit. That will clear your cache. If you need a hand at any time, use the contact details below and the forums here are always open. See you there, Matt & Dave Twitter: Homepage:


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