Changes you may want to make to Magento after it's installed

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After working with Magento for a bit, there are a few things you may want to change right after you install it.

  • Change the logo.  Upload your image file to skin/frontend/default/default/images.   In the admin panel click System->Configuration->Design and click on the Header section.  Change the name of the image file in Logo Image Src to your file name.  Click Save
  • Change the copyright message.  In the same design panel as above you can click on Footer and change your copyright and welcome message as well.
  • While you're in the Footer section, remove the Keep Magento Healthy message by placing the following code in the Miscellaneous HTML:

    <style>p.bugs {display: none;}</style>
  • Change the Meta information.  In the same design panel, click HTML Head and change the default meta information.
  • Get rid of the Poll
  • Change the back to school graphic.
  • Rename errors/local.xml.sample to local.xml if you get errors like:
    Exception printing is disabled by default for security reasons.
    Error log record number: 572048735664
  • Display products on frontend page: In the category manager, create a category specifically for the frontend page, take note of the ID number and go into CMS->Pages, select the home page, click Content and add the following code to the page, don't forget to substitute the ID of your new category for the 999:
    {{block type="catalog/product_list" category_id="999" template="catalog/product/list.phtml"}}
  • UPDATE FOR CE 1.9. if you need to display products on your front end and your using the default rwd package, unless you make some changes to your list.phtml file you won't get the products to display on the frontend properly.  See this thread on adding products to the Magento 1.9 frontend.


  • If you get the error: Could not determine temp directory, please specify a cache_dir manually, set the cache_dir variable by modifying the file lib/zend/cache/backend/file.php and set the cache_dir to 'tmp/'. Also make sure to create the tmp directory in the Magento root.



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