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Theme Development In Magento For Dummies

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Magento has grown to become one of the most popular e-commerce platforms on the Internet today. More and more small and large businesses are turning to Magento to help them with their e-commerce sites. And while theme development in Magento is important, installing the theme after development is equally important and is often one of the areas that can trip up Magento theme developers. Let’s take a look at how to install a Magento theme.

Quick Tips for Theme Development in Magento

There are two ways you can install a Magento theme:

  • Via Magento Connect
  • By dropping theme template folders into your Magento installation

If your theme is available in Magento Connect, installation and building a Magento theme is easy and requires zero technical expertise. Let’s take a look at how to do this:

Installing A Magento Theme With Magento Connect

The first thing you need to do is browse your Magento theme archive and choose a theme. There will be a button under your theme’s image named “Get Extension Key”. Select this before agreeing to the extension license agreement.

Once done, you should notice a Magento extension key. Copy and paste this into your store’s Magento Connect tab.

The extension key will look like this: magento-community/Magik_Autocomplete

To then install your theme into your Magento store, login to your admin panel. Then head over to System > Magento Connect > Magento Connect Manager. You will then need to login once more. Then paste your extension theme key here.

As you can probably tell by now, theme development in Magento is one thing, but installing a theme is something altogether! Even the most seasoned Magento theme developers can struggle with this bit.

At this point, you should see the message “Theme successfully installed.”

If so, head on over to System > Config > Design > Themes before entering your theme name. Save changes.

It’s important to note that Magento themes centre around various columns in your theme’s layout. If your store home page hasn’t loaded correctly, head on over to CMS > Manage Pages. Here, you will find 2 separate layouts for your home page. Disable the home page layouts that are incorrect.

Now check your home page. All should be fine!

Custom Magento theme development is not always easy, but it can be fun and rewarding. For more tutorials on the subject, please have a browse of our website. Thanks!

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