Magento: How to Upgrade Magento community to 1.8

How to Upgrade Magento community to 1.8

How to Upgrade Magento community to 1.8

Magento recommends you upgrade your installation using the following guidelines in a development or test environment, separate from your existing production environment:

  1. Create a parallel development or testing system, identical to your current production system.
    You’ll use this parallel system to implement and test the Magento upgrade.
  2. In your current production environment:
    1. Back up your Magento database.
    2. Archive the file system.
      This includes the media directory and subdirectories; all extensions and customizations; and all custom themes.
  3. In the development or test environment:
    1. Create a new, empty database instance.
    2. Import the production database tables into the development database instance.
    3. Copy your production media directory, extensions, themes, and other customizations to the development system.
    4. Copy local.xml to magento-install-dir/app/etc and edit it if necessary to reference the production database instance.
    5. In a web browser, go to your development system base URL.
    6. Wait for upgrade scripts to run.
    7. Verify the development system is now identical to the production system.
      If not, fix issues, retest, and upgrade again.
  4. Test the development system thoroughly, including:
    • Verify all extensions, themes, and customizations work.
    • Place orders using all webstores and all payment methods.

Htaccess: how to force “www.” in a generic way?

This works on any domain

#Remove the below two comments to disable it on localhost
#RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !=localhost
#RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !=
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\. [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTPS}s ^on(s)|
RewriteRule ^ http%1://www.%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

PHP: CHMOD a directory recursively

The script below loops over the specified directory and chmods its files, directories and subdirectories recursively.


  function chmodDirectory( $path = '.', $level = 0 ){  
  $ignore = array( 'cgi-bin', '.', '..' ); 
  $dh = @opendir( $path ); 
  while( false !== ( $file = readdir( $dh ) ) ){ // Loop through the directory 
  if( !in_array( $file, $ignore ) ){

        if( is_dir( "$path/$file" ) ){


          chmodDirectory( "$path/$file", ($level+1));

        } else {

          chmod("path/$file",0644); // desired permission settings

	}//if in array 
	closedir( $dh ); 


Magento: Move a category programmatically

It turns out that Magento has some really convenient functions already made at its core, which i don’t know about and this is one of them. Mage category model object includes move() function, that manages just that. Lets view simple code example for better understanding.

$categoryId = 2269;
$parentId = 2268;

$category = Mage::getModel('catalog/category')->load($categoryId);
$category->move($parentId, null);

When this is executed your category should have a different path, if changes are not visible than try to clean cache and reindex data. After you have done that everything should be ok.

Modify shared item’s title, description & title appear on Facebook

Modify shared item's title, description & title appear on Facebook

Modify shared item’s title, description & title appear on Facebook

Thousands of websites are shared in facebook each day. Whenever you share a URL on facebook, it generates a feed against that url. The feed has a title, an excerpt or description and an image.

You can enhance how the shared item appears on Facebook by configuring how it gets previewed on a user’s profile and when a user tries to share it.You do this with <meta> tags. If there are no meta tags specified then Facebook share will take the site title, starting content of the site as excerpt and usually the first image shown.

In order to customize how your site looks while being shared on facebook you need to add meta tags in the <head> of your page.

Clear Facebook Share’s Cache for images and description?

FaceBook: How to clear Facebook Share’s Cache?

FaceBook: How to clear Facebook Share’s Cache?

Facebook share is good, simple, lets us share almost everything on web in seconds. But Facebook caches already shared urls/pages for better performance. This causes issues at time when we update the title, picture being shared or the description of the page because Facebook still shows the older version of the page.

For modifying which image, title and description FB chooses, read this

I will discuss three simple ways to force facebook to go and fetch the latest stuff from the page being shared.

Incrementing a field in CakePHP like Hits & Votes

Incrementing a field in CakePHP like Hits & Votes

Incrementing a field in CakePHP like Hits & Votes

Let’s say you have an application, where users can place votes for their favorite products and you’d like to increment the current number of votes by one or count number of hits(Number of page views)

It’s very easy by using updateAll:

$this->Product->updateAll(array(''=>''), array(''=>40));

You may want to restrict Product model by using unbindModel, containable, etc.

Also, you don’t have to pass in the second argument to updateAll, if you wish to update all records in your table.