Monday, 20 December 2010

Upgrade Magento 1.4.1 to from SSH

We have succeeded upgrading our magento templates for Magento compliant, so we think we should share to everybody the simple ways. Our solution requires you have SSH access.

First, We had to upgrade magento source code to latest version. Go to your magento folder, clean up the pear folders:

./pear mage-setup
rm -rf downloader/pearlib/cache/* downloader/pearlib/download/*

Update pear channel and upgrade PEAR to version 1.9.1

./pear channel-update
./pear upgrade --force PEAR

If it produces error, just run again:

./pear upgrade --force PEAR

Now upgrade Magento:

./pear upgrade magento-core/Mage_All_Latest

After upgraded successfully magento source code to, we upgrade our themes by comparing our themes' directories with the base/ directory to learn what differences between our themes' source codes and magento source code. Since our magento theme's code are mostly identical the old magento source code, so we easily determined the differences and upgraded our theme's code.

Since we use Subversion to store our source code, we have to exclude the temporary files out of our SVN repository, we run follow command:

svn ps svn:ignore "pear.ini" downloader/pearlib
svn ps svn:ignore "*" downloader/pearlib/cache downloader/pearlib/download build/ var/

We hope this article help you upgrade your Magento store successful. If you have better idea we'd like to learn from you :-)

Friday, 8 October 2010

Gift Shop Magento Theme

This magento template is suitable for gift shops, toy shops, souvenir or cake shops. The design colors are so impressive and unique, it will attract customers at first sight. The colors are inspired from 60-70 toy's colors, the perfect combination of classic and modern, it's ideal for your gift shop store.

View demo here. View full detailed info here.

Gift & Toys Shop Magento Theme

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Teenage Clothing Magento Theme

This magento theme is designed to focus on young and dynamic teenage people. Combining fashion and art, graffiti and rock style, it attracts young teenage customers at first sight. It takes clothes to a higher level to make your customers feel more personality and self-confidence when wearing the clothes.

View detailed info here. Or check out demo here.

Teenage Clothing Magento Template

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Flower shop Magento Template released!

Magento store's owner, especially if you are running an online flower or gift shop business, should check out our newest Magento theme. Great design, fine art, romantic and original color scheme makes this the most fascinating and unique template for a flower shop. The romantic and meaningful colors are absolutely perfect for selling wedding flowers.

All banners are designed with great care to adorn flowers for certain occasions. Packaged with full PSD files, detailed User Guide documentation, makes it extremely easy for customization and graphic changes.

Furthermore, EMThemes support team will take every step to support and satisfy your requests.

View the live demo here or detail page here.

Flower shop Magento Template

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

FREE Magento Themes – From is a premium and professional magento template market. Started with over 10 professional themes, 2 brand new themes are scheduled to release every month.

EMThemes also provides free templates and free extensions for the Magento community and open source community.

With a highly-skilled and experienced staff, the EMThemes development and support team also provides Magento consulting services, Web design and development, and Template conversion for the most popular CMS-based like Joomla, Wordpress, Magento, Virtuemart.

In this month, EMThemes released 1 free template with a clean & elegant design, simple but looks very professional; 2 premium template were released, one with a sexy and mysterious design, perfectly suited for a lingerie store, fashion and clothing store; the second premium template is designed with a romantic, lovely, classical theme with unique colors. If you have a flower shop, this Magento template is definitely perfect for your online business.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

A guide to add Apple style slideshow for Magento

This article attempts to help you set up a slideshow on a Magento ecommerce shop, inspired by the official Apple slideshow.

Before we dive into the tutorial details, take a look at the live demo on the Magento Jewelry shop or Magento Apple shop in our Premium Magneto Themes section.

If you're interested in this slideshow effect, you will definitely want to go through this tutorial article?

I will explain how the slideshow works and introduce its features. The slidehow slices right to left and it's looping in a circle. The dot icons allow you to change the slideshow image when clicked.

