Encore Bridal – A New Magento Website

Launching a New Magento Store Going live with a new website always feels good but this one was exceptionally special. Encore Bridal is the first website I’ve launched for Proof Branding, a Nashville Design and Branding Company. After several months and inheriting a mess from the previous two developers this project started a good relationship […]

Knowing When to Use Magento Local.xml

The Truth About Local.xml When I first began working with Magento, I began some heavy Googling and learned about controlling the Magento layout through the local.xml file. I read plenty of articles that you’ve probably seen out there on the web about how you can do all these magic things through this file. In fact, you can […]

Upgrading Magento

Upgrading Magento seems like a daunting task, but it has proved to be a relatively easy one. There are a couple of blog entries out there that speak about it and give some details, but I wanted to walk through how I’ve done it successfully several times now. I strongly recommend doing this locally and testing before […]

Nashville Web Design

I’ve been asked several times, why you? There are a lot of web designers and developers around. Companies are coming out of the wood-work right not because web is such a huge marketing tool. I believe it is the best form of advertising right now. That being said, what can I provide that others do […]

Understanding a Magento Block – Vertical Navigation

There are a lot of tutorials out there for doing this. I wanted to poke in a little further to make it clear exactly what you are doing. I also wanted to point out that doing this by updating catalog.xml or page.xml is entirely wrong. 99% of these types of updates can be done using […]

Customizing Magento Local.xml

Local.xml is the bottom line for placing elements and ordering them in your theme. Let me take a step back and explain how this works. Please note that I couldn’t rebuild Magento from the ground up and don’t know every detail. I speak from a granular level on how this works, because that is what you need […]


Underscrub was a quick, custom Magento project. It was a fairly straight-forward web store that involved some customization, like both a vertical navigation and horizontal, top navigation. Underscrub Magento Homepage Underscrub Interior Page

Setting Up Magento

Preface The first thing you should know about Magento is the documentation sucks. About a year and a half ago when I built my first Magento site, I swore I’d write better documentation on exactly what I had to do to get the job done. It was a total nightmare. After much laboring, confusion, and Googling the […]

The Outpost Armory

About The Outpost Armory From the website, “We opened The Outpost Armory to provide both the novice and expert alike with the best products and service available anywhere. We strive to provide more selection than the big chain stores without compromising the knowledge and the service you should expect from a small gun shop. We […]

Kimber America

About Kimber Kimber was founded with the singular purpose of building fine sporting firearms, better even than classics from the golden age of American gunmaking. Modern manufacturing techniques would be embraced and used to advantage, but assembly, fit and finish could only depend on practiced hands. There would be no compromise in features, materials or […]

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