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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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Redirect Simple Product URL to Configurable Parent Product in Magento

Recently I met quite a challenge while building an extension for Magento. By default, the urls of simple child products whom belong to a configurable parent are answered with a 404. This behaviour can be easily overridden with a small extension. Our client wanted to take it a step further. Today we will build an extension that redirects URLs of simple products to their configurable parents with options preselected.

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