Download slideshow.js and put under your theme js directory: skin/frontend/[your theme]/default/js/

Download the css file slideshow.css and put under your theme css directory: skine/frontend/[your theme]/css/

Download i_slideshow-node.gif and put under skin/frontend/[your theme]/default/images/

In order to show the slideshow on homepage, in magento CMS Page manager, edit your Homepage article, update the layout by clicking on tab Design, in field Layout Update XML enter the code below:

<reference name="head">
    <action method="addItem"><type>skin_js</type><name>js/slideshow.js</name></action>
    <action method="addCss"><stylesheet>css/slideshow.css</stylesheet></action>

<reference name="root">
    <block type="page/html_wrapper" name="slideshow">
        <action method="setElementClass"><value>slideshow-wrapper</value></action>
        <block type="cms/block" name="cms_slideshow">
            <action method="setBlockId"><block_id>slideshow</block_id></action>

The code is supposed to load slideshow.js and slideshow.css on the homepage and appends a block named slideshow into the page layout. the slideshow block's content is editable through a CMS Static Block named slideshow

Now, we have to update the main layout in order to show up slideshow block. Suppose you're using 1-column layout for the homepage, edit skin/frontend/[your theme]/default/template/page/1column.phtml. after the header block is printed out, we output slideshow block:

<?php echo $this->getChildHtml('header') ?>
<?php echo $this->getChildHtml('slideshow') ?>

Next, we will create a CMS Static blog 'identified' slideshow with content below:

  <li><a href="/link-1"><img src="{{skin url='images/media/slideshow/1.jpg'}}" alt="" /></a></li>
  <li><a href="/link-2"><img src="{{skin url='images/media/slideshow/2.jpg'}}" alt="" /></a></li>
  <li><a href="/link-3"><img src="{{skin url='images/media/slideshow/1.jpg'}}" alt="" /></a></li>
  <li><a href="/link-4"><img src="{{skin url='images/media/slideshow/2.jpg'}}" alt="" /></a></li>

Where {{skin url='images/media/slideshow/1.jpg'}} is a link of slideshow image. You can add many slideshow as you want.

Okay, try to refresh your homepage and see how your beautiful slideshow showed up.

Congrats! We're done. Welcome any comment :-)

Perfume Magento Theme

Magento theme for Perfume shop, the theme is designed with romantic and luxurious air. Famous perfume is set off beside the beautiful models, floating one by one. View the live demo here

Magento them for Perfume shop

Jewelry Magento Theme

Black silver color, 2 slideshows run parallel, the big slideshow features jewelry with beautiful models. The small slideshow highlights your products. Designed with a modern, clean and luxurious style, jewelry will appear more valuable to your customers. Check out the live demo here.

Magento them for Jewelry shop

Fashion Magento Theme

Modern, clean and professional design. 3 verticle slideshow run parallel. Blocks have different skins. All page customized. Perfectly fits your for selling luxury and modern clothing. Watch the live demo here.

Magento theme for Fashion shop

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

EMThemes - Magento Themes store launched

We're proud to announce that our Magento Themes store was launched at We released 8 themes into 8 business sections. All themes are selling at $99 Packages include

  • theme package
  • full demo site package
  • PSD files
  • Installation and Usage Guide in PDF.

All come with features:

  • Div/Tabless HTML mark-up.
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict valid.
  • CSS 2.0 and CSS 3.0 valid.
  • Cross-browser support. Compatible with all major browsers such as IE7+, Firefox 3, Safari 5, Chrome 5, Opera 10.
  • Prototype-based Javascript (avoid javascript confliction).
  • Support Magento CE version 1.4.0 and higher.
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization)-orient in design and development, fast loading.
  • Full PSD files supplied, easy to edit.
  • Well-structured and commented HTML & CSS for easy customization.
  • Full user guide documentation to help you installing and utilizing the theme.

View Live Demo