Mon, 12/21/2015 - 11:39

Deploy Magento 2 to Digital Ocean using Tutum

Submitted by markoshust Mon, 12/21/2015 - 11:39

Note that this blog post was originally written by myself on Mage Inferno's blog, which no longer exists. Many old user comments have been lost, but this post won't be!

Tutum is a great deployment service for Docker-based services, and was just recently acquired by Docker. It provides a very simple way to deploy an entire Docker-based infrastructure.

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 23:38

Create a customer address attribute in Magento with a custom installer script

Submitted by markoshust Wed, 10/21/2015 - 23:38

Recently, I needed to create a custom customer address attribute, and needed a real simple way to do it. There are a lot of bloated examples online, but this is actually really easy.

First, create your module definition file. Note that we're putting our module in the local code pool because it's specific to just our one store.


Sat, 05/25/2013 - 13:06

My suggestion on setting up Magento's app/etc/local.xml file for dev/stage/prod environments

Submitted by markoshust Sat, 05/25/2013 - 13:06

It seems as though everyone always wonders what to do with app/etc/local.xml, and how to best manage it when deploying from development to staging and production. It took me a while to figure this out, but I think I found a really good way.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 11:43

Why you shouldn't use the core diff feature of MageUpdate

Submitted by markoshust Fri, 11/02/2012 - 11:43

I feel as though I have to post about this sooner rather than later. A day or two ago, Kalen of MageUpdate posted an article, Mage Core: Keeping It Clean. The idea of the script is to check your Magento installation for properly coded modules. In theory, this is an absolutely great idea, because I can certainly attest that there is a plethora of garbage modules and extensions out there.

Looking into the script details, it's a simple two-step process:

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 23:27

Deploying Magento on Heroku with Amazon RDS

Submitted by markoshust Mon, 10/29/2012 - 23:27

Heroku is a very powerful application deployment system that was initially created for Ruby on Rails apps. But, did you know that Heroku quietly released support for PHP 5? Well, they did, and I will tell you how to deploy Magento to Heroku using Git and Amazon RDS.

Your first step is to unzip your fresh Magento install and get it on git.

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 11:12

Create the checkout_cart_product_add_before observer in Magento

Submitted by markoshust Mon, 08/27/2012 - 11:12

For some reason no one can explain, it appears that the event observer checkout_cart_product_add_before never existed in Magento (even though checkout_cart_product_add_after does). Say what?!??

Anyways, it's fairly easy to go ahead and dispatch this event. Just add this to your module's config.xml to rewrite the checkout/cart model:

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 09:56

Better way to modify conditions in Magento template files

Submitted by markoshust Wed, 08/08/2012 - 09:56

As it is with almost all Magento projects, you will have times when you need to modify sections of code in custom template files. There are many approaches and ways to handle these changes, but there are some that are more optimal than others.

There is a special case regarding code blocks within conditional logic in which I like to take a certain approach. Let's say we need to make updates & changes to the following file: