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Return total Amount of Shopping Cart Items in Magento

Sometimes you run into tiny idiosyncracies in Magento templates. It makes you question many things. Such as: why would a theme developer choose to only show the total amount of different types of products in the minicart.phtml? Today I’m showing you different ways to return the total amount of items in your customer’s shopping cart for usage anywhere within your store’s template.

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How to add a Modal Authentication Dialog to Magento 1.x

Last week a client had a very specific wish for his Magento 1.9.x store. Open a modal authentication dialog, whenever a Guest (non-logged in user) wants to proceed to checkout from the shopping cart. This funtion is now actually built into Magento 2. Today I’m sharing with you how I created the same experience for Magento 1.x users.

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