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Things to do after Magento install

Replace Magento logo with your Brand Name

  • If you followed my other post for installation in a shared hosting environment, then you would want to do the following things.
  • Replace the Magento Logo with your store Brand. For this upload the logo to the following directory


  • then in your admin panel select configuration and then with your current configuration scope as Default Config
  • select Design from the left panel
  • make sure that your package name is rwd in the right side pane. if not replace rwd with the package name in the above path.
  • now scroll down to the Header section in the right pane and enter the name of the image you uploaded without changing the images/ prefix so it looks like images/yourbrand.png

Add products to your Magento webpage

  • From you admin panel CMS menu select pages
  • Then click on your existing homepage to edit the page.
  • Then click on the content tab.
  • In the HTML editor toolbar, look for the insert widget icon   and click it.
  • In the appearing panel window select catalog new products list for widget type
  • For display type, If you select new products, After populating the rest of the fields in the widget window, simply click the insert widget button to add the widget to your page.
  • If you want to get rid of the ugly bullets from the product, go to the custom design pane and paste the following code

<reference name="head">
<action method="addCss">

  • now upload the custom.css to the following magento installation sub directory.


Change the button text to your Locale

  • We, Indians speak English that is most similar to British and not U.S. So I selected British (English) as my Locale at the time of Magento Installation.  So the button names like Add to Cart, Proceed to Checkout etc. is good enough for most of the installation. However my client wanted to use Magento for sending Quotation instead of doing E-Commerce. So I had to change many of the buttons and hyperlinks. Lets see how to do this.
  • There are three different ways to change the Locale we will use the csv technique for making the changes.
  • Upload a CSV file like this one under the directory /magentodir/app/design/frontend/rwd/default/locale/en_GB
  • If no directory exists inside your theme/default then you can create it.

Change the new order email template

  • If you have made magento to bypass cron and send mail immediately after placing the order, then next step you want to take is change the emails text.
  • For this you need to edit the file located under folder magentodir/app/locale/en_us/template/email/sales

Magento step by step installation on a Shared Hosting

  •  Download the zip archive from Magento website. Do not use the downloader version because its more complicated.
  • create a subfolder under public_html.
  • Set folder permission 755 to the public_html/subfolder
  • Unzip the contents of Magento archive into it.
  • Set correct file permission 644 to the subfolder/index.php
  • replace the contents of .htaccess file with this code. please substitute subfolder with your actual magneto installation foldername

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /subfolder/
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /subfolder/index.php [L]
<IfModule mod_security.c>
SecFilterEngine Off
SecFilterScanPOST Off

  • make following changes to file public_html/app/code/core/Mage/Sales/Model/Order.php at around line 325. This is not necessary but if you want Magento to send mail immediately without relying on Cron, you may do like this.

// $mailer->setQueue($emailQueue)->send();