Few Basic Tips for Configuring Magento for Development

Magento is an excellent e-commerce site development and management tool. If you are new to the system or have not had a chance to explore all the Magento development tools, this guide will help you through the initial configuration.
This guide is specific to development on a local machine. This means that tips provided are only applicable if Magento has already been installed. In case it has not, we will also discuss a basic guide to installing the software in the later part of this article.

Steps to Follow for Configuration of Magento for Development

Step 1: System if' Cache Management if' Disable All

Step 2: System if' Configuration if' Advanced if' Developer if' Log Settings if' Enabled => Yes

Step 3: System if' Configuration if' Web if' Search Engine Optimization if' Use Wbe Server Rewrites => Yes

Step 4: System if' Index Management if' Reindex All

Step 5: Open.htaccess and set: SetEnv MAGE_IS_DEVELOPER_MODE if"true,¬ at the end of the file

Step 6: Open.htaccess and set: php_value display_errors on somewhere within

Step 7: Rename /errors/local.xml from /errors/local.xml.sample

Step 8: Generate one sample customer with full valid address within America (for example use US/Washington, city Seattle with ZIP 93027), and one with full valid address to any other part of the world to test payment and shipping gateways properly

Step 9: Compensate for the possible lack of email server by using a relevant tool.

In case you need to install Magento first

* Make sure you have a VPS or dedicated hosting plan.
* Now log into cPanel and with the help of the MySQL Database Wizard, create a blank database to install for Magento development.
* Take note of the credentials on the database since they will be required later on in the process as well.
* Now download the Magento install package from the website.
* You can select any of the files under Select your Format, under,¬Full Release,.
* Now use the cPanel File Manager to upload the compressed package that you downloaded.
* Make sure you upload it in the same directory where you intend to install Magento.
* Now, in the file manager, you need to right click on file for extraction into the current location.
* Now you will have a folder known as Magento,.
* Move the contents from this folder to the parent folder above. Do so by opening the Magento,folder and select all, for all files and folders.
* Now move these files to the parent folder.
* Now in the root folder, you need to find the.htaccess file and right click it to select Edit.
* Find the line of code: php_value memory_limit 256M and change it to # php_value memory_limit 256M
* Visit the new Magento installation on the web browser and on the next screen, choose the localization settings to configure your timezone, language and currency.
* Now you will need to pull out your database credentials. Fill them out and click continue.
* Fill in the admin account details and then click continue again.
* Magento will now exhibit an encryption key. Make sure you make a note of this key and store it securely.

Your initial installation and configuration for the Magento shopping cart is complete, creating a stepping stone for your Magento development. You can contact any expert magento development company for guidance and help on setting up your magento e-commerce website.
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