The Definitive Guide to Magento / Edition 1

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This book takes a comprehensive look at Magento, a robust and flexible e-commerce platform built on the Zend framework. With more than 750,000 downloads, Magento is the fastest growing open source e-commerce solution. This book walks you through all of the steps necessary to build a fully functional Magento-based web site. It also includes information on managing products, customers, and orders. This book is directed at web site designers and developers, but will also be extremely useful for business owners who have web sites built on the Magento platform.

  • Introduces you to Magento, the fastest-growing open-source e-commerce platform
  • Demonstrates how to configure and use Magento
  • Covers how to customize Magento and develop extensions for the Magento platform

What you’ll learn

  • How to install and set up a Magento based e-commerce web site
  • How to effectively manage products, customers, and orders
  • How to sell products through Magento
  • How to design a custom Magento web site
  • How to add content to your Magento web site
  • How to create your own Magento extensions

Who this book is for

Current and prospective web site designers and web developers, andsmall business owners who want an online presence.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Magento
  2. Installing Magento
  3. The Public Interface Walk-through
  4. The Administration Interface Walk-through
  5. Working with Products
  6. Working with Customers
  7. Working with Orders
  8. Configuring Magento
  9. Customizing Magento’s Appearance
  10. Magento Extensions
  11. Application Programming Interface (API)
  12. Tips and Tricks

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430272298
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 12/21/2009
  • Edition description: 2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam McCombs is a website designer and a front end developer with more than seven years of experience. He specializes in adapting open source frameworks such as Magento, Wordpress, Joomla!, and Drupal into functional custom website solutions for clients of small and medium-sized businesses. His work and blog can be found at

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Not Helpful

    I purchased this book based on the table of contents, convinced that with nearly every topic I am interested in listed, it would be helpful.

    What I got is a book with a robust table of content and scant information inside. Entire complex topics are handled with one or two paragraphs, and often include links to the confusing Magento website.

    I have been using Magento software daily for 19 months and it is a solid platform. One of the few weaknesses is that the documentation is almost non existent. There's a manual you can buy, but it lacks depth.

    I am giving this book one star because it is better and cheaper than the documentation available from Magento for entry-level users.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    Definitive? Hardly.

    I just had a website built for my business and now have the "honor" of updating it on a regular basis. Magento was chosen by my web designer for its robust set of features - but he neglected to tell me it isn't exactly user-friendly. I was told I could do the updates/changes myself, but I have no coding or web background or knowledge. While I have found some good tips and how-to's in this book, I think this book is mediocre at best, and lacks much-needed detailed information on customizing Magento.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

    Title is Misleading

    This book is general starting point for Magento. It is a little scattered but a few good tips. Overall, I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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