I've finally released my first Magento website, and it proves to be a real SEO winner (100% increase in visits after 2 weeks). RuedeSiam is a furniture importer based in Brittany. Now you know why I bothered comparing commercial and opensource Flash based zoomers : Rue de Siam's website site features an implementation of image a flash based zoom within a prototype lightbox gallery (check out this one) . Interesting too is the specific template for the "At your home" showcase category that uses products with specific layout. Magento is really great for customising layouts, I suppose that's partly a big feature of Zend Framework expressed at its best. One technique I used a lot is the css based text over image transparency effect that I detailed a while ago for WordPress on this blog. Works fine with Magento images categories except that the background image really has to be adjusted perfectly so I used phpthumbs instead of Magento's resizing helpers that seemed to complicated to understand at first. I've also covered various development challenges that I shared on this blog during the development :
- products special display on home page,
- display new product icon on product list
- how to display products from other categories on the product view page
And a few tips :
One advice : once you're running a Magento production web site, be careful with upgrades. The Sales extension did not work with 1.3.0 on my development server and I'm sticking to 1.2.x for the moment.