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Migrating from Magento Go and eBay ProStores to Llama Commerce Platform

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’ve heard the news: Magento Go is no longer taking new subscriptions and both Magento Go and eBay ProStores will be completely shut down February 1st, 2015. If you’re a merchant currently on the platform, we can imagine the news brings a range of emotions. This is understandable. However, for the sake of preserving the hard work you’ve put into your eCommerce business, it’s time to find a solution.... Read more

Posted on July 3, 2014

Posted under E-Commerce by Jesse Tyler

Compiling Sass with Phpstorm

When we built the new Magento responsive theme, we decided to use Sass as the CSS pre-processor and Compass as the compiler (technically known as a transpiler). Sass is the base syntax that supports mixins, variables, and nesting and Compass is a compiler that extends Sass's capabilities by adding CSS3 mixins that we used to make the responsive theme compatible with older browsers. Here is the TL;DR infographic: Image Source: http://sonspring.... Read more

Posted on June 10, 2014

Posted by Erik Hansen

Implementing High-Res Images on Magento's Native Responsive Theme

With retina displays becoming more and more common both on desktop and mobile devices, supplying appropriately high-resolution imagery is an important consideration. Blindly providing high-resolution images, however, wastes bandwidth – a resource in short supply, especially with mobile devices. New specifications allow websites to provide an array of images at different resolutions to the browser so that it can pick the best fit for its display... Read more

Posted on May 27, 2014

Posted by Eric Wiese

Imagine Conference 2014 Was Epic...

It's been a week since the conclusion of Magento's Imagine Conference 2014 and the best way we can describe it is "epic." Here's some bite-sized highlights from the week: -While there, Magento announced the release of Community Edition 1.9 and Enterprise Edition 1.14, which featured a fully responsive front-end built by Classy Llama and Brendan Falkowski. -Classy Llama's CEO, Kurt Theobald, was on stage for the first Keynote to demonstrate... Read more

Posted on May 20, 2014

Posted under Llama Culture by Jesse Tyler

Introduction to Responsive Design & eCommerce

The current buzzword/trend in the world of website design and development is "responsive." It seems everyone wants a responsive site these days. If you're a merchant, web programmer, or anyone else who deals with online media you've probably heard or read about responsive design and might want to know how it applies to you. As a merchant running an eCommerce site, I believe that a responsive design can add a lot of value for your visitors.... Read more

Posted on April 28, 2014

Posted under Design, General Business, Magento by Rob Tull

21 Powerful Tips for Better Conversions

If it weren't copyrighted we might title this article "Chicken Soup for the Online Marketer's Soul." I know it's a bit cheesy. But this is practical, nourishing stuff, from an online money-making perspective. The article is all about giving you some rapid-fire bits of wisdom that will increase the performance of your website right away. 1. Always use a powerful, benefit-oriented headline. Every page on your site including your home page,... Read more

Posted on April 14, 2014

Posted by Brett Curry

PayPal Tokenization Extension Now Features Broader Support

In late 2013, Classy Llama released our PayPal Credit Card Tokenization extension. The primary feature of this extension is to introduce a "saved credit card" option for merchants without the necessity of compliance with PCI DSS standards, by leveraging card data stored securely on PayPal instead of on a merchant's site. Read more of the details in the original post. When we first introduced it, the extension's compatibility was limited; it... Read more

Posted on April 1, 2014

Posted by Chris Nanninga

Multi-Environment Magento Development with Modman

Note: modman, the tool that is the subject of this article, is for *nix or Mac OS X only. As an agency, most of our development at Classy Llama has typically been done in a self-contained context; one site, one codebase, one VCS repository. Even when a particular piece of functionality was reused, it tended to be directly copied from point A to point B and be re-tooled along the way. If you're a Magento developer, chances are better than... Read more

Posted on March 20, 2014

Posted by Chris Nanninga

Widgets in Magento Enterprise

Widgets in Magento Enterprise allow business users to insert different kinds of content throughout the frontend of their websites without having to write a single line of code. Widgets are a commonly underused feature in Magento, as they aren't the most intuitive feature and until you create one or two, it is not always clear how to accomplish what you want. In this article, we're going to cover: Overview of Widgets Types of Widgets Where you... Read more

Posted on March 4, 2014

Posted under Management by Erik Hansen

Currency in Magento

Magento is built to be an extensible multi-lingual, multi-currency, and multi-national platform. It's flexibility can create significant challenges for merchants and developers alike. This has led me to dig deep into the currency systems that are built into the pricing and sales portions of Magento. At a basic level, native Magento currency options can be expressed as three possibilities. The first option is to simply have your base price... Read more

Posted on January 15, 2014

Posted under E-Commerce, Magento Development, Management by Jonathan Hodges

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